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Sunday, June 29, 2008

Güimar's traditional ribbon dance

Danza de Güimar

The "Danza de Güimar" (Danza de las cintas - Ribbon Dance, like a Maypole Dance) in Güímar, dates back to the 17th Century. Apparently, a letter exists concerning the event from the year 1788. The dance is traditionally danced by 12 boys (although in the early 20th Century, adults danced it), around one man holding the ribboned pole. The dancers go out again in the procession at around mid-day, June 29th, part of the ongoing Fiestas de San Pedro 2008: fiestas for the Patron of Güimar: San Pedro (Saint Peter).

Photo: 51bP1080166, originally uploaded by Mataparda.

Sunday, June 01, 2008

What's on in Tenerife in June 2008?

On June 16th, Hed Kandi's flying disco makes one of three visits to Tenerife this summer. Never mind that it's the same banging tunes you could hear in London or Manchester. They don't get the weather in those places, for some reason! :)

Flying HatMeanwhile, June gets off to a flying start here with the Romeria San Isidro Labrador y Santa María de la Cabeza (folk festival in traditional Canarian dress) in La Orotava, held, this year on Sunday, June 1st.

It's been hailed as The Prettiest Fiesta in the Canary Islands and is probably the biggest of this type, in which, around 75 carts and 25,000 people take part.

More photos: first here's a set from the Romeria en La Orotava Junio 2007 and this (with an excellent description, in English, by an American who took part), was from the previous year. Going a bit further back in history, a wonderful b/w image of a bygone Romería de San Isidro en la villa de la Orotava.

Calle La Noria Santa CruzSanta Blues Festival 2008

Santa Cruz' annual blues festival, includes; The Robert Cray Band (06/06), EvilMrSod (13/6 and 27/6), Keiko (13/6) and the Orange Blues Band (27/6)

The Santa Blues Festival takes place in and around the Calle La Noria area in the capital city's old quarter.

Fiestas de Granadilla de Abona 2008

The fiestas that started on Friday in Granadilla will be going on for most of the month. On Sunday, June 8th, they have their traditional Romeria. On Saturday, June 14th, Tenerife's own reggaeton duo, K-Narias in Concert. The festivities all culminate with the Granadilla Rally on the weekend of the 21st and 22nd June.

Zucchero in Concert

Italian singer, Zucchero is in concert as part of his “All the best 2008” tour, at the Pabellón Municipal de Deportes de Santa Cruz (Municipal Sports Center) in Santa Cruz, on Friday, June 6th.

Aguaviva Canarias 2008

Marc Anthony (King of Salsa, Mr. Jennifer Lopez, June 21st) and Jamiroquai (June 14th) are among the artists at this year's Aguaviva Canarias 2008 festival, which runs from June 1st to 22nd. See our calendar for more details.

Siente 2008 Festival

Digital images and electronic music (not to mention alcohol and other substances probably) mix to create a bunch of sensations you couldn't have had before new technologies got into music and art. Friday June 20th and Saturday, June 21st in the Plaza de la Constitución, in La Orotava. More ...

Gorgeous GoatsThe Night of San Juan

Spend the night of San Juan, June 23rd, at Playa Jardín, Puerto de la Cruz, by the light of the bonfires. Read more about June's high days and magic nights and, about that and the June 24th goat dipping tradition in A Midsummer Night’s Dream. More Solstice silliness and Midsummer madness here.

The Circus Came to La Laguna Town

Actually, the Gran Circo Mundial is at the La Laguna university campus, from May 29th to June 22nd. Advisory: This circus seems to still employ animals if that bothers you.

Wine Fiesta in Los Cristianos

Also on Friday, June 6th, in the plaza del puerto (square by the port) in Los Cristianos, there is to be a wine festival. Presumably you'll be able to try some samples. Hic!

And if you like bargains, this is an essential date for your diary! 5 days of fuddling (June 11th to 15th) at Exposaldo 08, at the Centro Internacional de Ferias y Congresos de Tenerife (International Fairs and Congress Center), in Santa Cruz. Annual fair dedicated to liquidation of merchandise, sales and stock clearance. Textiles, shoes, jewellery, electrical appliances, furniture, toys, kitchenware, other seasonal and miscellaneous items ... as well as well as 1,000 sq. m of vehicles (second hand, ex-showroom, special offers.)

There are more fiestas in Tenerife this June than we could possibly list here.

Canarias Fiesta appear to have three pages of them. Currently, many of them are without details and just listed as happening in June, so we have no more info to give you, except to say, that I'll bet there's one near you at some point!

And, still we're only scratching the surface. If you consult our calendar, you'll find that there are loads more events; music, exhibitions, guided walks, sports, etc. People add links to their own events on our MySpace page (which is what we set it up for), so you may see something there, before we can and add it to the calendar or write about it here.

For the next couple of weeks or so we suggest you do keep an eye on those sources, because we will be without an internet connection, so we won't be here to post much new stuff (and we won't be able to answer your emails either.)

And here's where you'll find all the Tenerife related news that didn't fit ...
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