For a number of years now,Jove de Barcelona have organised a “diada castellera” or human-tower event on 11 September. This year will be the second time that two events have been organised in the city for Catalan National Day.
The first, the Diada del 1714, will be in Plaça Comercial at 11.30 am on Wednesday 11 September, to mark the importance of this area in the events of three centuries ago. In fact, the “diada castellera” was first held as part of the 1714 tercentenary celebrations and now it has become a key date on the human-tower calendar in the run-up to the La Mercè festival. This year, besides the “castells” or towers of the hosts, Colla Jove, spectators will also be able to see those built by two of the country’s leading groups: the Capgrossos de Mataró and the Minyons de Terrassa.
The Diada Castellera de l’Onze de Setembre will start a little later. This event is unique because there is no single organiser. Instead it is jointly organised by the Castellers de la Vila de Gràcia and the Borinots (Castellers de Sants). The two groups will meet at 12 midday at the junction between Ronda de Sant Pere and Carrer del Bruc, where there will also be the Bordegassos (Castellers de Vilanova i la Geltrú). The proximity of the Rafael Casanova monument means the event has a special significance on a day like this.