THE HOBBY OF RAISING CASTLES
Serafí R. has been part of the castle’s group of Xicots de Vilafranca for more Than 20 years. He trains hard to be prepared to raise human castles. He goes training every Friday from 10 in the evening to midnight, with the rest of his group.
The Xicots de Vilafranca commissioned a puppet with the image of Serafí, because he is one of the oldest members. The figure, made by the artist Agustí Salvà, is of big dimensions and it was one of the symbols of the group that went around different places celebrating their 35th anniversary.
Last March, 24th, there was an event at Mas de les Cabanyes, in which the puppet was awarded to the Fundació Mas Albornà, entity that has a Special Centre Work in which Serafí has collaborated since 1992. The event was organised by Mas Albornà and the Xicots de Vilafranca and was attended by the mayor of Les Cabanyes, Agustí Vallverdú, and the Culture Councellor, Anna Arrufat.
Serafí won over the audience with his short speech, especially when he said that “the Xicots are the best ones, we will win the Tarragona contest, and I will raise the castle”. After these words, he set to work on it and they raised a pillar with the Xicots de Vilafranca.
Although the weather wasn’t good that day, there were quite a lot of people and enjoyed all the activities.