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Wednesday 21 February 201818.00

A castell (the Catalan word for 'castle') is a human tower built traditionally at festivals in Catalonia and the Valencian community. This Catalan tradition, one of the most representative in the Catalan culture, dates back more than 200 years and has been declared by UNESCO to be amongst the Masterpieces of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity.

"Castells" by Gereon Wetzel is a rare and compelling film about the ritual of building human towers in a small town in Catalonia. It has been described as a universal story about a community with a strong base, which holds the future at the top.

Join us for a unique documentary screening exploring one of Catalonia's most unusual traditions. Tickets are free and available here.

The film is in Catalan and Spanish with English subtitles.


'Across Catalonia, small communities compete to build the highest, most intricately designed human tower. In the town of Valls, local team Colla Joves despair of their enxaneta, or ‘last one’, a five year old child whose job it is to form the tower’s pinnacle. The girl in question quite understandably has reservations about climbing a wobbly ten metre human ladder. But emotions amongst the townsfolk are running high, and this one small child threatens to bring community stability crashing down, metaphorically and literally.'