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Saturday, March 23, 2019

Seven Fashion Experiences arrives in Tenerife capital to boost commercial activity



Seven Fashion Experiences also aims to promote the textile sector, the aesthetics sector and that of the Canarian designers.

The capital of Tenerife will host the "Seven Fashion Experiences" initiative from March 25 to 30, within the framework of events commemorating the 25th anniversary of the Central Zone trade association, with the aim of promoting the textile, aesthetic, design and trade sector related to fashion, through the creation of a new meeting point for design, sales and contact with the public.

The program of activities will start on Monday, March 25, at 8:00 p.m., at the Museo de Bellas Artes (Museum of Fine Arts) in the Tenerife capital (Calle José Murphy, 12, 38002 Santa Cruz de Tenerife), with the inauguration of the Fashion and Barbie exhibition featuring  different Barbies with designs by various international designers, such as Fabián García, Petro Valverde and Agatha Ruiz de La Prada.

On Thursday, March 28, at 6:00 p.m., at the Plaza del Chicharro and at 9:00 p.m. at Calle La Noria, there will be two fashion shows in which 12 models and 8 brands will exhibit their new trends.

On Friday 29, at 5:30 pm, at the Museum of Fine Arts, is a round table discussion, entitled ‘Mama quiero ser Influencer’ (Mama I want to be Influencer), moderated by Norberto Morales. At 20:30 hours in the García Sanabria park there will be a catwalk show with 21 Canarian models, in which regional designers Diazar, Pomeline, Fabián García and Trajeria de Tenerife, as well as national designers such as Félix Ramiro, the master of sewing Petro Valverde and Leo Norman Paris will showcase various collections. In addition, on this catwalk, the collection of Agatha Ruiz de La Prada will be exhibited, who will be represented in Santa Cruz thanks to the presence of two of her children.

Saturday 30, at 12:00 in the Plaza de España, a parade in swimsuits will feature 21 models to present the designs of Patricia Santana, Dapresa, Román Peralta and the national designer Rubén Garraleta. The event will be enlivened by a performance by the group La Mecánica. Also, from 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m., in the Plaza del Príncipe you can visit a vintage market with thirty stalls where articles related to the world of fashion will be shown, as well as a children's area, show cooking workshops and fashion confection.

"Seven Fashion Experiences" is organized by the General Directorate of Commerce of the Government of the Canary Islands, Development Society of Santa Cruz and the trade association Zona Centro, co-organized by Fauca and Puertos de Tenerife, is sponsored by Grupo Rahn, Mutua Tinerfeña, Heineken, Ron The Indiana, Blat vodka, Obsidian Gin, Two Bross, Canarypay, Coca Cola, Bliss Royal, Gustazo, Niokobok, and has the collaboration of shopping area Tram, Mc Donald's, Darias Perfumery, Antonio Capilla, Atlantic Today, Canary TV, Travisso travel , Tirma, Vintae, Lopez de Haro, Atlantic Mirage, Spacio10, Adonis Resorts, Cope Tenerife and Marcha FM, City View, and the management and production of Events Factory Canarias.

Zona Centro festeja sus primeros 25 años con un gran encuentro de moda y diseño
Seven Fashion Experiences 2019

Adeje Water Route

Ruta del Agua in Adeje

Sunday, March 24, Adeje will host the staging of the Ruta del Agua (Water Route), an initiative that aims to publicise and rescue the symbolism and history of a society linked and dependent on this precious resource. As in previous years, the route, narrated in both Spanish and English, will be completely free and will be conducted by the Folklore Group of Adeje who will be dressed local costume of the time.

The route begins at eleven o'clock in the morning from the entrance of Barranco del Infierno in Adeje. The tour will continue through the Molino de Arriba, the Fuente de los Tres Chorros, the Molino Viejo, the huertas, the Abrevaderos, the Casa Fuerte, the Church of Santa Úrsula, the Convent of San Francisco, the Calle Grande, Los Chorros, the Casa Sindical and will end in the Plaza de la Cruz del Llano.

Throughout its journey, this scenic initiative aims to recall what life was like for the people of Adeje and their Marquises, traditional crafts and their customs thanks to the arrival of water in the town, as well as to raise awareness and value the patrimonial elements that arose along the route that the water used to make for the Historic Quarter.

El casco adejero acogerá la escenificación de la “Ruta del Agua” este próximo domingo, 24 de marzo



Ruta del Agua de Adeje

Friday, March 22, 2019

Culture Santa Cruz: What shall we do today?

Cultura Santa Cruz

Councilor of Culture in the City of Santa Cruz de Tenerife, José Carlos Acha, has announced this Friday, a new application for mobile devices that provides information on cultural activities that take place in venues managed by the authority.

The free app 'Cultura Santa Cruz' lists events at the Guimerá Theater, Los Lavaderos, the Museum of Fine Arts, the La Recova Art Center, the García Sanabria exhibition hall or the Central Municipal Library and other cultural spaces of the City Council. Available for both IOS and Android, via the Play Store and the Apple Store.

Of course you'll have to be able read Spanish (or else you'll still need me!)

Twenty-three candidates aspire to the title of Carnival Queen in Los Cristianos (Arona)

23 candidates opt for the title of Queen of the Carnival of Arona

The Infanta Leonor Auditorium dressed up for carnival to present the 23 candidates who aspire to become Queen of The Jungle (the theme of this year's carnival in Los Cristianos). The show began with the sounds of the jungle and the acrobatics of many wild animals. Vegetation and flowers took on a life of their own through dance by the various groups.

During the presentation, the batucada and comparsas of Arona, as well as the choreographic groups of the municipality, participated. The three queens of the Carnival of Arona 2018 (Senior, Infant and Adult) were also present and Drag Fresh (winner of Drag Arona 2018) was part of the show, with a stellar performance.

There are 23 candidates in all; 11 candidates in the Senior category (one for each Center for the Elderly in the municipality), six Junior and six Adult.

Sequins, glitter, dancing rhythms and a lot of animal print have made it possible for the International Carnival of Los Cristianos 2019 to begin in style. The first drums have been played. Arona marks the starting signal for the celebrations, which tonight, 22 March, will premiere on the main stage with the Comparsas Contest starting at 9:00 p.m.

The Galas for the Election of the Senior, Junior and Adult Carnival Queens and Gala Drag Queen will take place on March 26, 27, 28 and March 29.

Carnival on the Street

This Saturday 23 March the WIG Party-Pelucón Festival is celebrated with more than a thousand euros to be distributed in prizes for the most original hats. In Playa de Las Américas, the Opening Parade takes place from 7 pm.

On Sunday, March 24 at 12:00 is a concert by the Arona Music Band, continuing at 5:00 p.m. with a Carnival Parade and at 6:00 p.m. with the Meeting of Murgas.

The Festival of Choreographic Groups will take place on March 26. Carnival in the street continues, on Saturday, March 30, with the Daytime Carnival and Sunday, the 31st with the Carnival Main Parade from 4 pm. The events will culminate on April 1 with the traditional Burial of the Sardine.

More of the calendar for Los Cristianos Carnival 2019 in English

And the International Carnival of Los Cristianos has an official song this year.

Experts warn of the dangers that threaten the forests of the Canary Islands

Pine forests on Tenerife

On the occasion of the International Day of Forests held yesterday, 21 March, around the world, professional groups and associations linked to the care of the forests of the Canary Islands have produced a manifesto to warn of the danger to the forests of the islands as a result of climate change. The global climate changes are producing major increases in temperatures in the islands, less precipitation and more stormy episodes, as well as a decrease in the trade winds and increase in heat.

They add that all this causes much more difficult conditions for certain types of vegetation and an increase in forest fires in the archipelago, as well as aggravates the ecological disasters of autumn storms, which affect both vegetation and people and infrastructure.

The document points out that climate change is altering the behavior of fire in forest fires, exceeding the capacity of prediction models and making it difficult to extinguish them.

More than 36,000 hectares were destroyed during the forest fires of 2007 (ED: I was among the 11,000 evacuated), which caused the greatest forest loss in recent history. Other traumatic episodes, such as the fire of the Garajonay National Park (La Gomera) in 2012, the large forest fires of 2013, which affected several islands at once, the fire on the summits of Gran Canaria in 2017, or the recent fire of Garafía, in La Palma, in February 2019, are dangerous antecedents that reveal the magnitude of the degradation process reached by our ecosystems.

Experts warn that the islands face serious desertification risks that especially affect the forest heritage and add that the current economic situation is decimating forest investments and focusing resources on extinction, ignoring prevention, which is the fundamental pillar of forest conservation. "The increase in technical means (planes, helicopters, qualified personnel, etc.) will not be enough to prevent the next big forest fire," they say.

Consequently, they propose better management of the changes that forest systems are undergoing; increase their surface area, enhance their genetic diversity and the interactions that trees generate in ecosystems. This strategy would also make forests a source of employment and well-being for rural populations and it would also make it possible to reverse deforestation and recover a good part of the forest landscapes that the islands had before colonization.

Los expertos advierten de los peligros que acechan a los bosques de Canarias

Image by Frank Nürnberger from Pixabay

Carnival Queen Candidate in 2019 Luz Vanessa Alonso González

Luz Vanessa Alonso González at the Ritmo y Armonía on 2 March 2019

Whether looking back once more at Santa Cruz de Tenerife Carnival 2019, or forward towards Santa Cruz de Tenerife Carnival 2020 - which takes place between Friday, 21st February 2020 and Sunday, 1st March 2020 - we can't resist another look at the candidates who aspired to become carnival queens in 2019.

As you can see it's not just the winners, but also many of the other candidates that appear in the various carnival parades - this was during the Comparsas Rhythm and Harmony Contest on Saturday 2 March 2019. Luz Vanessa Alonso González' costume is entitled, "Un Presente Con Historia" (A Present With History) designed by Carolina Hernández y Víctor Díaz (Cavi Lladó Diseñadores), representing Cortes y Pliegues Tenerife.



Luz Vanessa Alonso González | Gala de la Reina | Carnaval S/C Tenerife 2019

Thursday, March 21, 2019

Los Cristianos Carnival Begins



As Los Cristianos Carnival 2019, the theme of which is "The Jungle", is about to begin and is taking place between 21 March and 1 April here's a look back at Los Cristianos' Carnival Main Parade from last year, in which 4,000 people and over 50 groups took part. Los Cristianos Carnival Main Parade 2019 takes place on Sunday 31 March 2019.

We've already listed some of the main events of Los Cristianos Carnival here, but the Carnaval Arona website have produced a full detailled calendar here, in English, which will give you all the dates, times and locations of the various events of this carnival, which seems to get bigger, with more events and greater attendance, every year.

Mayor of Arona, José Julián Mena, says more than 125,000 participated in the Carnival of Arona (Los Cristianos) in 2018, with revenue of 6.1 million euros and 131 jobs created, making it the second most important Carnival on the island and first in the south.

Video: Carnaval Internacional de Los Cristianos, Arona 2018

Wednesday, March 20, 2019

Orvecame Norte Rally 2019



Get set for some breathtaking rally action on Saturday 23 March with the Orvecame Norte Rally 2019, now onto it's 35th edition. With the start this year in Los Realejos and one section each in that municipality, Santa Úrsula and La Guancha, La Orotava will host the last section (special-show of 1.8 km) in the area of 'La Playita'.

Videos: 34° Rallye Orvecame Norte 2018 | Rally Orvecame Norte 2018.

Tenerife Rally Calendar 2019

Tuesday, March 19, 2019

Sailor's Rice for Father's Day

Paella (Stock image)

Today, 19 March is Día del Padre (Father's Day) in many Spanish-speaking countries and La Laguna Ahora offer us this recipe for Arroz Marinero (Sailor's Rice). Whilst I suppose this could have been deemed suitable for the occasion because so many dads' hobby is fishing, I wonder if it's really because it contains beer?

Arroz Marinero para el Día del Padre 

This paella is very popular, especially when a large number of people gather, hence the quantities indicated; if you want to make a smaller amount, reduce the ingredients proportionally.

Ingredients:

1 kilo of rice
½ kilo of seafood to taste
1 kilo of onions
2 heads of garlic
1 red pepper
1 green pepper
parsley
oregano
thyme
2 strands of saffron
2 beers
1 glass of white wine
oil

Method:

Cook the seafood, reserving the water. Fry the onions, garlic, red and green peppers (all chopped), plus a little parsley, oregano and thyme and saffron. Add the beers and the white wine and bring to boil, then incorporate the seafood. Add the rice with water (for each kilo of rice, 2 liters of water in which the seafood was cooked) and leave it to simmer until it is dry the surface of the rice, but still moist beneath. Let it rest covered with aluminum foil.

Arroz Marinero para el Día del Padre

Image by EstudioWebDoce from Pixabay

Monday, March 18, 2019

Santa Cruz gives green light to Museum of History of The City in the Palacio de Carta

Palacio de Carta in the Plaza de la Candelaria, Santa Cruz

The City of Santa Cruz de Tenerife met on Monday to discuss in detail the project to create the first Museum of History of the City in the Palacio de Carta. This emblematic building, in the Plaza de la Candelaria in the heart of the city, was built between 1721 and 1752 for Matías Rodríguez Carta, who ordered the construction and then used it as his family residence. The building has since been the headquarters of the Civil Government, as well as of the Canary General Captaincy - not less than 19 General Captains have lived there - and even the headquarters of the Credit National Bank during the fifties. In recent years it had not been in use. It is now to be restored and will have a new life.

The Museum will show, via a journey through history, the most relevant events that have taken place since the foundation of the city, in 1494. With an interactive room on the ground floor, videos will introduce the visitor to aspects of the history and symbols of the city of Santa Cruz de Tenerife, such as old Santa Cruz, through images; tourist routes with historical and cultural content; a virtual reality zone and, finally, a 360º visualisation the city.

There will be seating in the central space of the room to provide access to various immersive experiences emblematic to the city such as: the Carnival, the Recreation of La Gesta (the annual Reenactment of the Battle of Santa Cruz de Tenerife the infamous assault, in 1797, launched against the city by Horatio Nelson), the Cruces de Mayo (Crosses of May) and of the Embarcación de la Virgen del Carmen.

The 360 degree virtual tour of the most important points of Santa Cruz, will include 15 selected areas of the city that stand out for their history or other noteworthy aspects.

The central courtyard of the Carta Palace will host a rest area with explanatory panels, while the floor will be completed with a reception space, a shop and the Tigre cannon exhibition (the cannon is currently in the The San Cristóbal Castle Interpretation Centre).

The second courtyard will be dedicated to information about the building itself, with a detailed account of the origin of the Palace, its construction, evolution, as well as the purposes and venues that it has housed over time.

In the mezzanine, the Museum will trace the chronicle of aboriginal world, before the fifteenth century, giving an account of the Guanche society that inhabited the Menceyato de Anaga that would encompass much of what is now the municipality of Santa Cruz.

Through different rooms, the trip will continue to the foundational period of the nucleus after the Castilian conquest, its evolution and growth throughout the sixteenth, seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, until reaching the nineteenth, when Santa Cruz acquired a political prominence and social status both on the island and within the archipelago.

Finally, the historical tour will reach the contemporary era, from the beginning of the 20th century to the present.

The museum complex will also have an assembly hall properly equipped to schedule activities, conferences or workshops and with a maximum capacity of 40 places. There will also be two independent rooms designed to host temporary exhibitions.

The original clock of the Carta Palace will be integrated as an exhibition element accompanied by a description of its history and noteworthy characteristics.

El Ayuntamiento de Santa Cruz da luz verde al proyecto de Museo de Historia de la ciudad en el Palacio de Carta

Photo: rene boulay [CC BY-SA 3.0], via Wikimedia Commons 
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