Following on from the stunning 'Graciès Johan' mosaic which Camp Nou proudly unveiled last season, Barcelona have something equally as original planned for the moments ahead of kick-off in Saturday's Clásico. The club have announced that this mosaic will be the first of its kind to feature an animated design - with the theme being the region's famous human tower castellers, the Senyera flag, club colours and the message: 'Força Barça'
Barça have published instructions for their season ticket holders on how the mosaic will be animated to display a Castell or human tower being built.
1) The supporters in the first tier should raise their cards first. They should do this when the club anthem (‘tot el camp…’) starts playing and keep it held in the air until the music has ended.
2) Next up are the supporters in the second tier. They should raise their cards when the anthem reaches the point that says ‘si del sud o del nord’. They too should then keep their cards in the air until the music ends.
3) The last group will be the supporters in the upper (third) tier. They should raise their cards when the song bursts into the chorus with the word ‘Blaugrana al vent’. They too should then hold their cards aloft until the end of the song.
There will be a reminder of the complete procedure on the video scoreboard and the stadium screens in the build-up to the match. There will also be an explanation printed on the back of each card.
What are castells?
The spectacular Catalan tradition of building human towers dates back to the early 18th century, originally in the Tarragona region although now they are a common feature at folk festivals and other celebrations throughout the country.
Over the years, the art of building such towers has developed spectacularly, and the heights reached by modern day casteller groups are astonishing. They can commonly reach up to nine or ten people high, and as the motto goes, reflect a fine combination of strength, balance, courage and level-headedness.
In November 2010, castells were declared by UNESCO to be amongst the Masterpieces of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity
- Roque Mesa877Passes
*Update 30 de noviembre de 2016