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Do you get nervous when climbing on steps to reach a cupboard, even if someone is holding them ? Some people could help you and they don't need steps ! Come and see the acrobatic and brave Catalonia Castellers perform at a special show in London on Saturday, 27th April. This event is to celebrate Sant Jordi - St. George's Day. You will be amazed at how these men, women and young children use their skills and energy to form human towers as high as a two storey house. Sometimes it is higher ! This group has members originally from the Catalonia region of Spain and now living in London. Some are from different countries, as other nationalities are welcome to join. If you get excited by the show and think that you would like to try to do it then you can learn more at regular practise sessions in London. Many people born in Catalonia, the region on the east coast of Spain, are known for their desire to be independent from the rest of the country. What also makes them unique from other Spaniards is their love of the cultural activity of building human towers (els castells). The tradition is thought to have started in the 18th Century by religious street dancers in Valencia. After dancing some people would make a small human pyramid. After a while this changed to become a tower. Building towers in the streets at fiestas and parties became as popular as the dancing was. People in Barcelona found out about this and they began practising and doing shows in and around the city. These days more young people in the region are taking part or following members at social events. The Catalan people have a saying about the show: 'Forca, equilibri, valor y seny.' This means: 'strength, balance, courage and mindfullness.' Teamwork and regular practising is very important. Also, the castellers have a large number of non climbing colleagues that support them. Some play traditional flutes and drums at the shows. Members wear a coloured shirt and white trousers and every casteller knows what their position will be in the castell. First the heavier and usually oldest men form a circle, known as a pine cone (pinya). Then men and women climb on their shoulders to build the first level of the trunk (trunc). They can hold on to the sash around other members' waists as they get in to position. The levels get higher then up to four small, young children climb above the adults. They are called aixecadors. Finally, one of them will climb and become the top of the human tower. They are the enxanta. This child always raises one arm to signal they are in position at the top. Only when every member has climbed down to the floor is the tower finished. Then it is graded by the number of people involved and levels achieved. The children must now always wear safety helmets for protection. Fortunately accidents are rare. Building human towers is now a competitive sport and teams from different countries challenge each other to build bigger and higher castells at International diadas. Come and see this special show on Saturday afternoon, 27th April. There will be a good atmosphere as we watch the human towers reach for the sky. Meet at 1-30pm outside Superdrug, 201 Camden High Street, London NW1 7BT (Opposite the exit of Camden Town underground station). Please arrive on time. We will walk a short distance to the venue. Optional: Have a chat with a coffee or drink. Please pay £2 cash when you arrive. Great value. This goes towards the fees I have to pay Meetup.com. Do your RSVP Yes now. You can bring guests - add them to your RSVP. Bilingual Spanish/English. Espanol. Expat Spanish. Spain. Spanish Culture. Spanish Food. Food and Drink. Foodie. Dining Out. Eating, Drinking, Talking, Laughing. Fun Times. International Friends. Language and Culture. Latino Culture. London. New In Town. Social. Socialising and good conversation. Walking.