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Saturday, February 28, 2015

The Doctor is in ... Garachico

Dr Who locations in Tenerife

The Doctor Who crew are filming in Tenerife this week and an interesting tweet from on-location work looks to reveal an alien from the opening Series 9 two-parter, but just where is filming taking place on the island? Several of the reports have mentioned filming in the Teide National Park (it's a tad obvious), but where were the urban shots taken?

Well, I can reveal that it's the northern town of Garachico. In the first of three images, the "men in black" were located on the steps of the former convent and Town Hall.

Suits in front of the Town Hall in Garachico

The distinctive pillars on the front of the building in another image gave it away as the Casa Palacio of the Counts of La Gomera, also known as the Casa de la Piedra (Stone House).

Whist an outdoor cafe scene was taking place in the plaza Glorieta San Francisco in front of the church of Nuestra Señora de Los Angeles (founded 1524). 

There, you heard it first here and now you can totally amaze your friends with your in-depth knowledge of the location when you watch Dr Who (Series 9) in the Autumn.



On Location in Tenerife - Doctor Who Extra: Series 2 Episode 2 (2015)


Los Gigantes Carnaval Programme 2015

Los Gigantes Carnaval events began yesterday and also yesterday, for the first time, I got sight of the carnaval poster and programme to confirm what we had previously speculated. (I won't comment on Tenerife's idea of "advance notice" again. It's too despairing.) "Space" (as if you couldn't tell from the cute little rocket) is the theme of this year's carnival.

Last night, February 27th, Los Gigantes held their Gala for the Election of the Carnaval Queen 2015. Today, February 28th, is Día del Niño (Kid's Day) with workshops and the obligatory bouncy castles, with a Kid's Gala being held from 5pm. There's dancing to various bands for the adults from 9pm.

Sunday, March 1st, from 5pm is the Gran Coso Apoteósico del Carnaval de Los Gigantes 2015 (their main parade), which this year has several well-known troupes taking part. I certainly recognise the names of Comparsa Bahía Bahitiare, Comparsa Los Rumberos and Comparsa Joroperos from Santa Cruz carnaval (and the TV galas), so the standard is going to be very high.

Should be well worth getting to see this parade.

Then on Monday, March 2nd, from 9pm, is the carnaval's end with the Entierro de la Sardina (Burial of the Sardine), and all it's mournful, wailing widows (in drag.) The cremation of the sardine will be followed by a spectacular fireworks display.

Both nights again culminate in the usual street party with dancing to salsa orchestras.

Friday, February 27, 2015

Las Burras de Güímar 2015

2Las Burras de Güímar0 Las Burras Entierro de la Sardina 2012

This weekend, on Saturday, 28th February 2015, you can see an unique carnaval event, Las Burras de Güímar, in, not surprisingly, the town of Güímar in Tenerife.

Legend has it that during a funeral, strange donkeys suddenly began to appear and accompany the funeral procession. Upon arrival in the town square, the local people thought they weren't really donkeys, because there was something very "fishy" about them.

Local farmers then came up with the idea of poking them with a knife and, when pierced, the alleged donkeys become terrible and disgusting witches who begin to invoke Satan. The witches start dancing until the bishop arrives and holds an exorcism, calling upon the Archangel Michael for help, who comes down from heaven to fight with the Devil.

When San Miguel (Saint Michael, not the beer) manages to kill the Devil after a grueling fight, the Bishop also mandates that the donkeys be burned at the stake to restore tranquility back to the town.

These days the funeral in question is the Entierro de la Sardina (Burial of the Sardine) that marks the carnival's end and events begin with the appearance of strange women in various balconies and windows. Once the Sardine procession passes them, they become donkeys and join the party. When they reach the square, the donkeys face a group of farmers who fret about their strange appearance and decide to find out if they are the famous Burras. That's when the donkeys regain their appearance as witches. The witches then dance with the devils, until religious music announces the presence of the Inquisition. A group of friars, accompanied by a bishop appears. The bishop then holds an exorcism, hailing the help of Archangel Michael who appears in the sky accompanied by several angels. Battle ensues; the demon is killed and then the bishop orders the burning of witches at the stake, whose flames also serve to consume the sardine.

This struggle between good and evil takes place in the Plaza de San Pedro, Güímar, from 9pm and is followed at 10:30pm by dancing to the Orquesta Tropin until the small hours.

Image of Las Burras Entierro de la Sardina 2012 by Jose Mesa.

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Vintage Car Show and Parade in Santa Cruz



Today, Sunday, February 22nd, 2015 from 10 a.m. onwards in the Parque Gracía Sanabria, one of Santa Cruz' Carnaval's final events takes place; the traditional vintage car show, followed by their parade around the streets at mid-day, ending in the Avenida Francisco La Roche (Avenida de Anaga).

Here is a snippet of the event from a few years ago.

Saturday, February 21, 2015

Carnaval Main Parade in Puerto de la Cruz



This Saturday, 21st February 2015, sees the Main Parade of Carnaval in Puerto de la Cruz, starting from around 4pm. If you're new to Carnaval, this is a bit smaller and less intimidating than the one in Santa Cruz and is more international and family-orientated.

Still loads of fun, especially if you dress up and join in, however old you are.

Here's a taste from last year.

Daytime Carnaval Santa Cruz de Tenerife


Carnaval de Día (Daytime Carnaval) brings live acts, DJs, World Record Flashmobs, noisy mascletas (daytime noise fireworks), but above all, people; young and old, groups or individuals and families to enjoy all of this wonderful street theatre. This year, one of the Carnaval de Día events take place from 1 pm, today, Saturday, 21st February 2015.

Friday, February 20, 2015

High Heels Drag Marathon Puerto de la Cruz



If Wednesday's events of the Burial of the Sardine didn't contain quite enough cross-dressing for your taste, on Friday, 20th February, 2015, you're in for a treat! For it is today that the Mascarita Ponte Tacón takes place in Puerto de la Cruz; a curious obstacle race, which sees blokes falling arse over (false) tit in 15 centimeter heels (that's the rule).

Watch these 34 minutes of spectacular entertainment from the event last year.

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Burial of the Sardine



To mark the passing of the Carnaval for another year, tonight, Ash Wednesday, 18th February, 2015, in both Santa Cruz and Puerto de la Cruz, a funeral will be held for giant effigy of a sardine, mourned by slutty, wailing widows. Does it need to make sense? As you will see from this video from last year's, er, wake in Santa Cruz, it's basically a a huge vicars and tarts party, only with much more blasphemy and lots more dildos!

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Santa Cruz Carnaval Main Parade



Today, Shrove Tuesday, 17th February 2015, from around 4pm, sees the Coso Apoteosis del Carnaval, (Main Parade) along the seafront avenue in Santa Cruz and, by way of enticement, here's a short video of this parade from last year, El Coso Apoteosis del Carnaval 2014. It takes great skill indeed to condense about three-and-a-half hours of parade down to less than four-and-a-half minutes, set it to entirely the wrong sort of music and yet, still perfectly convey the flavour and emotion of carnaval, but the folks from TuSantaCruz have pulled off this minor miracle. Watch it, you'll be very glad you did.

If you wish, you can also watch the entire parade as was televised by the Canarian television. The videos come in four parts, part one, part two, part three and part four.

Monday, February 16, 2015

Los Indianos in Santa Cruz de La Palma



The Monday of Carnaval and we need to pop over to the island of La Palma, to the capital Santa Cruz for Los Indianos. Cuban rhythms, dressing in white and tons (literally) of talcum powder are the order of the day. See for yourself in this short video.

For more, here's the whole fiesta that was televised in 2013.

Saturday, February 14, 2015

The Annual Miracle of La Servita

Facade of the Santa Catalina Convent in La Laguna. Photo by Koppchen

Once again, on 15th February, the doors of the Santa Catalina convent in La Laguna will be opened (usually from 5am) for the faithful and the curious to queue around the block (~ 15,000 visit every year) for the chance to view the incorrupted body of Sor María de Jesús (Sister Mary of Jesus de León y Delgado) (1643 - 1731), popularly known as La Siervita.

De León died on 15th February 1731; Three years later her body was exhumed and was found incorrupt, whole and flexible. Still preserved in the convent, every 15th February (the anniversary of her death), her body is placed on public display in a luxurious glass-covered coffin, which was donated by La Laguna born pirate, Amaro Pargo, her friend in life and benefactor of the convent, who was present at her exhumation in January 1734 and her remains found to be intact, with wet clothes, flexible and a natural colour, it was said.

María de León Bello y Delgado was born in El Sauzal on March 23rd, 1643 and entered the convent in February of 1668. She spent a year as a novice, then took up the habit full-time for the rest of her life. Contemporary texts apparently claim that shortly before she died, she "fell into ecstasy", while retaining a pulse for more than 24 hours.

However, we learn that the body is located ten meters away from where viewers are able to pass and the lighting isn't too good. And despite numerous claims, there are no scientifically verified cases of genuine incorruptibility. But as this post points out, "to be able to spend almost 300 years right next door to La Laguna town hall and still remain "uncorrupted" is a worthy miracle." :)

The Miraculous Sister María de Jesús

Convento de Santa Catalina de Siena
Calle Dean Palahi, 1, 38201 San Cristóbal de La Laguna, Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Spain

Friday, February 13, 2015

Carnaval Opening Parade in Santa Cruz



Tonight, Friday, 13th February 2015 (which isn't considered an unlucky day in Spain), is time for the Cabalgata Anunciadora (Opening Parade) that brings the Carnaval to the streets now that all the contests are finished and the Carnaval Queen has been chosen.

This short video shows edited highlights from the Cabalgata Anunciadora 2014, set to Chicago's 25 or 6 to 4. Wait ... Nope that's not typical Carnaval music. And it shouldn't work, but thanks to some fantastic editing it does and is utterly brilliant. This video should win awards. Oh and look out for the snotty kid at five minutes in. Priceless!

Should you prefer to see - as well as or instead - the whole two-and-a-half hours of the parade, with commentary and everything from the Canarian tele, here you go.

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Carnaval Queen in Santa Cruz de Tenerife 2015

Carnaval Queen in Santa Cruz 2015

In last night's gala, Adtemexi Cruz Hernández was elected Carnival Queen of Santa Cruz de Tenerife 2015 with a costume entitled 'Aurea', designed by Jorge González Santana and representing Fuente Alta bottled water brand and the association 'Tu Santa Cruz'.

Not everyone is enthusiastic about this whole carnaval spectacle, as comments on this report from Diario de Avisos reveal, calling it outdated and "Rubbish. Opium for the people. Mindless entertainment. Show maintained by corrupt politicians so that the people do not take care of other things. Media garbage." Even if that were so, I feel that the world would be a so much less colourful place without it.



Video: Tenerife ya tiene reina del carnaval, Adtemexi Cruz con la fantasía 'Aúrea'

Reports in Spanish:
- Adtemexi Cruz Hernández, Reina del Carnaval de Santa Cruz de Tenerife
- Adtemexi Cruz Hernández, nueva Reina del Carnaval de Santa Cruz de Tenerife
- ¡Santa Cruz de Tenerife ya tiene Reina del Carnaval! 

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Santa Cruz Carnaval Queen Gala



With the Gala for the Selection of the Carnaval Queen in Santa Cruz taking place tonight, Wednesday, 11th February, 2015 from 9:30 pm, here's a reminder and a look at the first part of the Carnaval Queen Gala 2014. If that's not enough for you, here are the second, third and final parts that make up the three-and-half hour spectacular. Enjoy!

Monday, February 09, 2015

Santa Cruz Carnaval Dates for 2015

Carnival 2015 in Santa Cruz de Tenerife

  • Wednesday, February 11th, 2015: Gala for the Election of the Carnaval Queen. This spectacular event is best seen on TV, from 9 p.m.
  • Friday, February 13th, 2015: Opening Parade, usually from 8 p.m.
  • NEW Sunday, February 15th, 2015: Daytime Carnaval 1 p.m. onwards.
  • Tuesday, February 17th, 2015: Main Parade, from 4 p.m.
  • Wednesday, February 18th, 2015: Burial of the Sardine 9 p.m.
  • Friday, February 20th, 2015: Coso Infantil (Kid's Parade) in the Avenida Francisco La Roche (Avenida de Anaga), Santa Cruz from 6 p.m.
  • Saturday, February 21st, 2015: Daytime Carnaval 1 p.m. onwards.
  • Sunday, February 22nd, 2015: Parade of Vintage Cars 10 a.m. onwards.

(Always providing that things go according to the usual schedule, they generally do, but we cannot be held responsible for changes that are beyond our control.)

Thursday, February 05, 2015

Carnival 2015 in Puerto de la Cruz

Coso Puerto de la Cruz 2008
Carnival Main Parade in Puerto de la Cruz

This year's schedule of Calendar events in Puerto de la Cruz, according to the folks at Todo Tenerife (an official site of the Tenerife Island Corporation):

  • 12th  February: Gala for the Election of the Carnival Queen
  • 14th  February: Proclamatory Parade
  • 18th  February: Funeral for the Sardine
  • 20th  February: Men´s Marathon in High Heels
  • 21st  February: Coso - Main Parade (4 pm)

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