AC Affairs

Catalonia’s human towers rise even as Spain’s economy sinks

The vertigo-inducing tradition of building human towers, or castells, which has survived civil war, depression and dictatorship over two tumultuous centuries, is thriving as a haven of inclusiveness in a new era of upheaval in Catalonia.

VILA-RODONA, Spain—Jesús Zazo stood in the ancient plaza in a throng of other pink-clad members of the Colla Vella dels Xiquets club. He had everything riding on this grudge match in the Catalonia region’s signature competitive event: human-tower building…

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