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Friday, May 31, 2019

Romería La Corujera, Latin American Charm, Jazz at the Auditorio, Actúa Santa Cruz Festival, Wine Tasting Workshop, Tenerife Pride 2019, Romería de San Isidro Labrador in Los Realejos, Armed Forces Day

Romería La Corujera. Photo: Barrio de La Corujera - Santa Úrsula

Kicking off the weekend, on Friday 31 May from 4pm, the Romería La Corujera 2019 takes place in the neighbourhood of La Corujera in Santa Úrsula.

CONCERTS: Also Friday 31 May, at 8pm at the Hotel Meliá Hacienda del Conde, Calle La Finca, s/n, 38480 Buenavista del Norte, a classical recital, “Encanto Latinoamericano” (Latin American Charm) - part of the season of Los Caprichos Musicales de la Isla Baja (The Musical Caprices of Isla Baja) - Mara Jaubert (piano) and Javier Rodríguez (percussion), Francisco Feria and Cristina Calvo (vocals) will perform classical works of the repertoire of this continent. (via) If you prefer jazz, then head along to the Auditorio de Tenerife Adán Martín at 8pm on Friday 31 May to see the Ken Norris Quartet. Ken Norris is described as "is one of the best US jazz singers at present." (via)

Actúa Santa Cruz Festival

More than 300 artists are taking part this weekend on Saturday 1 and Sunday 2 June in seventh edition of the 'Actúa Santa Cruz' festival, organized by the City Council with the collaboration of 'Cadena Ser'. Events center around the Plaza del Príncipe and begin at 11 am on both days. Apart from the musical and artistic performances, which make up the bulk of the program, this year sports activities such as crosstraining or calisthenics are included.

Wine Tasting Workshop

Saturday 1 June 2019 from 11 am to 2 pm at the Casa del Vino de Tenerife, Calle San Simón, 49, 38360 El Sauzal, a wine tasting of Tenerife's pre-phylloxera varieties. The prefiloxéricos wines are wines whose plants are in pure state, that is to say, they have not been grafted. The advantage of these vines, is that the plant has a main root able to penetrate to great depth and extract the minerality of the soil to obtain wines of high qualities. This excellence and exclusivity have made the wines of pre-phylloxera varieties true gems of the oenological world. PRICE 18 Euros. Information and reservations: 922 57 25 35 (via)

Folklore in Tejina

Saturday 1 June 2019 at 8:30 pm at the Teatro Unión De TejinaCalle Arriba, 4, 38260 Tejina, Santa Cruz de Tenerife, the Agrupación Folklórica San Borondón (San Borondón Folk Group) are performing a show entitled, 'Tradición Viva' (Living Tradition). Entrance 3 Euros. (via)






Tenerife Pride 2019

Organized by the LGBTI Algarabía Association with the support of TransGirl, Chrysallis Canarias and Asociación de Mujeres Trans, the program for Orgullo de Tenerife 2019 (Tenerife Pride 2019) begins on June 1 and ends on the 29th June with the Gay Pride March in Santa Cruz de Tenerife starting at 7:00 p.m. from the Plaza Weyler. Activities in various municipalities of Tenerife (including Icod de los Vinos, Santa Cruz de Tenerife, La Orotava, Puerto de la Cruz, La Laguna and Adeje), with recitals and parties, fairs and festivals, tables and meetings, and memorial events. More information and programe (in Spanish) here. (via)

Romería de San Isidro Labrador y Santa María de la Cabeza

On Sunday 2 June, Los Realejos hosts the Romería de San Isidro Labrador y Santa María de la Cabeza, declared of National Tourist Interest. The Eucharistic, sung by the Tigotán Folkloric Association, will take place in the parish of the Apostle Santiago at 12:00 noon. Once concluded, the Pilgrimage will begin, headed by the icons of both saints, accompanied by the Municipal Corporation of Los Realejos and the Queen of the May Festivities. Floats, carts pulled by oxen, folk groups, families and friends will join the celebration. The route will pass through the Avenida de Los Remedios and Reyes Católicos streets, El Llano, El Sol, La Pila, El Medio Arriba, until it reaches the parish of the Apostle Santiago. The icons of San Isidro Labrador and Santa María de la Cabeza will be taken back to the temple at 5:00 pm, accompanied by the Sabinosa Folkloric Group from the island of El Hierro to the sound of whistles, chácaras and drums.

Sunday 2 June at 12:30 horas, the Tenerife Trombone Quartet play classical and popular selections in the Plaza de Los Remedios in Buenavista del Norte.

Armed Forces Day 2019

Not sure the concept has quite been grasped here, because Día de las Fuerzas Armadas 2019 (Armed Forces Day 2019) -  which is apparently celebrated annually on the Saturday nearest 30 May - in Tenerife consists of various events over the six days from Tuesday 4 June to Sunday 9 June. Starting with, on Tuesday, June 4, at the Teatro Guimerá in Santa Cruz de Tenerife at 6:30 p.m., a concert by the Música del Mando de Canarias, Banda de Guerra nº 2 de la Brigada Canarias XVI y Banda Sinfónica de Tenerife (Military Bands).

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Thursday, May 30, 2019

Carnival Queen Candidate in Santa Cruz de Tenerife 2019 Yasmina Galván Hernández



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.

Yasmina Galván Hernández appears in a costume entitled, "YERBA SANTA" (Holy Herb), designed by Alexis Santana Rodríguez and representing Urbaser.

Yasmina Galván Hernández | Gala de la Reina | Carnaval S/C Tenerife 2019

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Unified Symbol of the Archipelago

La Bandera de Canaria - Canary Islands Flag

The Canary Islands Flag is the standard under which all of the Canary Islands are unified. Composed of three colors that together represent the feeling of the Archipelago; White, Blue and Yellow. This composition was named as the official flag of the Canary Islands in 1982, at the time of the confirmation of the statute of the Canarian Autonomy.

Meaning of union

Despite being officially adopted since 1982, the Canary Islands Government hasn't established the meaning of the colors that make up the flag of the autonomous community. However, various factors give rise to the representative flag of the Canary Islands: The colors represent the two maritime provinces that are in the Canary archipelago; Tenerife (white and blue) and Gran Canaria (blue and yellow) with the order of chromatic reading from the left to the right, in line with the geographic position of each province.

A tribute to the climate

Almost poetically, it is said that the white represents the purity, the softness of the air and the excellent atmosphere that permeates every corner of the Canary Islands. The blue speaks of the sea and the close relationship the islands have with the ocean. And finally the yellow: the sun that bathes the Canary Islands, the warmth of its people and the ideal and optimal climate that it represents and that attracts so many visitors year after year and that generates so much happiness in the inhabitants of the archipelago.

Día de Canarias: La Bandera de Canaria

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Wednesday, May 29, 2019

Daily bus service to Punta de Teno

View of Los Gigantes Cliffs from Punta de Teno

There has been an announcement that the 369 bus service from Buenavista del Norte to Punta de Teno is now to be operated every day of the week, Monday to Sunday inclusive, on an indefinite basis. This measure is launched after regulations in force limiting of access to this northern enclave of Tenerife are extended to the whole week and, which prevents access to private vehicles between 10:00 and 18:00 hours, except those authorized.

Therefore, the bus is the only means for visitors to get to Punta de Teno and it is well worth the trip for the most spectacular views of the Los Gigantes Cliffs.

The 369 bus will depart from the Buenavista bus station at 10:10, 11:05, 12:00, 13:00, 14:00, 15:00, 16:10, 17:05 and 18:05 hours. The return journeys from Punta de Teno depart at 10:35, 11:25, 12:25, 13:25, 14:25, 15:25, 16:35, 17:25 and 18:25.

The price of the service is one euro per journey, which must be paid in cash.

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Tenerife in 1980



This promotional video of Tenerife from 1980 seems like a lifetime ago. It's fascinating to see how much has changed - as with everywhere the most notable are the fashions and that the weight of traffic has exploded - and how much has stayed exactly the same.

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Tuesday, May 28, 2019

Tenerife's Public Holidays for 2020

Get ready to plan!

The Canarian Government has approved the calendar of public holidays for 2020:

  • 1 January (Año Nuevo/New Year) 
  • 6 January (Epifanía del Señor/Epihany - the Monday in leiu)
  • 9 April (Jueves Santo/Easter Thursday)
  • 10 April (Viernes Santo/Easter Friday) 
  • 1 May (Fiesta del Trabajo/Workers’ Day)
  • 30 May (Día de Canarias/Canaries Day)
  • 15 August (Asunción de la Virgen/Assumption)
  • 7 September (Bajada de la Virgen del Socorro)
  • 12 October (Fiesta Nacional de España/Spain Day)
  • 7 December (Día de la Constitución Española/Constitution Day) - Monday in lieu as 6 December falls on a Sunday. 
  • 8 December (Inmaculada Concepción/Immaculate Conception)
  • 25 December (Natividad del Señor/Christmas Day)

As November 1, Todos los Santos (All Saints), falls on a Sunday in 2020, this has been replaced with May 30, Canary Islands Day. Also, as the usual Tenerife specific holiday, for the Virgen de la Candelaria (Candlemass) on February 2 also falls on a Sunday in 2020, 7 September for the Bajada de la Virgen del Socorro has been substituted.

There’s a legal right to days off on public holidays in Spain (there's no such right in Britain), however, you should note that the official working week in Spain consists of 6 days, Monday to Saturday, inclusive. To make up the 14 days public holidays decreed by law, two additional days are added that are specific to each municipal council area.

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Monday, May 27, 2019

Día de Canarias - Canary Islands Day

Feria de Artesanía de Alcalá

May 30th is Día de Canarias, (Canaries Day), a Canaries-wide public holiday in celebration of the anniversary of the first official Parliamentary session of the islands on 30 May 1983, some 10 months after the Canaries became an autonomous region of Spain in August 1982. The day is celebrated on all the islands with a wide range of cultural events and festivities, though shops and offices are generally closed. 

Read more about the history of Canaries Day

Although the main event is the official ceremony organized by the Government of the Canary Islands each year, Canary Islands Day is celebrated in almost every corner of the archipelago with numerous cultural and leisure activities, in which people participate in traditional costumes, with folk music and exhibitions of local customs and sports such as Lucha Canaria (Canarian Wrestling), Juego del Palo (Stick Fighting), Salto de Pastor (Shepherd's Leap), or Bola Canaria (Boules/Pétanque) in many locations. There is also no lack of demonstrations of the rich, local cuisine.

For 2019, the Canary Islands Government has presented an enormous list of activities for the commemoration of Día de CanariasAmong the folk music concerts on offer on Thursday 30 May are those by some of the 'big names' in this genreLos Gofiones (Plaza de la Candelaria, Santa Cruz at 5:30 pm) and  Los Sabandeños (Plaza de la Candelaria, Santa Cruz at 8:00 pm). While in La Laguna, in the Plaza del Cristo from 12:30pm another edition of the festival Canto Común (Common Song) will take place, bringing together 25 folk groups, soloists, dancers, etc. from the municipality in a demonstration of the island's heritage. 

Canaries Day Crafts Fairs

Meanwhile, in Santa Úrsula and in Alcalá on Thursday 30 May there are Ferias de Artesanía (Crafts Fairs). 

In Santa Úrsula, in the Espacio Cultural La Casona de San Luis, from 20 to 31 May there is an exhibition of Canarian clothing, entitled “ATAVÍOS IV”, organised by the Agrupación Folclórica Chimaque with the Santa Úrsula Town Hall, which this year is dedicated to the undergarments used in the past. Petticoats, bloomers and other pieces can be seen along with shoes and hats that complement the traditional outfits.

The exhibition can be visited until May 31, from Monday to Friday from 4:00 pm to 8:00 pm and on weekends 10:00 am to 1:00 pm and 4:00 pm to 8:00 pm.

At 11am on 30 May, is the XII Campeonato Nacional de Artes Marciales Canarias (12th National Championship of Canary Martial Arts), in the Plaza de Santa Úrsula.

On Thursday 30 May, coinciding with Día de las Islas Canarias, Alcalá celebrates their annual Feria de Artesanía de Alcalá in the Plaza del Llano, with stalls demonstrating all manner of local crafts and produce, with lots of foodstuffs to try.



Día de Canarias Alcalá

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Saturday, May 25, 2019

Peter Pan the musical comes to Tenerife

Facade of the Garrick Theatre in London

The smash-hit Spanish musical Peter Pan comes to Tenerife in June with three performances on the 28, 29 and 30 June 2019. The world of Peter Pan and the country of Neverland will arrive in a musical format, within its world tour, at the Auditorio Infanta Leonor in Los Cristianos on June 28, at 7:00 p.m., at the hands of Dept. of Culture of the Council of Arona and Makaron Management and Cultural Projects.

Peter Pan, the musical combines a careful staging, with special effects, 3D projections, fascinating lighting, choreography, acrobatics and songs to the rhythm of rock, blues and soul. Tickets for the show in Los Cristianos are now on sale at www.arona.org. In the near future they will also be available at the Cultural Center of Los Cristianos, from Monday to Friday, from 9 am to 2 pm and, on June 28, two hours before the start of the show.

The production will also be performed in La Laguna, in the Teatro Leal, on the 29th (with two performances, at 5:30 and 7:30 p.m.) and June 30 (at 12 p.m. only).

Based on the original production of Theater Properties, Peter Pan, the musical, aimed at the whole family, has been one of the most acclaimed shows of this genre for nearly 200 years. With more than four million viewers in its more than 4,500 performances around the world, the characters of the famous novel by Scottish, James Matthew Barrie, are now back, in this adaptation by Ymedia International Events.



PETER PAN EL MUSICAL. THEATRE PROPERTIES

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Friday, May 24, 2019

Marley Lives, Concerts for Orchestra, Choirs, Timple and Bands, Santa Cruz Book Fair, Wine Tasting, Costume Exhibition

Ruts & La Isla Music at the Carnival Reggae Festival Friday 1 March 2019

On Friday 24 May, 9pm at the Teatro Unión Tejina, Plaza El Ramal s/n, 38260, Tejina, San Cristóbal de La Laguna, see Canarian reggae band, Ruts & La Isla Music (who we saw at the Carnival Reggae Festival in March), and guest artists in a show "MARLEY VIVE" (Marley Lives), recreating many of Bob Marley's biggest hits. Price 5 Euros. (via)



Bob Marley Could you be loved Cover Ruts & La Isla Music

Much More Music Pick Your Style




Domingo Rodríguez Oramas ‘El Colorao’

Santa Cruz Book Fair

From 24 May to 2 June the XXXI Feria del Libro de Santa Cruz (31st Santa Cruz Book Fair) is taking place in the Parque García Sanabria. Although, obviously, concerned with books in Spanish - with talks, signings, readings, poetry - there are literary, musical, cinema and gastronomy activities too. There are 35 book stalls, publishers, public and private institutions as well as areas for eating, resting and reading. And the park, with such sociable events, is just a marvelous space to be. (via)



XXXI Feria del Libro de Santa Cruz de Tenerife

Tenerife Wines, Edible Flowers and Sweets Tasting Workshop

Friday 24 May from 6pm to 9pm at the Casa del Vino de Tenerife, Calle San Simón, 49, 38360 El Sauzal, Santa Cruz de Tenerife. Tasting workshop with Tenerife wines, edible flowers and sweets. Workshop where the harmony between the floral aromas of the wine, the edible flowers and the memories of childhood through licorice or gumdrops are sought. Information or reservation on 922 57 25 35. Price 18 Euros. (via)

Exhibition of Undergarments

In Santa Úrsula, in the Espacio Cultural La Casona de San Luis, from 20 to 31 May there is an exhibition of Canarian clothing, entitled “ATAVÍOS IV”, organised by the Agrupación Folclórica Chimaque with the Santa Úrsula Town Hall, which this year is dedicated to the undergarments used in the past. Petticoats, bloomers and other pieces can be seen along with shoes and hats that complement the traditional outfits. (via)

The exhibition can be visited until May 31, from Monday to Friday from 4:00 pm to 8:00 pm and on weekends 10:00 am to 1:00 pm and 4:00 pm to 8:00 pm.

There are none of the traditional Romerías taking place this weekend - and indeed some were postponed or rescheduled - due to the 2019 Spanish local elections and 2019 Spanish regional elections that are taking place on Sunday, 26 May 2019.

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Thursday, May 23, 2019

Candidate for Junior Carnival Queen in Santa Cruz de Tenerife 2019 Laura Castillo Díaz



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.

Laura Castillo Díaz appears in a costume entitled DE DONDE NACE EL SOL (WHERE THE SUN IS BORN) designed by Jonathan Suárez López and representing Cepsa Vuelta los Pájaros Service Station and Tavío Servicio Ecológico S.L.

Laura Castillo | Gala Reina Infantil | Carnaval S/C Tenerife 2019

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Wednesday, May 22, 2019

Ropa Vieja Canaria (Canarian Old Clothes)

Ropa Vieja Canaria

Another traditional dish of Canarian Cuisine for you, Ropa Vieja Canaria, which really does literally translate to Canarian Old Clothes.

Ropa Vieja is one of the national dishes of Cuba (unlike Cuban Rice, which appears to be a purely Canarian invention.) However, the Canarian version of Ropa Vieja is different from the Caribbean version (which is shredded or pulled stewed beef served with rice), while the Canarian version has potatoes and chickpeas added directly to the dish.

In Spain, the dish seems to have Medieval origins with the Cuisine of the Sephardic Jews, while the term ropa vieja has been explained as being from Arabic, to mean leftovers. And in parts of Spain, the dish is indeed prepared from the meat leftover from Cocido and in the Canaries, the leftover chickpeas and meat from Puchero is often used.

Ingredients:

1/2 Kg. Of chickpeas
½ Kg. Of beef
½ Kg. Of chicken meat
1 Kg. Of potatoes
3 cloves of garlic
1 pepper
1 onion
1 tomato
1 cup of white wine
1 cup of water or broth
paprika, pepper, thyme, bay leaf, cloves, salt and oil.

Method:

Soak the chickpeas the night before so they soften. The next day, wash and place them in a large saucepan with meat, salt and water. Once stewed, drain then shred the meat.

Next fry the meat and the chickpeas until they are crispy, and reserve.

Separately fry, with oil, the onion, pepper, peeled tomato and garlic, all previously chopped. Add the pepper and cloves. Once the frying is done, add the paprika, wine, thyme, bay leaf and a small cup of broth. Then add the meat and the chickpeas and heat for a few minutes. Finally, fry the potatoes in cubes and mix everything together.

La Laguna Ahora con la cocina tradicional: Ropa Vieja

Photo: Kpjas [CC BY-SA 4.0], via Wikimedia Commons

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Tuesday, May 21, 2019

Santa Cruz Carnival Queens in Miniature

Barbie version of the Carnival Queen in Santa Cruz de Tenerife 2003

(Above) In 2003, Carnival Queen in Santa Cruz de Tenerife was Natalia Díaz Mesa, with a costume entitled "Láquesis" (Lachesis), which was designed by Santi Castro and represented Centro Comercial Carrefour. Watch a video of the 2003 coronation.

Among the updates at the Casa del Carnival museum exhibits announced last week was that more examples had been added to their collection of Queens in Miniature.

During carnival this year back in March, there was a temporary exhibition entitled "Barbie se viste de Reina del Carnaval" (Barbie dresses up as Carnival Queen), at the Real Casino de Tenerife on the Plaza de la Candelaria. We popped into the casino while the temporary exhibition was on and grabbed these few photos.

Barbie version of the Carnival Queen in Santa Cruz de Tenerife 2013

A decade later, in 2013, Soraya Rodríguez Castro became Carnival Queen in Santa Cruz de Tenerife. Her costume was entitled, "Volare" (Fly), designed by Saliarca Creativos and representing Centro Comercial Carrefour – Meridiano. Here is coverage of her coronation.

Barbie version of the Carnival Queen in 2017

Judit López García was crowned Queen of the Carnival of Santa Cruz de Tenerife 2017 with a costume entitled "Madame Soleil" (Madam Sun), designed by Jorge González Santana, representing Fuentealta.
Barbie version of the Carnival Queen in Santa Cruz de Tenerife 2008

Back in 2008, Carnival Queen in Santa Cruz de Tenerife was Nauzet Celeste Cruz Melo, with a costume entitled, "La Edad de Oro" (Golden Age), designed by Santi Castro, representing the Santa Cruz-Carrefour Shopping Center. Watch the coronation here.

Barbie version of the Carnival Queen in 1996
Carnival Queen in Santa Cruz de Tenerife in 1996 was Nayra Plasencia Jorge, in a costume entitle "Ra", designed by Justo Gutiérrez and representing Almacenes El Kilo. You can watch her coronation here.

Barbie version of the Carnival Queen in Santa Cruz de Tenerife 1997

The final image is the miniature version of the Carnival Queen in Santa Cruz de Tenerife in 1997, who was Soledad León Rancel with a costume entitled, "Mamut" (Mammoth), designed by Leo Martinez, again representing Almacenes El Kilo.

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Monday, May 20, 2019

GastroCanarias 2019 Gastronomy Fair

GastroCanarias 2019

The Centro Internacional de Ferias y Congresos in Santa Cruz de Teneife will host the 6º Salón Gastronómico de Canarias – GastroCanarias 2019 (The sixth Gastronomic Fair of the Canary Islands), from May 21 to 23, a specialised event that will turn Tenerife into the epicenter of gastronomy and local products.

Some 215 stands, spread over 12,000 square meters make this event a great showcase for the promotion of agri-food products from the Canary Islands, as well as serving as a space for the exchange of information and knowledge between professionals and foodies.

This edition also aims to become the first in Spain to be free of plastic.

The Island Corporation has organized in its stand of the show, a score of activities designed jointly by the Area of ​​Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries and Tourism of Tenerife. Tastings of wines, gofios and cheeses, conferences, workshops, tastings and culinary demonstrations (show-cooking) are some of the activities that the Island Corporation is designing for the three days of the event.

More information: www.salongastronomicodecanarias.com

In the video below, Lee de Caires shows us highlights from the event in 2018.



GASTRO CANARIAS 2018 Feria de Gastronomía de Canarias - ¡Que Gran Viaje!

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Sunday, May 19, 2019

Jóvenes Cantadores and Pitingo, in concert, 20 May in the Valle de Guerra, La Laguna

The group Jóvenes Cantadores (literally, Young Singers) appear with Pitingo, in a concert taking place on Monday, May 20, starting at 9:00 p.m., in the Plaza de Valle de Guerra, and which is part of the program of events of the Fiestas of San Isidro Labrador and Santa Maria de la Cabeza.

Jóvenes Cantadores, formed in Tenerife, were discovered in 2008 by the director of the Televisión Canaria program "La Bodega de Julián", Elvis Sanfiel. The group has a total of twenty-four components with ages between 17 and 28 years. The vast majority are students of the University of La Laguna.

Pitingo, was born in Ayamonte, Huelva. Son of a fisherman, like his grandfather, and gypsy mother, he learned singing as a family. He is the creator of soulería, soul to the rhythm of bulería.

Jóvenes Cantadores y Pitingo, este lunes (20 de mayo) en Valle de Guerra



Pitingo - Killing Me Softly With His Song

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Saturday, May 18, 2019

International Museum Day 2019 in Tenerife

The Cabildo (Tenerife Island Corporation)'s museums celebrate today, Saturday May 18, the Día Internacional de los Museos (International Museum Day), with an extensive program for all audiences: The new production of the Planetarium 'Fantasmas del Universo' (Phantom of the Universe), on the hunt for dark matter ', at the Museo de la Ciencia y el Cosmos (Museum of Science and the Cosmos); the activity 'Dress in traditional costume', at the Museo de Historia y Antropología de Tenerife (Museum of History and Anthropology of Tenerife); and the celebration of the XIII International Meeting of the Commission of Geological Heritage of the Geological Society of Spain in Tenerife, at the MUNA, Museo de Naturaleza y Arqueología (MUNA Museum of Nature and Archeology).

The MUNA, Museo de Naturaleza y Arqueología (MUNA Museum of Nature and Archeology), on Saturday 18 May, at 11:00 and 12:00 hrs, are also offering guided visits in Spanish an English, to the permanent exhibitions by museum technicians.

El Cabildo celebra el día grande de los museos de la Isla

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Friday, May 17, 2019

Traditions Fair in Candelaria, La Traviata in Puerto de la Cruz, Romerías de San Isidro, The First 25 Years of Santa Cruz

Candelaria

Feria de Las Tradiciones in Candelaria

Candelaria is hosting a Traditions Fair, highlighting the Culture and Traditions of the municipality in the surroundings of the Plaza de Teror and Avenida Condes de Santa María of Abona. The Fair will be open to the public this Saturday 18 and Sunday 19 May, from 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. and attendees will be able to enjoy different activities, among which are the sale of handicrafts, Tenerife costumes, exhibition of needlework, special programming of Candelaria Radio, screenings of "Candelaria en la recuerdo" (Candelaria in the memory), bouncy castles, press area and Canarian books, workshops (from 10 am to 2 pm and from 4 pm to 8 pm) in drum, chácaras and traditional percussion; and many local crafts, as well as cut-out and colour the traditional costume of Candelaria.

Cultura y Tradición se citan en Candelaria (Via)

La Traviata in Puerto de la Cruz

Ópera de Tenerife is staging two more performances of La Traviata, by Giuseppe Verdi, on Saturday 18 and Sunday 19 May 2019, starting at 9:00 p.m., this time in the gardens of the old Hotel Taoro, in Puerto de la Cruz.

Tickets can be purchased via the Tenerife Auditorium, at the box office from 10:00 a.m. to 7:30 p.m., from Monday to Saturday; at www.auditoriodetenerife.com or by phone at 902 317 327 or at Castillo San Felipe from Tuesday to Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. and from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Ópera de Tenerife presenta este fin de semana La traviata




Romería de San Isidro in Guía de Isora

Guía de Isora celebrates the 66th anniversary of the Pilgrimage of San Isidro Labrador on Sunday 19 May. After the mass sung by the municipal folk group Sámara in the Church of Our Lady of La Luz from 11.30am, the celebrations through the streets will begin. Folk groups, carts and parrandas will add a note of color and happiness, along with groups of dancers who will accompany the saint. The evening will continue with dancing to the orchestras Sabrosa and Wamampy.

Video: Romería de Guía de Isora por Mírame Canarias

This is just one of many such Romerías taking place on Sunday 19 May:

Exhibition - The First 25 Years of Santa Cruz

With the help of private funds, the exhibition proposes the rediscovery of an almost unknown and little investigated period in the city's history, even among the vast majority of residents and visitors. It is an approach to the origins, from the Guanche culture to the consolidation of the new order, from new and unpublished research.

(La Recova Centro de Arte) The Recova Art Center
2 Plaza Isla de la Madera, 38003 Santa Cruz de Tenerife
From Wed, 24 Apr until Fri, 31 May 19
From 11:00 to 13:00 and from 18:00 to 21:00.
Free admission.

LOS PRIMEROS 25 AÑOS DE SANTA CRUZ

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Thursday, May 16, 2019

Carnival Queen Candidate in Santa Cruz de Tenerife 2019 Isamar Rosa Sabina



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.

Isamar Rosa Sabina appeared in a costume entitled, "OFRENDA" (Offering), designed by Tin Quintero and representing Ferretería Castro Delgado, Ferretería Las Pirámides and the Town Hall of Güímar

Isamar Rosa Sabina | Gala de la Reina | Carnaval S/C Tenerife 2019

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Wednesday, May 15, 2019

The concentration of CO2 at Izaña reaches values ​​of 3 million years ago

Teide Observatory

The Centro de Investigación Atmosférica de Izaña (Atmospheric Investigation Centre) at the Teide Observatory - the astronomical observatory operated by the Instituto de Astrofísica de Canarias (Canarian Astrophysics Institute) on Mount Teide, Tenerife - was the first in the world to detect the record of daily average concentration of CO2 in the atmosphere, of more than 415 ppm, confirming humans' entry into unexplored territory.

Centre Director, Emilio Cuevas, warns about the spectacular increase of this gas that produces the greenhouse effect in the atmosphere, by 30% in 35 years

The observatory of Global Atmospheric Surveillance of the Spanish State Meteorological Agency (Aemet) at Izaña registered the historical record of the measurements of average daily concentration of carbon dioxide (CO2), with 415 ppm (parts per million) in April.

The data, provided by the Ministry of Environment, confirms that the observatory at Mauna Loa (Hawaii) also detected levels that exceeded this threshold earlier this month, confirming a trend of growth of this greenhouse gas worldwide.

The director of the Center for Atmospheric Research at Izaña, Emilio Cuevas, said that "The rate of year-on-year growth has accelerated by 30% in the last 35 years, since in 1984. The annual increase was 1.8 ppm per year and currently it is 2.3 ppm per year ". This figure has been exceeded four times  with a maximum in the data series (starting in June 1984) of 416.7 ppm on April 18. "It means that the concentration in the atmosphere of this gas, which produces global warming, is accelerating and at the moment we are far from any decrease, since it is increasing dramatically," said Cuevas. "That the threshold of 415 ppm has been passed puts us in unexplored territory for humanity, as there had not been a similar record since we inhabited the Earth," he said.

We would have to go back 3 million years to obtain a similar concentration of CO2 in the atmosphere, at which time human beings did not exist.

It is predicted that the year 2020 will once again surpass 418 parts per million of CO2 and Cuevas hopes that, in 2050, global stabilization will begin to be observed. Very likely there will never again be concentrations below 400 ppm. "Stabilization would be a very important achievement. The challenge now is that it does not rise each year, "he insisted.

Measuring the concentration of CO2 in clean atmosphere is not easy and therefore there are not many observatories in the world that perform this type of measurement of such high precision. There are only 30 laboratories and all are located in areas far away from the emission sources, sources of pollution, isolated from continents and in high areas, such as Hawaii, Samoa, Tasmania, the South Pole, Alaska or Tenerife.

La concentración de CO2 en Izaña ya alcanza valores de hace 3 millones de años

(Guided daytime visit of the Teide Observatory and Astronomical Tours)

Imagen de M W en Pixabay

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Comparsa Tropicana

Components of Comparsa Tropicana in the Carnival Main Parade 5 March 2019

One of my favourite components of carnival, comparsas in Santa Cruz de Tenerife are said to be similar to the Brazillian Carnival Blocks, but actually appear to have more in common with the dancing, marching and drumming Samba Schools that have a strong community basis and are traditionally associated with a particular neighborhood.

Founded in 1994, in Candelaria, Comparsa Tropicana are this year celebrating their 25th Anniversary. They made their first appearance on stage, in Candelaria, in 1995 and the following year participated in Santa Cruz Carnival.



Tropicana | Comparsas adultas | Carnaval S/C Tenerife 2019

Find out more about Santa Cruz Carnival 2020which will take to the streets between Friday, 21st February 2020 and Sunday, 1st March 2020. 

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Tuesday, May 14, 2019

Casa del Carnaval Museum in Santa Cruz de Tenerife Reopens after renewal of exhibits

Casa del Carnaval Musuem in Santa Cruz de Tenerife

The Casa del Carnaval (Carnival Museum) in Santa Cruz de Tenerife, reopened its doors on Monday after renewing the content of the permanent exhibition and digital media, updating exhibits to those of the latest edition of the festival. Among the main changes is the exhibition of more of the carnival posters from various years in the reception hall, while in the Permanent Exhibition Hall a new section, called 'Did you know that ...? ', has been added with information of historical and social importance and curiosities.

The Queen's Hall now houses the costume of the Carnival Queen of 2019, accompanied by some of her maids of honour.

Carnival Queen 2019 at the Carnival Main Parade on Tuesday 5 March 2019

Also, on the touch screens located in the different spaces are updated 360 degree photographs, in addition to the videos of each event, i.e., Gala de la Reina, Final of the Murgas, Rondallas Contest, or Rhythm and Harmony, among others.

Next to the showcase of 'Ayer' (Yesterday), a costume called 'Tajaraste' from 1987 will be exhibited as part of a continued discourse on the history and evolution of the costumes of the Carnival Queen.

The video summary of Carnival 2019 will be reproduced on the video wall, as well as the different summaries dedicated to the comparsas, musical groups or murgas, while the Costume Workshop has also been renewed, incorporating new costumes and headdresses.

The Temporary Room will continue to hold the Guinness World record with Celia Cruz, but will also combine temporary exhibitions with other activities and will host several exhibitions throughout the year, the first one being dedicated to murga group Los Bambones.

Several elements have been added to the collection of Queens in miniature, as well as a new area created in the cafeteria, with more of the posters that announce the Carnival.

Audio Guides in Five Languages

The Casa del Carnaval has audio guides in 5 languages ​​that have also been renewed with all these contents in order to offer visitors updated information.

The Casa del Carnaval  Calle Aguere, 17, 38005 S/C de Tenerife, can be visited Monday, Sunday, free of charge, from 10 a.m. to 6.30 p.m.

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Garachico at the gates of hell

Volcán de Trevejo or Arenas Negras.

By Jesús Villanueva Jiménez (Published in the Revista NT de Binter in its May 2019 issue).

The Villa de Garachico slept at dawn on May 5, 1706. Although not all the locals did so. In the monastery of the Immaculate Conception, the nuns went to Matins. Bernardo finished arranging the load in the cart, while the two mules appreciated the fresh hay that their master had given them; the arriero (muleteer) wanted to leave for San Cristóbal de La Laguna as soon as the sun appeared. Gonzalo, his wife Rosario and their son Manuel worked in the bakery, already at full capacity. Mercedes was breastfeeding her newborn daughter, while Antonio, the husband, who like her had not slept, ate a bowl of gofio and milk, without hurry, to then go to the dock, the most important on the island, where he worked as a dock worker. That morning barrels of wine were due to embark in a galleon that had arrived at port two days ago, and that would leave on course to the Nueva España (New Spain), as soon as its hold was full of the precious merchandise.

There was silence in Garachico, when suddenly, those who got up early felt the ground tremble under their feet. Instantly, another tremor even stronger, a shake that made the furniture wobble and a hoarse roar that came from the top of Montaña Negra, to the south, behind the back of the town. In the convent of the Immaculate Conception, the nuns suddenly silenced the prayer, shuddering, all looking at the mother superior. Bernardo's mules tensed their muscles, kicking the floor, emitting a moan between their braying and the neighing. Mercedes had palpitations, the baby was removed from the breast and cried disconsolately at the sudden reaction of her mother. The people of Garachico rushed into the street, looking towards the mountain that sheltered the town, and, as terrified as they were dazed, watched the sky turn red, heard the thunder of the earth and the ground shudder again. Shouting, some pointed to a trail of lava, red as iron in the forge, poking up the edge of the summit. There was no time to lose, but now the glow of the fire that threatened from the bowels of the earth the lives of the inhabitants of the prosperous locality of Tenerife.

From the 5th to the 14th of May 1706 the Trevejo volcano was vomiting lava. Over the town ran a torrent of incandescent matter that split into two main arms, reducing to ashes everything in its path. A lava arm buried the pier; the other burned the parish church, the convent of San Francisco, the monastery of Santa Clara and the whole street above, where the most sumptuous buildings were. Miraculously, the incandescent river skirted the convent of the Immaculate Conception, freeing it from succumbing under the coals of hell. Men, women, children and the elderly fled to Icod, on foot, on horseback, in carriages, with the most precious or necessary belongings. Thank God, there were no fatalities, but buried by the lava port, the vineyards and half a village, Garachico was plunged into ruin.

Garachico a las puertas del infierno Via: GARACHICO JOYA DE TENERIFE



Volcano Chinyero and Montaña Negro

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