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Castellers de Vilafranca to perform in Greentown Yuhua

The Castellers de Vilafranca (Human Tower) is a cultural and sporting association whose main objective is to build castells (human towers). It has the status of a public-interest association. The group was founded in 1948 in response to the increased interest in human tower building in Vilafranca del Penedès, a Catalan tradition that has evolved since the 18th century Ball de Valencians, a dance from Valencia.

Nowadays, the Castellers de Vilafranca have about 400 active human tower building members of all ages,https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Castellers_de_Vilafranca- cite_note-Brussels2010-4#cite_note-Brussels2010-4 with no discrimination on the grounds of race, religion,sex or social status. They share the common goal of building human towers,democratic values, cooperation and team work, a constant desire to surpass themselves, and a will to maintain a lead over a select and competitive group of rival human tower associations. The group’s headquarters is Cal Figarot,Casa Via Raventós, a house located in downtown Vilafranca del Penedès and specially adapted for human tower building activity (for example, high, indoor ceilings for winter use and an open-air courtyard for spring, summer and fall).

The group is one of the most important organizations in Vilafranca del Penedès and has represented Catalan culture abroad numerous times. The association has more than five hundred official supporters,and has the support of several public and private institutions. In addition to hosting and participating in human tower exhibitions, it also organizes other cultural activities, such as small-scale concerts, a poetry contest, a massive bicycle event, a dominoes tournament, food events and a human tower school for kids. The Castellersde Vilafranca’s efforts to preserve and promote popular Catalan culture have been recognized by the town of Vilafranca del Penedès, which awarded the group with the Medalla de la Vila (the town medal), and by the Generalitat de Catalunya (the Catalan Government) with the Creu de Sant Jordi (Cross of Saint George).

They will be in Shanghai as part as the ‘Barcelona Catalonia Culture Week’http://www.cataloniavotes.eu/shanghai-to-welcome-icons-of-catalan-culture-in-30-major-events/

Also known as the Green Towers, what a great event to see their Green Towers raise in the Greentown Yuhua School!