Friday, July 09, 2021

Fiestas of San Benito in La Laguna 2021

Announcement of the San Benito Fiesta Program

All scheduled events suspended
This was decided by the Government Group in a meeting, urgently called by the mayor, Luis Yeray Gutiérrez, on Friday, after the publication of the new measures to address to the health crisis issued by the Government of the Canary Islands. 

The town hall in La Laguna is trying desperately hard - and you can hardly blame them for trying - to make this year's Fiestas de San Benito Abad sound a bit normal and exciting, but the fact is, because of the ongoing pandemic, they will be without the key events: Romería Regional de San Benito Abad (that should have taken place this Sunday, 11 July), the baile de magos (traditional country dance) or the Día de las Tradiciones (Day of Traditions), which, of course, are the most popular and would have drawn large crowds.

The Councillor for Festivities detailed the program, which includes more than twenty activities, adapted to the rules and recommendations of the health authorities, in different spaces of the municipality, which started with the inauguration of the exhibition Indumentaria de Tenerife en el Siglo XVIII y XIX (Clothing of Tenerife in the 18th and 19th Centuries), at the former convent of Santo Domingo (until July 12). 

Some of the face-to-face events recovered this year are the XXXIII Gala of Exaltation of Canarian Women, on July 7, and the VIII Islas Festival and III Pedro Molina Memorial at the Teatro Leal, on the 9th. In addition, on July 10th there will be four passes (at 10 pm, 10.30 pm, 11 pm and 11.30 pm) of a videomapping of the romería (pilgrimage), which will be projected onto the Torre de la Concepción, and that same day there will also be a live radio program on tradition and folklore.

To this is added the competition for decorating balconies and windows, for which the council will distribute materials through the neighbourhood associations; a couplet contest; exhibitions of traditional clothing of the eight islands, distributed in eight locations on the pilgrimage route; and the floral and food offerings in honor of the saint, on the Saturday 10th and Sunday 11th, among others that can be consulted through QR codes and the Council's social networks.

Likewise, the City Council has decorated the streets to "dress the city and convey a message of optimism," said Albelo.