Saturday, April 30, 2022

The Carnival of Santa Cruz de Tenerife 2023 "one of the earliest celebrated in history"


Carnival in Santa Cruz de Tenerife 2023 will start on January 20 and end on February 26

While the 2022 Carnival has not yet been celebrated, which will start next month due to the pandemic, the dates for the 2023 Santa Cruz de Tenerife Carnival are already set. And next year will be one of the earliest in history, with the Christmas and Epiphany events and those of the Carnival needing to be organized almost jointly, given that the latter will begin on January 20, with the inauguration and presentation of the candidates taking place just two weeks after the Cabalgata de Reyes (Three Kings Parade) on 5 January.

The most significant dates are February 15, with the celebration of the Carnival Queen Election Gala, and Friday the 17th, with the Opening Parade and the start of the street party, and, on February 21, Shrove Tuesday, the Coso Apotheosis (Main Parade). 

Yesterday, the Plenary also approved the holidays [the two municipal holidays in the city of Santa Cruz de Tenerife] for next year, which will be on February 21 and May 3.

Councillor of Fiestas, Alfonso Cabello, said, “we face an unprecedented organizational challenge, because it is going to be a Carnival that will be in development since December. It is one of the earliest carnivals that is going to be celebrated in the history of the party”. In addition, the mayor added that "the organizational challenge is to have a Carnival in June, and before that, start on the contracts to celebrate the next one."

NB: These dates confirm and agree with those we published earlier.

The Government extends the temporary suspension of COVID-19 restrictions


This extension will be in force until midnight on June 30, without prejudice to the possibility of further extension depending on the epidemiological situation.

The Governing Council of the Canary Islands held, Thursday, April 28, has approved extending the agreement by which the limiting measures that were in force on all the islands are temporarily suspended according to the level of health alert in which each was found.

The extension, which will be published in the Official Gazette of the Canary Islands, will be in force from 12:00 a.m. on May 1 until 12:00 p.m. on June 30, and will be conditional, on each island, on the absence of any significant change in the trend in the circulation of SARS-CoV-2 or a change in the epidemiological situation.

This agreement to extend the suspension of the limiting measures, in line with the actions adopted in the rest of the State and in neighbouring countries, is as a result of the expansion of vaccination program, in which the effects of the disease present milder manifestations while the evidence shows that the Omicron variants, present in our territory, are not causing greater severity, although they cause a high incidence of virus transmission.

This high incidence of transmission keeps the islands at the alert levels they are, without significantly increasing the impact on or the occupancy of conventional or ICU beds.

Surveillance and control structures will remain operational to monitor the key indicators that make it possible to detect changes in epidemiological patterns, the appearance of new variants or a greater impact on the healthcare system. In this way, if an unfavourable evolution is detected on any island, the reactivation of the restrictive measures established in Decree Law 11/2021 can be made for that territory.

Evolution of indicators in the last month

The latest report from the General Directorate of Public Health indicates that since the Government of the Canary Islands adopted, on March 24, the agreement that temporarily suspends the limiting measures for the protection of health and the prevention of the spread of COVID-19, the indicators for the use of health services have decreased, both in terms of occupancy of conventional beds and ICUs.

Thus, in relation to conventional beds, between March 24 and April 25, the percentage of conventional beds occupied by COVID-19 patients has decreased by 22%, the rate of new hospitalizations for COVID-19 by 23.2%.

In relation to the capacity of intensive care beds, between March 24 and April 25, the percentage of ICU beds occupied by COVID-19 patients has decreased by 57.1%, the rate of new hospitalizations in the ICU due to COVID -19, 45.5% and the occupancy rate of ICU beds per 100,000 inhabitants, 57%.

Measures suspended

Under the agreement adopted until June 30, all the measures contemplated in Decree 11/2021 remain in force, but stay temporarily suspended (i.e. these things are currently allowed without limitation), that is, those related to capacity, closing hours, limitation on the number of people allowed in meetings, the obligation to have prior authorization to hold mass events and the prohibition of holding popular festivals and open-air festivals. The prohibition of smoking and the sale and consumption of food or drinks on public roads are also suppressed. Finally, nightlife and sports and cultural activities will be able to continue to take place under the same conditions as they did before the start of the pandemic.

Prevention measures in force

However, the importance of maintaining current transmission prevention recommendations is highlighted, such as the use of masks in certain interior spaces, hand washing, ventilation and extreme care and prevention of transmission to the vulnerable.

Friday, April 29, 2022

Bands from San Juan de la Rambla, Los Realejos and San Miguel perform at the Tenerife Auditorium on Sunday 1 May


This Sunday's concert is included in the Primavera Musical cycle

The Auditorio de Tenerife, hosts this Sunday, 1 May 2022, starting at 11:30 a.m., in the Chamber Hall, a new concert of the Primavera Musical (Spring Musical) Concert cycle, which will feature the participation of the XIX de Marzo music bands from San José (San Juan de la Rambla), San Miguel de Abona and La Filarmónica de Los Realejos (The Los Realejos Philharmonic). Musical Spring is an initiative organized by the 'Federación Tinerfeña de Bandas de Música' (Tenerife Federation of Music Bands) with the collaboration of the Island Council since 2005.

The group from San Juan de la Rambla will be the first to perform and, under the direction of Damián González, will perform three songs. The repertoire will start with the paso doble La Giralda, by Eduardo López, to continue with Mozart's Adagio in A major with clarinet, in which Janet Felipe will play soloist and will conclude with a mix of Beethoven's Fifth Symphony and Pérez Prado's Mambo.

The music band from San Miguel de Abona arrives at the Auditorio de Tenerife under the direction of Marvin Federico Martín to offer the paso doble Santiago Mestre, by Óscar Navarro, La Veu de la tuba, by Ferrer Ferrán, in which the soloist will be Silvano Fernando Amador, and Santana, a portrait, with arrangements by Giancarlo Gazzani of different themes by Carlos Santana.

The concert will be closed by the Los Realejos Philharmonic Society, where Adán Pérez will lead the formation in a program that will begin with El fallero, by José Serrano; Selections from Grease, arranged by Ted Ricketts, and will end with a mix of Latin themes, arranged by Iwai, Cubas and Myokoin.

Tickets, available here, are priced, unbelievably at 0.00 Euros.

Día de la Cruz will dress the main streets and squares of Granadilla with tradition

The Historic Village of Granadilla de Abona will dress in tradition, as every year, for the celebration of the Día de la Cruz (Day of the Cross), on May 3. More than twenty crosses will adorn the different corners and public spaces of the municipality, thanks to the involvement of groups, associations and educational centres that have joined this celebration. 

To this we must add the festive events of El Calvario, in honor of the Day of the Cross, which begin tomorrow, Saturday, 30 Apr 2022 and will last for four days, and which include a proclamation, tribute, contests and concerts, among others.

The festivities start tomorrow, at 8:30 p.m., with the celebration of the VI Festival of Popular Music ‘Pepe Venero’, immediately followed by the reading of the proclamation by the geographer, José Juan Cano; the tribute to Domingo Canino and the performances of Verodal and Parranda Chasnera.

On Sunday, May 1, starting at 12:00 noon, there will be a concert by the music band 'Sociedad Cultural José Reyes Martín', and starting at 5:00 p.m. there will be a children's gymkhana. Both on Monday the 2nd and Tuesday the 3rd, liturgies will be held, starting at 8:00 p.m., in honor of the Christ of Calvary, which will be sung by Corazones Alegres, the José Reyes Martín Cultural Society and Viñático.

Thursday, April 28, 2022

May Crosses in La Laguna 2022

On 3rd May 2022 in La Laguna, there will be a route of 58 crosses, made from or decorated with flowers, to visit around the various the streets and chapels of the city.

The Cruces de Mayo de La Laguna will return to normal this year with four days of celebration and a route with 58 stops. After the previous edition was marked by the restrictions of the pandemic, citizens will once again be able to enjoy all the splendour of this festivity, with a program of events that combine tradition, devotion and the art within.

The program starts on April 28, with the proclamation. On May 2, starting at 5:00 p.m., will be the opening and blessing of the crosses. The next day, May 3, between 10:00 and 20:00, you can visit the 58 chapels and crosses. The last act will be the Eucharist of the Holy Cross in memory of those who died this year, on May 5, at 8:00 p.m., in the Capilla de la Cruz de los Plateros.

Throughout the 58 stops it will be possible to enjoy a legacy of crosses have been treasured for centuries and that have been preserved thanks to the love and care received. Splendid wooden crosses, made or covered in embossed silver, witnesses of historical events, carriers of security, protectors, reminders of misfortunes, markers of property limits ...

The route of the 58 crosses:
  1. Cruz del Calvario - Plaza de San Lázaro
  2. Cruz de San Lázaro - Interior Parroquia San Lázaro
  3. Vía Crucis al Calvario de San Lázaro - Calle Marqués de Celada - Ctra. Gral. del Norte
  4. Cruz pequeña de San Diego - Antiguo Camino Real
  5. Cruz de “Goyo” - Camino San Diego, 102
  6. Cruz del C.C. San Diego - Calle Josefina la Rastroja, 1
  7. Cruz de la Asociación de Vecinos las Gavias - Calle Las Gavias, 29-31
  8. Cruz del Adelantado - Patio de la Torre de la Concepción
  9. Cruz de la Parroquia de Ntra. Sra. de la Concepción - Interior Parroquia de Ntra. Sra. de la Concepción
  10. Cruz de Cayetano - Plaza de la Concepción, 13
  11. Cruz de la Real Hermandad y Cofradía de Ntro. Padre Jesús de la Sentencia y María Santísima de la Amargura - Plaza de la Concepción, 15
  12. Cruz de Salazar de Frías - Calle de la Carrera, 57
  13. Capilla de Cruz de Rodríguez Moure - Calle Anchiete, 76
  14. Enrame del Ecce Homo - Calle Juan de Vera esq. Calle Anchieta
  15. Capilla de Cruz de los Herreros - Calle Quintín Benito, 34
  16. Capilla de Cruz de los Álamos - Plaza San Francisco, s/n
  17. Cruz de San Francisco - Plaza San Francisco, s/n
  18. Cruz de la Esclavitud del Stmo. Cristo de La Laguna - Interior Santuario del Stmo. Cristo de La Laguna
  19. Cruz del Hogar Stmo. Cristo de La Laguna - Calle Viana, 64
  20. Cruz de la Hermandad Franciscana de la Oración en el Huerto - Calle Viana, 40 (Interior Museo de Santa Clara de Asís)
  21. Cruz del Museo de Historia y Antropología - Calle San Agustín, 22
  22. Cruz de Gracia - Familia Velázquez - Calle San Agustin, 19
  23. Cruz del Casino de La Laguna - Calle Nava y Grimón, 7
  24. Cruz de la Casa Granero - Calle Viana, 18
  25. Cruz de los Remedios - Calle Viana, 7
  26. Cruz de la Cofradía de Ntro. Padre Jesús Nazareno y de Ntra. Sra. de la Soledad - Calle Viana, 7
  27. Cruz de la Santa Iglesia Catedral de La Laguna - Interior de la Santa Iglesia Catedral de La Laguna
  28. Cruz de la Real, Muy Ilustre y Capitular Cofradía de la Flagelación - Plaza de los Remedios
  29. Capilla de Cruz de los Plateros - Calle San Juan, 34
  30. Cruz Verde - Interior Iglesia Santo Domingo de Guzmán
  31. Capilla de la Cruz Verde - Enrame de la Cruz de la Fachada - Calle Herradores, 1
  32. Cruz de Piedra - Glorieta Cruz de Piedra
  33. Cruz Barrio Nuevo Viña Nava - Calle Párroco García Pérez, 12
  34. Cruz de la Montaña de San Roque - Montaña de San Roque
  35. Capilla de la Cruz de Marca - Camino Real de la Verdellada
  36. Cruz de los Verdeños - Plaza Mayor de la Verdellada
  37. Cruz de Candelaria - Calle Cruz de Candelaria, 27
  38. Cruz del Aljibe - Camino La Villa, 149
  39. Cruz de Tamarco - Calle Tamarco, s/n A.A.V.V. Tamarco
  40. Cruz del Coromoto - Camino Las Mercedes, 144
  41. Cruz de los Álamos - Camino Las Mercedes, 144
  42. Cruz de la Fogalera - Camino de Jardina, 119
  43. Cruz del Camino - Camino de Las Mercedes, 243
  44. Cruz Parroquial de Las Mercedes - Calle Santo Labrador, 3
  45. Cruz Lomo los Mirlos - Camino Vueltas Blancas, 15
  46. Cruz de Las Canteras - Camino Cañada de Abajo, 16
  47. Cruz Barrio Nuevo de Ofra - Barrio Nuevo de Ofra, 2
  48. Cruz Santa María de Gracia - Parroquia Santa María de Gracia
  49. Cruz de Marca - Calle Erjos, 73
  50. Cruz de Marca - Plaza Parroquia de las Nieves, Finca España
  51. Cruz de Marca - Calle Córdoba esquina con Calle Hinojosa
  52. Cruz de Marca - Calle Manuel Santaella, 4
  53. Cruz de Marca - Calle Echeyde, 25
  54. Cruz de Marca - Calle Albacete esquina Calle Valencia
  55. Cruz Jóvenes y Comisión de Fiestas la Santa Cruz - Calle Benchomo, 37 - Las Mantecas
  56. Cruz Parroquial El Cardonal - Plaza del Cardonal, Avda. El Cardonal, 53
  57. Cruz Parroquial Ntra. Sra. del Pilar - Parque Elfidio Alonso, Torres de Taco
  58. Cruz Parroquial Ntra. Sra. del Carmen - Camino La Villa, 119

Wednesday, April 27, 2022

The Exhibition of Flowers, Plants and Crafts returns to the García Sanabria Park

The Exhibition of Flowers, Plants and Crafts returns to the García Sanabria Park

The exhibition will open to the public this Wednesday, 27th at 6:00 p.m., and can be visited by the public until Tuesday, the 3rd, from 10:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.

The forty-fifth edition of the Exhibition of Flowers, Plants and Traditional Canarian Crafts, part of the Fiestas de Mayo 2022 in Santa Cruz de Tenerife, which will open to the public this Wednesday, 27 Apr 2022 at 6:00 p.m., returns to the Parque García Sanabria (García Sanabria park) in an event attended by the mayor of the city, José Manuel Bermúdez, and the Councillor for Fiestas, Alfonso Cabello. The Municipal Music Band of Santa Cruz de Tenerife and the Verode folk group will provide musical entertainment for the opening.

The regional exhibition will remain open to the public until Tuesday, May 3, from 10:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m., and has its own program of activities. The opening day itself already includes the first of Gorgorito's performances, at 6:30 p.m., as well as various workshops and environmental activities in the tent of the Sustainable Santa Cruz Foundation.

On the stage located in the surroundings of the Fuente de la Fecundidad, a program of performances by folk groups will be developed every day. Thus, Idayra and Malvasía Taganana will perform their musical repertoire on Thursday, the 28th, at 6:00 p.m.; one day later, Sueños del Teide and Los Campitos will perform from 6:00 p.m.

Festival Aceviños will open the programming on Saturday, the 30th, at 12:00 p.m., and at 6:00 p.m., it will be the turn of Alborada Canaria; on Sunday, day 1, starting at noon, Parranda la Era will go on stage, and at 6:00 p.m., Alcorán. On Monday, the 2nd, starting at 6:00 p.m., Parranda Santo Ángel and Bienmesabe will liven up the day. The program concludes on Tuesday, the 3rd, starting at 12:00 noon with Tajaraste, to conclude at 6:00 pm with the Orígenes group.

The adventures of Gorgorito by Maese Villarejo, will return to its usual location and with free admission, next to the Flower Clock of the García Sanabria Park, in daily performances starting at 6:00 p.m. To which are added those of 12:00 hours, on April 30, May 1 and 3.

The organisers have located a total of 64 stalls, distributed, as is traditional, along the main avenues of the park. In this way, there will be 8 exhibitors for the sale and exhibition of flowers and plants; 13 specialized in Canarian gastronomy products and 43 handicrafts stalls. In addition, several charities will also have their space in the park.

Added to these spaces is the Book Fair organized by the Association of Booksellers of the province of Santa Cruz de Tenerife, which during this week plans, in addition to the book exhibition, a series of workshops, signing of copies, talks and presentations.

On the other hand, on Wednesday, the 27th, the jury in charge of deciding the prizes of the Exhibition of Flowers, Plants and Canarian Crafts will meet. Specialists in floristry, gardening and crafts will tour the exhibitors at the García Sanabria to determine this year's winners in the different categories.

The children's Drawing and Painting contest for children between 3 and 12 years old also returns to the program. The theme of this edition is "Corners of the García Sanabria Park" and the applications for registration, together with the work already done on white DIN A4 cardboard, can be physically presented at the OAFAR stand, located in the surroundings of the Fuente de la Fecundidad, from April 27 to May 1, from 10:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.

La Exposición de Flores, Plantas y Artesanía regresa al Parque García Sanabria

Friday, April 22, 2022

38th edition of the Orvecame Norte Rally

Rallye Norte de Tenerife

The Jardines Victoria (Victoria Gardens) in La Orotava recently hosted the presentation ceremony for the 38th edition of the Orvecame Norte Rally – Cicar Trophy, scheduled for April 22 and 23. The rally, organized by the Escudería Daute Realejos, will be valid for the Provincial Rally Championship of Santa Cruz de Tenerife.

The Cabildo de Tenerife and the municipalities of La Orotava, Los Realejos, Icod de los Vinos, La Guancha, El Tanque, San Juan de la Rambla and Garachico once again support the automobile event, sponsored by a significant number of firms, including Orvecame Norte, Cicar and Automotor Canarias.

The event website www.escuderiadaute.com has all the details, such as the schedule, route, regulations, maps and other information of interest to participants and fans.

The 38th Rallye Orvecame Norte-Cicar Trophy will have in this edition almost 100 timed kilometres along the seven sections that make up the itinerary: "Villa de Los Realejos-San Juan de la Rambla-La Guancha" (TC1 and 6) 1 and 6); "El Tanque-Garachico-Ciudad del Drago" (TC2 and 4)); and "Las Llanadas-Las Medianías (TC 5 and 7 Plus).

Emilio Luque Moreno Avenue will host the rally start and finish ceremony. The service park will be located in Los Realejos, on Carretera Nueva TF-324. The organization will proceed to the delivery of trophies around 8 pm on Saturday, April 23, at which time the edition will end after a frenetic day on the roads of the north.

Thursday, April 21, 2022

Static Romería of San Marcos in Tegueste

Romería de San Marcos Evangelista in Tegueste 2019

Tegueste will not be able to celebrate its Romería de Tegueste pilgrimage in honor of San Marcos Evangelista (Mark the Evangelist), in its usual format, due to take place on Sunday, 24 April 2022, one of the most important in Tenerife, for the third consecutive year. The pandemic and the health regulations of the Government of the Canary Islands force the City Council to once again opt for other activities that replace the traditional celebration.

The mayor of Tegueste, Ana Mena, explained that there will be "a static pilgrimage with carts, which will be placed on a route that people can visit." The objective is to continue with the tradition of the carters, whose artisanal work begins months in advance. "The carters have become enthusiastic and we cannot lose the custom and tradition," she pointed out.

Mena has admitted that a pilgrimage "as such cannot be because it is very crowded and I think we are not yet in the best conditions." "In larger municipalities, where you can disperse the celebrations, it may work out, but ours is smaller and more difficult to control," she explained.

She trusts that 2023 will be the year to recover the pilgrimage normally: "We always say next year, and I hope that the next one will smell of festive meat [barbequing on the carts]".


The pilgrimage of San Marcos in Tegueste, normally, gathers thousands of revellers to accompany the carts, boats, folk groups from all the islands, herds of cattle, yoke of oxen; dances and herdsmen participate, which are accompanied by a large audience dressed in the typical costume. This pilgrimage is one of the most important gatherings of Canarian culture in the Archipelago, this year it celebrates its 54th edition.

Wednesday, April 20, 2022

Fiestas de Mayo 2022 in Santa Cruz de Tenerife

Proclamation of the queen of the May Festivities

The capital hosts activities from Friday, 22 April until Canary Islands Day, 30 May

Santa Cruz de Tenerife recovers its May Festivities after a gap of two years due to the coronavirus pandemic. Concerts, the election of the Queen of the May Festivities, competitions and the Baile de Magos (traditional dance) return to the capital in a program of events that starts on April 22. For a month, the island's capital will be filled with activities for the whole family and distributed throughout various locations in the city. 

FRIDAY, APRIL 22
9:00 p.m. Proclamation of the May Festivities.
Reading of the proclamation of the Fiestas de Mayo, by Juan Cruz, with the title "Ay Santa Cruz". With the performance of "Althay Páez". Plaza of the Church of the Conception

10:30 p.m. European Final Phase – FINA – Women's Water Polo World League
Final qualifying phase to establish the ranking of the teams that will participate in the women's water polo world championship to be held in August 2022 in Budapest. Acidalio Lorenzo Municipal Pool

SATURDAY, APRIL 23
XXX Open May Festivities
Traditional tennis tournament in which all categories participate. Mixed Tournament (male and female). Tennis Courts of the Municipal Palace of Sports

TUESDAY, APRIL 26
Photographic exhibition “Guardianes de la Frontera” (Border Guards). Teo Lucas and whales carved in wood painted by Adriana Ramírez. Canarian Santa Cruz Sustainable Foundation

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 27
08:00 hours Exhibition «2022 Nebrija Cultural Year in the Municipal Library of Santa Cruz de Tenerife» Within the framework of the Nebrija Cultural Year 2022, several editions of his best-known works will be exhibited, as well as those of other linguists in general and Canarians in particular. Central Municipal Library of Santa Cruz de Tenerife

Literary exhibition «The simple art of killing: selection of literary criminals»
Selection of 23 works of the genre within the framework of the 7th Atlantic Festival of the Genre TENERIFE NOIR. General Room Central Municipal Library of Santa Cruz de Tenerife

10:00 a.m. Sustainable Santa Cruz Tent. Workshops and environmental activities. From April 27 to May 3, 2022. Parque García Sanabria

Gorgoritos: Maese Villarejo and his animated dolls. Traditional puppet shows of the Fiestas de Mayo. 

From April 27 to May 3, 2022. 
Exhibition of Flowers, Plants and Crafts. García Sanabria Park
6:00 p.m. XLV Regional Exhibition of Flowers, Plants and Traditional Canarian Crafts. Inauguration with the performance of the Municipal Music Band of Santa Cruz de Tenerife Tenerife. It will remain open until Tuesday, May 3. Exhibition hours from 10:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. Parque García Sanabria

7:30 p.m. Sustainable Santa Cruz Awards. Plenary Hall

THURSDAY, APRIL 28
5:00 p.m. Family stories "In songs and stories" with Fidel Galbán. Traditional stories, original stories, musical stories and many, many songs that make this session an experience full of rhythm, poetry and color. Bebeteca Central Municipal Library of Santa Cruz de Tenerife

6:30 p.m. Music Band Concert
Saxophone Quartet. Piano room of the Museum of Fine Arts

FRIDAY, APRIL 29
8:00 p.m. Dance – Ephemeral Shadow II – Eduardo Guerrero. Teatro Guimerá

9:00 p.m. Gala Election of the Queen of the May Festivities
With performances by Ciro Corujo (Lanzarote), Claudia Álamo (El Hierro), Luis Morera (La Palma), Víctor Estárico (Fuerteventura), Besay Pérez (Tenerife), Mariví Cabo (Gran Canaria) and Aarón Morales (La Gomera). Plaza de la Candelaria

SATURDAY APRIL 30
11:00 a.m. “A mother, a flower” – Mother’s Day Campaign in the Central Zone
The Central Zone Association will deliver plants to customers with the exchange of gift vouchers for purchases at associated companies in the commercial area. Castillo street corner José Murphy street (under tent)

7:00 p.m. Mago and Maga (male and female traditional dress) Election Gala
Election of the Children's Mago and Maga, with the performance of "La rebelión de Cuentopolis," the singer Irene Gil and a children's revelry. Plaza de la Candelaria

8:00 p.m. Jazz Fusion and Flamenco Jazz
“A Few Colors” It is a trio of Jazz Fusion and Flamenco Jazz, who in October 2019 released its first album in the United States and Europe under the Multitrack record label and recorded entirely in the Canary Islands in the Arena studios Digital. “A Few Colors” is presented by its leader and composer Eliseo Lloreda García, Pedro Marcos Volf, artistic director and composer, and Felipe (Felu) Morales. (La Recova Art Center)

SUNDAY, MAY 1
10:00 a.m. Temporary exhibition with associated activities and reactivation of the costume workshop. Temporary exhibition dedicated to the Comparsa Danzarines Canarios in the Casa del Carnaval, in which, in addition, workshops and a talk will be held. Likewise, we will have special guided tours carried out by the group itself and the costume workshop will be reactivated. Casa del Carnaval

6:00 p.m. Children's Theater – Snow White – Puppets
Set in a romantic context and suitable not only for children but also for all kinds of audiences, his rereading of the classic Snow White takes place "many, many years ago in a remote region" and maintains the technique of theatre of objects, in this case lamps and chandeliers that act as puppets. Teatro Guimerá

MONDAY, MAY 2
7:00 p.m. Offering to the Patron Saint of the Canary Islands
With the performance of the Los Majuelos Folk Group. Monument to the Patron Saint in the Plaza de la Candelaria

9:00 p.m. Baile de Magos
Dance and traditional Canarian dinner. Surroundings of the Church of La Concepción
(This is a ticket affair and requires attendance in traditional Canarian costume and the tickets for the 656 tables sold out in less than half an hour anyway.)
10:00 p.m. Taifa dance in Plaza de Europa and parrandas performance in Campo Castro. Campo Castro and Plaza de Europa
11:30 p.m. Traditional and popular verbena (dance). 

Floral crosses along the Rambla Santa Cruz

TUESDAY, MAY 3

9:00 a.m. Crosses Contest
Contest of Crosses of Natural Flowers located in the different neighbourhoods and streets of the city. Ramblas of Santa Cruz

12:00 noon May School Crosses
XIV Contest-Exhibition of crosses made with recycled material. Ramblas of Santa Cruz

12:00 noon Crosses Exhibition
Exhibition of crosses made with flowers, fruits and other materials. Follow the tour of the Rambla de Santa Cruz, ending in the Parque García Sanabria

5:00 p.m. Children's Drawing and Painting Contest
Registration to be made in the previous days with delivery of the works at the OAFAR stand in the Parque García Sanabria

7:00 p.m. Mass and Procession of the Cross
Commemoration of the 528th Anniversary of the Foundation of the City. Solemn Eucharist presided over by the Hon. and Rt. Mr. Bishop of the Diocese and concelebrated by the parish priests of the City, in the Mother Church of Our Lady of La Concepción. At the conclusion of the same, procession with the Holy Cross, with the assistance of the representative of S.M. the King and civil and military authorities, touring the streets of Santo Domingo, Calzada La Noria and Padre Moore.

9:00 p.m. Closing of the Flowers, Plants and Crafts Exhibition
Closing of the XLV Regional Exhibition of Flowers, Plants and Traditional Canarian Crafts with the performance of the Orígenes Folkloric Group. Parque García Sanabria

WEDNESDAY, MAY 4
5:00 p.m. Baby stories «Bugs» with Isabel Bolívar
Jumping bees, day and night butterflies, flowers and birds will be the protagonists of this session. Through stories, books, songs, games and poems, we will enjoy some time with the family in a garden full of colorful flowers. Bebeteca Central Municipal Library of Santa Cruz de Tenerife

THURSDAY, MAY 5
5:00 p.m. Baby stories «To the market» with Laura Escuela
Take your basket, we are going to buy delicious fruits for a snack. "To the market!" It is a multisensory experience that invites us to enjoy colors, smells, books and games around the fruits of the market as a family. José Saramago de Añaza Library

FRIDAY, MAY 6
7:00 p.m. Parade Tajaraste Festival
Parade of the groups participating in the Festival that will be held next. Plaza Weyler

8:00 p.m. Tajaraste Festival
With performances by various folk groups and the Tajaraste Cultural Association. Plaza de la Candelaria

Theater – A night with her – Loles León
A journey through her life, through her most bitter moments and the happiest, through situations as funny as they are absurd. Memories full of emotion that, through music (the cabaret, the music hall). Teatro Guimerá

8:30 p.m. Orvecame Historic Tenerife Island Rally
Valid for the Spanish Historic Vehicle Rally Championship. The route will be through different municipalities of the Island, covering 380 km with 9 timed speed sections. The departure and arrival is scheduled in the Plaza de España.

SATURDAY, MAY 7
XX City of Santa Cruz de Tenerife Open Swimming Trophy
Swimmers with a Federative License from the Canarian Swimming Federation for the 2021 / 2022 season Aimed at Men, Women and Mixed. Municipal swimming pool Acidalio Lorenzo

8:30 p.m. Festival SON 21
XIV Edition of the SON 21 Festival. Plaza de la Candelaria

SUNDAY, MAY 8, 2022
9:00 p.m. Agora Female Concert Plaza de la Candelaria

TUESDAY, MAY 10
12:00 noon Gastronomica route
II Gastronomic Route 'Degusta las Fiestas de Mayo' (Taste the May Festivities): tapa+drink 3.5 euros
(We'll keep our eyes out for more details, but there were seventy establishments in Santa Cruz who joined this gastronomic route for the 1st edition last year.)

THURSDAY, MAY 12
Spain Optimist Sailing Cup
Participation is only for sailors with a valid federal license. Real Club Náutico de Tenerife

FRIDAY, MAY 13
5:00 p.m. Family Stories "Scary stories to die of laughter" with Diego G. Reinfeld
Stories full of things that are very scary… like carrots. Bebeteca Central Municipal Library of Santa Cruz de Tenerife

8:00 p.m. Theater – A lot of noise – About Nothing
A lot of noise about nothing is a free version of William Shakespeare's classic. The proposal fuses the Shakespearean romantic comedy with swing music inspired by Fats Waller and performed by a live band, guided by lindy hop dances. On stage, passionate performances and great dynamism, in a delicious space inspired by the dance floors of the great New York venues, with costumes from that era. A staging that moves in the delicate balance between tradition and innovation, pillars on which Antonio Saura and Alquibla Teatro once again face the delights of Shakespeare, through this free version of Much Ado About Nothing, or, more literally, A lot of noise for nothing. A musical review of Shakespeare: fresh, fun, surprising... and with a lot of swing! Teatro Guimerá

9:00 p.m. Canary Urban Fest
With the performances of various groups of young and current music. Plaza de la Candelaria.

SATURDAY, MAY 14
3:00 p.m. The Grinding. Children's activities
Dozens of children's activities in a large outdoor space, with shaded areas for the family and traveling theater performances. – Tower with climbing wall - Zip line – Bouncy castles – Toy library – Bubble soccer - Minigolf – Basketball – Foosball – Recreational area with PlayStations and 80's arcade games – Rest area with tents and tables. Campo de Fútbol de Barranco Grande

8:00 p.m. Awards ceremony for the contests of the May 2022 Festivities.

9:30 p.m. Concert @Timples 2022. Plaza de la Candelaria

SUNDAY, MAY 15
9:30 p.m. Santa Cruz World Heart of Bolero
XXVII edition of the festival 'Santa Cruz World Heart of Bolero'. Symphonic Boleros. Plaza de la Candelaria

WEDNESDAY, MAY 18
5:00 p.m. Baby stories "Bichos" with Isabel Bolívar 
Jumping bees, day and night butterflies, flowers and birds will be the protagonists of this session. Through stories, books, songs, games and poems, we will enjoy some time with the family in a garden bunch of coloured flowers. Bebeteca Central Municipal Library of Santa Cruz de Tenerife

SUNDAY, MAY 22
6:30 p.m. Theatre – A love story
Katia and Inés fall in love, it's a fairy tale love. Inés wants to have a child. Katia, who has been hurt too much by life, finally accepts that they both try artificial insemination. Katia becomes pregnant, but a few days before the birth of her daughter, Inés disappears… A mysterious story with many dramatic twists and that, combined with music, creates the perfect atmosphere. Teatro Guimerá

8:00 p.m. Binter Nightrun Santa Cruz de Tenerife 2022
Participation is free, accepting both federated and non-federated, professional and amateur athletes. 5K Overall Category: Absolute 10K Age Category: 16-34; 35-44; 45-54; 55-64; >65 years. Classification by sex: female and male. Urban circuit through the heart of the city

9:00 p.m. Besay Pérez concert
«My history, my songs» Plaza de la Candelaria

THURSDAY, MAY 26
5:00 p.m. Bebecuentos Bebencantos with Fidel Galbán
The musicality and the rhythm that poetry contains; the poetry that sprouts like a mischievous butterfly from the musical notes of the songs and the color and magic of the puppets of the Master Puppeteer, make this session a gift for the senses of our babies. Bebeteca Central Municipal Library of Santa Cruz de Tenerife

FRIDAY, MAY 27
5:00 p.m. Family stories "Singing stories" with Marianexy Yanes and Levis Aliaga.
A selection of stories narrated from the music that sometimes accompanies, introduces environments, characters and/or tells the story, enhancing the story and entering into communication with the other resources, puppets, animation, text. Contemporary and traditional stories that are fun mixing myths and surprises for the whole family. José Saramago de Añaza Library

Soul Sanet concert Plaza de la Candelaria

SATURDAY, MAY 28
10:00 a.m. Young May. Cultural, recreational and festive day for young people
Event with sports, recreational, cultural and festive activities, aimed at the young population of Santa Cruz, where there will be a climbing wall, comic workshops, traditional games, a surf simulator, musical performances and lots of fun for 8 hours. Casa Pisaca, Calle Santiago 95

SUNDAY, MAY 29
9:00 p.m. Concert. Parque Maritimo

MONDAY, MAY 30
Canarian Youth and Junior Boxing Championship
Championship valid for classification for the Spanish Championships. Municipal pavilion Pancho Camurria

Celebration of the day of the Canary Islands with activities throughout the day.

The XV edition of the Route of the Camino del Hermano Pedro will be held on April 23

Camino del Hermano Pedro

After two years due to the suspension of activity due to the pandemic, the Camino del Hermano Pedro route (Brother Pedro's Pilgrimage Route) will once again travel, as has been traditional for 15 years, the 19 kilometers that run between Vilaflor de Chasna and the Cave of Santo Hermano Pedro in Granadilla of Abona on Saturday, 23 April 2022

The Hermano Pedro Route begins at the church of San Pedro Apóstol in Vilaflor, then descends and crosses the municipalities of San Miguel de Abona and Granadilla de Abona before reaching the coast at El Médano, which is home to the cave dedicated to the saint.

Thousands of people will once again gather for this trail, a symbol of collective memory and of great natural, cultural, heritage and religious value. The activity is scheduled to start at 7:00 in the morning from Plaza de Vilaflor, with the TITSA bus service available from 5:00 at the Cave. From 6:30 a.m. to 7:00 a.m., a mass is planned for walkers who wish to attend in the church of Vilaflor, and then the route will begin, leaving from the town centre in the direction of the cave, arriving at approximately 1:00 p.m. Other possibilities are to do the route from the Convent of Granadilla (9.30); Charco del Pino, in the area of ​​El Chorro (9.30); Plaza de la Cultura de San Isidro (10.30) and Plaza de El Médano (11.30).

Since 2005, when the study and revaluation of the Camino del Hermano Pedro and its adjacent paths began, the challenge for the Chasna region has been to recover this symbol of collective memory and, which has been maintained to this day thanks to the residents of Granadilla de Abona and Vilaflor de Chasna, to unite the different municipalities of the region (Fasnia, Arico, Granadilla de Abona, San Miguel de Abona and Vilaflor de Chasna) and their population through a route that unites history, spirituality, landscape and culture.

The cultural route begins at about 1,500 meters above sea level and runs for 19 kilometres. For approximately five hours, the walker can enjoy elements of the natural and cultural heritage, a large number of terraces and fruit orchards, as well as unique flora with mountain scrub, pine forest, tabaibal-cardonal and coastal scrub, and a fauna of great interest that can be observed throughout the entire route. The Camino del Hermano Pedro is not only a transhumance route [the practice of moving livestock from one grazing ground to another in a seasonal cycle, typically to lowlands in winter and highlands in summer] that extends between the municipalities of Vilaflor and Granadilla, but is part of a set of traditional paths, some of which appear on historical maps from the 18th and 19th centuries), this being the route that Brother Pedro (Peter of Saint Joseph de Betancur) travelled to move his flock.

Tuesday, April 19, 2022

Santa Cruz takes to the streets with more than 200 activities until December

Santa Cruz sign by the Plaza de España

It is the most ambitious revitalisation schedule in the history of Santa Cruz. At least that is how the mayor of the capital, José Manuel Bermúdez, defined it in the presentation of the more than 200 activities to be organized in the streets of the municipality until December.

Santa Cruz Puro Corazón (Santa Cruz Pure Heart), includes sports activities, theatrical performances, concerts, festivals and dances, with more than nine million euros being invested in their development. The first of these popular dances in Tenerife, after the pandemic, will take place on April 23 at El Tablero with the Tropin orchestra

“From now until December we will have a succession of events that will have two main objectives, which are to recover joy, perhaps the most important, and a policy to stimulate consumption that helps to recover employment and generate new opportunities”. The calendar will have 32 consecutive weekends of activities, including Easter, May Festivities and Carnival, "with an economic impact on the city of 50 million euros, 25 from Carnival and 25 more from the other events", and a target audience of one million,” said Bermúdez.

PROGRAM

Among these more than 200 activities is the celebration of LGTBI Pride with a festival that will bring to Santa Cruz renowned artists, according to the Councillor for Culture, Gladis de León. This is the Pride Festival (known as ARN and which was organized in Adeje until before the pandemic), in June, to which a second LGTBI-themed musical event, the Pink Festival, will be added at the end of the year. Both will be held on Anaga Avenue. 

In the month of May, the Santa Cruz Pure Heart program includes, in addition to the founding festivities of the city, the inauguration of the La Gesta playground, Bicycle Day or Canarias Primavera Live in the Palmetum car park. In that same place, in July, the Melendi concert will take place, and opposite, at the Recinto Ferial, Alejandro Fernández will perform.

In the month of August, an orchestra festival will be held in addition to most of the patron saint festivities, to resume the Vive la Rambla celebration in September, together with the Ven a Santa Cruz (Come to Santa Cruz) initiative, which will be similar to the weekend format developed in Imeldo Serís, moving through different environments, than what was there before the pandemic.

October will get off to a strong start, with the celebration of Plenilunio (Full Moon festival), whose scheduled date of celebration will be the 1st. That same month Halloween will also be celebrated with activities in the street and the Casa del Carnaval. The following month the Clownbaret Festival will once again fill the streets with activity, together with the Isla Calavera Fantastic Film Festival.

Santa Cruz will end the year with workshops and parades on December weekends running up to Christmas, and with an International Indie-Electronic Music Festival. In the sports area there will be numerous events and competitions that will take place in the capital, from the final of the European water polo league, this month, routes through Anaga, to the recovery of the Santa Cruz Extreme.

Monday, April 18, 2022

After April 20, where will masks be mandatory and where are they recommended?

Man in a mask

The President of the Spanish Government, Pedro Sánchez, says that the use of masks indoors from April 20, the date on which the obligation to wear them will be eliminated, will be down to "common sense" and he is convinced that many people will continue to use them. This Tuesday the Council of Ministers is going to approve a Royal Decree by which the use of masks will no longer be mandatory indoors. The measure will be effective the following day, Wednesday, April 20, when it's published in the Official State Gazette (BOE).

Although the specific sites in which their use will continue to be mandatory are not yet known, in the latest report on 'Positioning the Presentation of Alerts, Preparedness and Response Plans on the use of masks in interior spaces', to which Europa Press had access, the places where the mask after April 20 should be mandatory and the places where it will be recommended are indicated:

PLACES WHERE IT WILL BE MANDATORY TO WEAR A MASK AFTER APRIL 20:
  • When bringing workers and visitors from healthcare centres and hospitalized people when they are in shared spaces outside their room or in socio-health centres.
  • When travelling on public transport.

Likewise, the report advises against the use of masks by students in the school environment and to make responsible use of it among the vulnerable population in any situation in which they have prolonged contact with people at a distance of less than 1.5 meters; and teachers with vulnerability factors.

PLACES WHERE IT WILL BE RECOMMENDED TO WEAR A MASK AFTER APRIL 20:
  • In the workplace, the paper recommends using the mask whenever the work must be carried out at an interpersonal distance of less than 1.5 meters and adequate ventilation of the space cannot be guaranteed.
  • In the family environment, the mask is recommended at gatherings with friends and private celebrations.
  • The use of a mask is recommended in closed spaces for public use in which people transit, such as shops (shopping centres, supermarkets or small businesses); closed spaces where people spend time without eating or drinking (cinemas, theatres, concert halls and museums) and in closed spaces where people spend time eating and drinking (bars, restaurants and nightlife venues).

Given this, the President of the Government has commented, in an interview on Antena 3, reported by Europa Press, that the measures are going to be "common sense", confirming that they will continue to be mandatory in hospitals and on public transport.

THE MASK AFTER APRIL 20 MAY STILL BE MANDATORY IN SOME WORK CENTERS IF THE COMPANY DECIDED TO MAKE IT SO

Regarding its use in companies, Sánchez has indicated that it will be the occupational risk departments that decide in which spaces they must be used on a mandatory basis. "We are facing extraordinary news that is the result of an exemplary vaccination process in the world," he emphasized.

In addition, the President of the Executive has recalled that although the cumulative incidence of coronavirus infections is around 400 points, "a high rate compared to other variants", it is "lower" than that of other countries and hospitalization levels and occupancy of Intensive Care Units (ICU) is less than 4 percent. "All this has allowed us to make the decision to recommend the use of masks for general use indoors," he said.

However, Sánchez has commented that, in his opinion, “many people” are going to continue wearing it because the pandemic “continues to spread” and many people continue to die in the world. "Vaccination has been the turning point that allows us to make this decision," he concluded.

The Canary Islands lost 17.2 million travellers between 2020 and 2021

Playa Las Vistas

The Spanish communities most affected by the closure of tourism in 2020 and 2021 due to covid-19 were the most touristic: Catalonia, which lost 29.1 million travellers in those two years of the pandemic; The Balearic Islands, which lost 19.3 million, and the Canary Islands, which lost 17.2 million.

Between the end of 2019 and the end of this year, the tourism sector will add losses of more than 160,000 million euros due to the impact of the COVID, which is already beginning to be left behind for national tourism, but not so for other segments such as international tourism, where full recovery will not come until 2023.

Sunday, April 17, 2022

Resurrection Sunday Processions in La Laguna

Procesión en honor del Santísimo Cristo Resucitado

Culminating Semana Santa (Holy Week) in La Laguna are the processions on Domingo de Resurrección (Resurrection Sunday), starting at 8:30am, from the Parroquia de Santo Domingo de Guzmán, in the Procession in Honour of the Santísimo Cristo Resucitado (Holy Risen Christ), accompanied by the Venerable Hermandad del Santísimo Rosario, Nuestra Señora de la Soledad y Santísimo Cristo Resucitado (Brotherhood).

Then, according to the program, at 13:00hrs, leaving from the Catedral de Nuestra Señora de los Remedios (La Laguna Cathedral) is the procession of Jesús Sacramentado (Sacred Jesus) accompanied by all the brotherhoods of the city.

Saturday, April 16, 2022

April 2003 storm with 8 meter waves caused damage in Garachico and Puerto de la Cruz

A little stone that washed up in Garachico in a storm

The storm on 15 April 2003 was due to a deep storm with high pressure gradients that descended towards the Canary Islands along with strong winds from the north west. The waves produced by winds that originated the storm, then becoming a background swell, with waves of up to 8 meters in height, caused great damage in Garachico and Puerto de la Cruz. A storm of this magnitude had not occurred since January 1987.

Efemérides meteorológicas en Canarias del siglo XX y XXI

Friday, April 15, 2022

Good Friday Processions in La Laguna 2022

Procesión Magna in La Laguna Koppchen, CC BY 3.0

Mother Parish of Our Lady of the Conception
At 11:00 a.m.

Procession of the Lignum Crucis (literally, wood of the cross) and Pietà, accompanied by its Penitential Brotherhood.

Parish of Santo Domingo de Guzman

At 4:15 p.m.

Procession of the transfer of the Holy Deceased Christ to the Holy Cathedral Church accompanied by the Brotherhood of Penitents of Mercy, escort of the Municipal Police, Executive Committee of the JHC, Excellency City Council and civil and military authorities.

Holy Cathedral Church

At 5:00 p.m.

Magna Procession, presided over by His Excellency and Most Reverend Bishop Mr. Bernardo Álvarez Afonso, His Excellency Cathedral Chapter, Executive Committee of the JHC, His Excellency City Council and civil and military authorities.

At 10:00 p.m.

Procesión del Silencio (Procession of Silence) made up of all the Penitential Brotherhoods of La Laguna, they will accompany the Holy Deceased Christ carried on the shoulders of the Brotherhood of Penitents of Mercy, to the Parish of Santo Domingo de Guzmán, where kissing the foot of the sacred image will take place.

Sardine sandwich tradition on Good Friday

Bocadillos de sardinas

It is customary that on Good Friday, between the Magna and Silencio processions in La Laguna, in many of the brotherhoods that sardine sandwiches are eaten. Apparently it was a gentleman named Don Juan "Pitera" who was the first to prepare them for the brotherhoods of the Capitular cathedral brotherhood and that later spread to almost all the others.

The sardine sandwich is often perceived as a dinner or food for lazy people. Its humble origins and its simple preparation have made it a "survival meal" for many workers and it helps thousands of students to be able to afford one of the meals of the day with little money. However, its advantages go far beyond saving time and money, since sardines are a very healthy food and very suitable for a late-night snack on Good Friday. Apparently.

Ingredients for each sandwich:

1 bread roll (preferably the same length as the canned sardine)
2 sardines in olive oil (canned sardines)
1 tablespoon of the oil from the can
1 tomato sliced
1 teaspoon oregano

Do you need instructions? No, I thought not. 

Thursday, April 14, 2022

Adeje recovers Holy Week with processions and La Pasión after two years of pandemic

Representación de La Pasión de Adeje

Holy Week in Adeje returns after two years of hiatus due to the pandemic and will recover all the processions and the representation of La Pasión.

“We are happy, it is the Holy Week of the return to normality and for Adeje it has a double significance. On the one hand, as a tourist town, where we hope to receive people who come to enjoy their holidays; and on the other hand, as a municipality that respects, cares for and loves its traditions”, said the mayor, José Miguel Rodríguez Fraga, at the presentation ceremony. The councillor highlighted the innovative staging of La Pasión: “We will combine the television-film format and the live performance in the Plaza de España. We have made the problem into an opportunity, as we are going to have an excellent filmed product that will allow us to promote our municipality as a sun and beach holiday destination, but also as a heritage, gastronomic, cultural and ethnographic destination”.

Alberto Álvarez, coordinator of Culture, indicated that "almost all the scenes of La Pasión have been filmed in various natural and heritage sites in the municipality, with amateur actors and actresses." The broadcast of the film will link with the direct one in the Plaza de España where the meeting of Mary with Jesus and his subsequent crucifixion will take place.

ADEJE HOLY WEEK ON TELE

The retransmission can be seen on Friday, April 15, at 12 noon, on Televisión Canaria, Mírame TV, 13 TV nationwide, Canal 4 Tenerife and Canal 10. The Representation of the Passion of Adeje is an outdoor play that narrates the death and crucifixion of Jesus Christ. Three hundred people participate in the Representation of La Pasión, including cast, management, assistants, operating personnel, art, props, costumes or makeup. 

Wednesday, April 13, 2022

Easter Week Flooding in La Laguna in 1977

Flooding in La Laguna in 1977

Between 10 and 13 April 1977 there was an intense and memorable rainy episode, lasting several days in the Canary Islands that left precipitation of more than 350 l / m2 in the south west and of more than 220 l / m2 in the south east of Tenerife. 

San Cristóbal de La Laguna was partially incommunicado for several days due to this Easter flooding. The powerful SW storm of Holy Week of 1977 is one of the most important storms of the 20th century in the Canary Islands. It affected the entire western province and Gran Canaria, but was especially virulent in Tenerife. The records in 24 hours are eloquent: 358.9 mm in Vilaflor on 11 April; 260.3mm at Los Rodeos on 10 April. 

In El Escobonal (Güímar), also in Tenerife, more than 400 mm of rain fell during just this storm, when its annual average is around 380 mm. It caught everyone off guard with their mind still on the recent Los Rodeos accident, the most important in civil aviation.

Tuesday, April 12, 2022

Holy Tuesday and the Gato Moka (Mocha Cake)

Another type of Gato Moka. S/he looks surprised too.

Many, many years ago, in a restaurant in the south of Tenerife, my mother had asked for a slice of gateau (cake), to which the waiter replied, "Ewwww ...  you want to eat cat?" 

Yes, gateau is the same pronunciation as gato, the Spanish for cat. 

So, I was amused and surprised to see this titled Gato Moka - which, if translated literally, would be a coffee-chocolate flavoured cat - but, apparently, it's a culinary tradition at Easter to have a Mocha Cake for Holy Tuesday. And who are we to argue with that?

Gato Moka
Martes Santo el Gato Moka

This dessert is a reflection of the influence on the Canarian gastronomy of French cuisine in which the use of butter is detected, for example. It is essential to use a good coffee, and sweeten the coffee where we are going to dip the cake to enhance the flavour of it.

Ingredients:

400 gr. of butter
50 gr. icing sugar.
80 gr. Espresso Coffee
100 gr. Sweetened Expresso Coffee (for dipping the biscuits/cake)
8 gr. soluble/instant coffee.
50 gr. of chopped almonds.
biscuits or sobados (a type of butter cake).

By biscuits, do they mean Lengua de gato (Cat's Tongues?). To be honest, I think what you really want here are layers of chocolate cake, previously made, or bought is fine.

Method:

Beat the butter with the icing sugar for about 10 minutes. Add the soluble coffee and the espresso coffee little by little and mix until all the ingredients are integrated, until it has the texture of a cream.

In a container alternate layers of the mocha cream and biscuits/cake briefly dipped in the sweetened espresso coffee, ending with a layer of cream. Sprinkle with the almonds and a little instant coffee. Store in the refrigerator. 

Hoy no podía faltar para el Martes Santo el Gato Moka

Slightly different version with Lolita Bienmesabe - Gato Moka

Saturday, April 02, 2022

Santa Cruz Carnival 2022 Program

The definitive calendar of the Santa Cruz Carnival was made public this Wednesday. The party will become the first great event of the post-COVID era in the Canary Islands, once all the restrictions imposed by the regional government have been lifted. The evolution of the pandemic has ended up proving the Santa Cruz City Council right in its decision to delay the celebration of the festival until June, which will allow for a Carnival of "contests, galas and [for the celebrations in the] street".

UPDATE: You can now download a full program (PDF) - full of lovely photos - from the Carnival website.

Councillor for Fiestas, Alfonso Cabello, admitted to being "tremendously satisfied" with the decision to delay it until June, "a decision that will cause a great economic impact on the city, and that makes it the first great spectacle in the post-COVID era”.

FINAL SCHEDULE OF THE SANTA CRUZ CARNIVAL

After the inauguration of Carnival 2022, which will take place on Friday, June 3 at 9:30 p.m. at the Tenerife International Centre for Trade Fairs and Congresses (Recinto Ferial), the Rondallas begin the calendar of competitions, on Saturday, June 4 at 5:00 p.m., in the emblematic Guimerá Theater stage. On Sunday, June 5, at the Recinto Ferial, the Choreographic Festival will begin at 5:00 p.m.

The Guimerá Theater will also host the Los Fregolinos concert on Tuesday, June 7 at 8:30 p.m. A day later, on Wednesday, June 8, also at 8:30 p.m., it will be the turn of the La Zarzuela Festival.

Continuing with the final calendar of the Santa Cruz Carnival 2022, during the second weekend of June, the Carnival Queen Election Gala will be held on Friday, June 10 at 9:30 p.m. On Saturday, June 11 at 9:00 p.m., it will be the turn for the Musical Groups Contest and on Sunday, June 12, starting at 5:00 p.m., it will be the Election Gala of the Senior Carnival Queen.

From Monday 13 to Wednesday 15 June, the 3 phases of the adult murgas will take place, starting at 9:00 p.m., with the final being held on Friday, June 17, also at 9:00 p.m. The Comparsas Contest will be on Saturday, June 18 at 9:00 p.m.; and to close the week, the Children's Queen Election Gala, which will be on Sunday, June 19 at 6:00 p.m. 4:30 p.m.

In the last week of June, the 3 phases of the children's murgas contest will take place, from Monday 20 to Wednesday 22 June, starting at 9:00 p.m.

Thursday, June 23, will be when, starting at 8:00 p.m., the Carnival in the street begins with a species of Burial of the Sardine. On Friday, June 24 at 7:00 p.m., the traditional Carnival Opening Parade will begin, which will run into the night time dances to the various orchestras on the stages distributed throughout the streets of Santa Cruz. On Saturday, June 25, the Daytime Carnival will be held, which will continue until it merges with the second night of carnival in the streets.

On Sunday, June 26, and as the culmination of the 2022 carnival calendar, the Daytime Carnival will be held to conclude at 8:00 p.m. with the Rhythm and Harmony Contest on Anaga Avenue. A fireworks display will close this edition, the most anticipated, as reflected in the definitive calendar of the Carnival of Santa Cruz de Tenerife.

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