top of page

Castellers, Gegant y Correfoc

Barcelona (Catalonia - Spain).
A castell (Castellers) is a human tower built traditionally at festivals in Catalonia, the Balearic islands and the Valencian Community.
Gigantes y Cabezudos (Gegant i Capgrossos) are costumed figures in Spanish and Portuguese festivals. The main feature of these figures is typically their papier maché head; bodies are covered in clothing matching the costume's theme.

Correfocs (Correfoc) are among the most striking features present in Valencian and Catalan festivals. In the correfoc, a group of individuals will dress as devils and light up fireworks – fixed on devil's pitchforks or strung above the route. Dancing to the sound of a rhythmic drum group, they set off their fireworks among crowds of spectators. The spectators that participate dress to protect themselves against small burns and attempt to get as close as possible to the devils, running with the fire. Other spectators will watch from "safe" distances, rapidly retreating as necessary.

bottom of page