Adeje 25 April 2018
DECLARATION (TRANSLATED) FROM ADEJE COUNCIL
i. We express the pain and sorrow of the people of Adeje and the public in general for the death of a mother and her child in our borough.
ii. We condemn this act of violence, in particular as it has happened in a family setting, especially when the victims come from such a vulnerable part of our society, such as children.
iii. We express, as well, our recognition of the work carried out the by Guardia Civil, the volunteer fire fighters, the Arona local police, the red cross, the civil protection unit, the emergency services, and the Adeje local police who were first on the scene.
iv. We are declaring a period of official mourning in the borough of Adeje on April 25th and 26th.
The Adeje library is celebrating its 30th anniversary. Opened since 1989 this municipal installation has witnessed the growth of Adeje as a borough, and the people who live here. During those 30 years the library has helped a large number of people and at the same time has adapted to the changes over time and generations.
In the last year alone the Adeje network of libraries dealt with over 24 thousand people and lent out 8,597 books, CDs, DVDs and other items. The average monthly visit rate is just over two thousand, with nearly three quarters of those being adults.
The Adeje library is part of the BICA (Canarian Libraries) network, and is located in the Adeje cultural centre. The library has a computer section, reading and study zone, over two floors. According to the councillor with responsibility for libraries, Juan Desiderio Afonso Ruiz, “the Adeje library is a literary meeting point, but also offers knowledge and learning. And given this special anniversary we want to design a celebratory programme of event which reflects the value and worth the installation has in the borough”.
The programme of activities begins tomorrow with the launch of a new book, Candela, by Sonia María Cruz Martinez, in the cultural centre’s exhibition hall. The Adeje Folklore School with perform, with other presentations as well.
On April 25th there will be the screening of a documentary at 6.30pm, and a talk on and by writers, with Paula Fernández Moragón and Covadonga García Fierro. Covadonga will also present her poetry on April 30th. And on May 2nd Enrique Reyes will inaugurate an exhibition on the 30 years of the library. Events will conclude on May 6th with a poetry meeting, “XIX tardes de poesía Riardo Müller”, organised by the Piedra Redonda residents association.
All events will be in Spanish.
More information online, www.adeje.es
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Adeje’s dramatisation of the Good Friday events leading up the crucifixion of Jesus Christ has been deemed a success for another year.
The Calle Grande in Adeje was taken over by the dramatisation, ‘La Pasión’ today, with hundreds of local people taking part in the annual event depicting the last days and crucifixion of Jesus Christ. The streets were also full of visitors who followed the action, and the events were broadcast life on television and social media.
Over 200 people took on the roles of the people of Jerusalem and the main protagonists in this theatrical representation. And somewhat unusually the weather favoured the actors with some cloud in the sky allowing relief from the kind of heat the public and the cast have suffered from in previous years.
The mayor of Adeje, José Miguel Rodríguez Fraga, congratulated all those who took part including the over 100 who worked on direction, production, stage building, costumes, communication, props, etc. “Everyone involved played their part in making this possible, and my congratulations and thanks go to all for converting this into one of the most important Easter events in Adeje”. he said,
“Every year more and more people get involved and every year we learn and improve, renewing and incorporating changes into the overall production”, he added.
Under the direction of Laura Marrero and through the department of culture this has become one of the most eagerly awaited productions of the year. The councillor for culture Adolfo Alonso Ferrera, expressed his huge satisfaction at the production. He was also happy to report that the whole production went off without a hitch, nor were there any security matters to report.
The evolution of the production of ‘La Pasión’ began in 1996 when, due to structural issues, the normal dramatic Easter celebrations had to move outside to the street from the Santa Ursula church. “Taking the presentation onto the Calle Grande was circumstantial, but it has now grown into the important event it is today”, commented mayor Rodríguez Fraga.
The Good Friday street theatre will be broadcast live on Television Canaria and 13TV nationally
The Adeje Council, under the direction of the cultural department and councillor Adolfo Alonso Ferrera, presents ‘La Pasíon’, the last days and death of the Messiah, Jesus Christ, from 12 midday on Good Friday, April 19th.
The performance, on the Calle Grande in the town, will be broadcast on TV Canarias, as well as nationally on 13TV. It will also be streamed live on the Adeje Ayuntamiento Facebook page. Radio Sur Adeje (107.9FM) will be broadcasting live from the Plaza España throughout the performance.
“The Passion is one of the most eagerly awaited cultural events of the year in Adeje, with an important level of local participation from those who live here. This is very much their staging, and something they feel very committed to year after year”, commented the mayor, José Miguel Rodríguez Fraga.
The mayor continued, “this is a council run event with a huge personal investment from the staff of the town hall, with all those involved working to ensure everything is perfect, down to the last detail. Every year people come forward with new ideas and suggestions, each one adding to this singular cultural occasion, which brings together hundreds of people onto the streets, and followed by millions on television and online.
This is the 7th year that the final scene, the crucifixion, takes place in the Plaza de España. The change in the location of this most emotive scene has added to the dramatic weight of the final moments of the presentation, with the incredible natural backdrop of the Barranco del Infierno flanked by the Convento and the Parish church, and much more space for the public in attendance. It has also meant a general increase in safety.
“’La Pasión’ is a hugely important event from a cultural and tourist point of view and the people of Adeje feel very much that it is ‘their’ contribution. This year, yet again, we have more than 300 people taking part in what is a unique event”, the cultural councillor Adolfo Alonso Ferrera commented.
Each year there are some changes to the event – this Good Friday there will be a number of new stalls in the ‘Jerusalem marketplace’ props on some of the other stages are new, and neither the serpent nor the eagle used in previous performances will be taking part. Sergio Sosa, a student of the municipal school of music will sing ‘No Encuentro Palabras’ and Adeje resident Carla Peraza will sing ‘Oye Mi Voz, Profeta’,
In the Garden of Gethsemane scene there will now be two new actors, one dressed completely in white, representing the will of God, the other in black, representing evil.
The council is using a number of hashtags to increase visibility via social networks – #pasionadeje2019, #semanasantaadeje2019, #easterweekadeje2019 for the public to use when they are uploading photos, videos and stories onto social media. The council has also extended its gratitude to those who, year after year, work to make this a very special event, for their dedication and commitment.
JESUS: José Antonio López Delgado
SIMÓN PETER: Gonzalo Delgado Ferrera
JUDAS ISCARIOT: Balta Isla.
CAIAPHAS Santi Cano
PONTIUS PILATE: Elías González Herrera.
CLAUDIA: Daura Moreira
MARY, MOTHER OF JESUS: Ana Oneida Borges
MARY MAGDALENE: Ainhoa Aguilar
DIRECTOR: Laura Marrero Morales
The Adeje council asks that those who are planning to attend the event observe the following recommendations:
- Wear appropriate clothing and shoes – comfort is important
- Apply high factor sun creams and make sure you have sufficient water
- Make sure you have personal identification on you including information regarding your blood group and any allergies to medicines.
- Arrive in plenty of time to avoid delays
- Don’t push while in the crowd
- Respect the security signals and barriers in place as well as following any instructions of the security and council personnel
- Don’t climb up on walls, railings, flower pots, stages, etc.
- In the event of an accident find the nearest health assistant and ask them to help you find a family member or companion.
- In the case of an emergency remain calm and respect those who are nearby. Leave the danger zone and a follow the directions of the security personnel. Don’t run or scream.
- When the event is over wait a few minutes for the crowds to diminish before leaving the centre of town.
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The Adeje council has awarded companies who have partnered the council in a scheme to help those with special needs to find work
Recently the CDTCA hosted an event during which the mayor, José Miguel Rodríguez Fraga, recognised a number of private companies who have partnered the council in helping individuals with special needs find work. The scheme is called ALAS (Acompañamiento Labarol para el Avance Social/work partnering for social advancement), and the word ‘alas’ also means wings.
The Mare Nostrum Resort, Limpiezas Domínguez, Hotel Suites Villa María, H10 Costa Adeje Palace and the Hard Rock Café Tenerife were awarded for their participation in the scheme, with recognitions for others, companies and individuals, who have worked to make a real difference. Also present were representatives of nine new teams who are about to embark on a work programme adapted to the needs of individuals with special needs!
José Miguel Rodríguez Fraga said, “there is a lot of inequality in our society, and we have to redress the balance where were can, to give those with special needs the help they require. This is something we have to continue to work to improve upon and change”. This is why the ALAS programme was born, he said, “because we know that unless we work together as a society we don’t advance as a society, what we are doing is vindicating a right.
“I am hoping for and would encourage companies and families to work together to move this project forward; we certainly won’t want to move backwards in the fight for equality of all persons”.
The ALAS programme is based on a “work with assistance” principle, and was introduced to the borough by the department for diversity in 2013. It’s main aim is to offer individuals with special needs the opportunity to improve their quality of life through seeking employment in the best possible conditions for their inclusion in the world of work. Engaged in the project are a team of professionals who accompany the new employees when and where needed, offering those individuals the right to seek ‘ordinary’ work, and more independence.
The new employees will have their ‘wing’ assistants with them until they can fly solo. And thanks to the implication of private companies in the scheme and their confidence in its operation and end-goal, it is working for both individuals and their families, who are finding a new world of opportunities opening up for them.
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The Adeje department of health, under councillor Amada Trujillo Bencomo, is working on a series of initiatives during April and May to promote better health for you and your family. This series of events kicked off on April 7th, World Health Day.
Councillor Trujillo Bencomo emphasised, “these programmes will be rolled out over April and May, promoting health through different interventions, fundamentally educational projects, directed and designed for the population in general.
The activities will be free and open to all. “We want to inform, raise awareness and educate people regarding proper health care, promoting healthy life styles, illness prevention and in general improving the quality of the life of the community” said the councillor.
This week, on Thursday April 11th, at 6pm, there is a workshop on mindfulness and interpersonal relations with psychologist Berta Inés Pérez, and after Easter week, on April 23rd a talk and workshop on basic techniques for physical exercise, and on April 25th an event for parents on how to prevent drug consumption in the family.
In May, on the 9th and 16th, there will be events on first aid, and on coronary care. Both will be given by Ismael Melián, a qualified nurse. Finally on May 23rd and 28th, athlete Cathaysa Delgado and nurse and physical trainer Enrique Pérez will host workshops on healthy physical exercise and on accident prevention respectively. All workshops are in Spanish.
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Just recently the non-profit organisation Autismo Sur – mi lado azul (my blue side) was launched in Adeje. The association’s mission is to improve the quality of life of those with ASD (autism spectrum disorder – aka TEA in Spanish) and that of their families, with services, specialised assistance, and also increasing public awareness about ASD and the need for increased respect of the rights of all to a proper inclusion in our society.
The association will have the help of the Canarian Autism Federation, run by parents and professionals dealing with ASD, lobbying for needed services and family assessments, as well as specialised training and education.
The association was born in 2017 with the main goal being to help society in general understand autism, at a personal and professional level. Carmen Fernández, the president of the association, says that is why they have launched their current campaign, ‘conecTEA’ working with therapists, from school to home. In other words, she explains, working to fully educate all those who are in contact with the person with autism in their daily lives.
The association is placing special emphasis on working to help in the family setting, finding out how to help and improve assistance in the home.
Attending the official launch of the association here in Adeje were the councillors for health, Amada Trujillo Bencomo, for tourism Ermitas Moreira García, and for heritage, Desiderio Afonzo Ruiz.
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There is a multitude of events scheduled for Easter celebrations
This Saturday, April 6th, the Adeje Easter programme will be launched with an address by the ex-parish priest Eduardo Rodríguez Rodríguez and the local notary, Roberto J Cutillas Morales, in the Convento de San Francisco. In parallel the council will also present the Easter Week programme and poster and open a photographic exhibition of past Easters.
The full programme will be available online in Spanish and English from next week, on www.Adeje.es, and printed programmes in Spanish will be distributed throughout the borough over the coming days. And as well as the many liturgical events this year also sees the return of the popular Lenten Cookery Tapas Route.
Easter Week in Adeje today has a profile that is local, national and indeed international, not least due to the wide coverage given annually to the Good Friday street representation of La Pasión which is on April 19th this year, from midday along the Calle Grande, the town’s main street. However there are a host of other acts of interest taking place in the lead up to Easter Sunday, a concert of sacred music in the La Caleta church on Sunday (April 7th), and many very emotive and very visual processions along the town’s main and ancillary streets.
One of the newer additions to the programme is the Children’s Parade, which is on Saturday April 13th from 5pm, starting in the Los Olivos church, which will see the town’s children come together for a lesson on the last days of Jesus’ life and then take part in a procession to the Santa Ursula parish church.
On Sunday April 14th the town celebrates Palm Sunday in the many churches of the borough, with blessing of palm leaves and processions, the main ones in the Adeje main street from 10am and in Los Olivos from 6.30pm.
During the week there will be many emotive processions taking part, generally in the evenings, from La Viña, Los Olivos and the Santa Ursula church. Check the online programme for details. On Easter Saturday, April 20th, the faithful can take part in the silent vigil and 11pm mass, and on Easter Sunday all of the borough’s churches will be celebrating mass to mark the Resurrection.