Music for the sardane is played by a cobla, a wind band with double bass consisting of 12 instruments played by 11 musicians. Four of these instruments (tenora, tible, flabiol and tamborí) are typical Catalan instruments along with the more traditional trumpet, trombone, fiscorn and double bass. The makeup of a cobla never varies.

Colles, Castells and Castellers Once upon a time, rival bands of young people released their pent up energy by competing against each other in feats of strength and agility. No guns, no knives.  In Valls near…

30th JULY The origin of this procession goes back to 1465 when a shepherd of Montbolo called Noguer de GASNACH had a vision at the Col de la Porta (Col de Formentere). In this vision,…

You may already know that the donkey is the symbol of Catalonia, French and Spanish, whilst the bull is the unofficial national symbol of Spain, but do you know how it all started?

Doing it in the Street   With Henry Shaftoe If you have been to many public outdoor events in the region, you will probably have come across one or more acoustic bands in matching or…

Grub-ada The Catalan tradition for an “-ada” or ‘ade’ in French,  denoting a collective meal for many, and based mainly around a single ingredient, often creates some highly unusual, charming and community spirited festivals where…