Catalan ‘human towers’ return after pandemic

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  • The Telegraph published this video item, entitled “Catalan ‘human towers’ return after pandemic” – below is their description.

    Catalonia’s traditional festival of human towers has returned to the medieval city of Valls in a scaled-down form after a 15-month hiatus caused by Covid-19.

    As seen in the video above, towers were limited to 50 people, a far cry from the 500-strong constructions of past “castells” events.

    The tallest reached as high as town hall’s first-floor balcony, just over half the usual height.

    “All the castellers have been very well monitored, we are really very proud and happy with how well everything has been done, it has been very effective. Also, the acting has been perfect,” said traditional Catalan human tower team member Yolanda Gonzalez.

    The participants had to show a negative coronavirus test during the rehearsals and before the performance, which coincided with St John’s Day.

    Spain has been loosening its restrictions as vaccinations gather steam and the infection rates fall.

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