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Sticks, Hankies, Baldricks & Bells – Dances of Catalunya

This page contains brief details about the video recording; the video (embedded in the page); an abstract for the talk; links to additional resources;  speaker biography and a summary.

Video recording of talk

Recording of a Morris Federation talk on “Sticks, Hankies, Baldricks & Bells – Dances of Catalunya” by Stephen Rowley held on Zoom on 27 March 2022. The #MorrisFedvideo lasts for 1 hour 12 minutes.



Spain has a vibrant traditional dance culture, with many distinctive regional styles. Catalunya is notable for its ‘Balls Populars’ – Popular Dances. There are aspects of these dances which we as morris dancers can identify with, for instance costume (whites, baldricks, bell pads), columnar form, pipe and tabor music, sticks and handkerchiefs. In this talk Stephen Rowley takes us to the Fiesta to find out more.

Visca Balls Populars! Visca Catalunya!

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Speaker biography

Stephen Rowley founded the Mummers Symposium in 2011 – an annual meeting of mummers, folklorists and academic researchers from around the world.  He is also a musician and dancer, founder of the International Mummers Festival, the International Pipe and Tabor Festival, and The Taborers Society.  He has performed and taught widely in Europe, USA, Russia and Australia.  He has a particular interest in the festival procession dances of the Iberian peninsular and their music.



  • Title: Sticks, Hankies, Baldricks & Bells – Dances from Catalunya
  • Speaker: Stephen Rowley
  • Facilitator: Pauline Woods-Wilson
  • Type: talk
  • Date of talk: 27 March 2022
  • Video edited by: Brian Kelly

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