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Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Stephen Hawking Presents the Third Edition of Starmus Festival in Tenerife

Stephen Hawking presented the Starmus Festival III at The Canary Islands
(PRNewsFoto/Calibri 12 Starmus Festival)

The third edition, "Beyond the horizon - A tribute to Stephen Hawking", catapults this festival as the most ambitious one in science dissemination. 

The theoretical physicist returns to the Canary Islands to announce a star panel of speakers, including twelve Nobel laureates and renowned participants in the space race, who will headline the international festival from 27 June to 2 July 2016
Eminent British physicist Stephen Hawking returned to the Canary Islands to present the third edition of Starmus Festival, the largest international science event to combine music, art and science, which is to be held in the archipelago once again.

Prof. Hawking revealed the panel of attendees who will pay tribute to him at the next edition, under the tagline "Beyond the horizon - A tribute to Stephen Hawking". Also on stage at the press conference were Cristóbal de la Rosa, Deputy Minister for Tourism in the Canary Islands Government; Carlos Alonso, President of the Tenerife Island Government; Anselmo Pestana, President of La Palma Island Government; Manuel Cendagorta, General Manager of ITER; and Iván Lozano, CEO of ATOS Iberia, the latter two being co-sponsors of the festival.

This edition will bring together no less than twelve Nobel prize-winners which exemplifies the event's aim of bridging the gap between the general public and the exciting world of science through these inspiring figures. Another of the highlights will be the 'Ask Hawking' unique competition which, as in the previous edition, will enable members of the public to pose questions to the scientist.

In the words of Professor Hawking: "Starmus is Spain's unique science festival and with this next edition confirms its position as a unique debating chamber for the future of the human race"
Stephen Hawking has expressed enthusiasm for this edition. The festival "will continue to pursue the aim of bringing together some of the best scientists, musicians and artists under one roof: the starry sky of the Canary Islands"

Garik Israelian, founder and director of Starmus, said that the festival "carries a powerful message inspired by the Canary skies, by Mount Teide and the pretty island of La Palma", and expressed pride that the event's values are "spreading around the planet, from amateurs through scientists to some of the world's leading artists".

Via: PRNewswire

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Saturday, September 26, 2015

Day of Traditons in El Palmar

La Trilla in El Palmar

Perhaps because I lived in the beautiful El Palmar valley for almost a decade and within walking distance of the Finca Los Pedregales where this takes place, but the Día de las Tradiciones (Day of Traditions) in El Palmar has to be one of my favourite traditional Tenerife events, which this year is taking place this weekend, on Sunday, 27th September, coinciding with the celebrations for the Día Mundial del Turismo (World Tourism Day).

La Trilla, the threshing of the wheat using traditional methods involving horses, oxen and LOTS of audience participation from adults and children alike is just a part of the festivities where the rural work gets done and everyone is rewarded with a party at the end of it - the way agriculture used to be done. There are also farm implements on display, demonstrations of other rural activities, such as making charcoal and often pony rides. The day's activities start at around 10:30 and carry on into the afternoon with a free lunch for all and the chance to try local products and dancing to a local band in the open air next to the Farmers' Market building.


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Friday, September 25, 2015

Tamaimo Hillclimb 2015

One of the most well-known fixtures on the Tenerife Rally calendar takes place this weekend on Saturday, 26th September, in the shape of the Subida a Tamaimo (Tamaimo Hillclimb). It's the 41st edition this year, with more than 100 vehicles registerred.

The TF454 Puerto Santiago-Tamaimo road will be closed from 8:30am and the action should begin from around 10:00am.




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Friday, September 18, 2015

Baile de Las Libreas, El Palmar



On the second day (that's the Saturday-week before the 4th Sunday of September, usually - by my calculations therefore, on Saturday, 19th September 2015) of the fiestas of the Virgen de la Consolación (Our Lady of the Consolation) in El Palmar, Buenavista del Norte you should really make the effort, even if just once, to go and see the ancient Baile de Las Libreas (Livery Dance). Having said ancient - it's highly venerated as important - it is actually a very curious satirical piece involving cross dressing, sarcastic gestures and Dusty Bin's Canarian Cousin showering the crowd with fireworks attached to his back. Honestly, unmissable. And from a time way before 'Elf and Safety existed!

Processing around the village streets to the church square, three male pairs of dancers, half of them dressed as women, dance to the sound of flutes and drums. The dance symbolizes the struggle between good, represented by dancers, and evil, embodied by the figures of the male devil and the female devil. The origin of the dance (and the purifying smoke) was to ward off evil spirits to prevent a bad harvest. It finishes as they set light to the fuse setting off the fireworks that are strapped to the back of the devil costumes.

BAILE DE LAS LIBREAS DE EL PALMAR BUENASIATA DEL NORTE

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Atogo Sprint Rally

 

Saturday, 19th September sees the 10th edition of the Mini Rallye Sprint de Atogo (Atogo Sprint Rally). The Centro Multifuncional San Isidro Espacio Cívico SIEC in San Isidro, will be the focal point of the test, with the departure, arrival and awards ceremony in the Plaza de la Cultura in San Isidro. Video: Rallysprint Atogo 2014

 

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Saturday, September 12, 2015

Fiestas del Santísimo Cristo de La Laguna 2015

Fiestas del Santísimo Cristo de La Laguna 2015

Celebrations of the Holy Christ of La Laguna is one of the most important religious and festive celebrations with Canarian traditions and history rooted in the distant past. As with every year, music, children's activities, theater and devotion will be the main protagonists. The long list of festivities take place between 3rd to 27th September, but the big day is Monday, September 14th, with  religious processions from 7pm. Then from 11pm (approx.) the famous FUEGOS DEL RISCO Y LA TRACA: a monumental and noisy fireworks display from the mountain of San Roque. 

More in The Best Fiestas, Festivals and Events on Tenerife in September 2015

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Friday, September 11, 2015

La Guancha Hillclimb



On Saturday, 12th September the 20th Anniversary edition of the Subida La Guancha (Icod to La Guancha Hillclimb) is taking place. The road will be closed from 9am, with the first legs beginning at 10am. The trophies will be awarded to the winners in La Guancha at 4pm.

Subida La Guancha 2014

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Guía de Isora Arts & Craft Fair

Guía de Isora Arts & Craft Fair 

Guía de Isora will be holding their XXXIV Feria de Artesanía de Guía de Isora (34th Crafts Fair) in the Plaza Nuestra Señora de la Luz in front of the church on Sunday, 13th September between 10am and 6pm. There will be loads of local arts, crafts and foods on display and for purchase. These are always great fun, and Guía de Isora is a lovely old town, so this is definitely one not to be missed.

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Monday, September 07, 2015

Fiestas de La Luz 2015, Los Silos

 

September 8th each year is the Día Grande (Big Day) of the fiestas in honour of the Virgen de La Luz in Los Silos. There will be a mass at 10am, Eucharist at 11:30am, with a procession to follow and another, Coso de Flores (floral procession) at 6pm.
 

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Sunday, September 06, 2015

Romería in Honor of the Virgen del Socorro



The Romería de la Bajada de la Virgen del Socorro takes place every year on 7th September. Declared to be of tourist interest, it is thought to be the oldest romería in the Canary Islands, as well as one of the most popular. This pilgrimage, held in Güímar, runs from the Church of San Pedro in the centre of the village to the hermitage of the Virgin in the Playa del Socorro. In the afternoon, the apparition of Nuestra Señora del Socorro to the Guanches, is commemorated on the beach of Chimisay. On 8th September, the image of the Virgin goes back to the village to return to the Church of San Pedro.

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Thursday, September 03, 2015

30th Anniversary Pinolere Crafts Fair

30th Anniversary Pinolere Crafts Fair

The big event of this weekend, being held on Friday 4th, Saturday 5th and Sunday 6th, September, from 10am to 9pm daily, is the Feria de Artesanía Pinolere (Pinolere Craft Fair), which this year is celebrating it's 30th Anniversary. This popular craft fair is held every year around the first weekend of September at the Pinolere Ethnographic Park. This 3-day fair is packed with stalls featuring over 200 artisans and their hand-made goods. Visitors will also be kept entertained with various demonstrations, workshops, music and theatre performances. Entrance €2.50.

Pinolere Ethnographic Park, 38310 La Orotava, Tenerife.

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Wednesday, September 02, 2015

Teno Alto Wooden Chariot Race



Apparently, this goes on all over the island and there's even a Campeonato Isla de Tenerife de Bajada de Carros de Madera (Island of Tenerife Wooden Charriot Championship), of which the edition in 2012 was the XXXI (31st, by my count). That year, it had taken place in Teno Alto (a tiny hamlet in the municipality of Buenavista del Norte) in early September. Or just watch from the safely of your own armchairBajada being the opposite of subida, which in rally parlance translates to hillclimb, so this is a hilldrop, more or less - the carts apparently being merely gravity and willpower driven. This has surely got to hurt one day. Have you seen that drop at the sides of the road?

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