Tibetan style in the Plaza de España



“Practicing and performing these dances harmonizes our movement, brings joy to our hearts, and relaxation to our minds…”



Last weekend, under the Adeje Together umbrella, the Adeje based Dzogchen International Community presented a demonstration of Tibetan dance in the Plaza de España, as part of the Khaita Festival.


According to the organisers, “Khaita dances are inspired by the contemporary songs and dances of Tibet. They celebrate and help to preserve the rich culture, language, and traditions of this land in the Himalayas. Practicing and performing these dances harmonizes our movement, brings joy to our hearts, and relaxation to our minds.”

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The dances have always interested Rinpoche Namkhai Norbu, who has supported the importance of the dance as a living part of Tibetan heritage and culture and one which can show the beauty of the land in a very direct way.  The songs and dances preserve and promote this culture and help spread recognition of Tibet and Tibetan styles all over the world.


During the month of January the Dzamling Gar, the international headquarters for the International Dzogchen Community based in Playa Paraíso, promoted a variety of activities geared towards the spread of Tibetan culture and the ancient wisdom which come from that country and is still a source of inspiration throughout the world.  Namhkai Norbu has presented workshops on the natural workings of the mond to all those who have sought his classes in the centre in Adeje, and delivered talks on Buddhism, and on the different schools of Tibetan Buddhism as well. He explains, say his spokesperson, “that all those who follow the different forms have the same objective; an end to suffering, for the individual as well as for everyone else”.


Following the dances on the stage in the Plaza de España the public who were in attendance were also invited to take part in what was an evening that promoted cultural harmony and coexistence.


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New look for the citizens’ advice bureau

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The residency travel certificate was the most requested document

The Adeje citizens advice bureau (the OAC office at the entrance to the town hall) under councillor Epifanio Díaz Hernández, have released figures regarding the number of procedures dealt with during 2014, with up to 50,000 recorded, an average of 200 a day. The most requested document was the travel certificate – 16,328 during the year, or 33.63% of the overall applications. The busiest times on average were between 10am and 12 midday.

According to Díaz Hernández, “this office is one of the most in-demand services the council offers to residents, and the work carried out by the team here allows people who live and work in Adeje process applications in the most efficient way possible.

“During recent years we have adopted a number of working practises to allow us improve the service to the people of Adeje, among them improvements to the team of people dealing with the information requests. At the same time we have introduced new technological aspects too which means we can attend to people’s requests more quickly”.

He continued, “This office also runs an on-line section which we offer to those people who might not have time to come to the council office in person but who still have official matters to process with the local administration.”

As well as the residency travel certificate, people also requested residency certificates, civil partnership registration, electronic signatures (for online tax declarations etc) and many more.

Another change has been the introduction of a uniform for the team working in the office. The councillor said, “This is part of an overall improvement in the corporate image, and when the working group themselves asked for a uniform we felt it was a positive move as we believe it will help promote the presence of our team who are working directly with the public”.

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San Sebastián, Adeje pays homage

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With Christmas and the Three Kings celebrations out of the way Adeje is now ready for the next annual fiesta –that of the town’s co-patron, San Sebastián.

This is one of the most popular and engaging fiestas in Tenerife, with the bathing of horses and other four-legged mounts at the La Enramada beach the highlight of the festivities. According to the councillor for culture, Nayra Medina Bethencourt, “San Sebastián is a perfect coming together of people who live in Adeje and those who are visiting the borough. The plaza de San Sebastián in La Caleta is the perfect stage for this celebration of harmonious co-existence on January 20th”. And this year too the borough begins to celebrate the 100th year of the presence of the statue of San Sebastián which is carried ceremoniously to the sea, brought to the parish in 1916 by the parish priest of the time, Eulogio Gutiérrez Estévez.

In fact the celebrations begin on Monday January 19th with a two-day open air exhibition of municipal photographs. The ‘pinchos’ competition also returns. Pinchos are small tapas on a cocktail stick, cheap and tasty, and ideal for eating on the street. You can vote for your favourite pincho from 7pm to midnight. Mass with the Santa Ana folklore group in honour of San Sebastián will be celebrated at 8pm followed by a procession with the Adeje Municipal Band, and fireworks.

From 7pm there will also be a ‘Parrandas’ evening, with small music groups playing in public, among them the Paranda Boleros de Armeñime, G. F. La Diata, A. C. Cultural Imoque, the Parranda El Mesturao and the Adeje Municipal Folklore group.

The 20th of January is the actual feast day of San Sebastián and events begin at 12 midday with mass in honour of the Saint sung by the Santa Úrsula de Adeje parochial choir. The procession with the image of the saint then moves outside and takes the pilgrims down to La Enramada beach where the crowds will be waiting to see the traditional bathing of the horses, and quite often a few donkeys and maybe a camel or two.

This is a fiesta stepped in local traditions and was first celebrated here in the 18th century. Over the years country people and local Adeje farmers and beyond continued with their devotions to the saint in a very particular and special way. Many have attributed miracles to the statue of San Sebastián, including cures and favours granted.

Given that up to 20,000 people take part in the celebrations every year, the council has made sure there will be more than adequate security cover, with personnel from the Policia Local, the Civil Protection Unit, the Sea Rescue service, ambulances and health professionals. Please take note of any access restrictions on the streets or on the beach in advance of the procession as they are there for the public’s security.

Some parking restrictions will be in place to facilitate free flow of traffic and allow people walk along the streets. There will also be a zone cordoned off for farm animals who are taking part in the festivities.

People are also reminded that they should come in time to park and walk, wear clothes and shoes that are comfortable, use sun cream (particularly with children) and bring water. If you are bringing you own pet/animal they must be on a lead and bring food and water for them too.

Devotees, goat’s milk and bouquets of flowers

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Once again the Adeje councillor for heritage, Juan Desiderio Afonso Ruiz has found a gem in the Adeje archives regarding the celebration of the feast day of the town’s co-founder, San Sebastián.

According to a newspaper article in the ‘Gaceta de Tenerife’ a “catholic daily information newspaper” the people of Adeje were just as eager to celebrate the Feast day of San Sebastián in 1916 as today. The piece, published on January 29th of that year, details how the population of this town, “once the secular court of the aborigine kings of Tenerife, celebrated the fiesta…with extraordinary solemnity”. It details how, from 8.30 on the morning of January 20th, people began to gather as the bells tolled, “from every street corner and all the paths that led to the town, walking in procession behind the new statue of San Sebastián, a work credited to a sculpture studio, Valenciana de Bririllo”. The author also wrote of the “intense faith” displayed by many of the participants, with promises to complete a named journey on their knees, gifts of money or candles lit, and one farmer who “said he would give anyone who asked for it milk to drink from his goats – of which he has 100 – as part of a promise made to Santo Mártir who cured his herd of a dreadful ailment. Many also brought their cattle and even dogs to the hermitage”.
According to the author over 2,000 people attended the event 99 years ago and mass was said by Fr Eulogio Gutiérrez Estevez, who was the parish priest in Adeje for 17 years, and who, according to a blog by historian Octavio Rodríguez Delgado, was possibly the person responsible for bringing the statue of San Sebastián, which is the one still carried in the procession today almost one hundred years later, to the parish. Following the mass there was the eagerly anticipated procession to the sea with people throwing bouquets of flowers into the water, followed by a meal with food brought by residents from their homes, until sundown, “the end of a day of good fortune for the body and soul and prosperous for the religion and economy of the town”, concluded the newspaper article.

Adeje’s Dzogchen community

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Recently Rinpoche Namkhai Norbu Rinpoche returned to Playa Paraíso following a busy few months abroad

Since it began operating in 2013 the international Dzamling Gar Global Centre for the Dzogchen International community based in Playa Paraíso, has run a large number of activities which, in general, focus on our evolution as people, as beings and overcoming personal shortcomings. Last December the Rinpoche Dzogchen master, Namkhai Norbu Rinpoche, returned to the borough having completed a number of diverse projects and visits around the world.

Under the Adeje Living Together’ umbrella, the Adeje council has welcomed these projects as part of the way forward in the creation of a society based on mutual equality and respect. Within that too the Dzogchen International community consider fundamental their participation in local community events where they can make contacts, and develop their links with the community which are of mutual benefit. At many Adeje and other Tenerife-based events throughout 2014 the community offered displays of dance, music and song much to the delight of their audiences. And, as is traditional, usually members of the public have been invited to take part in the ‘Pu Yana’ dance at the end of any demonstration, a Tibetan song which celebrates the good luck participants enjoy in receiving the teachings and is sung to bring happiness, prosperity and long life.

Just some of the events the centre’s members took part in included the Cultural Fusion event in Adeje, a Day of Traditional Games and Dances in El Fraile, the I Intercultural Exchange day in La Laguna and the Adeje Harmonious Living Together Adeje 10/10 campaign. They also performed during events marking the 25th anniversary of the twinning of Adeje and German town Unterhaching and most recently at the celebration of the International Day for Persons with Disabilities in Los Olivos. Along with these activities the centre offers Tibetan dance and singing sessions to those who wish to participate most afternoons in their centre in Playa Paraíso.

While all this was on-going here, Rinpoche Namkhai Norbu was travelling and teaching this ancient form of learning in India, Singapore, Spain, Brazil, Peru, Italy, the United States, Argentina, México and Australia.

New five-star hotel for Adeje

Canarian president Paulino Rivero: “Adeje is a borough where things are done well, in a quality manner, and where they are going in the right direction”
Last week authorities oversaw the laying of the first stone in a new hotel complex in Adeje, between La Enramada and La Caleta. The hotel is being built by a partnership between the Flanders 10 Invest company and Barceló Hotels & Resorts who will run the hotel, to be known as Barceló Corales Suites Resort, when complete. This will be a five-star establishment and the promoters say it should be open in three years.
Present at the event were representatives from both companies, Willy Deceunick from Flanders 10 and Simón Pedro Barceló, co-president of the Grupo Barceló. Also attending the event were Adeje mayor José Miguel Rodríguez Fraga, Cabildo president Carlos Alonso, regional president Paulino Rivero, and the Tenerife-based national government representative Guillermo Díaz.

The Barceló Corales Suites Resort will have two main buildings, one just for adults, with 121 junior suites, and the other family based section, with 114 apartments. There will be three communal pools, 51 small private pools, 4 restaurants and 3 bars. The directors predict the new resort will also create 300 new jobs.
According to Willy Deceunick the project will respect all the environmental regulations of the area, which he considers to be a mark of the quality of the zone. Both he and Barceló also praised the “involvement of all the relevant administrations (regional and insular) and the Adeje council in helping us move this Project forward which will improve the tourism offer and create jobs”.

The mayor of Adeje José Miguel Rodríguez Fraga said, “Adeje is one of the best tourist destinations in the world – it is both attractive to visitors as well as creating wealth and jobs locally. We are happy to support projects such as this one, projects which improve the lives of our people and those who visit us.” He added that he and his government would continue to work with those proposing projects that support professionalism and quality job creation.
Regional president Paulino Rivero also praised Flanders and Barceló for “this quality product”, adding this government were delighted to support projects which improved the competitivity of the tourism sector which in turn generates wealth in the Canarias. He also praised the work being carried out in Adeje stating, “Adeje is a borough where things are well done”, lauding the quality and direction of the borough and the manner in which it looks to the medium and long term in planning.
The two partners are expected to invest over €30 million in the project.


Adeje Rally back in Nationals

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We will incorporate this sporting event into our promotional agenda and it will definitely be of interest to many who visit us…”

The first race in the 2015 Spanish Asphalt Rally Championship season will be held in Adeje on April 10th and 11th, marking the return of the Adeje Rally into the national circuit. It replaces the El Bierzo Rally in the calendar.

The news was relayed to the Adeje mayor José Miguel Rodríguez Fraga and the borough’s sports councillor Adolfo Alonso by the sport’s local team president Policarpo Delgado and the man in charge of Team Factory, Orlando Méndez. They outlined their plans for the rally to the mayor and the councillor and promised “a lot of surprises” during the event.

The return to the national stage took time and effort, and the announcement was even more welcome this year given that “we are also celebrating the 25th anniversary of the Rally Villa de Adeje”, said the mayor. He added that this sporting event was very important to Adeje, and not just within the borough’s sporting department, but also “in the tourism sector because it adds to our excellent image here and abroad. We will incorporate this sporting event into our promotional agenda and it will definitely be of interest to many who visit us”, he said.

The Rally Villa de Adeje will be held a week before the Rally Islas Canarias, the other regional circuit, meaning that drivers can take part in both in the hunt for points for the national title. According to Policarpo Delgade, “this is very positive news for Adeje, for the team and for all the fans of motor racing and sport in general in the island. We fought long and hard to get into the Nationals and we are very proud to have achieved our goal”.

Nervous anticipation ahead of Kings’ arrival


A helicopter will bring the Kings to the Adeje municipal football ground at 5pm tomorrow where they will receive the key to the town from mayor José Miguel Rodríguez Fraga

The borough of Adeje has everything in place for the arrival tomorrow evening of Their Majesties, The Three Kings of the Orient, who will travel by helicoptor to the Adeje Municipal football ground, landing at 5pm. They will be accompanied by members of their court and will be met by hundreds if not thousands of Adeje children and the mayor José Miguel Rodríguez Fraga.

Nervous anticipation is the mood among the borough’s children as they await the arrival of Melchor, Gaspar and Baltasar. During recent weeks they have been leaving their letters to the Kings in special post boxes, and when the mayor hands over the magic key, which allows the regal trio enter all the homes of Adeje, they hope that at least one of their presents might be left for them. Tickets for the event in the football grounds have been on sale in recent days in the town and can also be bought on the day, (January 5th), from 4pm at the grounds entrance.


The Adeje councillor for culture Nayra Medina Bethencourt, added that this year the parade that follows the arrival will leave from the zone adjacent to the Adeje health centre, “so that no-one will be this terrific event”, she said. “This Monday will be the most magical afternoon of the year in Adeje…our parade has become a meeting point not just for the borough’s young people, but for children from all over the South of Tenerife who look forward to the Adeje parade, to meeting all the participants, and of course enjoying some of the thousands of sweets that will be given out along the way”.

Many different local groups are also taking part in the parade, as well as a Nativity scene with Joseph, Our Lady and the baby Jesus. There will be steel drum bands, and music from the Adeje school of music, the Adeje volunteer firefighters, a special post-office brigade with those letters, Teatro KDO, Ballet Beanky, Dixie Band and the Tenerife Tigers Cheerleaders. Also taking part will be Shrek and Fiona, Spiderman, Garfield, Pocoyó and friends, clowns, Winnie the Pooh, Tiger, Silvestre and Tweetie Pie, Snow White and the seven dwarves, Cruella Deville, Sponge Bob, Patrick and Squidward, Mickie and Minnie Mouse and Peppa Pig and many more guests from the world of film and storybooks. There will also be a surprise visit from some of the characters of Frozen in the football ground before the Kings land.

Once Their Majesties arrive to the Plaza de España they will meet and chat to children who might want to whisper a wish or two into a royal ear before it’s time for bed.

Security measures
As is the norm, the Adeje council would like to remind people that during all events, for the protection of themselves and their families, the importance of following the instructions of the police and local security personnel.

During the parade:
Keep an eye on your children at all times
Follow the instructions of their organisers, the Policia Local and members of the Civil Protection body
There will be a space between the pavement and the street to avoid any risks or dangers, particularly when vehicles taking part in the parade are driving by – please do not invade that space and respect the security measures in place.