Catalonia’s awesome ‘human towers’ put Cirque du Soleil in shade (VIDEOS, PHOTOS)

Castellers de Vilafranca form a human tower called "castell" during a biannual competition in Tarragona city, Spain October 2, 2016. © Albert Gea
Catalonia’s ‘human tower’ competition, ‘Concurs de Castells,’ took place in Tarragona, attracting 20,000 spectators, 32 teams and saw one troupe secure its eighth title on the trot.

The historic cultural and sporting event, which has its origins in the 18th century, was held over the weekend and sees competitors from all over the word take part.

The towers, known as castells, are considered a UNESCO intangible Cultural Heritage and an intrinsic part of Catalan identity. Children and adults work together in building the often-complex ‘human towers’, with stronger individuals anchoring the ‘structure’ at its base and kids climbing on top.

Many of the participants and spectators wear brightly colored t-shirts in the arena, with multiple teams in action simultaneously.

Colla Vella Xiquets de Valls form a human tower called "castell", while a supporter applauds, during a biannual competition in Tarragona city, Spain, October 2, 2016. © Albert Gea

The group from Vilafranca may have claimed the crown yet again, but the Chinese team ‘Els Xiquets de Hangzhou’ (Children of Hangzhou) stole the hearts of many present. And it’s not hard to see why.

Another participant in the contest, Jose said: “I think it’s great to have the Chinese team in the contest. I feel very excited when they stand beside us.”

Of course you would want to be sure the people below aren’t feeling light headed.