Category Archives: Tenerife Events and Festivals

Canarian Food Fair Los Cristianos 25-26 April 2015

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Canarian food artesans will be putting on the 11th Feria de Alimentos Canarios at the Plaza del Pescador outside the Cultural Centre in Los Cristianos on Saturday 25 and Sunday 26 April. As usual, the event will comprise displays, exhibitions and offers of all sorts of Canarian foods, including cheeses, gofio, wines, honey, sweets, even fruits and vegetables, and herbs. Stalls will be open between 10am and 8pm both days. There is more information HERE for those who might wish to have a stall at the fair, but for the rest of us, it’s another opportunity to enjoy what has become a very popular regular Canarian food fest.

 

Info From Janet Anscombe

Meteor showers in the Canaries in 2015

Update 19 April: The second meteor shower of 2015, the Lyrids, will be visible this Tuesday and Wednesday, 21-22 and 22-23 April. There’s a chart HERE of where best to look out for them. Astronomers say that the best time will be shortly before dawn, especially on the night of the 22-23rd, but any time after 10pm on either night should be rewarding. Apparently they’re expecting this year to be a bumper one for the Lyrids.

Original post 5 January: The first meteor shower of 2015 was the Quadrantids, which hardly provided any show a couple of nights ago since the peak only lasted a few hours, and there was an almost full moon which didn’t set until just before dawn. With this year’s Quadrantids not giving the best show, below is a full list of this year’s other meteor showers. The next is the Lyrids in April:

January 3-4 Quadrantids
April 21-22 Lyrids
May 5-6 Eta Aquarids
July 27-28 Delta Aquarids
August 11-12 Perseids
October 8 Draconids
October 21-22 Orionids
November 4-5 South Taurids
November 12-13 North Taurids
November 17-18 Leonids
December 13-14 Geminids

Click HERE for full information on them all.

Info from Janet Anscombe 

The Famous Los Realejos Fireworks Display 3rd May 2015

Although not a Tenerife-wide public holiday, Los Realejos’ Cruces & Fuegos fiesta on 3 May draws people from around the island and even further afield. The fiesta was granted National Tourist Interest status last month and so this year’s fireworks might be even more spectacular than usual! The display has long been recognized as the best fireworks display in Tenerife, and indeed, is now officially one of the best in the whole of Spain.

The whole fiesta is famous for being a competition between two streets in Los Realejos for the best firework display, a tradition that started, incredibly, in 1770. The Hermanos Toste themselves date back to 1788 and have a factory in Los Realejos, the only one in the Canaries that makes fireworks.

This year’s display will be broadcast live as usual and streamed from the Ayuntamiento’s website HERE from around 9.30 … the whole thing lasts for around three hours! This short video of 2011′s displays will hopefully give some idea of what to expect.

Info from Janet Anscombe

Annual May Crafts Fair in Adeje 16th – 17th May

Adeje’s popular annual Arts and Crafts Fair will be held on 16 and 17 May, as usual in the prize-winning Plaza de España between the Ayuntamiento and the church at the top of Calle Grande. Registered artesans with a carné de artesano who would like a stall can apply between now and 1 May – details HERE. For those of us who just enjoy looking at and buying the arts and crafts, as well as sampling the foods and events that accompany the market, the fair will be open to the public on Saturday 16 and Sunday 17 between 10am and 8pm.

info from Janet Anscombe

Circolandia back in Los Cristianos Sunday 12th April

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Circloandia has always been a massive success when it’s come to Tenerife, and now it’s back! The spectacular interactive show features 20 or so international artists – clowns, acrobats, magicians, and much more – from Russia, France, Brazil, Senegal and Spain, including award-winning Monte Carlo circus performers and a Guinness World Record holder! Oh, and Spiderman …

The show will be performed for one night only at 6pm this Sunday, 12 April, in the Infanta Leonor auditorium in Los Cristianos.Tickets cost €10 if bought in advance from the Los Cristianos cultural centre (Monday to Friday, 9am-2pm), or €12 at the door on the night.

Info from Janet Anscombe

Adeje Easter Passion Play, Good Friday, 3 April Update

Update 1 April: Adeje Ayuntamiento says that there will be one or two changes for the town’s Passion Play this Friday, which will be broadcast not only on Spanish television’s La2, but also streamed live HERE.The most notable changes are in the Herod and Pontius Pilate staging areas, costumes, and some upgrades to the Jerusalem marketplace, recreating the ambiance of the era. The Municipal School of Music and Dance will participate as Herod’s dancers, and new too is the dance which will be performed by the Beanky Ballet on the stage where the Last Supper will take place. The script has also been made more intense. All the music is written by members of the Municipal School of Music and Dance (EMMA), and will incorporate some traditional Canarian musical themes and instruments.The whole of the Calle Grande, from the Plaza de la Cruz del Llano to the Plaza España, will be a stage dressed to resemble Biblical time, with plants, cloths, sculptures and altars, etc., and with live farm animals in the staging areas. Anyone uploading photographs and videos during and after the performance is asked to use the hashtag #PasionAdeje2015 to give the event even greater visibility.

For their own safety and comfort, the council asks the public to wear comfortable shoes and clothing, including a sun hat and adequate sun cream, and to bring water. In particular the public is asked to follow the instructions of the local police, bomberos and civil protection units who are there to ensure everyone’s safety, and not to cross the temporary barriers erected to keep the streets clear for the performance itself.

Update 24 March: Adeje Ayuntamiento says that the staging of The Passion will take place from 12 noon on Good Friday, 3 April, on Calle Grande (the road fron the post office up to the Town Hall), and be broadcast live on Channel 2, TV España in Canaries

The council says that its religious Easter events begin in earnest this Friday, 27 March, known to Christians as the Friday of Sorrows: the full Easter programme can be found HERE. The many different processions which will be held over the next several days will allow the public to see the borough’s many different sacred images and statues, some of huge artistic importance, most of which have been carefully restored in the last decade or so in the Council Heritage Conservation Workshop. Cultural councillor Nayra Medina Bethencourt said that “Easter week in Adeje is of particular importance in the cultural calendar of the borough, with the people of Adeje taking part in many of the different acts and events, above all in the staging of The Passion.”.

Bethencourt added that the council understood that not everyone celebrates Holy Week and therefore disruption was minimised. During the passion play itself, however, the whole of Calle Grande is turned into a stage for the reenactment of the last days and death of Jesus of Nazareth. From the Jerusalem marketplace, the last supper in the Plaza de la Cruz del Llano, the Herod and Pontius Pilate stage, to the crucifixion itself in the Plaza España with the amazing Adeje skyline and Barranco del Infierno as a backdrop, if you haven’t seen it, don’t miss it. If you have, you’ll know why you want to see it all over again! As I’ve said in previous years, get there early, and ideally by public transport or taxi, because this gets packed out! The council’s video from 2013 above should give a flavour of this stunning spectacle.

Original post 10 March: I’ve posted in previous years (see HERE) about Adeje’s Easter passion play, and its drama and emotion. It will be no different in 2015, of course, and if anyone would like to be more than a spectator, but would actually like to take part in the enactment itself, you can sign up to do so now in the Cultural Centre in Adeje between 8am and 10pm, or by phone to 922 756 246. Children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult.

This year’s preparations are now underway, and each year some 300 “actors” take part in the passion play, the vast majority of them residents in the municipality. The event is famed worldwide, and tens of thousands attend, a great number of them tourists in the area. It is televised live internationally, too. Adeje Ayuntamiento’s culture department says that such coverage allows those who cannot attend in person to watch, but that the best way to experience the passion of the Pasión is as an actor involved in the production itself.

info From Janet Anscombe

Adeje Easter Passion Play, Good Friday, 3 April 2015

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I’ve posted in previous years (see HERE) about Adeje’s Easter passion play, and its drama and emotion. It will be no different in 2015, of course, and if anyone would like to be more than a spectator, but would actually like to take part in the enactment itself, you can sign up to do so now in the Cultural Centre in Adeje between 8am and 10pm, or by phone to 922 756 246. Children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult.

This year’s preparations are now underway, and each year some 300 “actors” take part in the passion play, the vast majority of them residents in the municipality. The event is famed worldwide, and tens of thousands attend, a great number of them tourists in the area. It is televised live internationally, too. Adeje Ayuntamiento’s culture department says that such coverage allows those who cannot attend in person to watch, but that the best way to experience the passion of the Pasión is as an actor involved in the production itself.

Carnival Princess crowned, and so is the Senior Queen

Carnival 2SANTA Cruz Carnival is in full flow, and this week saw the start of the beauty pageants, with young Idaira Afonso beating off stiff competition to be crowned  Carnival Princess.

Fifteen girls made the final, and the auditorium was packed to the rafters. The standard was high, with all the girls showing an amazing amount of confidence as they dazzled on stage.

The contestants started the gala in traditional dress and sang along to traditional songs, before dressing in their own outfits for the main body of the contest.

These outfits were full of colour and originality, and it was easy to see how much hard work these girls and their designers had put in.

A variety of local dance troops and musical acts kept the crowd entertained while the judges had the thankless task of marking the contestants.

They took longer than originally planned, such was the standard of the final. Eventually they elected six bridesmaids. The entire runner-up and first lady was Eileen Martin, with Irune Rodríguez the second lady-in-waiting.

The third bridesmaid was Yunaisi Fuentes who came ahead of Alexia Hernandez, Carmina Perez (whose Wizard of Oz outfit drew the biggest applause) and Anabel Gutiérrez.

The event was such a success that there are already plans to expand it next year. But there was one fly in the ointment. Several parents or the participants had to purchase tickets for the competition, even though they were told they didn’t have to.

In tough economic times, it does seem that something like that should be reviewed.

A couple of days later, Rosenda Campos was crowned Senior Carnival Queen and she celebrated like she had won Miss World! She received her sceptre and crown in a fine outfit designed by Samuel Curbelo.

María Gutiérrez was voted her First Lady of Honour and María Elvira Fernandez her Second Lady. This event was little more light-hearted than the other pageants, but the ladies and the crowd certainly enjoyed themselves!

It’s the Blue Riband event on Wednesday as the Carnival Queen competition sees the good and the great out in force.

The contest has been sold out for months, but you can watch the Gala unfold on TV Canarias.

Canarian Weekly

Tenerife Walking Festival in 2015

Senderos de Anaga. Photo: Cabildo

Update 5 February 2015: Whilst posting about the Las Galletas marathon registration period, it occurs to me to remind walkers that the window to register online for the Walking Festival ends on Monday next, 9 February. Just click HERE to register – I’ve set the page to English.

Update 3 October 2014: The Tenerife Cabildo has now released the multilingual website for the festival, which is HERE, and registration is now open for those who would like to take part.

Original post 27 February: Tenerife will be the European walking capital between 10 and 15 March next year when some 700 hikers arrive for the Tenerife Walking Festival. The festival is being organized by the Cabildo through Turismo de Tenerife,  and the walkers will be based in Puerto de la Cruz where they will enjoy some  of the most beautiful hiking routes Tenerife can offer. The senderos will be divided into three categories: volcanic, coastal and Jurassic … forested areas of barely imaginable antiquity like Anaga and Teno. Naturally, walkers will also be able to experience other aspects of those areas, like bodegas, agricultural fincas, museums, sky watching, and so on, the whole event dovetailing with the niche-market trend for tourism generally in the Canaries

Tenerife president Carlos Alonso explained that “the festival is an excellent opportunity to show off the qualities of our island as a walking destination that offers so much more than just sun and sand.” Sr Alonso noted that one of the major benefits for Tenerife is that those attending will belong to clubs and federations throughout Europe, and on their return home will enthuse about their vivid experiences, becoming ambassadors for Tenerife to this far wider audience.

Under the new brand Tenerife No Limits, the first preparatory meeting for the walking festival took place this week. Besides the Cabildo’s own technicians, the meeting was attended by the president of the European Walking Association, Lis Nielsen; the coordinator of senderos from the Spanish Walking Federation, Antonio Turmo; and the president of the Federación Canaria de Montañismo, Concepción Frauendorff. These organizations are collaborating in the organization of the festival together with the Ayuntamiento de Puerto de la Cruz, whose tourism councillor, Carmen Padilla, also attended the meeting.

Tenerife has a walking route network of some 100 senderos, reaching in total around 1,500 km, and walking is one of the biggest niche markets among the island’s holidaymakers – some 14% of our tourists come here specifically for this purpose. After next year’s festival, no doubt it will be more!

http://www.janetanscombe.com/news/cabildo-announces-international-tenerife-walking-festival-in-2015.html

Adeje annual Easter enactment of “the greatest story every told” the Passion of Jesus Christ

 

Photo: Adeje Ayuntamiento

Adeje Council’s Culture department will once again present “the greatest story ever told” – the Passion of Jesus Christ – tomorrow, Good Friday, 18 April. The annual Easter passion play reenacting the last days and death of Jesus of Nazareth, thePasión, will once again be staged in Calle Grande and will be broadcast live throughout Spain on TVE in the Canaries and on La2 nationally.

La Pasión will start at 12 noon, and for the second year running the scene of the crucifixion will be in the Plaza España. Culture Department councillor Nayra Medina Bethencourt noted that “with the change of location and stages which we did for the first time last year we achieved the desired affect, which was to create a panoramic setting for the final setting which we get with the Plaza, the church, the Convento and the Barranco del Infierno as a backdrop”. There is also more room for the public to watch the final scene of La Pasión with the change to the Plaza.

The councillor said that La Pasión is a major event for Adeje, and that “more than 300 people will be taking part as amateur actors in the staging of the story, the vast majority of them people from different parts of the borough who sign up year after year to take part in what is an important element of our local culture”. She said that ” the people of the borough feel they own the event, and return to it year after year. This … important international event [is] something very different, very unique. As well as the participation of local residents we must also recognise those other groups and individuals from other parts of the island who will be here, from the north, from the island capital, or the many who come from other towns and villages to play their part”.

She is right, of course, but it is more even than all that. It is also a stunning visual spectacle of high emotion that is gaining worldwide renown. And in 2014, the production will see a number of improvements to some of the stages, costumes, the Jerusalem marketplace which will have 20 stalls this year, all of which will add to creating the atmosphere of the era. Another new addition will be the participation of students from the Municipal School of Music and Dance as Herod’s dancers. The Herod and Pontius Pilate stage has been redesigned and restructured, and that of Pontius Pilate and Claudia has also undergone some changes. Their script has also been changed and is more intense, with the inclusion of a song during this part of the representation.

The whole of the Calle Grande, from the Plaza de la Cruz del Llano to the Plaza España, will be a stage dressed to resemble Biblical times, with plants, cloths, sculptures and altars, etc. Music also plays an important part in the event, and all of the songs and compositions are originals, written by the EMMA, incorporating some traditional Canarian musical themes and instruments – the timple, cháracas, the drum, airs and dances. Security during the event will be provided by a group of Adeje local police, members of the civil protection unit and civil protection volunteers and the voluntary Adeje fire brigade.

If you haven’t seen it, don’t miss it. If you have, feel the pasión all over again. As I’ve said in previous years, get there early because this gets packed out, and get there by public transport or taxi because this gets packed out …

http://www.janetanscombe.com/news/adeje-annual-easter-enactment-of-the-greatest-story-every-told-the-passion-of-jesus-christ.html