Salt and devotion will fill the town

This weekend, from Saturday afternoon, the centre of Adeje will be taken over by one of the oldest celebrations in the borough – Corpus Christi. 445 sacks of sea salt will be coloured and used to make carpets along the full length of the town’s Calle Grande and the Calle Corpus Christi.

“For many years the making of these carpets has been a meeting point for the people of Adeje, an exercise in social harmony. Corpus Christi, as well as being a religious ceremony, allows us meet with people from other walks of life in the town, as we work together on these carpets, sharing ideas, suggestions, stories, building the creative richness of the community”, commented the councillor for culture, Adolfo Alonso Ferrera.

Over 11 thousand kilos of salt will cover 330 metres of road in the two streets. Among the groups and associations taking part will be the Hermandad del Santísimo, Cáritas, Focus international residents group, the children from first communion and confirmation classes, Adeje volunteer firefighters, Colegio Costa Adeje, Club Deportivo Águilas San Áquilino, children from activity groups in Fañabe, Los Olivos and Armeñime, the Adeje senior citizens association, the Halcones baseball school, the Comunidad Hindú Tenerife Sur, the Los Olivos occupational group, Ballet Beanky, and many more.

Why not visit the Calle Grande this Saturday afternoon from 5pm and see these carpets being made – they won’t be there for long as they will be walked over as part of the religious procession following mass the next day.

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Adeje’s Baile de Magos is tomorrow night

The Plaza de España is the setting for this traditional event

Tomorrow, May 29th, the eve of Canarian Day, the Plaza de España in Adeje town will be the setting for the annual Baile de Magos. Anyone can join in the celebrations and book a table at the Adeje Cultural Centre, the only requirement being that you attend in traditional Canarian dress.

The Baile de Magos, a folklore street party, will start at 8.30pm with performances from many different groups, and the event will be broadcast live on Radio Sur 107.9 FM, on the “Tradición y Folclore” programme presented by Pedro Díaz, who is also the director of the Santa Ana folk group.

Over the years the Adeje Baile de Magos, organised by the Adeje Folklore School in collaboration with the town’s cultural department, has become a very important local event in the cultural calendar. Taking part this year will be the School of Folklore, the Santa Ana group, Parranda Boleros de Armeñime, Asociación Cultural Imoque, Asociación Cultural Echeyde Valle Verde, Agrupación Folclórica Igonce, Agrupación Folclórica y Cultural Araza, and the Agrupación Folclórica La Diata.

 

 

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Posture and pelvic floor workshop


The Adeje council and the Walk for Life breast cancer foundation are organising a workshop on Posture and Pelvic Floor exercises, with physiotherapist Vanessa Trujillo. The workshop, which is free, will be in the Pink Room in the Adeje Escuela de Seguridad y Convivencia (School of Security And Social Harmony) on Wednesday June 13th, with a session in English at 5pm and in Spanish at 6pm.
Participants should wear comfortable loose clothes and bring an exercise mat.
Caring for your posture during your day to day activities will help your pelvic health too, allowing your pelvic floor work better, efficiently, with less chance of poor functions such as incontinence or a prolapse.

“We cannot continue patching up the problems…”

The AMTC says there is a lack of proper dialogue

 

The mayors of the five member boroughs of the AMTC (Association of Canarian Tourism Municipalities) and the mayor of Pájara (pending membership) took part in a round table discussion yesterday at the ‘Futurismo Canarian 2018’ conference in Arona. Also at the table were the Cabildo president and the regional deputy tourism minister. Discussion focussed on challenges and opportunities for Canarian tourism boroughs the participants examined relevant data from each area and spoke of the “definition of a development model for such an important sector in the archipelago”.

Adeje, Arona, Guía de Isora, San Bartolomé de Tirajana, Mogán and Pájara between them earn 30% of the GDP derived from tourism, and more in secondary income, as Arona mayor José JulianMena explained. “We welcome 7.8 million tourists annually…over 65 million overnights making us a very important tourism resource at European level”. He continued, “the monies we receive for public infrastructure is not in any way equal…the historical investment deficit and bad planning is generating serious problems in mobility and in the end we will lose the competitive edge…we cannot continue patching up the problems such as the south motorway, the secondary roads, the airport or the Los Cristianos port”, he insisted.

During the morning the presidents of the association, and Adeje mayor José Miguel Rodríguez Fraga, alongside the other mayors, detailed actions they are taking as the AMTC, including the preparation of a detailed response to the proposed decree on holiday rentals. Fraga said “we believe there are some contradictions in the proposed decree and we have to be heard on this sensitive matter. We will insist on regulations that are intelligently designed to deal with the problem and turn it into an opportunity”. They will be looking for meetings with the regional government to talk about the law dealing with the coordination of local police forces and other matters which directly affect their borough members.

The mayors also reiterated that among the principal difficulties identified in tourism destinations are mobility, sustainability, necessary language training, financing adapted to the boroughs and investment in public infrastructures.

The mayor of Pájara, Rafael Perdomo spoke of the main problems his borough is facing; “The transformation of an older destination into one that is competitive on its own merits, not due to problems with other destinations, and improvements in public infrastructures”. He also emphasised the value of an organisation such as this one.

Cabildo president Carlos Alonso said he was still unsure as to the exact role of the AMTC as “they haven’t explained it to us”, but said he was happy to advance dialogue between tourism boroughs. The merit of dialogue was agreed by all present. Onalia Bueno, mayor of Mogán, said “we are the most important boroughs from a tourism point of view in the Canarias and we have to be listened to and acknowledged by Cabildos, the regional government, nationally and at European level because we firmly believe we have to have an active role in the decisions which affect the sector”.

Adeje mayor added “there is a lack of real dialogue, where we are being listened to, we have particular issues which need to be resolved…”, stating that tourism and the benefits that arise from the sector need to be seen to benefit the people involved and improve the quality of life of those in the sector.

 

 

A snip above the rest…

May is sheep-shearing month, something very important in the farmer’s calendar, and something that requires a special skill to do well. Sheep shearing is a craft while also being an essential part of farm life. Shearing days are marked off in the calendar, bringing animals and people together. Young learning from old experienced hands. Families passing on skills, communities working in unison.
For the sheep too a steady confident hand wielding that scissors is important – and they appreciate losing their winter coat as the warm spring weather takes hold. But they will want the shearing to be carried out in a sure and practised manner. A good shearer will take the fleece in one piece.
To see how it is done, first hand, why not visit the Asociación San Juan this Friday, May 25th, when they have an open afternoon from 4pm 8pm. You can see sheep being sheared and the wool being washed, combed and spun. During the afternoon there will also be a display of decorating the romería poles, another part of Canarian traditional life
The Asociación San Juan is a centre working with special needs individuals, and is in the Calle Manuel Bello Ramos, 56 (www.asociacionsanjuan.es)