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Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Official Santa Cruz Carnival Song 2018

Another tradition of Santa Cruz carnival is the official carnival song. This year, that honour goes to this track entitled "Carnavalera, carnavalero" by Foncho (ADOLFO MARTÍN), who is considered to be one of the most internationally known of Canarian artists.

Carnavalera, carnavalero | Canción oficial del Carnaval | Televisión Canaria 2018

Monday, January 15, 2018

Inauguration of Carnival in Santa Cruz de Tenerife 2018

Coverage of the inauguration of this year's 'Carnaval de La Fantasía', along with the presentation of the various candidates for the carnival queens that took place on Friday.

Inauguración Carnaval S/C Tenerife | 2018

Most Santa Cruz carnival events are televised via RTVE or RTVC, locally, nationally and internationally or recordings may be found on the CarnavalTVC Youtube channel.

Friday, January 12, 2018

Inauguration of Carnival 2018 in Santa Cruz de Tenerife

Saida Prieto in 2013

Friday, 12 January 2018 sees the Inauguration of Carnival in Santa Cruz de Tenerife with a gala that presents all of the candidates for the carnival queens. Last year a total of 47 aspiring carnival royalty registered to take part in the various contests; 16 for the adult carnival queen, 20 for the junior and 11 for the senior - 13 more than the previous year.

As was announced back in November,

"The big news for Carnaval 2018 is that Saida Prieto, the carnival queen candidate horrendously burnt when her fantasia (carnival dress) caught fire back in 2013, will try again to be Carnival Queen. She will be representing the newspaper Diario de Avisos, and says that she hopes to recover her dream as well as she has recovered her health. I imagine that she will carry the goodwill and hopes of the whole of Tenerife with her, and I can’t imagine what it would take for this enormously brave woman now not to be Reina of Carnaval 2018!"

Inauguración Carnaval Santa Cruz de Tenerife 2017

Most Santa Cruz carnival events are televised via RTVE or RTVC, locally, nationally and internationally or recordings may be found on the CarnavalTVC Youtube channel.

Thursday, January 11, 2018

A sneak peek at the scenery for Santa Cruz Carnival 2018

The theme of carnival in Santa Cruz in 2018 is La Fantasía (Fantasy) and here is the presentation of the design for the scenery which will form the backdrop for all of this year's carnival contests, including the Gala for the Selection of the Carnaval Queen.

Presentación del Escenario de La Fantasía del Carnaval 2018

Most Santa Cruz carnival events are televised via RTVE or RTVC, locally, nationally and internationally or recordings may be found on the CarnavalTVC Youtube channel.

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Traditional Fiestas in San Cristóbal de La Laguna

Cathedral of San Cristóbal de La Laguna, Tenerife

Semana Santa: March / April
Corpus Christi: June
Romería de San Benito Abad: Second Sunday of July
Los Corazones de Tejina: 24 August
Romería de Las Mercedes:
Virgen de los Remedios: 8 September
Santísimo Cristo de La Laguna: 14 September
La Librea: October in Valle de Guerra 

Photo: Alexander Baxevanis Some rights reserved

Tuesday, January 09, 2018

Santa Cruz de Tenerife now has a Carnival Museum

Home of Carnival Museum in Santa Cruz

Opened on 28th June 2017, the city of Santa Cruz de Tenerife now has a museum dedicated to its annual carnival. The Casa del Carnaval (Home of the Carnival) can be found at Calle Galcerán, 17, 38003 Santa Cruz de Tenerife.

The museum is located in a 1,100 square meter building with large terraces, located on the right bank of the Barranco de Santos and just below the emblematic Galcerán Bridge. The museum also contains a cafeteria and a document center with digitized files related to the carnival and its history.

The museum has two exhibition areas; one for temporary exhibitions and also used as an assembly hall, and another for permanent exhibitions in which the costumes of the queen of the carnival of each year are on display, the original posters of the carnival, videos of the history of the fiesta, touch screens and virtual reality glasses, etc.

In addition, the museum also has a workshop for costumes, makeup, masks and wigs. The Casa del Carnaval organizes guided tours and next to the enclosure there is a stop for the tourist bus of Santa Cruz. It also has a gift and merchandising store with souvenirs inspired by the Carnival of Santa Cruz de Tenerife.

The Casa del Carnaval is open every day, except public holidays, from 9am to 7pm. Entrance is €1.50 for residents and €6.00 for tourists.

Santa Cruz de Tenerife ya tiene Museo del Carnaval

Monday, January 08, 2018

Radio and Televisión Española Agreement for Carnival 2018

Once more, public television channel, RTVE is to transmit the Gala Election of the Carnival Queen of Santa Cruz de Tenerife (on Wednesday, 7th February), nationally throughout Spain, 50 years since it's first transmission of the event. In 2018, the Rhythym and Harmony Contest will also reach every home in the country. This special coverage comes together with the transmission of other events such as the carnival main parade at a national level.

The Canarian public television stations signed a collaboration agreement for the promotion of the carnival both within and beyond new frontiers. To the almost 20 million people who at some time view these fiestas at a national level, the director of RTVE in the Canaries, Domingo Álvarez, explained “that you have to add the internet audience and viewers of the international channel, with a potential audience of 470 million".

If that's not enough, in 2018, it will also be the first time in history that the Santa Cruz carnival will be able to be viewed in high definition. 

RTVE llevará el carnaval chicharrero a los hogares de toda España

Most Santa Cruz carnival events are televised via RTVE or RTVC, locally, nationally and internationally or recordings may be found on the CarnavalTVC Youtube channel. 

Friday, January 05, 2018

Arrival of the Three Kings in Garachico

One of the year's most eagerly awaited events takes place every year on the night of 5th January - the arrival of the three kings - and, in my opinion, nowhere does it better than Garachico. Get there early if you want to park anywhere near the town.


The Three Kings in Santa Cruz de Tenerife

Children - of all ages - will be eagerly awaiting the arrival of the Magi tonight, and you can really see why with this television coverage from last year's cavalcade in Santa Cruz, which is as big an event as carnival itself in the island's capital.

Cabalgata de Reyes Santa Cruz de Tenerife 2017

Wednesday, January 03, 2018

Traditional Fiestas in Puerto de la Cruz

Street Scene, Puerto de la Cruz, Tenerife

Puerto de la Cruz' list may not be as long as some, but they celebrate these large:

La Candelaria: 2 February.
Carnaval: February / March
Semana Santa: March / April
Fiestas de la Cruz. 3 May
San Juan: 23-24 June
Fiestas del Gran Poder and La Virgen del Carmen: around 16 July
San Andrés: On the eve, 29 November, Fiesta del Cacharro y la Castaña.

Photo: GanMed64 Some rights reserved

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