Filmmaker and Photographer David Oliete is the Edge of Humanity Magazine contributor of this social documentary photography. From his project ‘Human Towers‘. To see David’s body of work click on any image.
The Human Towers (known as “castells” in Catalan) are traditionally built in festivities and competitions in the region of Catalonia, in Spain. During these events each group (known as “colla”) builds and dismantles its own human towers. For their success, a crowded and stunning base of hundreds of people needs to be previously perfectly set up. Each team wears a different shirt color.
The most important Human Tower Competition takes place in the city of Tarragona once every two years with the participation of 32 teams from all around Catalonia and a live audience of more than 20,000 people. During the competition, the higher and difficult to build a tower is, the more points a team gets. Every human tower is usually between six and ten levels high.
The “castells” are also one of the most important cultural traditions in Catalonia for more than 200 years. “Strength, balance, courage and common sense” has become their motto. On 2010, the “castells” were declared by UNESCO to be amongst the Masterpieces of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity.
Video by David Oliete