Peace, unity and goodwill in Adeje this Christmas

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Next weekend the traditional Christmas market will open in the parking of the Adeje School of Music and dance

Adeje will celebrate the Christmas season with a message of peace and unity and the programme of events began with a swing with a concert by the Adeje Patron Band last Saturday. The Adeje mayor José Miguel Rodríguez Fraga switched on the Christmas lights afterwards.

From now until January 5th, when their majesties the Three Kings of the Orient join in the Adeje parade from 7pm, there is a busy programme of seasonal events throughout the borough. Included are the Christmas Market which happens next weekend (December 4th – 6th) in the parking beside the Adeje School of Music and Dance, a funfair every afternoon from December 17th to January 10th behind the Adeje Cultural Centre and, for the first time in South Tenerife, there will be ice-skating, in the Magma Arte & Congresos centre, from December 18th – January 10th.

Dates for you diary should include the choral concert on December 4th with the Orfeón La Paz from La Laguna in the Adeje Cultural Centre and Saturday December 12th when the Christmas Market moves to the Calle Grande from 5pm. That same evening at 8.30pm the Royal House Band are in the Cultural Centre and from 9.30 the Plaza de España will sway to the amazing sounds of the The Latonius Gospel Choir.

Thursday December 12th is the date for the Unity Concert with performances from the Adeje School of Music and Dance, the Adeje Patron Band, folk groups and Ballet Beanky. And on Friday why not visit La Hoya to see the traditional living Nativity scene, from 8.30pm.

December 31st will be celebrated in style in the Plaza de España with live music from the Maquinaria Band and Sensación Gomera orchestras.

Throughout the month there will be events religious and traditional all over the borough. The full programme can be downloaded at www.Adeje.es and is available in both Spanish and English.

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Adeje Christmas Programme

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PROGRAMME HIGHLIGHTS

CHRISTMAS MARKET
December 4 – 6
Sale of Christmas products, presents, decora- tions and food as well as a selection of food from different countries, children’s attrac- tions and activities, carols…
Friday from 5pm – 9pm, Saturday and Sunday from 10am – 9pm
Adeje School of Music

FUNFAIR
December 17th – January 10th
Behind the Adeje Cultural Centre

ICE–SKATING December 18th – Jan 10th Magma Arte & Congresos
€8

SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 29TH
6pm. CONCERT IN HONOUR OF SAINT CE- CILIA by the Adeje Municipal Band followed by the Christmas Lights switch-on.
Convento de San Francisco, and the Calle- Grande

FRIDAY DECEMBER 4TH
9pm. PERFORMANCE OF THE ORFEÓN LA PAZ, La Laguna.
Theatre, Adeje Culture Centre

FRIDAY DECEMBER 11TH
6pm. II Children’s Games event
Pavillion El Galeón

SATURDAY DECEMBER 12TH
“SPENDING CHRISTMAS IN ADEJE ”
5pm – 1am CHRISTMAS MARKET Sale of Christmas products, sports activities, boun- cy castles, story-telling, workshops, music, theatre etc…
Calle Grande

7.30pm. PRESENTATION OF BOOK BY NEL- SON DÍAZ FRÍAS, “Matrimonios de la Parro- quia de Nuestra Señora de la Asunción de la Villa de San Sebastián de La Gomera 1599-
1900”.
San Francisco Convento

8.30pm. ROYAL HOUSE BAND CONCERT
Theatre, Adeje Culture Centre

9.30pm. LATONIUS GOSPEL CHOIR + BAND CONCERT.
Plaza España
SUNDAY DECEMBER 13TH
11am. WALK FOR LIFE in collaboration with
the Spanish Cancer Association and the Asso- ciation of Women with Breast Cancer.
Depart from Magma Arte & Congresos to Los
Cristianos

THURSDAY DECEMBER 17TH
8pm. ‘CHRISTMAS UNITY’ CONCERT
Participants: Adeje School of Music, borou- gh folk groups, Adeje Patron Band, Ballet Beanky.
Plaza España

FRIDAY DECEMBER 18TH
8.30pm. LIVING NATIVITY SCENE, Tijoya Re-
sidents Association.
Plaza de La Hoya

SATURDAY DECEMBER 19TH
11am. I TENERIFE RACE 2015 “PONLE FRE-
NO” RACE
Siam Mall

8pm. CHRISTMAS CONCERT with the MUSI- CAL UNIT OF THE CANARIAN COMMAND, with participating bands, Adeje Patron Band and the Guía de Isora Virgen de La Luz Band Magma Arte & Congresos

TUESDAY DECEMBER 22ND
10pm “DE LAS POSADAS A LOS AÑOS NUE-
VOS: NUESTRA NAVIDAD” (From the inns of yesterday to the times that followed: Our Christmas) with the Adeje School of Folklore group.
Theatre, Adeje Cultural Centre

THURSDAY DECEMBER 31ST

11pm: NEW YEAR’S EVE: with Maquinaria and Sensación Gomera orchestras. Plaza de España.
TUESDAY JANUARY 5TH
17:00. ARRIVAL BY HELICOPTER OF THEIR
MAJESTIES THE THREE KINGS OF THE ORIENT and their official welcome.
Municipal Football Stadium El Galeón.

19:00. THREE KINGS PARADE with lots of special guests from the world of children’s cinema and television.
Calle Grande

CAROL CONCERTS

THURSDAY DECEMBER 3RD
5pm. Blessing of THE SENIOR CITIZENS NA-
TIVITY SCENE Senior Citizens Centre, Adeje
Cultural Centre.

SUNDAY DECEMBER 6TH
8pm. Blessing of THE LAS NIEVES NATIVITY
SCENE.
Las Nieves Cultural Centre

FRIDAY DECEMBER 11TH
7.30pm. Blessing of THE ARMEÑIME NATI-
VITY SCENE.
Armeñime Cultural Centre

SATURDAY DECEMBER 12TH
11am – 8pm. Asociación de San Juan
CHRISTMAS MARKET
Asociación San Juan

DECEMBER 13TH
7pm. LIGHT SHOW AND NEIGHBOUR- HOOD HARMONY EVENT
Armeñime Plaza

MONDAY DECEMBER 14TH
CAROL SINGING with the Armeñime Parran-
do Boleros
Streets of Armeñime

TUESDAY DECEMBER 15TH
8.00pm. CAROL SINGING with the Armeñi-
me Parrando Boleros
Streets of Los Olivos

8.30pm. CAROL SINGING with the El Cardón
Group, Tabaiba residents association
Calle Grande

9pm. CAROL SINGING with Asociación
Cultural Imoque.
Streets of La Postura

WEDNESDAY DECEMBER 16TH
6pm. CHRISTMAS PLAY, the birth of Jesus,
with the children from the catechism group
Armeñime parish church

FRIDAY DECEMBER 18TH
5pm. CHRISTMAS FESTIVAL
San José Parish church, Los Olivos

9pm. CELEBRATION OF THE DAY OF HOPE AND BLESSING OF THE NATIVITY SCENE at the La Viña hermitage
La Viña.

10.30pm. CAROL SINGING by the Adeje
School of Folklore.
Calle Grande

SATURDAY DECEMBER 19TH
6pm. CAROL SINGING and Christmas acti-
vities
Armeñime Cultural Centre

WEDNESDAY DECEMBER 23RD
7pm. CAROL CONCERT
Callao Salvaje

SUNDAY DECEMBER 6TH
8am – 4pm, CYCLING CHALLENGE, Iberos-
tar Costa Adeje Challenge
Plaza San Sebastián

SATURDAY DECEMBER 12TH
10.45am – 2pm VI PIGEON FANCIERS DAY
Adeje School of Music and Dance

WEDNESDAY DECEMBER 16TH
RHYTHMIC GYMNASTICS Christmas Gala
El Galeón Pavilion

TENERIFE SUR TENNIS OPEN December 14th – 20th. Club Náutica, Puerto Colón

FRIDAY DECEMBER 4TH
5pm. ‘LET’S PAINT CHRISTMAS’.
The exhibition hall in the Adeje Cultural
Centre opens its doors from December
4th to 14th. Christmas tales with paint brushes.
Adeje Cultural Centre, exhibition hall

SATURDAY DECEMBER 5TH
8.30pm. TEATRO DEL FINIKITO, with
Don Quixote. €8
Adeje Cultural Centre

SUNDAY DECEMBER 6TH
8.30pm. II HAIRSTYLE SHOW
Adeje Cultural Centre

FRIDAY DECEMBER 11TH
8pm. FASHION TALENT SHOW
Adeje Cultural Centre

SATURDAY DECEMBER 12TH
6.30pm. THEATRE PRODUCTION, “Luces
y Sombres de la Navidad” (Christmas lights and shadows), San Juan theatre group Asociación San Juan

FRIDAY DECEMBER 18TH
CHRISTMAS FACTORY OF ARTS
Adeje Youth Centre

SUNDAY DECEMBER 20TH
6pm. CHILDREN’S WORKSHOPS, Christmas
crafts, bouncy castles, a visit from Santa
Claus
Plaza César Manrique, La Postura

MONDAY DECEMBER 21ST
7pm. CHRISTMAS CINEMA. “El libro de la
vida” (The Book of Life)
Plaza España

TUESDAY DECEMBER 22ND
7pm. CHRISTMAS CINEMA. La Oveja Shaun
(Shaun the Sheep)
Plaza España

WEDNESDAY DECEMBER 23RD
6pm. CHILDREN’S THEATRE WITH CLOWN-
BARET, ‘Desconcierto’ (Confusion). Theatre, Adeje Cultural Centre

8.30pm. ADULT STORYTELLING, with Juan
Carlos Tacoronte
Canarian Library, Calle Grande

SATURDAY DECEMBER 26TH
5pm – 7pm. CHILDREN’S WORKSHOPS,
trampolines and posting of cards to The
Three Kings.
Plazas in Fañabe, Armeñime, Las Nieves and
La Hoya.

SUNDAY DECEMBER 27TH
5pm – 7pm. CHILDREN’S WORKSHOPS
AND POSTING OF CARDS to The Three
Kings .
Los Olivos Plaza.

*Programme subject to change

THURSDAY, 24TH DECEMBER
CHRISTMAS EVE
6pm. Parish of the Virgen Milagrosa (Tijo- co-La Hoya)
7.30pm. Parish of San José (Los Olivos)
11pm. Callao Salvaje Church
11.30pm. Parish of Santa Úrsula Mártir
(Adeje)

FRIDAY, 25TH DECEMBER
BIRTH OF OUR LORD
10am. Parish of La Resurrección del Señor
(Armeñime)
11am. Parish of Santa Úrsula Mártir (Adeje)
12.30pm. Parish of Nuestra Señora del Cam- po (Fañabé)
6pm. San Sebastián Church (La Caleta)

SATURDAY, 26TH DECEMBER
EVE OF THE FEAST OF THE HOLY FAMILY
5pm. Parish of San José (Los Olivos) Mass in
Italian
6pm. Parish of Santa Úrsula Mártir (Adeje)
7pm. Parish of San José (Los Olivos)

(Armeñime)
11am. Parish of Santa Úrsula Mártir (Adeje)
12 noon. Callao Salvaje Church
12.30pm. Parish of Nuestra Señora del Cam- po (Fañabé)
5pm. Parish of the Virgen Milagrosa (Tijo- co-La Hoya)
6pm. San Sebastián Church (La Caleta)

THURSDAY, 31ST DECEMBER
6pm. Parish of Santa Úrsula Mártir (Adeje)
7pm. Parish of San José (Los Olivos)

FRIDAY, 1ST JANUARY
HOLY MARY, MOTHER OF GOD
10am. Parish of La Resurrección del Señor
(Armeñime)
11am. Parish of Santa Úrsula Mártir (Adeje)
12 noon. Callao Salvaje Church
12.30pm. Parish of Nuestra Señora del Cam- po (Fañabé)
5pm. Parish of the Virgen Milagrosa (Tijo- co-La Hoya)
6pm. San Sebastián Church (La Caleta)
TUESDAY, 5TH JANUARY
EVE OF THE EPIPHANY
6pm. Parish of Santa Úrsula Mártir (Adeje)
7 pm. Parish of San José (Los Olivos)

WEDNESDAY, 6TH JANUARY
EPIPHANY OF OUR LORD
10am. Parish of La Resurrección del Señor
(Armeñime)
11am. Parish of Santa Úrsula Mártir (Adeje)
12 noon. Callao Salvaje Church
12.30pm. Parish of Nuestra Señora del Cam- po (Fañabé)
5pm. Parish of the Virgen Milagrosa (Tijo- co-La Hoya)
6pm. San Sebastián Church (La Caleta)

(Programme subject to change)

 

Make your voice heard, your presence felt…

Today, November 25th, is International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women.

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In Adeje there are a number of public events taking place, so if you are in the town do join us in making your voice heard and presence felt against this scourge. Events begin at 9am and run until 9pm. According to Adeje equality councillor, Carmen Lucía Rodríguez del Toro it’s important that everyone plays their part in this fight, and activities are aimed at all members of the population, from kids to adults to senior citizens.
There’s an art exhibition by students from the local secondary schools opening at 9, and at 10 a video showing in the Adeje Cultural Centre for older students. From 11.30 students from 5th and 6th class in local primary schools will be in the Plaza España taking part in workshop about and around the theme of domestic violence.

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At 12.30 there will be a musical show in the Cultural Centre which will followed by a reading, in the Plaza España, of the manifesto against violence against women and a minute’s silence in memory of all the women who have died as a result of gender violence. The Adeje department of youth are also organising a photocall for anyone who would like to take part.
The British Ambassador to Spain, HMA Simon Manley, as well as the British consul and vice-consul, Charmaine Abrouin and Helen Díaz de Arcaya Keating will be present at the minute’s silence as they are in Adeje for a meeting with the mayor, José Miguel Rodríguez Fraga.
Events will continue this afternoon in the Adeje Farmer’s market with an information table run by the Group Against Gender Violence with a ‘henna tattoos against gender violence’ activity as well.
From 6pm in the Cultural Centre the prize giving in the Short Stories against Gender Violence competition will take place, followed by performances by local artists Ainhoa and Agoney.

Saving lives in Costa Adeje

 

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During November lifeguards from Adeje’s beaches have been improving their skills during a training course given by expert in water sports and life saving, José Palacios Aguilas, from the University of Coroña. The course has been co-hosted by the Adeje departments of beachs, tourism and security.

According to the councillors for beaches, Andrés Pérez Ramos, “with this course we are property coordinating the lifeguard services of the borough and the companies who have concessions on various beaches with blue flags in line with assuring coastal safety. It’s important to carry out these courses – European regulations change over time and we need to be fully up to date and prepared for every situation – it’s a fundamental requirement”.

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Among the course objectives were the criteria essential for Blue Flag quality on beaches, basic cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and water rescue as well as underlining the importance of a professional attitude.

José Palacios Aguilar is also vice president of the association responsible for Blue Flags in Spain, the ADEAC-FEE, a member of the national jury and Blue Flag beach and marina inspector. He said he was impressed at the high course take up among those involved in beach safety in Adeje and the desire to meet all the new European norms. The course participants also said they found this kind of renewal training “positive”, and helped them refresh their knowledge of the basics of rescue and prevention. They worked with new material which helped them improve the service they offer to the public who spend time on the beach.

Pérez Ramos emphasised it was important to continue along these lines to perfect the service, “as we understand that investment in training is the way to ensure greater security for those who live and visit our borough. We are aware that working in the field of prevention is vital but we also need to make sure our trained personnel are prepared to take the required action in an emergency”.

Those beaches with Blue Flags in Adeje are fitted with defibrillators, amphibious wheelchairs, assistance points and life-guard cover.

Costa Adeje – the challenges ahead

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Rodríguez Fraga: “The challenge for Costa Adeje is to strengthen and maintain its prime position”

The Adeje mayor, José Miguel Rodríguez Fraga, speaking to an assembly gathered to discuss the future challenges for Costa Adeje, said the zone’s main challenge was to “strengthen and maintain the position it currently enjoys. “Maintain the dynamism which sees the introduction of new tourism products as part of the continuous renovation that is part of the market”.

The mayor was speaking at the Hotel H10 Costa Adeje Palace in one of a series of conferences organised by Tribuna Forum. There were over 150 members of the public present as well as the mayors of Guía de Isora and Arona, Pedro Martín and José Julián Mena, Adeje councillors and representatives from the business sector.

Introducing the Adeje mayor, Pedro Martín, paid tribute to his ability to “take the income from the tourism sector and distribute it in such as way as to benefit the society in general. Miguel (Rodríguez Fraga) has manage to widen the frontiers for his residents from social and economic points of view”, he said. He added that given his experience and positions held he could have had his pick of any number of public positions in the Canary Island but had chosen to stay in Adeje “in his home town”, adding that “the Canarias loss is Adeje’s gain, as they have the best mayor in the borough’s history”.

During his address the Adeje mayor outlined the main challenges facing the borough if it wants to remain competitive within the tourist sector and what lines of action needed to be taken. He detailed the work already under way in the repositioning of the Costa Adeje brand, “which is generating new products as well as renovating existing ones…projects such as the Victoria, Barceló and Hard Rock hotels which follow a progression thread in the tourist destination.”

Stability and safety were other elements attracting new investment into the destination and the mayor said the he was interested in reinforcing the value of the brand from this point of view as well as in attracting potential investors. The quality of the service in the sector was another value-adding factor, he said, “with merit to our workers who have adapted to meet the changing situations . We have to recognise how this adds to our value and our competitiveness.” The borough has been active in promoting training among workers in tourism and reminding businesses that the “human capital is how we will develop projects”. He made particular reference to the university campus in Adeje which “allows our young people get the training they need to enter directly into the work force in relevant positions”.

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The positive effects of tourism for the local population was also referred to. “Residents see that tourism is a positive thing and has brought wealth to the borough. Social exchanges has also enriched Adeje…in summing up, the theme at the centre of all this is the person: the tourist is a person who comes here to realise a dream holiday and the workers who serve that tourist are also persons with dreams and who see the benefits of tourism, that tourism can mean the distribution of wealth and for that reason each and every one of us works to be more competitive and offer better quality”.

Finishing his address mayor Rodríguez Fraga stated his conviction that “tourism is of great value and offers a great opportunity to promote peace in the 21st century. It’s a tool that promotes exchanges of culture and knowledge. There is more to tourism than economic benefits, there are human benefits too”.
Following the mayor’s address the questions from the floor ranged from those wanting to talk about all-inclusive tourism and the possibility of Adeje and Arona working together in tourism promotions among other things.

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Taxi fraud focus

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Adeje, Arona and the Cabildo draw up a united transport plan

The Adeje and Arona transport councillors, Andrés Pérez Ramos and Leopoldo Díaz respectively, and the initiative and mobility representatives from the Cabildo Miguel Becerra and Manuel Ortega met earlier this week to look at a number of issues of mutual importance in the transport sector including the image of the taxi sector.

Pérez Ramos said, “the adminstrations are drawing up a strategy and coordination plan necessary to meet head on the problems we have identified in the taxi sector in tourism zones, in particular fraudelent practises”.

Regarding the latter he said, “we are looking to introduce measures to deal with irregular situations which affect the sector and damage the image of the destination, and we have to work together in a coordinated manner to, for instance, step up vigilance of suspicious activities or persons who offer to take passengers as well as proper fare systems, etc”.

The importance of working across both boroughs in this regard was stressed given that fraudelent practises operated in both zones and the huge importance both councils place on stamping out any behaviour that would damage the principal industry of Adeje and Arona, namely tourism.

Fraud in the taxi sector is a problem that directly affects our main economic motor”, repeated councillor Pérez Ramos.

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A sultan of swing!

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I’ve just recorded an interview with Chris White, saxophonist with Dire Straits, in advance of the Dire Straits Experience this Saturday in the Magma Arte y Congresos centre.  What a gentleman, great chat about music, the impact Dire Straits had on the post-punk era,  with some great memories of his early days with Dire Straits, upgrading from tour bus to airplane to first class travel as the band’s popularity grew.

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To hear the full interview make sure you tune into English Time on Radio Sur Adeje tomorrow (Thursday 1pm)…

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