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Friday, July 31, 2015

Garachico tyre burning fiesta 2015

Garachico tyre burning fiesta 2015

We have to thank for prompting me to research this weekend's star event. Of course it isn't really called the Garachico tyre burning fiesta, which she coined, but we think it's a brilliantly accurately descriptive, attention grabbing title and don't understand why that isn't yet official. Actually called the Fuegos del Risco (Cliff Face Fires), which, as is explained in this article in El Dia, Una erupción festiva cada cinco años, these have evolved from pineapples in wooden barrels through dried corncobs soaked in petrol and diesel; sackcloth balls and on occasion, burning tyres. 

They point out that a small group of people is responsible for setting the lava slopes of Garachico aglow once again at a point close to where the ancient port was located. With logistical support from the town council, they reactivate the fury of the Trevejo volcano (or Montaña Negra - Black Mountain), which destroyed the port of Garachico in 1706, with the help of fireworks and glowing balls rolling down the slope. In the dark of night, the incandescent objects falling down the hillside recreate the effect of a volcanic eruption.

It promises to be a spectacular display and this is on Sunday night, 2nd August at 10pm.

But get there early, because last time, in 2010, it apparently expected a crowd of 35,000.  

What I don't understand is why these are celebrated every 5 years on the 0s and 5s, when the volcanic eruption was in 1706 - they can never fall on an anniversary - or why it takes place in August, when the eruption was in May. No doubt someone has an explanation for these seeming anomalies, but does it matter? Do you need a valid excuse to "celebrate" a 309 year old disaster by rolling burning tyres down a hillside?  

It's just part of the Fiestas Lustrales y de San Roque 2015 in honour of the Santísimo Cristo de la Misericordia (Holy Christ of Mercy) and San Roque, which are being held from July 23rd to August 2nd (and actually on to the Romería de San Roque on August 16th, of which more later.) The origins of the fiestas date back to 1659; the first time the firework spectacular appeared under the name of the Fuegos del Risco was in 1922, although it was already celebrated in some form in 1881.

Other attractions this weekend include the DESFILE DE CARROZAS ALEGÓRICAS (Parades of Allegorical Floats) that take place on Saturday, 1st August at 10pm and on Sunday, 2nd August at 6pm. These are six floats, authentic works of art that require months of work. Residents of all ages work on these making hundreds of thousands of paper flowers, and elements in wood, cork or paper.

All events are liable to change beyond our control.

Reggae Can Festival, Garachico, 13th August


Fiestas in Tenerife are most usually associated with the traditional Canarian folk music of the parandas (wandering minstels, more or less) or the Latin carnaval rhythms of Salsa, but at almost all, somewhere, there's also likely to be a sound system, or at the very least a market stall selling the familiarly coloured green, gold and red, Bob Marley merchandise; sometimes I get the impression that Bob has been adopted as an honorary Canarian son. Reggae had found a real home-from-home in the Canaries and a multitude of avid fans.

Neighbours in the village I used to live in used to ask me to translate the lyrics of Bob Marley songs and I had to explain that whilst my Spanish might have up to it, my patois wasn't quite! So if you also like reggae music, then there's a real treat in store for you on the evening of Thursday, 13th August, 2015 from 8pm in the Plaza de la Ermita de San Roque in Garachico, with the first edition of the Reggae Can Festival, with artists including Ruts & La Isla Music, Dactah Chando, Stereoman, Omar Xerach, Fernikhan, DJ Magek Selekta and the wonderfully named MC Dadda Wanche.

The Reggae Can Festival was posponed due to the inclement weather, is now has a new date and is due to take place on Friday, 21st August. Same location, the Plaza de la Ermita de San Roque in Garachico, from 8pm.

For once, I think this is something really likely to live up to the promotional blurb: "The sound of the drums make this summer's event an attraction without equal, surrounded by the infectious sounds of reggae music." Oh and ENTRANCE IS FREE!




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El Tanque Crafts Fair, 2nd August


The Town Hall of El Tanque, in collaboration with the Tenerife Island Corporation, have organised their 4th annual Crafts Fair. This date, which unites tradition, gastronomy and crafts is taking place on Sunday, 2nd August, 2015, from 10am in the Avenida Príncipes de España, El Tanque.

Via: IV Feria de Artesanía de El Tanque 2015

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Dances and Rituals, Candelaria


The 1º Encuentro de Danzas y Rituales (1st "Encounter" of Dances and Rituals) is taking place on Wednesday, 5th August, 2015 from 8pm in the Plaza de la Libertad, Igueste, Candelaria.

As is so beautifully depicted by the image on the poster, this includes a traditional Danza de Cintas - think Maypole Dancing - as well as a Floral Dance, amongst others.

Wonderful opportunity to see something of the real Tenerife; something very different and yet, vaguely familiar.

Via:

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Friday, July 24, 2015

Santa Cruz de Tenerife Carnaval of the 1980s

It's time to dig out those old legwarmers, add a pink tutu, wear a huge bow in your big blonde hair, (maybe even add a Madonna bra for extra authenticity) ... especially if you're a bloke, because "The 1980s" is going to be the theme for Santa Cruz Carnaval in 2016.

Apparently the theme, chosen by the public, marginally beat “The Caribbean”.

There's also confirmation that the 2016 Santa Cruz Carnaval is to be held between 3rd to the 14th February, so (subject to further confirmation or alteration), the order of events should follow those we already published for Tenerife Carnaval 2016.

The main events of which are:
  • Wednesday, February 3rd, 2016 - Election of the Carnaval Queen
  • Friday, February 5th, 2016 - Carnaval Opening Parade
  • Tuesday, February 9th, 2016 - Main Parade
  • Wednesday, February 10th, 2016 - Burial of the Sardine
  • Saturday, February 13th, 2016 - Daytime Carnaval
  • Sunday, February 14th, 2016 - Parade of Vintage Cars

All events are liable to change beyond our control.

Guía de Isora Hillclimb


This weekend, on Saturday, 25th July, sees the sixth annual Guía de Isora Hillclimb from Playa de San Juan to the centre of the district's capital town and it promises to be a spectacular day. You can also keep up with the event online at IsoraMotorSport. Via: VI Subida a Guía de Isora

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Friday, July 17, 2015

Fiestas del Carmen 2015 in Los Abrigos

Boats in Los Abrigos

Los Abrigos is a lovely place to visit at any time, but where better than a fishing port to celebrate the fiestas that honour the patron of sailors, the Virgen del Carmen. This afternoon, Friday, 17th July, from 6 pm, there's fun for the kids with bouncy castles, games and other forms of children's entertainment. For the grown ups, from 10:30 pm, there's dancing in the village's small plaza to the group, ‘Sensación Gomera’. Los Abrigos ends the festivities on Saturday, 18th July, from 6:30 pm, with zumba in the square and entertainment from the group 'Los Ideales'.

All events are liable to change beyond our control.

Friday, July 10, 2015

Romería de San Benito Abad 2015



This Sunday, 12th July, 2015 make a date for one of the biggest Romerías of the Tenerife calendar, that of San Benito Abad in La Laguna. The festivities begin at 12:00 mid-day and are followed at 16:00 by a Verbena (open air dancing). Starting from San Benito, the procession passes through many of the main streets and squares in the centre of the old city, returning back to San Benito where the verbena takes place in the Calle Marqués de Celada.

Keep up with the fiesta (in Spanish) via the Amigos y romeros de San Benito Facebook page. And see images here from 2013.

Meanwhile, alongside the festivities there's also the VIII Ruta de la Tapa por San Benito 2015 with 87 restaurants, tascas, bars and cafeterias all over La Laguna participating. 

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Friday, July 03, 2015

A Cliff of Flavours 2015 in Playa de la Arena

A Cliff of Flavours 2015 in Playa de la Arena

Un Acantilado de Sabores (A Cliff Flavors) 2015 allows visitors to enjoy the finest Tenerife wines accompanied by delicious tapas. It's a gastronomic and tapas route being held in the Avenida Marítima, Playa de La Arena on Saturday, 4th July, from 8 pm to midnight.  

Eight restaurants and twelve wineries are participating:
  • Tasca Juanito.
  • Restaurante Pancho.
  • Tasca Donde Tato.
  • Pizza Taxi.
  • Delirio Tenerife.
  • Royal Sun Resort.
  • Bar Restaurante Asturias .
  • Kiosko Villa Histórica El Valle.
  • Bodega Juan Dios (Despunte).
  • Bodega Tabaibal- Agryenca.
  • Bodega La Hijuela.
  • Bodega Secadero.
  • Bodega Valleoro.
  • Marcelo González Viña Engracia.
  • Bodega Vento.
  • Bodega Hermanos Mesa.
  • Bodega El Lomo.
  • Bodega C.A.S.M.I.
  • Bodega Mencey Chasna.
  • Bodega Cumbres de Abona.
There will also be several stalls along the seafront of Playa de La Arena where you can sample a variety of tapas for €1.00 or €2.00, while the glass of wine will cost just €1.00.

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