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Friday, January 28, 2022

Tenerife Carnival 2022 Provisional Program

Rondalla at carnival in 2019

Santa Cruz de Tenerife Carnival 2022, provisionally running from 1 to 26 June 2022, with the rondallas to open the June Carnival and the Queen's Gala on the 10th.

The first meeting of the council's festival department with the various carnival groups, that took place yesterday, Thursday, served to divulge the provisional calendar for the events of the Santa Cruz de Tenerife Carnival 2022 in June. Councillor for Fiestas, Alfonso Cabello, explained that, in the absence of confirmation of the venue of the celebration of the events (read: this is still likely to suffer alteration), which he hopes will be the Tenerife International Centre for Trade Fairs and Congresses (Recinto Ferial), they already have a calendar, in which the first contest to be held will be that of the rondallas.

Thus, on June 1, the Opening Gala of the Carnival will take place, and on the 4th, the Rondallas Contest, will be held at the Guimerá Theater. The next day, and in the same space, the Comedy Song Contest will take place. On Friday, June 10, the Gala for the Election of the Adult Queen will take place at the Recinto Ferial, with the celebration of the contest of the musical groups on the following day, in the same place. 

On Sunday the 12th it will be the turn of the choreographic groups contest.

On June 16, the first phase of the Junior Murgas Contest will take place, the second phase will be held the next day. Update: The children's murgas asked to delay their contest until the last week of June (assuming June 23 and 24), so that it does not coincide with the end of the academic year. 

On Saturday, June 18, it will be the turn for the Comparsas Contest. On Sunday, June 19, the Senior Queen's Election Gala will be held.

The Adult Murgas Contest once again has three phases, on June 20, 21 and 22, to celebrate the grand finale on Friday the 24th has been moved to the week beginning 13 June, so presumably June 13, 14 and 15 with the finale on Friday 17 June.

The Junior Queen Election Gala will be held on Saturday, June 25, and on Sunday, June 26, the Rhythm and Harmony Contest will be the finale of the carnival. Among the dates that remain to be specified is the Burial of the Sardine, which is still to be advised.

“This first meeting has gone very well. The groups have been receptive and willing to collaborate”, explained the Councillor for Fiestas at the end of the meeting that was held at the Recinto Ferial. "The rondallas have welcomed the change of location, to the Guimerá Theater, and as we had announced, the competitions that affect the youngsters have been left to the second half of June so that the final exams are not affected," he added.

The designers expressed concern over the cost of maintaining rented spaces to store the costumes until June, for which the city council has proposed that they present a claim to the City Council arguing the increase in costs due to the change of dates. 

Today a second meeting will take place in which the senior groups, the choreographic groups, the children's murgas and the adult murgas will participate.

Tenerife Carnival 2022 Provisional Program

  • Wednesday 1 June: Carnival Opening Gala 2022
  • Saturday 4 June: Rondallas Contest – Guimerá Theater
  • Sunday 5 June: Comedy Song Contest – Guimerá Theater
  • Friday 10 June: Gala Election of the Carnival Queen 2022 – Recinto Ferial
  • Saturday 11 June: Musical Groups Contest – Recinto Ferial
  • Sunday 12 June: Choreographic Contest – Recinto Ferial
  • Monday 13 June: 1st Phase Adult Murgas Contest – Recinto Ferial
  • Tuesday 14 June: 2nd Phase Adult Murgas Contest – Recinto Ferial
  • Wednesday 15 June: 3rd Phase Adult Murgas Contest – Recinto Ferial
  • Friday 17 June: Adult Murgas Final – Recinto Ferial
  • Saturday 18 June: Comparsas Contest – Recinto Ferial
  • Sunday 19 June: Senior Carnival Queen Election Gala 2022 – Recinto Ferial
  • Thursday 23 June: 1st Phase Junior Murgas Contest – Recinto Ferial
  • Friday 24 June: 2nd Phase Junior Murgas Contest – Recinto Ferial
  • Saturday 25 June: Junior Carnival Queen Election Gala – Recinto Ferial
  • Sunday 26 June: Rhythm and Harmony – Recinto Ferial

Once again, this confirms that this year's carnival will not include parades and street parties. And as the galas and contests look to be moved back indoors, these may have no public audience or severe restrictions on numbers - depending on the situation of the pandemic then. The 'good news' from that will hopefully mean more of these events are broadcast on TV and social media that can then be enjoyed from wherever you are in the world.

UPDATE: With regard to the negotiations for the Recinto Ferial to host the galas and contests in June, the councillor of Fiestas advanced that, "we need Gastrocanarias to move forward two weeks so that the schedule we have planned is fulfilled".

“For now -he continued- we know that the fair can be brought forward a week, but it remains to be seen if it can be two. In case we don't get that time, we will have to move our dates, delaying the beginning a week, and finishing the Carnival the first weekend of July, and not the last of June, as we have planned," said Cabello. So it's still all to play for.