Catalonia holds first human tower competition since 2017 indy ref

The final of the 27th edition of Catalonia's human tower competition known as Concurs de Castells took place in Tarragona on Sunday, drawing some 6,000 spectators. The traditional festival was held for the first time since Catalonia's 2017 independence referendum. Members of group 'Colla Vella dels Xiquets de Valls' took the title, leaving behind the other 31 teams participating in this year's... Еще event. According to the organisers, the winners will be awarded 16,000 euros ($18,400) in prize money. «It's been 18 years since our last win. I was twelve the last time we won the competition,» said one of the champion's team members after the event. The tradition of forming human towers called «castells» dates back to the 18th century and is registered on UNESCO's list of the intangible cultural heritage of humanity. The competition takes place in Catalonia every two years, with teams competing to build the tallest and most complex towers. A castell is considered successful when it is built and deconstructed without falling apart.

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