Tuesday, May 31, 2022

Adeje Council begins the expropriation of the Casa Fuerte for its rescue from ruin

Casa Fuerte in Adeje

The plenary session of the Adeje Council has approved on, Friday, May 27, the start of the expropriation for the Casa Fuerte for its rescue due to its evident state of ruin.

This property was declared a Site of Cultural Interest (BIC) in the Monument category in 1986 and is located in the historic centre of Adeje, opposite the Church of Santa Úrsula.

“It is a historic moment, we owed it to the people of Adeje. The Casa Fuerte has a very powerful symbolic role and we must rescue it to preserve it and for the enjoyment of the people”, stressed the mayor of Adeje, José Miguel Rodríguez Fraga.

This initiative is undertaken by the local administration in the face of the evident deterioration and state of ruin of this historic property, both due to the passage of time and due to the current conscious abandonment by the owners, to which must be added the actions of plunder and systematic destruction that includes the collapse of walls and graffiti.

The technical report warns of the need for urgent action before "the damage is irreversible" and details innumerable flaws and damage to the Casa Fuerte, including, in addition to those mentioned, falling roofs, deterioration of construction stones or the disappearance of sgraffito and idols of great historical-artistic value. In addition, recent interventions must be added with inadequate procedures and materials that patch up, distort and decontextualize the value of the monument, the document details.

The recovery of the Casa Fuerte for the town of Adeje will be a milestone, when it is achieved, very important for the municipality. Not only because of the historical significance that this place has, because of what it meant for the development and the local society in the good and the bad, but also because the city council considers that a part of the future of the historical centre of the municipality and the surroundings, made up by the Plaza de España, Calle Grande, the new Theatre of the Cultural Center, the Barranco del Infierno, etc.

The City Council has planned a semi-pedestrianization of Calle Grande. In short, it is about promoting the permeabilization of the entire environment to ensure that local citizens and visitors can move between the tourist area and the historic area with ease. This communication between the tourist and historical parts will make it possible to publicize and value history and culture as well as diversify the economy and generate opportunities and wealth under equal conditions for all the town's cores.

The idea is to respect the original construction of the Casa Fuerte as much as possible, as established by international regulations for the preservation and restoration of heritage. In addition, the council considers that a point of tourist interest will be generated.

The city council resorts to the forced expropriation contained in the Law of December 16, 1954, after having carried out numerous efforts over the last decades to reach an amicable agreement with the different ownership parties that have inherited the Casa Fuerte. However, all efforts have been unsuccessful as they have not reached a unanimous agreement.

History of the Casa Fuerte

In the year 1553, Pedro de Ponte asked to build a fortification to defend the area from the continuous pirate incursions that devastated the coast of Adeje. In 1555, it was authorized and in 1556 a Casa Fuerte (strong house) was built that became the political, economic and social centre of the jurisdiction of Adeje for three centuries, under the stately regime of the Ponte family.

A fortified residence, a mixture of a country house and a fortress, with an almost square floor plan, it occupied an area of ​​9,024 Castilian varas (7,200 square meters). It consisted of a castle and a keep, warehouses, barns, a stable, a blacksmith shop, a bakery, ovens, housing for servants and administrators, an oratory and a main palace. According to the French naturalist Berthelot "the most important room is the Archives Room", which had four large cabinets full of documents, defined by the historian Viera y Clavijo as "the Treasure of the Canary Islands".

The 466-year-old Casa Fuerte marks the history of the colonization of the southwest of Tenerife. Hacienda, protected by a castle with a defensive function against the threat of pirates. This property was the economic centre of the area in which economic activities of a diverse nature were carried out, from agriculture to livestock, through others of an extractive and transforming nature. Thus, together with forestry exploitation to obtain firewood, the cultivation of cereals, cane fields and horticultural products, goat, bovine, mule and camel herds was developed.

Guía de Isora Hillclimb 2022

Guía de Isora Hillclimb

Pending confirmation, no less than 70 drivers make up the provisional list of entries in the Speed ​​section, seven in Regularity and five in Formula Rallye for the 13th Guía de Isora Hillclimb, which will be held on Saturday, June 4 and will be scored for the Spanish Cup for Teams and the Inter-Island Mountain Championship in Santa Cruz de Tenerife.

The Isora Motorsport Team decided to set limits on entries to guarantee organizational operability during the event and, except for Regularity, this maximum quota has been reached. The organization has a reserve list if any of the registrations are not confirmed.

Among the registered drivers are Javier Afonso, winner last year in Category 3 with his Silver Car S3, and Juan Carlos Brito, winner in 2020 at the controls of a Ford Escort Cosworth WRC and who this time will try to get back up to top of the Category 1 podium with his Ford Fiesta R5 Plus. Also on the provisional list is Nauzet Brito, who will debut his new Porsche 911 991 GT3, the most powerful of those competing in the Canary Islands.

Dailos Rodríguez, head of Escudería Isora Motorsport, comments: “We are very happy to see that the measures we have taken from the organizing club to lower the registration costs for the drivers have been successful and their response has been massive. Now all that's left is for the fans to respond and everything goes well on race day to get back into the Spanish Hill Climb Championship, which is the goal we've set for ourselves”.

The event will begin Friday, June 3, at 4:00 p.m. with the technical and administrative verifications in Playa de San Juan. However, we will have to wait until Saturday, June 4 to hear the roar of the 77 vehicles that will participate in the race.

The first training session, which will be free, will begin at 9:30 am on Saturday, the second, now official, will begin at 11:00 am. To enjoy the competition we will have to wait for the afternoon. It will be at 1:30 p.m. when the first of the two races begins. The second will start at 3:00 p.m. All the tests will take place along the TF-463, the road that connects Playa de San Juan with Guía de Isora.

For this reason, the Council of Guía de Isora recalls that on Saturday, June 4, the aforementioned road, as well as all its accesses from Km 3,240 (junction with the La Gambueza track) to Km 9,390 (junction with the TF-47 in Playa de San Juan) will remain closed to traffic from 8:00 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.

The road will be open between races for at least 15 minutes in the direction of the race, maintaining all the necessary security measures. Similarly, the coastal area of ​​Playa de San Juan will be affected in several of its streets. From 7:00 a.m. on Friday, June 3 until the end of the test, on Saturday the 4th, parking will be prohibited or some other incident will occur in the following streets:
Avenida Altamar, Calle Mar Picada, Calle Mar en Calma, Avda. El Emigrante, Calle Mar Rizada, Calle Bajamar, Calle Corrientes de Mar, Calle Rompeolas., Calle Mar del Norte., Calle Mar de Leva, Calle Pleamar, Calle Marejadilla, Calle Mar de Fondo y Avda. Juan Carlos I.
In the event of any emergency or need that may arise on the day, the residents affected by the passage of the event may contact the organization's incident telephone numbers: 922 850 101 / 670 85 01 01 or contact the telephone Emergency officer of the Government of the Canary Islands, 112. Likewise, the Local Police, Civil Protection of Santiago del Teide and the Salvaser ambulance service will be in charge of guaranteeing safety during the day.

Monday, May 30, 2022

Santa Cruz de Tenerife Marathon 2022

Marathon of Santa Cruz de Tenerife

The International Marathon of Santa Cruz de Tenerife Naviera Armas is to take place on November 13, 2022. The event, which will celebrate its eighth edition, will open its inscriptions, today, Monday, May 30, for the three scheduled distances.

The Maratón Internacional de Santa Cruz de Tenerife Naviera Armas (Santa Cruz de Tenerife Naviera Armas International Marathon) is already firmly on the horizon. The capital event now has a date to be held, on November 13, opening the long-distance athletic calendar as usual in each new season.

The race in Tenerife will celebrate its eighth edition and will once again turn the streets of Santa Cruz de Tenerife into a festival of popular sports, as it has been in previous editions, where it has been an important sporting, tourist and economic attraction for participants, fans and the business sector, who sees how on those dates in mid-November athletes of many nationalities arrive in the capital of Tenerife.

“It is very important news for everyone to know that in November we are going to have thousands of people on the streets of Santa Cruz de Tenerife again. The marathon, to this day, is an event already outstanding and rooted in Santa Cruz that has given us such good times in those seven previous years of history", said the Councilor for Sports of Santa Cruz, Alicia Cebrián, who celebrated that "We are privileged to have a event that brings so many people, even from outside the city, from the island and from other countries to our capital. This year, in addition, we are going to be able to celebrate it without restrictions, within normality and in an environment that has always been spectacular".

And it is something has always characterized the Tenerife event, it is the ability to bring together representatives from different countries. In its latest editions, up to 60 nationalities participated in the Santa Cruz de Tenerife International Marathon, which hosted an exciting Spanish Marathon Championship in a very special year, the year of the Tokyo Olympics.

The Santa Cruz de Tenerife International Marathon will open its inscriptions May 30, coinciding with the celebration of Canary Islands Day. It will do it in a big way, as always, showing its appreciation for the loyalty of its participants with a range of prices that are more than popular during the first three days, May 30 and June 1 and 2. Runners who want to participate in the 8K distance will be able to do so for 9 euros, the participants in the Half Marathon who register during those first three days of the term for 15 euros and the marathoners will have three days to register at 23 euros.

A roundup of events for Canary Islands Day

This year with a beginning of a return to normal after the restrictions of the pandemic, there has been a veritable explosion in events being celebrated today, Monday May 30, for the Día de Canarias (Day of the Canary Islands) - a public holiday that marks the anniversary of the first session of the Parliament of the Canary Islands, held on 30 May 1983.

The emphasis is on the traditional and celebration of Canarian culture. Almost every town and village will have its own celebrations, demonstrating aspects of traditional life in the Canary Islands; with local produce, local sports, traditional dress, occupations, music, etc.

Here are just some of the events taking place around the island today:

Friday, May 27, 2022

Arona celebrates Canary Islands Day with a concert by Los Sabandeños at the Infanta Leonor Auditorium

Arona Council, celebrates Canary Islands Day with a great concert by Los Sabandeños on Sunday 29, at 7:00 p.m., in the Infanta Leonor Auditorium. Free entry with invitation. 

The Infanta Leonor Auditorium will be the scene of one of the most eagerly-awaited events in Arona to commemorate Canary Islands Day: the concert by Los Sabandeños, one of the islands' beacons of cultural identity. The event, organized by the Arona Town Hall Festival Area, is this Sunday, May 29, starting at 7:00 p.m.

Invitations to the concert can be obtained through the municipal website, www.arona.org/auditorio (maximum 4 per person).

Arona celebra el Día de Canarias con un concierto de Los Sabandeños en el Auditorio Infanta Leonor

Vintage Cars return to Santa Cruz on May 30

Vintage Cars in the Parque García Sanabria, Santa Cruz de Tenerife

The Club de Automóviles Antiguos, this year moves it's traditional meet - that usually takes place on the last day of carnival - to the Day of the Canary Islands (May 30).

Santa Cruz de Tenerife will be able to enjoy this Monday, May 30, Día de Canarias (Canary Islands Day), the traditional Old Car Contest in Santa Cruz, with a tour of the city centre, departing from the García Sanabria Park, with exhibition in the Plaza de España and ending at the Real Club Náutico (Royal Yacht Club). Some thirty vehicles are expected to participate, all of them registered before 1939, authentic jewels of world motoring.

The meet will be begin 10:00 am in the García Sanabria Park. The departure is scheduled at 12.00 noon along the Rambla de Santa Cruz to go down San Sebastián Street to La Salle Avenue, cross the Galcerán Bridge, continue along Weyler Square, Méndez Núñez Square and the Clock of the Flowers, go down the Calle El Pilar, Villalba Hervás and La Marina to Avenida Francisco La Roche, where the cars will be displayed for about half an hour, to continue to the Real Club Náutico, where awards will be given over lunch.

Photos from the meet on 30 de Mayo, día de Canarias

Donkey Themed Festival for Canaries Day

On May 30, Tegueste Council will host the I Burrada Día de Canarias, organized by the Asociación Aguavite and the Department of Agriculture, Livestock and Rural Development.

Monday, 30 May 2022 in the Plaza de San Marcos, Tegueste from 10:00 am to 13:30 hrs.

  • Exhibition of farm animals
  • Cart rides for children
  • Traditional sheep farming corner
  • Exhibition of yuntas (yokes)
  • Parade of participating donkeys from the Finca Zamorano enlived by the musical group, Fanfarria La Esponjas

Councillor, Julián Rodríguez encourages citizens to enjoy the various activities planned with the animals of the town. "Exhibitions, rides, games... An opportunity to enjoy a different day with the whole family," he says.

Thursday, May 26, 2022

Canary Islands Day Activities in Santa Cruz

Santa Cruz sign in the Plaza de España

The special program to celebrate the day of the Autonomous Community begins on Friday 27 and includes a diverse range of cultural, sports and leisure activities

On the occasion of the Day of the Canary Islands, the City Council of Santa Cruz de Tenerife has organized an extensive program of activities that will take place in various parts of the city starting this Friday, May 27, and continuing until Monday, May 30, the day on which the program for the Fiestas de Mayo 2022 will conclude.

From Friday, the 27th, the Alameda del Duque de Santa Elena will host the AgroCanarias Fair that brings together a total of 46 agri-food product exhibitors and 10 gastronomy exhibitors in 4,200 m2. In addition, there will be a Market where you can buy local products and a children's area with sports and traditional Canarian games, a vegetable garden and a farm. The exhibition can be visited from noon to midnight on Saturday, on Sunday you can visit until 01:00 hours; and on the 30th until 9:00 p.m.

That same Friday, May 27 at 9:00 p.m., the rhythm & blues and hip-hop quintet from Tenerife, Soul Sanet, will take the stage at Plaza de la Candelaria to offer a concert.

On the 28th, at 9:00 p.m. it will be Braulio's turn, the singer and songwriter from Gran Canaria will offer a concert in which he will review the main successes of his long musical career, a series of musical compositions that summarize, in the form of short stories.

A day later, also at 9:00 p.m., Los Cantadores, the veteran Canarian group with more than 500 concerts to its credit, will offer a concert reviewing its extensive repertoire, in which Shaila Dúrcal will participate as a guest artist.

On May 29 and 30, the Traditional Gastronomy Fair will be held, which will bring together a total of eleven tents with a selection of foods made with kilometre zero products in the La Noria street environment. The schedule will be from 12:00 to 21:00, both days.

The main events of the Day of the Canary Islands on May 30 will begin at 10:00 a.m. and will culminate at 10:00 p.m. at the end of the traditional Los Sabandeños concert, in the Plaza de La Candelaria (free access). A fireworks display will provide the day's finale.

The the 51st Vintage Car Contest, which will meet at Parque García Sanabria at 10:00 a.m. and will conclude with a tour that will end at 1:45 p.m. on Avenida de Anaga.

At 11:00 a.m. the Animal Exhibition will begin in Campo de Castro, in which more than twenty native species from the islands will meet and which can be visited until 5:00 p.m.

Also at 11:00 am the surroundings of the Plaza del Príncipe will host the performance of various local sports disciplines such as the Juego del palo (Stick Fighting) and Canarian Wrestling, among others. This meeting will conclude at 2:00 p.m.

The Plaza de la Candelaria will host the bulk of the events, starting at 11:00 am with a concert by the Banda Unión y Paz, to continue at 12:30 pm with a varied musical program.

In the evening, the Parranda Chasnera will offer, starting at 5:00 p.m., a concert of Canarian folk music. At the end of it, and as has been traditional in recent years, it will be the turn of the humor show by Lanzarote native, Kike Pérez.

At 7:30 p.m. the delivery of the "Canary Islands-Ciudad Santa Cruz 2022 Day Awards" will begin, which on this occasion falls to the Tenerife Sports Club, in recognition of the sporting and social merits achieved over a long history, which this year marks the 100th anniversary.

The finishing touch will be Los Sabandeños, who will again close the celebrations of the Day of the Canary Islands with a concert that will feature notable guests such as the tenor from Santa Cruz, Celso Albelo, and the singer from Lanzarote, Almudena Hernández. 

Gastronomy will have a special date with the return of the traditional Typical Food Contest that will open its doors to the public at 2:00 p.m. in the Plaza de la Iglesia de la Concepción. After the awards ceremony at 3:00 p.m., the after-meal discussion will be enlivened by folk music performed live.

The little ones will have a day full of fun and educational activities in the Plaza de España. This activity will begin at 11:00 a.m. and will last until 8:00 p.m.

Santa Cruz se convierte en el corazón del archipiélago durante el Día de Canarias

Day of Traditions in Arafo

Saturday, May 28, Arafo celebrates a "Día de las Tradiciones" (Day of Traditions) in the Plaza Nuestra Señora del Carmen, an event organized by the Asociación Mi Barrio el Carmen se Mueve.

The activities during the day include a Mini Fair between 10:30 am and 10 pm; workshops, concerts, an exhibition of Canarian sports from 5pm to 6pm; folk music and theatre from 6pm to 8:30pm, with the day ending in a dinner for residents, starting at 8:30 pm.

Día de las Tradiciones

La Laguna exhibits its traditional trades in the first Craft Show in Finca España

The event joins the celebrations of the Day of the Canary Islands and starts on May 28 and 29

The City Council of La Laguna organizes the first Craft Show in Finca España on May 28 and 29, an event that opens the La Laguna artisan calendar and that aims to support the sector and increase the projection of traditional trades in the municipality by offering new visibility in the towns and neighbourhoods of the locality. But also, reinforcing training for the sector and, as a novelty this year, with a program of workshops that will be taught by the artisans themselves.

This is the first of four events planned during 2022 that will terminate in October with the traditional Annual Exhibition in the Historic centre of La Laguna, and is to be held for the first time at the church square of Finca España to commemorate the celebration of the Day of the Canary Islands with 12 stalls and a demonstration of the various crafts that La Laguna can offer. 

The Councillor for Local Development, Youth and Education, José Juan Gavilán, highlights that "we want to bring crafts closer to people and be able to offer a representation of the great creativity and tradition that we have in the local craft sector, enabling new public spaces so that they can make their work visible. In addition, he recalls that "we have worked closely with the sector in recent years, since the worst moments of the pandemic, to design a local strategy to boost activity, with economic, training and organizational reinforcement."

The exhibition, which will be installed in the church square of Finca España (Calle las Nieves, 3, 38205 San Cristóbal de La Laguna) next week, can be visited from 10:30 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. on Saturday, May 28 and from 10:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. on Sunday, May 29.

Wednesday, May 25, 2022

Sensations from the Field to the Table

Sensations from the Field to the Table

The event 'Sensaciones del Campo a la Mesa' (Sensations from the Field to the Table) will take place on Friday, May 27, from 6:00 p.m. to 12:00 a.m., in the Parque Los Hinojeros, in Granadilla de Abona and at this time there are a total of 12 establishments and five wineries of the Designation of Origin of Abona already registered. 

Tapas will be 1, 2 and 3 euros, while wines will cost 1 or 2 euros. In addition, the same venue will feature performances by the groups 'Magnumar Trío' and 'Una hora menos'.

The participating establishments are: Tasca Pizzería Flaviano, Panadería Victoria´s, Bebidas y Pinchos, Bar Marcos, Restaurante Le Penon, Virxen de Barca, Salvaje La Tejita, Bar Roque, Kontodo, Casa Tagoro, Bar Cafetería La Yeleta. And the wineries are: Cumbres de Abona, Mencey de Chasna, Vera de La Fuente, Casmi y Reverón.

There will also be complementary activities such as two workshops to promote the local products of the Farmer's Market and the Los Abrigos Fish Market, between 6:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m., which are part of the MERCAMARKT project", in which the City Council of Granadilla de Abona participates together with other partners and whose objective is to improve the competitiveness of agricultural and craft markets. In addition, workshops such as 'Little geniuses in the kitchen' will be held for the public for children and 'Showcooking of market cuisine and wine tasting' aimed at adults. Previous registration and confirmation of reservation of place is required for both activities.

San Miguel celebrates the Day of the Canary Islands with events for all audiences

Zaguanes, ajetreo en la calle

The representation "Zaguanes, ajetreo en la calle" (Zaguanes, hustle and bustle in the street) is presented as one of the outstanding acts. (Zaguan is a house plan configuration where a central passageway leads from a front door to a patio or courtyard.)

The Council of San Miguel de Abona, through the departments of Culture and Festivals, will celebrate the Día de Canarias (Day of the Canary Islands) with a program that will take place on Sunday 29 and Monday 30 May, with various activities aimed at all audiences.

On Sunday, May 29, at 6:00 p.m., the official inauguration of the sculpture “Los presas canarios” (Presa Canario dog) will take place at the Cruce de El Frontón, where the stone of San Miguel becomes art again with one of the most identifying animals of the islands.

At 6:30 p.m., the exhibition “En el andar del tiempo” (In the walk of time) will cover the walls of the Casino de San Miguel together with a round table where different generations of farmers from the municipality will be present.

At 9:00 p.m., the festivals return to San Miguel with a dance enlivened by the Wamampy Orchestra in the Plaza de la Constitución.

On Monday, May 30, from 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m., the historic centre of San Miguel de Abona will live an authentic street representation of different eras. With "Zaguanes, ajetreo en la calle" (Zaguanes, hustle and bustle in the street) you can be part of a journey through the customs of the late nineteenth century. An "in situ" representation of life in the town at this time, where the environment and the different architectural elements that the town has, such as the church, the fountain or the square, will be used. All this, with the collaboration of numerous residents who will play the roles of the characters of different social statuses and will stage the various trades of the time (fisherwoman, telephone operator, high-society family, servants, peasants, farmers, vendors...)

The typical products of the land will not be missing so, in parallel, and from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., the Plaza de la Iglesia will host a Craft and Food Fair, as well as traditional games and children's workshops. At 11:30 a.m., and in the same square, kids will be able to enjoy an authentic Children's Show.

The tasting of the traditional pella or pelota de gofio (gofio ball) is recovered after the stoppage of the pandemic and will be at 5:00 p.m. when this typical Canarian food, accompanied by the music of the folk group "El Escaldón", will delight the palate of all attendees.

The closing of the Canary Islands Day celebrations in San Miguel de Abona will take place from 7:00 p.m. in the Plaza de la Constitución and will be performed by our exceptional Music Band.

The Council of San Miguel de Abona, invites all to participate in all the events scheduled for the Day of the Canary Islands, which has its origin in the date on which the first session of the Parliament of the Canary Islands met, held in its headquarters in Santa Cruz de Tenerife on May 30, 1983. The cultural richness that characterizes us is one of our hallmarks and it is of vital importance that all these traditions are not forgotten in future generations.

Tuesday, May 24, 2022

Romería de Las Mercedes 2022

Romeria de Las Mercedes PhotoJose Mesa Some Rights Reserved

The Romería in honor of San Isidro Labrador and Santa María de La Cabeza in the district of Las Mercedes (San Cristóbal de La Laguna) is back after being suspended due to the pandemic for the last two years. It takes place in the afternoon of this Sunday, 29 May.

After two years, Las Mercedes resumes the festivities in honor of San Isidro and Santa María de la Cabeza. The Las Mercedes festivities in honor of San Isidro Labrador and Santa María de la Cabeza resume again with the recovery of the main popular events after two years of the pandemic. This weekend this Saturday 28th and Sunday 29th of May will centre the festive calendar with practically all of its most traditional events: the traditional romería, with people in traditional dress, flocks, parrandas (bit like wandering minstrels) and blessing of the cattle (which will take place around church square), and the first festivals organized in Las Mercedes after two years of restrictions.

This edition of the San Isidro festivities will be opened with children's workshops, this Saturday, May 28, starting at 10:30 am, in the church square. At 10:00 p.m., the fireworks display will begin. The day will end with a verbena (open air dance) enlivened by the Sonora Olympia orchestra.

On Sunday, May 29, the Big Day at 1:00 p.m., the procession will begin with the participation of local dignitaries, folk groups, dancers, residents and visitors. In this edition, its route will be shortened concentrating on the surroundings of the square. After this event, the traditional blessing of the cattle and an afternoon festival will take place, enlivened by the Guaydil and Clase Apara orchestras.

Tras dos años, Las Mercedes retoma las fiestas en honor a San Isidro y a Santa María de la Cabeza | Romería de Las Mercedes 2019

Mayo Canario 2022 in Puerto de la Cruz

The Canarian tapas route and the Paseo Romero, which returns after the pandemic, are highlighted in the program Mayo Canario 2022 that runs until June 4

Puerto de la Cruz City Council together with the Association of Merchants in the Old Town invite everyone to enjoy the program of festivities, Mayo Canario 2022, designed with the aim of sharing Canarian traditions in the streets and squares of the tourist city.

This is a new initiative culminates on the Day of Canary Islands (May 30) with a folk festival in the Santa Bárbara battery next to the incomparable setting of the old fishing pier. 

The tapas route, which has traditional Canarian products as a common denominator, began last Saturday, in up to 23 establishments in the city and runs until June 4.

The Paseo Romero with a characteristic seafaring accent in this 14th edition of Mayo Canario, will have a route from the Martiánez area to the fishing pier this coming Saturday, May 28, (17:00-20:00hrs) "an activity that always arouses the interest of thousands of people, many of them dressed in typical Canarian dress and culminating in a dance that's undoubtedly the best finishing touch for such a day, especially after two years of pandemic.”

Monday, May 23, 2022

The thirty candidates for Carnival Queen 2022

The thirty candidates for Carnival Queen 2022

The official presentation of the 30 candidates for queens opens the prelude to the first carnival celebrations in the capital held in summer, between June 3 and 26

On June 3, the draw for the order of participation of each of these applicants in their respective galas will take place, at the inaugural act of Carnival 2022. The presentation, which took place last Wednesday, introduced the 30 candidates for the sceptre of the sovereign of the Carnival: 11 adult candidates, 11 junior, and another 8 senior.

The adult queen candidates will have their day with the televised gala on June 10, at 9:30 p.m. at the Tenerife International Centre for Trade Fairs and Congresses. The gala where the Senior Carnival Queen will be chosen will be held on June 12 at 5:00 p.m. and the Junior Carnival Queen Election Gala will be held on June 19 at 6:00 p.m. 

Saturday, May 21, 2022

This weekend Fiestas of Nuestro Señor de La Cruz in Arico Viejo & Santa Rita in La Listada

Today, Saturday, May 21, the Fiestas in honor of Nuestro Señor de La Cruz are taking place in Arico Viejo with a series of activities. At 4:00 p.m. the fun begins with the children's activities. Later, mass will be celebrated at 7:00 p.m. To close the celebrations, at 8:00 p.m., there will be a procession and the Papada and the dance will take place at 9:30 p.m.

Also on Saturday May 21, the coastal area of La Listada will host the Fiestas in honor of Santa Rita with mass at 12:00. and a tapas and wine event at the Polideportivo de La Listada (La Listada Sports Centre) enlivened by Chajora and Son de Chasna at 9:00 p.m.

Councillor for Culture and Festivals, Dácil Cano, recognized "the great effort made by the Arico Viejo and La Listada festival commissions which, with the town hall, have been able to organize a great program of events after two years without being able to do so because of the pandemic". She congratulated the residents of both neighbourhoods, "wishing them to enjoy their celebrations and encouraging all residents and visitors to participate."

Friday, May 20, 2022

La Laguna hosts the second edition of the Burger Fest gastronomic event

The City Council of La Laguna collaborates in the organization of the event that will unite music and gastronomic culture

The City Council of La Laguna, through the departments of Culture and Festivals, collaborates, for the second consecutive year, in the organization of Burger Fest, a gastronomic festival in which live music will be one of the main protagonists, taking place Friday and Saturday, May 20 and 21, in the Plaza del Adelantado.

In addition, "it will be an opportunity for local DJs to make their artistic work visible and exhibit it, sharing their musical selections with the public that attends the event." "We thus continue with one of the main lines of work of the Culture Area, which is to support the talent of the islands."

The Burger Fest is organized by the Beers hamburger restaurant and will be attended by  influencer Joe Burgerchalenge (who describes himself as a Comedor profesional y abusador de buffets - Professional diner and abuser of buffets).

The event begins today, Friday, May 20, from 6:00 p.m. to 12:00 a.m., and during it the DJs Jul Dee Jay, Santee and Beat Creator will perform. Tomorrow, Saturday, May 21, from 2:00 p.m. to 12:00 a.m., the musical performances will be performed by Jö Claverie, MCR Selector, Eva Olvido, Juana la Cubana, Tana Sandoval and Renzzo el Selector.

Granadilla de Abona resumes the celebration of popular gastronomic events

The Employment and Local Development Agency in Granadilla de Abona, Tenerife, is organizing one of its traditional Sensaciones gastronomic events: the “Mándate una tapa” (Send yourself for tapas) tapas route - the longest running in Tenerife, celebrating its 13th edition - that will be held in the municipality between May 20 and June 19, 2022.

18 establishments are participating in the route that will offer tapas, desserts and cocktails. The price of a tapa with a small glass of wine, beer or water is €3. Desserts will cost €3 and cocktails, €4.

With the aim that you can carry out the route comfortably, we have created the website www.mandateunatapa.es where you can find all the information on the participants, their offer, address and service hours, the local product and the prizes offered by the collaborating companies. The information will also be available through the mobile app available from the website. 

You can also get a tapas card at participating establishments, the SAC and the El Médano Tourist Office. Dare to do the route, collect the stamps and deliver the card before July 5, 2022 at the SAC, AEDL or El Médano Tourist Office, to enter the draw for various prizes!

The Tenerife Tajinaste Trail

Ruta de los Tajinastes en Flor

This 'Ruta de los Tajinastes en Flor' (Route of the Tajinastes in Flower), in the Teide National Park, on June 10, is for people over 55 years of age. Registration will be open from May 20 to June 8 at the website of Granadilla Council. Although, obviously, qualifying persons will need a good knowledge of Spanish for this activity.

That said, the announcement reminded me that it is the season to see the Tajinaste (Tenerife bugloss) or Echium wildpretii, which is a species endemic to the Canary Islands, and is found mainly on Mount Teide in Tenerife. 

So, whether you join this walk, look out for a commercial excursion or drive up to the national park independently, it's definitely worth putting on your bucket list.

Oh and I love the plant is referred to as a Tower of Jewels (Via). So very apt.

Thursday, May 19, 2022

Santa Cruz renewed the agreement with RTVE and RTVC for the coverage of Carnival 2022

Do not adjust your set

Mayor of Santa Cruz de Tenerife, José Manuel Bermúdez, earlier in the year, signed agreements with RTVC (Televisión Canaria) and the director of RTVE (Televisión Española) in the Canary Islands, Domingo Álvarez, for television coverage of the upcoming Carnival. The Councillor for Fiestas, Alfonso Cabello, was also present at the signing.

The signed agreement guarantees the maximum diffusion in the local, national and international arenas of the Santa Cruz carnival. With the reissue of the agreement, continuity is given to the collaboration with the public entities that operate in the Canary Islands.

José Manuel Bermúdez was satisfied after the signing "since an agreement is reissued that gives continuity to the dissemination of the Santa Cruz Carnivals in all territorial areas." In addition, the mayor highlights that, "global audiences will be reached through the International Channel, something very important in an edition in which we return to experience the closest thing to normality". "I really wanted to sign this agreement again, because it means that we celebrate our Carnival again and I want to especially highlight the commitment, enthusiasm and affection that the workers of the two television stations always put into everything that has to do with our party. ”, added the mayor.

The agreement includes the live broadcast of the Queen's Election Gala, scheduled for June 10, to all of Spain, through La 2 and Canal Internacional, with a potential audience of 400 million viewers, as well as on the RTVE and RTVC websites. For its part, Radiotelevisión Canaria guarantees the regional broadcasting of the central act of the Carnival, as well as the broadcast of the main events of the festival programme.

After the audience successes reaped in recent editions, RTVE will once again broadcast on La 2 and Canal Internacional, the comparsa contest in its Rhythm and Harmony phase, scheduled for June 26.

In addition, local television stations will play a fundamental role in covering the most important Carnival events, as in previous years.

Television Audiences of Carnival 2021

The 2021 Carnival edition, although it did not present the usual contest and event formats, brought together a total of 2.3 million spectators in the show "Santa Cruz Corazón del Carnaval" (Santa Cruz Heart of Carnival), the program that closed the event and that proclaimed the Guardians of the Sceptre, on March 7, 2021. This event was broadcast on La 2 de Televisión Española nationwide, with an average of 193,000 people

On the regional circuit, Televisión Canaria obtained an audience of 39,000 viewers, which meant a 6.2% audience share and an average of 181,000 who followed the broadcast for at least one minute. The most watched minute on TVC was at 10:52 p.m. At this time, the program achieved an average audience share of 8.9% and 64,000 viewers. The most watched minute on TVE was at 9:53 p.m., with an average of 312,000 viewers. Some 97,000 people connected at some point with the program through La 2 in the Canary Islands.

The special programming of the Santa Cruz de Tenerife Carnival broadcast by Televisión Canaria, La Canción del Siglo (The Song of the Century), broadcast on March 5, registered a 4.4% audience share and an average of 23,000 viewers. 142,000 people followed the broadcast for at least one minute. Its most watched minute was at 9:39 p.m., at which time the program achieved an average of 6.6% audience share and 47,000 viewers.

On March 6, it was the turn of La Noche de Las Comparsas” (The Night of the Comparsas) which had a 4.3% share and 23,000 viewers. Around 150,000 Canarians followed the broadcast for at least a minute, reaching its most watched minute at 9:37 p.m. At this time, the program achieved an average audience share of 6.6% and 46,000 viewers.

The program "This is how it was done... Santa Cruz, the Heart of Carnival", which summarized how the programs of the virtual edition of the carnival were developed, scored 2.5% audience share and was followed by 7,000 viewers.

(Your best destination online for coverage - both live and recorded videos - of the main events is the carnival channel of Televisión CanariaCarnavalTVC.)

Wednesday, May 18, 2022

Almeyda celebrates World Museum Day with extended hours and «Live Museum» event

Today, May 18, you can enjoy some interesting activities scheduled at the Almeyda Museum - Museo Histórico Militar de Canarias (Museum of Military History of the Canaries) in the Fuerte de Almeyda (Almeyda Fort) Calle San Isidro, 2, 38001 Santa Cruz de Tenerife - until 7:00 p.m. 

In addition, the Canary Islands Command Headquarters is opening the doors of the Palacio de la Capitanía General de Canarias (Palace of the Captaincy General of the Canary Islands) - Plaza Weyler, s/n, 38003 Santa Cruz de Tenerife - on this special day to visit the Throne Room.

On May 18, International Museum Day is celebrated. The Almeyda Museum prepares for this important day, together with the Historical-Cultural Association "Gesta del 25 de Julio" (re-enactors of the Battle of Santa Cruz of 25 July 1797) - Seeing off the English in Santa Cruz - and the "RECON25" Association, a "Live Museum" event. A day where visitors can have the experience of interacting with reenactors from different eras. The opening hours of the museum will be extended until 7:00 p.m.

The General Headquarters of the Canary Islands Command has also wanted to join the celebrations of this International Museum Day in Santa Cruz de Tenerife, so that the Palacio de la Capitanía General de Canarias (Palace of the Captaincy General of the Canary Islands) in Santa Cruz de Tenerife will open its doors so citizens can visit one of its main parts, the so-called Throne Room. Opening hours will be from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

As every year, the International Council of Museums (ICOM) proposes a theme for this celebration, this year's theme being “The power of Museums”. Museums have the power to transform the world around us. As incomparable places of discovery, they teach us about our past and open our minds to new ideas, two essential steps in building a better future.

Santa Cruz Carnival Queen's Gala will use the innovative CuePilot production system

From the Carnival Queen Gala in 2018

The Gala for the election of the Carnival Queen will be held this year (June 10) with a new system, called CuePilot, a program with which hundreds of hours of live television have already been made around the world. CuePilot has been used in all of television's biggest formats, from Eurovision to The Voice, X Factor and American Idol, to award shows like the MTV Video Music Awards. Opening ceremonies for large-scale events like League of Legends also use CuePilot to perfect their live performances.

Councillor for Festivities of the Santa Cruz City Council, Alfonso Cabello, was enthusiastic when the artistic direction proposed the use of this technology since, he assured, “it allows the retransmission of the Gala to be positioned at the level that the best Carnival in the world deserves, as a very attractive show not only for those who are enjoying it live, but also for those who watch it from anywhere in the world on their television”.

The program is a tool that allows you to display live performances as accurately as an edited music video. It makes it possible to create a scene guide and be creative in planning camera coverage and special effects during pre-production of the show. This will mean that there will be a very focused planning to "highlight the meticulous work carried out by the designers with the candidates, the colours of the participants' costumes, or cause specific effects at a certain moment that contribute to the narrative of the show", assures the artistic director of the Gala, Enrique Camacho. Lighting and content teams can collaborate and visualize planned camera coverage in preview software.

CuePilot was founded in 2005. It designs and manufactures innovative software and hardware for use in high-end professional broadcasts. Based in Copenhagen, Denmark, it was conceived by acclaimed director Per Zachariassen in response to the need for accuracy and consistency in live broadcasts, while reducing costly rehearsal time.

Tuesday, May 17, 2022

Santa Cruz Carnival in the street in June will not have restrictions nor maximum capacity

Crowds arrive at the Fairs and Congress Centre for the Carnival Queen Gala in 2019

Santa Cruz City Council has confirmed that capacity at the carnival contests and galas will be tightly controlled at the Tenerife International Centre for Trade Fairs and Congresses. Councillor of Fiestas, Alfonso Cabello, has justified this decision given that the design was created for a pandemic context, and the distribution of stands and chairs was previously contracted. However, he has stated that participation in the street will not have restrictions and will not have a maximum capacity.

Cabello has recalled how months ago the party's approach in the summer period was risky but "time has put things in their place and this summer carnival will be a reality from June 3." In addition, he has confirmed that "people are eager", as they are being able to verify with each event they carry out on the occasion of the May festivities in the capital.

He has also detailed that hotel and the holiday home present figures of 100% occupancy for that date and believes that the event will work reasonably well because it is the first time that a carnival is held on a weekend complete.

The events of carnival in the street from June 23, begin with a kind of Burial of the Sardine, Friday 24 will be the Parade and over the weekend of June 25 the Daytime Carnival will be held, to conclude on Sunday, June 26 with the Rhythm and Harmony contest.

Monday, May 16, 2022

Canarian economy grew twice as much as the Spanish economy during the first quarter

Growing economy

The Canarian economy grew by 12.2% during the first quarter of 2022, compared to the same period of the previous year, according to the quarterly data prepared by the Instituto Canario de Estadística (Canary Institute of Statistics) (ISTAC). This percentage practically doubles that registered at state level, which was 6.4%.

The Government's Vice President and Minister for Finance, Budgets and European Affairs, Román Rodríguez, highlighted the intensity of the economic recovery that the Canary Islands are experiencing, despite an international context characterized by supply problems in global chains, the effects of the Russian invasion of Ukraine and inflationary tensions. An intensity, however, that will be conditioned by these uncertainties.

Rodríguez explained that, despite all these circumstances, the Canarian economy is showing an "excellent" performance, which also stems from the reduction in unemployment, the increase in registered Social Security affiliates during that first quarter and that has been also extended to the month of April and the recovery of tourism to account for a third of the hotel overnight stays registered throughout the state during March; also, the state leadership in retail trade with an increase of more than 17% and the growth of tax collection in the first quarter of 51.4% compared to the previous year and 11.16% compared to 2019 - the last normal year before COVID - specifically, income from IGIC (Canarian VAT) rose by 61.9% compared to the first three months of 2021 and 12.6% compared to the 2019 financial year.

The data for the fourth month of the year has been especially positive, as the Canary Islands have not dropped below 200,000 unemployed since 2008 - and 198,981 were registered - and the number of Social Security contributors was the highest in history, with 839,049 affiliates.

"All these data put us before a hopeful scenario, although we will have to wait for the next few months to see if it consolidates depending on the development of events on a global scale," said the vice president, who added that, "in any case, what is discredited is the catastrophic discourse that is being instigated from certain political spheres”.

According to ISTAC data, the Canarian economy also grew by 0.5% compared to the immediately previous quarter, while the increase at the state level was 0.3%. 

All Canarian economic sectors registered increases compared to 2021, especially the services sector, with an increase of 14.2 percent, followed by agriculture, with 2.5%; industry, with 1.9%, and construction, with 1.3%.

By autonomous communities, only the data for Andalusia, Navarra, the Basque Country and Catalonia are available, which in no case reached 7% growth in the first quarter of last year.

Friday, May 13, 2022

A varied musical offer for the third weekend of the Fiestas de Mayo in Santa Cruz

A varied musical offer for the third weekend of the Fiestas de Mayo

The Plaza de La Candelaria will host this Friday, the 13th, starting at 7:00 p.m. the Canarias Urban Fest, with a cast of emerging artists such as GCano, Nay Arias, J. Ramos, Urban Life, Lion Hernández, Carmen or DJ Tosco. In this concert current urban rhythms such as rap, disco or reggaeton, among others, will be addressed.

On Saturday, the 14th, will be the musical project @Timples2021, which offers a concert starting at 9:30 p.m. with the participation of timplists Benito Cabrera, Domingo Rodríguez “El Colorao”, Germán López, Althay Páez and Yone Rodriguez. These musicians will perform a sound review of the evolution of the timple as a solo instrument, interpreting a traditional repertoire with arrangements that take each song through new musical languages.

That same day at 8:00 p.m., mayor, José Manuel Bermúdez, and Councillor for Fiestas, Alfonso Cabello, will present the prizes for the Flower Crosses Contest; to the XIV Contest-Exhibition of School Crosses; and the Children's Drawing and Painting Contest within the XLV Regional Exhibition of Canarian Crafts, Flowers and Plants 2022.

The weekend's musical program is completed by the XXVII edition of the "Santa Cruz Corazón Mundial del Bolero" Festival, which this Sunday, the 15th, starting at 9:00 p.m., in which Luis Villa, Emilio Negrín & Yanira Martín and the group Alma de Bolero will participate. The veteran festival ´Santa Cruz, Corazón Mundial del Bolero´ was born in 1994 to commemorate the fifth centenary of the founding of the city of Santa Cruz de Tenerife and has established itself as the most important of its kind at state level.

Remembering Enrique González Bethencourt

Enrique González Bethencourt (September 23, 1924 - May 13, 2010) was the founder and director of the Afilarmónica NiFú-NiFá and is considered the father of the Canarian murgas. He was also one of the most important and beloved personalities of the Santa Cruz de Tenerife Carnival.

Third son of four brothers to a father from Cádiz, by profession he was a quantity surveyor. He was also trained in Fine Arts, exhibiting his pictorial work for the first time in July 1944, and created the poster for the 1992 Carnival

In the year 2000, González Bethencourt was awarded the Knight's Cross of the Royal Order of Civil Merit. The same year, Santa Cruz de Tenerife City Council named a street after its veteran murga, the Afilarmónica NiFú-NiFá

Such was the value of his work for the carnival that the 2011 edition was dedicated to him, in which the Queen's Gala became a posthumous tribute to his life and career. In addition, the poster for the Carnival of Santa Cruz de Tenerife 2011 was made by his own daughter.

On May 13, 2013, on the third anniversary of his death, a statue was inaugurated in his honor located in the Plaza del Príncipe in Santa Cruz de Tenerife. 

Photo: Koppchen, CC BY 3.0, via Wikimedia Commons

'Tegueste, pork and wine' in its second edition to encourage local gastronomy

The Department of Local Development involves the restaurant sector by launching a second edition of the gastronomic campaign, during the month of May

Tegueste Council, through the Department of Local Development and in collaboration with various local associations, has organised the second edition of the gastronomic event ‘Tegueste, cochino y vino’ (Tegueste, pork and wine) to encourage the consumption of local products of the municipality, between May 9 and 29.

Through this initiative, in which 15 restaurants and 10 wineries in the municipality participate, each establishment will offer a promotion that will include a dish or tapa made with pork as the main ingredient, paired with a Tegueste wine.

The Councillor for Local Development, Manuel Martín, points out that through campaigns such as 'Tegueste, pig and wine', the aim is to reinforce the commitment to the local economy. "This is a formula to publicise the quality of Tegueste's agricultural, livestock and wine products," he explains.

'Tegueste, pork and wine' is developed in collaboration with the local associations Avite (Association of Vitiviniculturists of Villa de Tegueste), the Tegueste Farmer's Market, Asevite (Association of Entrepreneurs of Villa de Tegueste), the Denomination of Canary Islands Protected Origin, the Boyeros Villa de Tegueste Cultural and Recreational Association and the Tacoronte-Acentejo Denomination of Origin.

Details of the establishments and the menu offered by each are available at the website www.teguestegastronomico.es

The streets and squares of La Laguna fill this weekend to celebrate Family Day 2022

Día Internacional de las familias 2022

The program includes more than 70 activities for all ages in 6 thematic areas, with sports, games, workshops and a 'Freak' space with a market, illustrators' exhibitions, a K-Pop contest and Arcade games

The City Council of La Laguna has prepared an extensive program of activities for the celebration of the International Day of Families, an event with a long tradition in the municipality and which returns this weekend to the squares and streets of the city with various thematic areas and activities for all ages. Several municipal areas, local associations and the children and young people of the Municipal Council for Children and Adolescents have been involved in this initiative and in the design of the activities, to recover meeting places and offer healthy leisure spaces for all ages after two years of restrictions.

The mayor explained that, this Saturday, the city will be divided into six zones (called Circus, Games, Fantasy, Earth, Geek and Sports), with more than fifty tents and over 70 activities and workshops aimed at all ages, recreational-educational activities that will also allow us to value the entire commercial, cultural, festive, environmental promotion fabric and that of our social entities. It will be a Family Day that we will remember for a long time and not only because it will be the first event that we can celebrate without restrictions in this decade.

Family Day Program

The main day will be this Saturday, May 14, with parades along the main roads of the historical centre of the city and activities in the squares of La Concepción, the Cathedral, Cristo and Hermano Ramón, as well as the inner courtyard of the Autonomous Sports Organization (Calle Alcalde Alonso Suárez Melián) and the Calle San Agustin.

The latter will become a Geek Zone throughout the day, one of the most original and popular zones, with a geek and collector's market in which the specialized shops of the municipality will participate; an exhibition of toys from the 1970s and 1980s, a K-Pop contest, workshops and an exhibition of illustrators and comics, handicrafts and board games, as well as Play Station, Arcade and Scalextric areas.

Another of the main areas will be the surroundings of La Concepción, which will become an area for games and music in the open air. The stage installed next to the church tower, will host musical performances by Proyecto Anti and La Movida, in addition to those by Güicho Estévez, El Mago Xerach and Clownbaret, all accompanied by the sound of batucadas. In addition, it will have a toy library, a rest area and tents in which the municipal associations will offer various children's workshops.

The Plaza de la Catedral will host various environmental activities. Called Zona Tierra (Earth Zone), it will offer workshops and crafts with the Fundación Canarias Recicla and with Juegaprende. And very close by, in the courtyard of the headquarters of the Autonomous Sports Organization, the Fantasy Zone will be located, where you can enjoy storytelling with Antonio Conejo, puppets and the performance of the storyteller Güicho Estévez.

The Plaza Hermano Ramón will host circus shows without animals and the Plaza del Cristo will be the sports venue for the day, a space in which the activities will continue the following day (May 15) from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Thus, in this large open-air space next to the Municipal Market, there will be a wide range, with a climbing wall and inflatable sumo wrestlers, bike, agility and pedal car circuits; skate, table football and chess. In addition to stick fighting, bola canaria (the Canarian version of boules), precision soccer goal, 3×3 soccer, badminton, basketball, mini-gym, guided activities, mini-golf, alternative sports or traditional games, among others.

Child Friendly Municipality

La Laguna has been recognized as a UNICEF Child Friendly City, which implies the commitment of the local government and its allies to design effective public policies that promote the precepts of the Convention on the Rights of the Child, the promotion of child participation and adolescent, and the promotion of alliances between all the actors related to children at the municipal level.

Within the framework of this initiative, the municipality continues to develop the Plan for Children and Adolescents of La Laguna (PILLA), which includes 143 measures distributed among the different areas of the City Council, other administrations, the educational community or the NGOs of the municipality, as well as a consultative and participation Council, made up of the minors of the municipality and that actively participates in actions that have to do with childhood and adolescence, in which the Family Day is included.

2022 Theme

The International Day of Families has been celebrated, since 1994 and by UN agreement, on May 15 of each year, in order to raise awareness among the population about the role of the family in the education and training of minors. from early childhood, as well as fostering family ties. The theme chosen for this year focuses on "Families and urbanization", with which it is intended to raise awareness of the importance of developing sustainable urban policies and deepen their impact on gender, family life, the importance of safe and affordable housing, child and youth development, globalization, green spaces, promoting civic life and participation in urban areas, social cohesion and stability.