The Castells are one of themost singular and traditional ways of manifesting the popular culture of Catalonia. The origins of this more than bicentenary tradition are situated in Valls between the end of S.XVIII and the begining of the S.XIX.
La Colla Vella dels Xiquets de Valls it’s the most ancient Colla of all the actual existent and its distinguished for its continuity from 1791, when it was know as Colla dels Pagesos. This continuity was only interrupted during the war time. With its 226 years of history it’s the most traditional Colla nowadays.
La Colla Vella dels Xiquets de Valls is an example of social coexistence and integration, a clear example is the different age range inside the Colla (precisely the enxaneta who culminates collective constructions is just a child) the different cultural, geographic and social backround of each member is one of the main distinctions of the Colla Vella de Valls. Furthermore, la Colla Vella has been an honorable national ambassador of the casteller tradition out of catalan borders on many times. Since 1958, when the Colla made their first trip abroad, at the Brussels International Expo, they have visited a great number of spanish and french cities, also Milan (Italy 1985) or even Lausana (Switzerland 1986). But the two outings of the Colla that have been more popular in the media have been to the American continent, United States in particular. In 1992 they became the first Colla to take castells accross the Atlantic ocean and present their first castells de vuit in Houston and San Antonio (Texas). Two years later they returned, this time to Chicago (Illinois) for the Football World Championship. Finally, in 2010, they attended the International Expo in Shangai (China).
In 2015, La Colla Vella made a spectacular actuation in China, where they certified the first Record Guinness.