Who controls our cultural heritage?

Jagielska-Burduk: “The EU sees cultural heritage as a development catalyst”

Alicja Jagielska-Burduk, is a legal counsellor and head of the Centre for Cultural Heritage Protection Law at Kazimierz Wielki University, Bydgoszcz, Poland, and works for the Santander Art and Culture Law Review. This week she was one of the guest lecturers taking part in the Adeje Summer University, speaking on art, culture and the law, looking at the legal questions that arise during the marketing of art. She defended the need to protect heritage adding that in many instances, “the EU considers cultural heritage as a development catalyst”.

During her lecture she dealt with a number of legal and economic aspects related to the protection of cultural and historical artefacts, and the link between art, culture and economic development. The need to create industries and encourage education programmes related to heritage and culture was also discussed.

Jagielska-Burduk reckons the protection of art collections and historical sites is important, and European institutions can create a communal link, unifying the different ideas in the continent. At the same time though, the use of new technologies and assisting private initiatives was stressed, as was the public-private co-operation needed to set up new heritage projects.

“Of course it is important to respect the importance between public and private bodies and avoid potential conflicts. But, without doubt, the public interest takes precedence over the private, because there exists a responsibility to ensure as much of our cultural inheritance is preserved for and available to future generations.”

The movements within the international art market may see heritage art pieces held beyond public viewing, which is why she believes it is important to create co-operative programmes with private collectors. For example, she outlined how many private collectors open their doors to the public during summer months. “The dilemma then isn’t’ to choose between private and public but rather to work to help private collectors become a part of the cultural heritage team and see what we can do to encourage them to volunteer to do so”.

While there are differences in legislation regarding heritage and art in different EU countries, all share a common thread based on the rights of ownership and balances and restrictions. “The owner of the item isn’t important here – it’s irrelevant whether the work is private or public or semi-privately owned. What is of primary importance is the intention to protect it”.

Adeje Council: Statement regarding the appearance of micro-algae along the coast

The Adeje department for the protection of health, following recommendations issued by the regional department of public health, is advising the public to avoid bathing in the sea where microalgae blooms have appeared in swimming areas of Adeje. Physical contact with the blooms of microalgae, both in the sea and on shore, should also be avoided.

The health department, in co-ordination with the department with responsibility for beaches, has detected the presence of the algae, which appears on the sea surface. The colour is similar to light brown sand, and has been seen along various parts of the island coast line in recent days. These ‘blooms’ of microalgae, which have been seen in bathing zones, have not actually caused any notable damage to date.

Furthermore, the local health department is stating that this is a natural phenomenon produced under certain environmental conditions, the consequence of diverse biological factors, climatic and environmental. The blooms appear sporadically and the vast majority of microalgae are innocuous, although some may product toxins that could affect health, in particular via direct contact, ingestion of water with spores, or inhalation of sea spray.
This council, as a general recommendation, is passing on the advice of the regional department of health, not to bathe in the sea and avoid direct contact with the algae in bathing areas where ‘a change in the colour of the sea water is detected, with spots of intense colour variation, where there is minimum transparency’. If there are beach activities scheduled, the organisers should take these precautions into consideration, and follow the advice at all times of the lifeguards and local police on duty.

The councillor with responsibility for health, Amada Trujillo Bencomo, has been in contact with the Adeje health centre and to date there have been no reported incidences of anyone presenting with injuries or conditions related to the algae.

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Walk for Life date announced


The 2017 Walk for Life will take place on December 17th. The walk, now in its 13th year, brings together thousands of men and women, many of whom have been directly affected by breast cancer, and raises funds for a number of Spanish cancer associations, for family care, and research.

The event is organised by the Walk for Life organisation, led by Brigitte Gypen, and the Adeje and Arona councils. This week Adeje health councillor, Amada Trujillo Bencomo met with Gypen to start preparations for this year’s walk, though the organisation is active 365 days of the year, organising events, talks, workshops and much more to help individuals and families affected. There is also a Pink Room which was given by the Adeje council to the Walk for Life, and is based in the School of Security in Los Olivos.

Councillor Trujillo said, “There are many people affected by cancer who look forward to this event every year, and there are many more who want to help. And it’s very important to recognise all that happens around the Walk, and all that goes into the organisation of the walk, something the Adeje council is committed to on a permanent basis”.

Last year over 3.400 people took part – a new record for the Walk for Life – with almost €18,000 collected. The funds goes to the Association of women with breast cancer (Amate), the Spanish cancer association (ECC), as well as projects on investigation and research into possible cures.

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Traditional tourism has to adapt to new technologies

Lucía Hernández

Lucía Hernández, a specialist in partnership tourism, has told students at the Adeje Summer University that the changes in traditional forms of tourism, with car and apartment exchanges now the growing norm in the industry, the new reality. Taking part in a course on (translated) ‘The collaborative economy: Is this the end of traditional tourism as we know it?’, she says the eruption of new, less institutionalised travel agencies, is creating friction in the more traditional sectors, but, she added, “when there are important technological changes taking place it is the traditional businesses that have to adapt to the new realities”.

Hernández told students that partnership or collaborative tourism was evolving on technological platforms which allowed individual users to contact each other to share cars – sites like Blablacar – or homes – sites like Airbnb. “The full gamut of traveller needs is being met, from when they arrive to their destination, where to stay and what to do during their stay. So, the ‘experiences’ subsector is the one with the most potential for growth, as both transport and accommodation are more or less covered”, she said.

This change in the tourism model has evolved and grown directly in line with the needs of travellers who are often looking to immerse themselves more into the lifestyle of the places they are visiting and to have greater contact with the local population, get to know the places they are visiting, the culture, the gastronomy.

The growth in this form of travelling has provoked a reaction from some of the bigger traditional tourism companies. In destinations such as the Canary Islands, where hotels continue to enjoy up to 100% occupation, they are not so worried, but in other destinations with lower rates “from the start they have seen this new form of tourism as taking from their market share but the reality is that people are travelling more and, rather than seeing their slice of the cake getting smaller, the cake itself is growing”.

It’s also, says Hernández, down to the fact that people who felt financially restricted from travelling in the past are now doing so. “A family who would have needed to find a hotel room for a couple and two children found it difficult in the past, and expensive. Today, they can find an apartment that they can afford with a kitchen where they can prepare meals for the family”. In Hernández’s opinion what will more likely happen in the medium term is that tour-operators and hotel chains will begin to adapt to the new collaborative economic models.

Hernández also referred to the reality that today there are many companies who control tourism apartments using these same platforms to sell their product, and “it is something that we cannot control, the market has its own evolutionary route and companies are also beginning to enter this collaborative economy”. What we are waiting for is for legislators to adapt and reflect the new norms, and, “there must be an adequate level of understanding of the market to apply necessary regulations”.

Hernández works for ‘Ouishare’, an independent international organisation that, according to their own website, “connects people and accelerates projects for systemic change. We experiment with social models based on collaboration, openness, and fairness.
Our mission is to build and nurture a collaborative society by connecting people, organizations and ideas around fairness, openness and trust.” The group works with and offers advice to public institutions and private companies on adaption to the new models of economic collaboration.

Ouishare believes that those economic, political and social systems based on the values of collaboration, fairness, openness and trust can solve many of the complex challenges the world faces, and enable everyone to access the resources and opportunities they need to thrive. Hernández points to the figures as proof of the change. “In 2015 the collaborative economy generated 4,000 million dollars in Europe, 85% of that going to private citizens. These individuals, empowered by technology, are generating new forms of income via this activity which will in turn have a positive impact in terms of income tax”, and in other ways, taking people off the dole, out of social welfare dependency. “All this has to be taken into consideration. We cannot go backwards”.

Growing interest in establishing new businesses

The Adeje CDTCA (Costa Adeje Centre for Tourism Development) recently ran a course on setting up businesses, with 18 participants, business persons who have recently or are about to establish a new enterprise. The aim of the course, led by specialist Sabita Navalrai Jagtani Jagnati, was to impart basic and important information about being self-employed.

The initiative was the idea of the employment arm of the provincial confederation of businesses (CEOE-Tenerife), with financing from the Canarian Employment service and the European Social fund in conjunction with the Adeje council.

“For quite a while we have encouraged training among the local business community, for us it is very important that entrepreneurs have all the information they need. We are aware of the risks in setting up a new business which is why we decided to offer training in a hands-on manner”, explained the councillor for employment policies and local development Manuel Luis Méndez Martín.

The councillor continued, “Adeje is home to many self-employment initiatives, most of the them successful and the council is happy to help with all new ideas and job creation niches which all contribute to the overall economic and social growth of the borough”.

The 30 hour course offered participants the chance to learn the basic steps of setting up a business, evolving a company schematic, and developing an economic viability plan. Participants were able to bring their own business proposals to the table which included ecological service set-ups, selective recycling proposals, online design and marketing as well as businesses perhaps better known in the borough such as restaurants, florists, shops, etc.

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Second Tourism Degree ceremony in Adeje



25 new professionals graduated this week following a four year university tourism course, with a solemn graduation ceremony in the Adeje Convento in the presence of their families and friends and the Adeje mayor José Miguel Rodríguez Fraga and the University of La Laguna rector Antonio Martinón Cejas. This is the second year that there have been graduates from this relatively new course, based in the campus in Adeje.

For the mayor of the borough this was “a very special event and very significant for Adeje. This second graduation ceremony is no less important as it marks the path we have taken. We have travelled far to arrive at this point as have you, you who have chosen to place your confidence in the South Campus for your studies in tourism”.

He also referred to the series of celebrations in parallel this year, with the Summer University celebrating 25 years, the University of La Laguna 225 years, and the borough’s first secondary school, the Los Olivos institute, also marking 25 years of educating Adeje’s young people.

Rector Martinón thanked the 25 graduated for choosing to follow this career path and study with the ULL and in Adeje, in the South Campus. He said the university was created 225 years ago to meet a social need and is here today to continue to serve the people in the field of education and investigation. “I believe we have carried out extraordinary work and today we are seeing 25 young people enter into the professional world. In the ULL we believe in the capacity of the individual and we place primary importance on the merits of each individual”, he said.
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Adeje Summer University: Autism, evaluation and resources


Jiménez Navarro: “people with autism will continue to need help into adulthood”

On the opening day of the Adeje Summer University (UVA) Pedro Manuel Jiménez Navarro, a psychology major from the University of Salamanca, said it was important to increase the amount of resources available for people on the autism spectrum, not simply in terms of primary care but also in education, and into adulthood, because, he says, these individuals will continue to need help. “In Tenerife there are some existing resources, but they are in heavy demand and with a decreasing number of places, and I don’t see any plan in evidence to work with these people when they are finished schooling, when they are in their 20, and I see families unsure what the future holds for them”.

Jiménez Navarro was giving a lecture as part of the UVA course in Autism, learning difficulties and ADHD (Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder); resources for teachers and families. “There is a lot to be done”, he says.

The lecturer has been working on a new tool designed to evaluate intellectual disability, which is part of his work for his doctoral thesis. The assessment tool is based on a model designed by the American Society for Intellectual Disability, adapted to meet the situation here in Spain, and he has been working with a group of 250 people with autism and 50 more who have Asperger’s Syndrome, a condition considered a milder form of autism. He believes this evaluation tool will be very important in the coming years – it is still in its infancy as a working model and primary results are not yet officially published, but that will happen over the coming years, he says.

Jiménez Navarro, while acknowledging there are existing tools to detect and grade this form of intellectual disability and those with learning challenges, he says that specialised attention should begin at a much younger age, ideally for pre-school children with health care services taking responsibility. Asperger’s Syndrome, as it is a milder form, is often harder to detect and might not appear until a child is 5 or 6 years old.

“What is very obvious, as a result of the studies I have carried out for my thesis, is that the majority of those people on the autism spectrum need a level of attention that they are currently not receiving, fundamentally from the education authorities”, he has commented. The help needed would include education in daily life habits to improving learning skills, developing social skills, and helping individuals integrate more. In general, help is needed to allow these individuals “develop the highest level of independence possible into their adult lives!”
Jiménez reminded his students that autism doesn’t have a cure, so emphasis must be on improving a person’s ability to live with the condition. “There are people with Asperger’s who live a relatively normal life, they work, marry, have a family. And there are others who do not have such a life as their immediate environment does not properly understand their social and emotional difficulties”.

Summer fiestas: Armeñime

Summer festivals are well underway, and the local fiestas here really are examples of a great way for all the family to party together. And the organisers love to see people coming from outside their neighbourhood to join in the fun – so make sure to check out the fiestas on offer this summer.

Armeñime is next on the list, and here’s the schedule of main events:

Wednesday July 19th
9pm: Fiesta parade, from the primary school to the plaza with Tropicana, Kuliquitaca, Chicharacas and Hay Caramba dancing groups, Disney characters, the Batutanque steel band group, and much more.
10pm: Armeñime Plaza:
Presentation of the candidates for the festival Queen and Mister Armeñime 2017.
10.30: Armeñime Plaza
Acrobat and dance display, with Galaxy Show, followed by dancing to the music of Maikel Jiménez.

Thursday July 20th
Election of the Armeñime Junior Queen 2017

Friday July 21st
Election Of Adult Queen and Mister Armeñime 2017 with performances from: Ballet Salle Dance, El Profesor de la Rosa, hypnotist, and singer DKB.

Street Party, Music from LOS IDEALES

Saturday July 22nd
Bouncy castles (including water castles)

12:30 pm. • ARMEÑIME PLAZA
Zumba Fitness Master Class with Patricia Chiquiar
Paella , free lunch for everyone

Mass in honour of Our Lady of Candelaria
Residents of the village will be making a special offertory during the mass
Night of Humour, with Purpurina and comedian Don José.

Street Party. Music by Pasión Gomera and Maquinaria Band.

Sunday July 23rd

Children’s play activities, face painting, balloon fun, bouncy castles (including water castles)

Foam party

Mass, procession and fireworks

Musical performances

Monday July 24th

Bouncy castles (including water castles)

Traditional games
Prepared by Ranas catering, with music from Boleros de Armeñime.


1 in every 11 jobs globally comes from tourism…

Today, Friday July 14th, Adeje celebrated the official inauguration of the 25th Summer University, a joint initiative of the Adeje council and the University of La Laguna (ULL). Given the anniversary it was, in the words of the Adeje mayor, José Miguel Rodríguez Fraga, an “historic moment” in the borough’s history.
“Today we recognise that that the Adeje Summer University has been one of the backbones of what is the south of the island today”, given the development of what he referred to as intelligent tourism. He commented on the fact that the university had continued even during the years of the economic crisis and today was as much in demand as ever. He added that the summer university had the capacity to adapt and meet the changing needs, “thanks to those who we have placed our trust in, the rectors and vice-rectors, who have recognised the need to open up the university portals to today’s society and bring classes outside the traditional campus”.

This has been a project that has borne fruit, he added, for both the council and the university, pointing out that tomorrow is also the graduation ceremony for the second batch of Tourism diploma students who have undertaken their course in the Adeje campus.
The ULL rector Antonio Martinón, also marked the achievement of the 25th anniversary and the 225th of the University of La Laguna, underlined by the strong commitment to academic activities beyond the walls of the university. The mayor and the rector also paid tribute to the University rectors and vice-rectors during the 25 years of the summer university. “The presence of six rectors reflects the fact that this achievement is the not simply the work of one person, but something that is profound, that demands continuity and institutional commitment”, said the rector.

Inaugural address
Carlos Vogeler, executive director for member relations of the World Tourism Organisation, giving the inaugural address, told the audience that tourism was now the third highest contributor in world exports and that on average today more than 1,200 million people travel internationally every year, with the expectation that that would rise to 1,800 million in coming years. Tourism, he said, “creates one in every 11 jobs worldwide”. He congratulated the Adeje council and the University of La Laguna on their respective anniversaries of 25 and 225 years and welcomed the course themes this year of culture, health, sports and the economy and, of course, tourism. “Adeje is today a symbol of innovation and development and an excellent tourism reference point globally”, he said,

Vogeler said that tourism was an industry that could respond well to shifts in the international economy, and was able to offer employment creation and development within a sustainable development model. He also said it was important that the reaction to terrorist attacks designed to shut down borders (attacks on beaches, airports, hotels) mustn’t achieve their aim. In fact, he said, the industry shows no signs of slowing down and is becoming a tool for inclusion, offering opportunities to improve the living conditions for many people working in the industry, allowing them avenues out of poverty.

“In times of volatility the tourism industry is showing its enormous capacity for resistance. One of the challenges is to maintain the balance between competitive and responsible tourism, so that tourism develops in an ordered and sustainable manner, in economic, social and environmental terms”. Sustainable tourism was, he said, no longer a choice, it was an obligation. He stated that he would like to see the promotion of a platform for safe travel, developing ways of risk management and reduction.

“We are living in a changing world, with a more demanding tourist, a tourist better prepared, looking for experiences. We cannot sit back in our comfort zone and hope they come to us, without leading the movement for change to new directions.” New technology offers us the change to enrich the experience of the client, the client who has increasing access to better and more information.
Another big challenge is the ethical question for public and private businesses. The World Tourism Organisation has a world-wide code of ethics but what is also needed, Vogeler says, is an adhesion code, an international treaty, which will be presented at the next UNWTO assembly in China in September.

All that jazz!

Adeje music lovers have a wealth of choice this weekend, and if jazz is your preferred choice, pop along to the plaza by the Salytien CC where you can hear Brazilian pianist Ivan Lins on Friday July 14th as well as Ella at 100 and on Saturday US singer Becca Stevens and the Ximo Tebar ‘Soleo’ Band. Both concerts are part of the Canarias Jazz & Más Heineken and start at 9pm.
Ivan Lins
One of the greatest Brazilian musicians around today, he developed and extended his musical career influenced by the genres with which he grew up, namely, jazz and its links with bossa nova & soul. A well-known pianist and great composer, he has written songs that have been adapted by other great contemporary musicians. Themes like O amor é o meu país and Madalena, recorded by Elis Regina, were some of his early successes.

His best known composition internationally is Love Dance (Lembrança), which has been performed by Sarah Vaughan, George Benson, Diane Schuur, Nancy Wilson & Kenny Burrell. He has also worked with other greats including Quincy Jones, Ella Fitzgerald, Manhattan Transfer, Take 6, New York Voices, Sting, Diana Krall and Barbara Streisand.

In 2005 he recorded Cantando Historias, a CD & DVD, a compilation of many of the hit numbers during his career, but with new arrangements and the participation of various guest artists. He won two Latin Grammy Awards; one for Album of the Year and Best MPB (Best Brazilean Music), one of the very best of the Academy. Also in 1981, the song Dinorah, Dinorahwon a Grammy award for Best Jazz Instrumental, and in 1982 the song Velas, recorded by Quincy Jones, received the same award. In the year 2004 he recorded with Sting and won a Grammy for Best Pop Vocal with She Walks This Earth. Then in 2009 he won the Latin Grammy Award for his album Ivan Lins & The Metropole Orchestra.
In 2015 Ivan celebrated his 70th birthday and 45 years of his musical career; he released an album titled América Brasil, in which he re-recorded old melodies which hadn’t been quite that prominent or had been recorded by other musicians.

Becca Stevens
Brooklyn (New York) based singer-composer, multi-instrumentalist Becca Stevens, built her career drawing upon elements of pop, indie-rock, jazz and traditional Appalachian folk music. Hailed for her unique ability to craft exquisite compositions both for her own band and for other artists, like the legendary David Crosby, singer José James and classical pianist Timo Andrés; she has toured the world with her band and collaborated with artists, such as Brad Mehldau, Esperanza Spalding, Billy Childs, Ambrose Akinmusire, Jacob Collier, Vijay Iyer and many others.

During her short career she has received numerous accolades and excellent reviews by critics, being described as “the best kept secret” of popular contemporary music. In April 2015, her third album, Perfect Animal, produced by engineer Scott Solter and released by Universal Music Classics, consolidated her place as one of the great current jazz artists.

Becca’s new album, Regina, released in March 2017, features creative and performance collaborations with prominent & promising young artists, like Laura Mvula & Jacob Collier, and the legendary David Crosby. It was produced by Troy Miller (who has also collaborated with artists of the calibre of Gregory Porter, Laura Mvula, Amy Winehouse) and co-produced by Michael League of Snarky Puppy.
Regina is a tribute to strong women in literature, music, science and history.
Becca Stevens says of the album, “it’s the story of my life. I grew up in a house filled with opera and banjo tunes, majored in classical guitar in high school, studied composition in college in a jazz school, and in New York City I am surrounded by every musical sound you could possibly imagine. I love and am inspired by good music, no matter the genre or where it came from.”

Ella at 100
“Ella At 100”, The Latin Side of Ella Fitzgerald is a tribute to her voice & music, marking the centennial of the singer’s birth. The work is done in a Latin tone and key for a sextet formation with original arrangements by Rayko León, a Canarian pianist, composer & arranger who has been a member of and collaborated with a number of groups & artists, like Mestisay, Gran Canaria Big Band, Canaribe and the late timple player José Antonio Ramos.
This tribute is a completely novel project, not only in the Canary Islands but worldwide; the fact being that there isn’t a group in existence that boasts a complete repertoire of Ella Fitzgerald with Latin versions.
Ximo Tebar ‘Soleo’ Band
Ximo Tebar was born in Valencia in 1963, and began playing the guitar at the age of seven. At seventeen he decided to turn professional and since then has performed in concerts and recordings in Spain, Europe and America, leading his own group or accompanying prestigious soloists like Johnny Griffinn, Benny Golson, Joe Lovano, Tom Harrell, Tete Montoliu, Anthony Jackson, Lou Bennett, Lou Donaldson, Louie Bellson, Joey DeFrancesco, Jan Ackerman, etc.
He has participated in most of the most important jazz festivals in the world and is the Spanish musician who has won the most awards in recent years, the most outstanding among them being four consecutive ones – Best National Jazz Soloist & Best Group, given by the Spanish Ministry of Culture and RTVE, and then the Jazz Award New York in 2007.