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The Biennial

Since 2012, the Biennial has pushed, welcomed and given support to very different activities and contents, as a result from the diversity of aims and audiences it addresses. 

Of course, one of the main lines of work has been the documentation and reflexivity over the Concurs de Castells itself. To that extent, the Biennial has produced these audiovisual features: El somni de Pau Casals (2014), a documentary by Raquel Sans and Toniu Xou on the occasion of the Concurs’ 25td edition; and Les primeres mans (2018), an audiovisual by David Oliete and Roger Conesa which plays with photography and ambience sound to express the experience of a “castell”. It also gave support to the editing of the book Emocions puntuades (2016), by Jordi Suriñach and Jordi Andreu, which was dedicated to the Concurs’ history. 

The Biennial has also given a push to university research on “castells”. Together with the Centre de Prospectiva i Anàlisi dels Castells (CEPAC), they have set since 2017 an annual prize for the best degree or master’s dissertations over “castells”, and, since 2019 and every two years, a research grant. Also, the Biennial summoned CEPAC and the Observatory for Equality at Universitat Rovira i Virgili a pioneer study on the presence of women at managerial positions in the “colles”. 

The Biennial has also developed initiatives regarding the dialogue with other intangible cultural heritage elements, especially under the UNESCO Convention, like the symposium “School and Intangible Heritage of Humanity” (2012).