Be part of the greatest story every told!

Representacion de la Pasion. Adeje. 25 Marzo 2016. ©Phil Crean.

 

With Easter Week fast approaching the borough of Adeje is planning a full schedule of related events as well as making sure the 17 beaches and all of the tourist areas are in prime condition for what is a hugely busy holiday season. The religious side is also of prime concern, with solemn processions and masses taking place over the coming weeks.

One of the most popular and eagerly awaited Adeje-based events is the street performance of the last days, trial and crucifixion of Jesus Christ which takes place along the Adeje Calle Grande on Good Friday (April 14th). This event is now considered one of the key Easter events nationally.

Representacion de la Pasion. Adeje. 25 Marzo 2016. ©Phil Crean.

With almost the entire cast made up of amateurs, members of the Adeje public are, as always, invited to participate and join the cast of hundreds. According to the Adeje councillor for creative development, Adolfo Alonso Ferrera, the number taking part increases every year and this year they are expecting the same – so they are calling on anyone interested to sign up now. There will be a number of rehearsals and costumes and props are supplied by the council.

To participate you would need to have some Spanish, and if you have children who would like to be in the theatrical work, those under 12 must be accompanied by an adult. The form that needs to be filled in is on the council webpage, www.adeje.es

Representacion de la Pasion. Adeje. 25 Marzo 2016. ©Phil Crean.

Representacion de la Pasion. Adeje. 25 Marzo 2016. ©Phil Crean.

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Go with the flow!


The Adeje water route event will be in Spanish with simultaneous translation into English

The Adeje councillor for tourism, Ermitas Moreira García, announced details of this Sunday’s Water Route, which will see performances in costume along the way, underlying the important role water has played in the evolution of the borough. The route is scheduled to coincide with World Water day (celebrated this week) and the performances will be by the Adeje Municipal Folklore School. It will be in Spanish with simultaneous translation into English

The councillor explained that “the riches of our heritage are very relevant, not just for residents, but also for those who visit, looking for new experiences. The re-evaluation of our history, a history which unites us, is a fundamental task in the building of a viable tourist destination. For that reason the water route is an excellent way to remember the importance of this natural resource, looking at is use and relevance from an historic perspective”.

The route will start at 11am, from the entrance to the Barranco del infierno, following on to the Arriba mill, the Tres Chorros fountain, the Old Mill, orchards, the Fort House, the Santa Úrsula Church, the Calle Grande, Calle Sindical, and onto the plaza at Cruz del Llano. An addition this year will be a scene showing the lives of the Marquises of Adeje.

Anyone who would like to take part can do so, and participation is free. You will need to arrive on time to the starting point at the Barranco del Infierno.

 

Adeje has always been considered a privileged location, in the past as it is today. The borough had the biggest number of springs along the coast – two higher up where the Erques ravine is, three in the area known as El Aserradero, two in the Barranco del Infierno, one at the top of the Barranco del Agua, another at the foot of the Roque de los Brezos and another beside the Roque de Imoque. The borough was a settlement area for a large group of Guanches, (the local aborigine inhabitants). This was also the home of the ‘Gran Tinerfe’ one of the most important chieftains in Tenerife in his time, whose statue today is at the entrance to the town of Adeje.

After the conquest of the island, in the south, and particularly in Adeje, water played a very important role as a local resource, with the Rio de Adeje (the Adeje river) flowing from the Barranco del Infierno down to the sea.

Turn it off, put the planet first

 

The Adeje council will turn off the lights on the main municipal buildings at 8.30 during Earth Hour

Lights on the main municipal buildings in Adeje will be turned off for an hour at 8.30pm on Saturday, for Earth Hour, a campaign run by the WWF (World Wildlife Fund) around the world. “We in Adeje are united in supporting this symbolic gesture against climate change. Our commitment to the environment is solid, and we are delighted to join in this worldwide movement as we have done annually over the last five years”, commented Adeje’s environment councillor, Esther Rivero Vargas.

Earth Hour was started in 2007 in Sydney Australia on March 31st. The following October San Francisco ran a Lights Out programme inspired by the Sydney Earth Hour, and thereafter the organisers decided to rally behind the international event planned for 2008. Adeje joined in 2012 and has marked the event ever since. Over the years Earth Hour supporters have successfully advocated for more climate-friendly laws and policies, such as those that have banned plastic in the World Heritage site of the Galapagos Islands.

This year in Adeje floodlights along Troya and Fañabe beach will be switched off as will the lighting by the Farmers Market, and Fort House, sports centres, cultural centres, council offices etc., and they will be dimmed in other municipal zones such as parks and tourist areas.

The council is also inviting the public to take part in the initiative to join together with the rest of the world in calling for “a change to climate change”. The councillor said, “Every gesture counts, and brings together the small changes individuals are making in their lives to build a future based on clean energies to benefit the planet”.

Globally the WWF brings together 7 thousand towns and cities to demonstrate together against the climate change.

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Adeje, Arona and San Bartolomé de Tirajan join national alliance

 

The mayor of Adeje, José Miguel Rodríguez Fraga, alongside the mayor of Arona, José Julian Mena and of San Bartolomé de Tirajana, Marco Aurelio Pérez, were in Madrid this morning to take part in the foundation of a new alliance of the most imporatant tourism destinations in Spain, a move that has the full backing of the World Tourism Organisation, in whose headquarters the alliance was signed, as well the CEHAT, the Spanish federation of hotels and apartments.

There were five other boroughs also present as founder members, Salou, Benidorm, Calviá, Lloret de Mar and Torremolinos. The national secretary for state for tourism, Matilde Asián, was in attendance, with the WTO director for relations, Carlos Vogeler, and the president of CEHAT, Juan Molas. The eight destinations between them host 10.5 million visitors annually.

The new alliance has a number of objectives, among those being the restoration of a working dialogue between administrations, local, regional, national and European. They also will be working to create a level of participation among the different member destinations in applying for public funding, given their strategic importance for the national economy. This will in turn assist in improving infrastructures and offering quality service, both for residents and visitors.

Rodríguez Fraga said “with this initiative we want to intensify promotion and development and advances geared towards the improvement of the product and the destination. Our main objective will be to improve the destinations, and create local wealth and quality employment, always bearing in mind the wellbeing of the people working and living in the destination”.

He added, “We believe the coming together of these 8 important boroughs will also help in the advanced use of new technologies in development and innovation and promote co-operation between the different administrations, companies and agencies involved in the sector”.

Arona mayor José Julian Mena said “all our destinations play key roles in the local and national economy and they all experience pressure on the resources and the infrastructures available, which in turn has an effect on our residents. This is why we have to look for further investment from regional, national and European authorities”. Marco Aurelio Pérez, mayor of San Bartolomé de Tirajana,added that this was a great step forward and would assist in the work along the Maspalomas-Costa Canaria regions.

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Sacred Music concerts in Adeje

 

Lent is a time of reflection in the lead up to Easter Week, and here in Adeje the main events take place from Good Friday up to Easter Sunday, on April 16th. For the first time this year the council, through the municipal school of music and the municipal band, is also offering a cycle of sacred music concerts.

The Adeje departments of heritage and presidency – presided over by councillors Juan Desiderio Afonso Ruiz and Carmen Rosa González Cabrera, the latter also having responsibility for the EMMA (the official name of the School of Music and Movement) – are organising the concerts which will take place in the Santa Úrsula church in the town centre and the San José church in Los Olivos.

The concerts will be free to the public and the first two performances will also feature members of the EMMA chamber music orchestra, and will be on Saturday March 18th at 8.30pm in the San José church, and on Friday March 24th at 7pm in the Santa Úrsula church. The third concert, on Saturday March 25th at 12.30pm in the Santa Úrsula church will feature the EMMA junior choir, and at 7pm that day, in the same church, there will be a performance of the Regina Coeli for soprano.

The last concert in the cycle takes place on April 1st at 7pm in the Convento de San Francisco with the Adeje Patron Municipal bank and will be followed by the inauguration of an exhibition and the presentation of the Easter Week poster and other related programmes.


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Adeje goes green for St Patrick’s Day

 

 

The Adeje council is delighted to support the Irish Consul in a range of events taking place in the borough this week to celebrate St Patrick’s Day on March 17th.

Celebrations begin on the evening of March 16th when the Plaza de España in Adeje town will, for the third consecutive year, join the Global Greening – the wave of international buildings and iconic landmarks that are lit up in green to celebrate this most international of national festivals.  The Adeje plaza joins with the Colosseum, the Leaning Tower of Pisa, the London Eye, the Great Wall of China, the Christ the Redeemer statue in Rio de Janeiro, the One World Trade Centre in New York, Niagara Falls, the Chain Bridge in Budapest and Matsue Castle in Japan.

On Thursday there will also be a Gala dinner in Costa Adeje Golf, hosted by the Honorary Irish Consul, Álvaro de la Bárcena Argany.  (Some tickets still available through the Consulate, 922 245671, 9am – 1pm).

At 7pm on Friday March 17th, St Patrick’s Day, mass in honour of St Patrick will be celebrated in the Santa Úrsula Church in Adeje’s Calle Grande.

 

 

 

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Colour me crazy…


‘Fun for all the family’ is a phrase bandied about with frequency, but it can have no more appropriate use than for this Sunday’s Holi Festival of colours taking place in the Plaza Fañabe from 1pm.
Holi is a Hindu celebration, but one of the most all-inclusive events you’ll find this side of the St Patrick’s Day festival. Also known as the “festival of colours” or the “festival of love”, it signifies the victory of good over evil, the arrival of spring, end of winter, and a day to meet others, play and laugh, forget and forgive, and repair broken relationships, or so they say!


Wear your oldest clothes, (and if you’re driving bring a towel and change of clothes for afterwards) as from the minute you get there will be doused in colour and drenched in water. You can also buy small pouches of (rice-based) colours which you can then throw over whoever you like – anyone and everyone is fair game, friend or stranger, rich or poor, man or woman, children and elders. According to Hindu legends on this day caste separations are null and void –everyone is whatever colour they wish to be.
Apart from the fun, there will be food and drink on sale, with much of the monies raised going to a variety of charities, including the Lions Club. And with three DJs on hand to rock the afternoon away, where else would you be!