* We want to tell you about our School Project; this year it was about Catalan
folklore. We focused on these traditions:
* “Drummers and Stick dance” *”Fire procession”.( Correfoc)
(Timbalers i ball de bastons)
*”Human towers” ( Castellers) * “Giants and Big-heads” (Gegants i
The children in these groups made drums and we played them.
They sounded really well.
We also learnt how to dance “Ball de bastons” (Stick dance)
CORREFOC (FIRE PROCESSION)
Correfocs are run in many Catalan
festivals. In the correfoc a group of
people dress up as devils and light
fireworks. Some members of a
correfoc group in Girona came to
our school and we could see them
in action. It was great fun!
In a correfoc there is often a
dragon . In the photo you can
see the dragon we made.
CASTELLERS ( HUMAN TOWERS)
Human towers are built in many
festivals all over Catalonia.
At these festivals several “colles
castelleres” or teams often build
a tower’s structure.
The Castellers team in Figueres
came to our school. They told
us about the human towers and
built one of them. Several
parents and six children in our
school are members of the team.
The lifting of the human tower is
accompanied by the characteristic
music of some “gralles”( a typical
Catalan wind instrument) and a
Some of us could be “Castellers”
and participate in the building of
the human tower.
GEGANTS I CAP-GROSSOS ( GIANTS AND BIG-HEADS)
Giants and big-heads
are brought out in
Many towns have
their own giants.
In the photo you
can see the giants
of Navata. They
are called Nazari
We made some
boxes. In the
pictures you can
see some of
We hope that you enjoyed learning about our Festival traditions.
From your friends at Joaquim Vallmajó School