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Friday, February 26, 2021

Cultural Carnival 2021 in La Laguna

In a program that is a recognition of the carnival groups and specialized artisans who for years have kept the tradition of La Laguna carnival alive, the city will host the second edition of the Cultural Carnival for a month, a celebration that was well received by the public and La Laguna groups last year, and with which the Department of Culture of ​​the La Laguna City Council wants to protect and promote the great intangible heritage that this tradition represents in the municipality.

Cultural Carnival 2021 Program

The program includes 21 activities that run from  Friday, February 26, until March 27 with exhibitions of the murgas of La Laguna; through the costumes of the carnival queens of the municipality, as well as workshops in percussion and the elaboration of carnival masks.

Activities start on Friday, February 26, with the inauguration of the Murga Exhibition in La Laguna, curated by historical figure of the Tenerife Carnival, Pedro Megíbar, and the historian, with several works on the Carnival, Ramón Guimerá. The exhibition includes key elements of the carnival, such as posters, costumes, whistles and musical instruments, the history of the murgas of La Laguna, as well as showcasing the men and women who, for years, have made it possible to maintain the activity of the murgas.

Also on Friday the Las Reinas de Dávila exhibition will open, in which visitors can enjoy costumes by La Laguna designer, Luis Dávila, a recognized figure of carnival in the Canary Islands, who for more than 40 years has designed costumes for groups, rondallas, murgas and queens, a job that has earned him professional recognition.

Both exhibitions will remain open until March 27 and can be visited in the Antiguo convento de Santo Domingo de Guzmán (Calle Santo Domingo, 7, 38207 San Cristóbal de La Laguna, Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Spain). From Monday to Friday, from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., and from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., Saturdays from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

The Teatro Leal (Calle Obispo Rey Redondo, 50, 38201 San Cristóbal de La Laguna, Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Spain), which for many years was the epicentre of the La Laguna Carnival, will host a third exhibition in which the costumes of the La Laguna carnival groups will be exhibited. The opening hours will be from Tuesday to Saturday, from 11:00 to 13:00 and from 17:00 to 20:00. This exhibition will be open from March 2 to 6.

The Cultural Carnival program also includes a cycle of 18 workshops focused on carnival themes, specifically, the making of masks and percussion techniques. 

All the workshops will take place during the weekend of March 6 and 7.

On Saturday, March 6, at 10:00 a.m., the Plaza Hermano Ramón will host a Carnival mask-making workshop, while, at 12:00 p.m., will be a percussion workshop led by comparsa, Los Joroperos. At the Parque Tecnológico y Científico Las Mantecas (Las Mantecas Science and Technology Park), in La Cuesta, at 10:00, Las Valkyries will hold the mask workshop. At 12:00, the percussion workshops with Río Orinoco and Los Bambones will coincide. Also at 10:00 and 12:00, Las Marchilongas and Los Castorcitos will give a Carnival mask workshop and the percussion workshop, respectively, in the Sports Complex Polvorín de TacoLas Pirujas will run the carnival mask-making workshop at 10:00 am at the Teatro Unión Tejina. At 12:00, it will be the turn of the percussion workshop by Los Valleiros.

The next day, Sunday, March 7, Plaza Hermano Ramón will repeat the same workshops at the same time as on Saturday. The Parque de Las Mantecas will repeat at 10:00 am the mask workshop by Las Valkirias and, at 12:00 pm, the percussion workshop directed by Río Orinoco. In the Polvorín de Taco, the Marchilongas will give the mask workshop at 10:00 am, while, at 12:00, Los Castorcitos and Los Bambones will coincide with the percussion. Finally, the Teatro Unión Tejina will be the setting for both workshops at the same hours and taught by the same groups as the day before.

All the activities included in the program are free and comply with the health security protocols established by current legislation regarding the control of capacity and other hygienic-sanitary measures to minimize the risk of contagion. 

Comienza la segunda edición del Carnaval Cultural para reivindicar la riqueza patrimonial de la celebración en La Laguna