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Sardanes, castellers and balls de bastons

Sardanes and castells are two well-known ingredients of Catalan popu- lar tradition. However, to see them performed live is always a surprise, particularly in the latter case, in which dierent colles or groups compete to see who can build the best human tower or pyramid in an absolutely thrilling spectacle.

CASTELLS DAY

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 24 / 12.30 PM  Pl. de Sant Jaume

When the city’s gegants and the Àliga have performed their dances out- side the City Hall, the colles or casteller groups of Barcelona enter Plaça Sant Jaume to give an exhibition. This year, we welcome a new colla, dem- onstrating that the casteller tradition is more alive than ever in our city.

CASTELLS DAY WITH GUEST COLLES

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 25 / 12 MOON  Pl. de Sant Jaume

As well as themselves giving an exhibition of their skills to mark the feast of their patron saint, the city’s castellers also invite the best colles from all over Catalonia to share in this festive performance. As a result, two top ensembles will perform on Sunday, September 25: the Minyons de Terrassa and the Castellers de Vilafranca.

BASTONER MATINEE

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 25 / 11 AM Pl. del Rei (11 am) and Pl. de la Mercè (1 pm)

Two squares in old Barcelona host the great festivity staged by the local groups of bastoners, performing traditional dances that are an essential element in the festivities for La Mercè.

SARDANES

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 24 / 19 PM  Pl. de la Mercè

The Colla Sardanista Violetes del Bosc performs sardanes accompanied by the Cobla La Principal del Llobregat.

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