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Friday, May 13, 2022

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