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COVID-19 CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC

Festivals in Tenerife and other large gatherings are still not able to be held with social distancing and other restrictions still in force. Events listed here, therefore, are subject to cancellation or change without notice. Such circumstances are beyond our control.

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Friday, November 26, 2021

Christmas begins in the rain in Santa Cruz

Christmas lights switch on in Santa Cruz de Tenerife

The Plaza del Príncipe was the stage, last night, as the Christmas lights were turned on.

It had not struck seven in the afternoon when the rain made an appearance in the Plaza del Príncipe de Santa Cruz, where switching on the Christmas lights was taking place. With a capacity limited to 750 people, the same rain made it far from full. Umbrellas were the protagonists in an event that began with the Gospel Shine Voices choir singing Hallelujah. The mayor, José Manuel Bermúdez, advocated a "quiet Christmas" in which "prevention and precaution" must prevail, "and from the City Council we are going to help to achieve it."

Accompanied by the Children's Queen of Carnival 2020, Violeta García, and the Santa Cruz artist Ariann Music, to the rhythm of 'All want for Christmas is You', the mayor pressed the switch that filled the Plaza del Príncipe with light, while the rain continued to fall, this time mixed with the confetti that fell after the ignition occurred.

After the event in the Plaza del Príncipe, the mayor, together with the first deputy mayor, Guillermo Díaz Guerra, the councillor for fiestas, Alfonso Cabello and other members of the government, made the traditional tour of the streets already decked out for Christmas.

ILLUMINATION

As for the lighting, with a total of 3.5 million LED bulbs, for this Christmas campaign the City Council, through the Department of Public Services and the offices of the five districts, will light 162 streets of the city, 22 more than last year; the installation of 207 arches, while in 2020 there were 176; 908  Christmas motifs on the street lamps; the city will have 29,000 meters of garlands and 90 meters of tunnels, with approximately 30,000 LEDs.

For the last week the five districts of the city have already been adorned with about 50,000 poinsettias, in the traditional Christmas planting campaign. On this occasion, some 28,000 red and 9,000 white poinsettias have been planted, and, in addition, 2,000 red units, 1,500 fuchsia, 4,700 white, 1,000 pink and 1,300 variegated poinsettias will be planted of the princetia variety.

With last night's event, the Christmas period is considered inaugurated, and it does so coinciding today with the celebration of the day of Black Friday (although in Santa Cruz it's Black Week), which is the starting gun, commercially speaking, for Christmas.

In the coming weeks, depending on how the pandemic evolves, Santa Cruz has prepared a fortnight of events distributed throughout the city, which include from Christmas markets, parades with Christmas carols, or the placement of real mailboxes in schools that the little ones can send their letters to the Magi.

The reception of Their Majesties at the Heliodoro Rodríguez López stadium and the Parade through the streets of Santa Cruz (usually Jan 5) are still on the air, awaiting a decision on authorization from Public Health for their celebration. It is hoped that it will be next week when it is known, if finally, these mass events can be held in the capital.

Tenerife Sur RallySprint 2021 Suspended


The Organizing Committee of the RallySprint Tenerife Sur and the Escudería Villa de Adeje deeply regret to announce the SUSPENSION OF THE 2021 EDITION of the RallySprint Tenerife Sur, originally scheduled for November 27 and 28.

After intense weeks of negotiation and search for alternatives to holding the event, considering, among others, going from a single section to the combination of several specials around the municipality of Santiago del Teide (although without exceeding the kilometres allowed for the championship) and even change the scene to another area in the south of the island, it has been impossible, to guarantee that the event could go ahead.

2022: A NEW RALLY IS BORN

However, all this work has resulted in the confirmation that, for the 2022 season, the municipality of Santiago del Teide, will host a newly created rally competition.

Poli Delgado, president of the Organizing Committee, stated that “it is a great shame for us to have the obligation to announce the suspension of the Tenerife South RallySprint, but, at the same time, we are excited to confirm that we have very a new rally that will be added to the island calendar in the municipality of Santiago del Teide next season”.

Thursday, November 25, 2021

Arona launches its Popular Fair during the Christmas holidays in Los Cristianos

Arona Council has inaugurated its Popular Fair, located next to the municipal swimming pool in Los Cristianos, which will be open until January 9, with limited capacity measures in place to guarantee COVID security.

Since last weekend, residents and visitors to Arona have been able to enjoy the Popular Fair, a large area of ​​2,000 square meters of leisure and entertainment for the whole family during the Christmas holidays, with children's and adult's attractions of all kinds; shooting galleries, toy and candy stalls, and 'the typical restaurant stalls of any fair worth its salt'.

The opening hours are Friday and Saturday from 5:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m., and from Sunday to Thursday from 5:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m., except for December 24, 25 and 31, and on January 5 and 6, which will open from 4:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m., while on January 1 the schedule will be from 5:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m.

Carnival Main Parade in Santa Cruz 2015

The Coso Apoteosis del Carnaval Tenerife (Carnival Main Parade) in Santa Cruz de Tenerife is usually held on Shrove Tuesday, which was Tuesday, February 17th, 2015.

Wednesday, November 24, 2021

Floods in the Canary Islands in 1968

Castle and area of San Felipe in Puerto de la Cruz
Oliver Abels, CC BY-SA 4.0, via Wikimedia Commons

In the floods of 24 November 1968, the most affected islands were those of El Hierro, La Gomera, Tenerife and Gran Canaria. Through the Barranco de Las Goteras, in the east of Gran Canaria, the water ran after 20 years of total inactivity, and in the Guiniguada, the waters reached two meters in height as it passed through Las Palmas de Gran Canaria. Likewise, the rains collected on the peaks caused the Caidero La Niña and Parralillo dams to overflow. But the town that suffered the greatest human and material damage was Puerto de la Cruz, in the north of Tenerife, since strong winds that descended down the slope were added to the intense rains, which at times acquired the character of torrential, from the summit towards the La Orotava valley. The flood in Puerto de La Cruz destroyed 40 homes, most of them on the banks of the San Felipe ravine. One person died. There was much damage in northern municipalities, with flooded streets and houses, blocked roads, landslides and power cuts. Access to Punta Brava was cut off, part of the Calzada de Martiánez and the Puerto de la Cruz beaches were under water.

In Gran Canaria, winds of 118 k per hour, a strong swell and a southerly storm were the causes that, on November 25, 1968, two ships anchored in the port broke their moorings and ended up at Las Alcaravaneras. The small boat, Dumbo and her companion Kallipateira, could not escape the fury of the sea on that winter night, where the first ended up on the shore of the capital's beach and the second, of Greek nationality, trapped in the reef. 

Efemérides meteorológicas en Canarias del siglo XX y XXI

(The video below shows flooding in the San Felipe ravine in 2009.)

Tuesday, November 23, 2021

Festival Mueca 2021 in Puerto de la Cruz

Festival Mueca 2021

The International Festival of Street Art - Mueca - celebrates its 2021 edition between November 25 and 28, organized by the City Council with the support and involvement of collaborating entities and, especially, the public that supports the event every year.

More details from http://www.festivalmueca.com

Monday, November 22, 2021

Both men and women will be able to compete in the galas of the Carnival of Santa Cruz 2023

A carnival gala in 2020

The Autonomous Organization of Fiestas and Recreational Activities (OAFAR) of Santa Cruz de Tenerife approved, unanimously, last Thursday, the creation of a working group with the aim of making the carnival galas in 2023 inclusive: so that those who compete in them can be both men and women. Councillor for fiestas, Alfonso Cabello, explained at the end of the Oafar Governing Council, “The Governing Council approved the convocation of the three Queen's Election Galas for next year, and at the same point on the agenda, an agreement was adopted so that the celebration of the following year, 2023, at least in the children's section, to make it possible to have a more inclusive Gala.

The work group is to find a way to make this full inclusion effective. The political parties of the opposition, the designers, as well as the Equality area of ​​the City Council will all be represented in this working group. 

“Gender or sex should not be a variable when choosing a winner”, added the councillor. Cabello admitted that it is a complex matter because the designs, which until now are obviously feminine, need to change to another type of fantasy. In any case, "I think that this is something the Carnival has overcome, because on some occasions a candidate has come forward who on her DNI was a man, and it has not posed any kind of problem."

In addition to this agreement, the Governing Council approved the tender for seven contracts, including those for chairs, scenography, security or cleaning. "The City Council is working so that the legal and administrative aspects are a given to celebrate the Carnival and that only the doubt that remains is the evolution of the pandemic", defended Cabello. 

Poster for Carnival 2022

Also Thursday, Fiestas announced the contest for the poster for Carnival 2022, inviting any person, artist or designers, individually or as a team, to submit a single work. The winner will obtain a prize of 2,500 euros and the ownership of the work will go exclusively to fiestas.

Fabada lagunera (Bean stew, La Laguna style)

Fabada

Fabada or Fabada asturiana, traditionally from the northern Spanish community of Asturias, is another classic for cold weather. This version from La Laguna, can be tasted in any house, restaurant or guachinche, in the city and in other parts of the municipality.

Ingredients:
  • 250 g of white beans
  • 1 carrot
  • 1 leek, washed and left whole
  • 100 g of chorizo
  • 1 blood sausage (morcilla - black pudding)
  • 100g bacon
  • A ham bone
  • 100 g of pig's ear (or tail)
  • Peppers
  • a pinch of salt
Method:

Soak the beans in cold water the night before. The ham bone and the piece of pork ear or tail are also soaked in warm water.

The next day, in a large pan, place the beans together with the carrot and leek, bacon, the ham bone and the piece of ear or pork tail. [Latter optional for the squeamish.]

Cover with cold water and place in on the heat. Bring to the boil, skim and cook over low heat (until the beans are done, which varies depending on the bean), ensuring that the beans are always covered with water. Add cold water in small quantities, as needed.

Add the whole morcilla (blood sausage) and chorizo ​​at any time but bearing in mind that you have to let them cook together with the beans for just 20 minutes. Once the blood sausage and chorizo ​​are stewed, remove them from the stew and reserve.

The broth should be thick; to achieve this, mash some beans along with the cooked vegetables and return to the pan.

Once the beans are cooked, remove from the heat and leave to rest for 10 minutes. Once rested, season and serve with the meats and sausages divided into pieces. 

Sunday, November 21, 2021

When will the La Palma volcano stop erupting?

La Palma lava flows into the sea. European Space Agency, CC BY-SA 2.0

What must happen for the eruption to end?

When will the volcano stop erupting? Two months after the start of the eruption of the La Palma volcano, this is the question most people ask. Experts, from the first day, have insisted that Strombolian volcanoes are unpredictable. It is, therefore, impossible to guess when it will end, but there are some parameters that will give us clues when the beginning of the end begins. Our colleague, María Moreno, tells us how many and what they are: 

Seismicity, tremor, deformation of the ground, sulphur dioxide emissions … These are the terms that will determine what many are waiting for: the moment when the volcano can be declared 'off'. The geologists of the National Geographic Institute (IGN) Rubén López and Stavros Meletlidis tell us what the process will be like and when we will know that we are in a situation equal to before everything began, on September 19.

Clipper – strawberry soda brand from Gran Canaria, that sells only in Canary islands

The La Palma volcano is like a soft drink opened two months ago: it is losing gas, but bubbles are still rising. “Below there is still imbalance and it continues to inject magma. What we call 'systemic music'. And while there is music, there will be dancing,” explains López.

When will the volcano go out?

There are several clues that indicate that the volcano is fading. These are the parameters that volcanologists measure every day and one of the most important is seismicity, the earthquakes that wake up almost everyone on the island and now seem to be relaxing.

The tremor is included within the seismicity and is described as the vibration. "There will come a time when no material comes out and we can say that the eruption is ending," says volcanologist Rubén López. The tremor recently reached zero, but it recovered.

Deformation is another parameter that can indicate that the volcano is getting tired. To understand the concept, it is possible to imagine the volcano as a balloon into which the lava enters from below, swells and deforms. And so it can be a long time, as it happened in El Hierro. The crucial thing is not that it loses weight, but that it stops gaining weight. Something that, according to the expert, is being fulfilled: "We are in fairly stabilized parameters."

On the other hand, gases are a good indication to take into account. The volcano not only expels lava, but also sulphur dioxide. Right now up to 20,000 tons a day, but it has to go down to 500 before we can talk about the beginning of the end.

It will not disappear either linearly or progressively. The volcano will have comings and goings until one day the levels stop short. That, currently, is an impossible date to establish.

But something that can be anticipated is that we will not know that it has stopped its activity until much later, maybe even weeks. "It will have to be a consensus among scientists on which day we can determine that the day of extinction was," adds López.

"I'd like to predict the winning number in the Christmas Lottery", shares volcanologist Stavros Meletlidis, in a reflection of the desire of many of the people of La Palma.

¿Cuándo se apagará el volcán de La Palma? | 2021 Cumbre Vieja volcanic eruption

Santa Cruz de Tenerife Carnival 2022 scenery inspired by the orbits of the solar system

The orbits of a solar system

The design, by Carlos Santos Cabrera, will be 2,100 m2 with 160 m2 of led screen

The stage for the contests and galas, in the Tenerife International Centre for Trade Fairs and Congresses, of the Carnival of Santa Cruz de Tenerife 2022 invites you on a space trip to the parallel universe of the fiesta and is inspired by the orbits of a solar system.

"The effect of the stage with lighting is going to be fundamental considering the theme of this edition is science fiction, and this stage could not work without this lighting," added the mayor. The format also allows a different setting in each contest and each gala.

The presentation ceremony also included the participation of the councillor of Fiestas, Alfonso Cabello, and the artistic director of the Carnival, Enrique Camacho. The mayor announced "that to reach the month of February we have to meet a series of milestones, such as this one we are celebrating, the bidding for the construction of the stage will begin in the next few days and this gives a very important starting signal to carnival”.



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