Catalan Festival with the Gegants of Sarrià, of Sant Jaume and the castellers of the Jove Xiquets of Vilafranca

On Saturday, 23 August, the Gegants de Sarrià and of Sant Jaume, together with the castellers of the Colla Jove Xiquets of Vilafranca, are participating in the Catalan Festival. As usual, this little festival of traditional and popular culture will kick off at 7.30 pm on Avinguda de la Catedral.

The festival will start off with a performance by the Colla Jove Xiquets of Vilafranca, a human tower group founded in 2010. They will be followed by the dances of Gervasi and Laieta, the Giants of Sarrià. The figures represent a couple of Catalan peasants and were made in 1987 by the designer Domènec Umbert. The Giants of Sant Jaume –Ferran and Mercè– are newer but are linked to the ancient church of Sant Jaume Apòstol, located in carrer de Ferran.

The Catalan Festival is a small popular-culture event which is held in the city centre every Saturday during the summer. The aim is to show tourists the most authentic Catalan traditions and demonstrate the wealth of Barcelona popular culture. For this reason a large number of city organisations take part: castellers, the Falcons de Barcelona and the Moixiganga dancers, sardana ring-dance and other traditional dance groups, gegants(giants) and bestiari (dragons and other beastly figures).