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Catalan Culture

Index

Traditions

Human Castles
Different clubs of castellers compete with each other to build the best

Castellers

human castle (castell). This activity, which has its roots in the Tarragona area, has spread all over Catalonia and has recently enjoyed increased interest due to the televising of casteller competitions and the creation of new clubs. In 2010 UNESCO awarded castells the status of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity.

The Sardana
This is the popular Catalan dance par excellence. Other traditional dances include the ball de bastons, the moixiganga and the jota from the region of the River Ebro, which is very similar to the more widely known jota aragonesa.

The Catalan Rumba
This musical genre developed among the Catalan Gipsy community in Barcelona in the mid-1950s. It takes rhythms from flamenco rumba with influences from Cuban music and rock and roll. It grew out of the Catalan Gipsy communities in the neighbourhoods of Gràcia, Raval and Hostafrancs.