Standing tall

Standing tall


Thursday, 4 October 2018, 10:50

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The art of the human tower is unlikely to be considered among the Fine Arts any time soon, but it nonetheless will attract tens of thousands of people to this city on 6 and 7 October for an annual contest.

In it, 32 tower teams are pitted against one another to see who can create the tallest and most difficult-to-build human constructions.

This practice dates back to the 18th century, when a traditional dance of the region began taking on a new dimension. Today, climbers, barefoot and wearing sashes around their torsos for support, create towers which are, in some cases, nine storeys high, each crowned by a small child.

The tower competition is the main event, but parallel parades, music, street performances and concerts will also take place, showcasing the culture and history of the city.

A journey back further into the history of the city, as far back as the early Christians, can be made at the exhibition housed in impressively-remodelled Seminary building pictured. If you know where this is, you could win a prize.

Please send the name of the city and the name of the human tower competition (in the original language) to Only entries with your full name, delivery address and telephone number will be considered.

Last month's photo showed Bohinj valley (Slovenia) where Kravji Bal, a festival to celebrate the return of the cattle took place.

Congratulations to Håkan Assarsson in Estepona who answered correctly. Your prize will be on its way to you soon.

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