The Mayantigo Fest will delight
The III Mayantigo Fest, Traditional World Music Costa Adeje is offering visitors ‘a little bit of heaven’ during the last weekend of September in the Plaza Salytien, with performances of traditional music and dance from Adeje and other towns here and abroad. The weekend event promises a fantastic mix of light and colour, dance and rhythms bringing people together using the more international language of all – music!
This is very much an international event, working to encourage an interest in our local culture as well as inviting groups from other Canarian and Spanish towns and beyond. It is held in a tourist centre, inviting residents and visitors alike to get to know more about the music, song and dance of Adeje and exchange experiences and cultures. The presentation during both evenings will be in Spanish and English.
The organisers of the event are the Adeje School of Music Folklore group in partnership with the Adeje department of tourism. This year the Folklore group are also celebrating their 30th anniversary, and are delighted to welcome the Coros and Danzas Mar Menor from Murcia, Los Campesinos from Lanzarote and the Khaita Joyful Dances from Tibet!
“The idea behind setting up the festival was to give the people who come on holidays to Costa Adeje the chance to get to know something of our customs, our traditional values and after two successful years we feel we have gone some way towards achieving that, with this outdoor show, free to the public, in a main thoroughfare of the borough”, said Ermitas Moriera García, Adeje’s tourism councillor.
Canarian folklore has roots in a diversity of traditions from Europe, the Americas and Africa, with a varied selection of music, song and dance, many of which have been revived by the Adeje School of folklore. The festival, as well as being a showcase for local folklore groups, also offers a shared space for groups from other parts of Spain and beyond.
The event is made possible by help from Hovima, Mundos, Grúas Sur,Imegal, Imoque Servicios and BP Adeje.
Siam Mall has donated school materials to families in need
The Adeje councillor for social welfare, Isabel Fernández González, was in Siam Mall earlier this week to meet with the centre’s manager Hugo Gil and collect a donation of school materials for Adeje families in need.
Earlier this month the centre also hosted a school book exchange programme as well as giving out materials – note books, pencils and pens, etc. “The day was a huge success”, said Gil. “This was our first time to host an event of this kind and we were delighted with the outcome”. Next year they are already planning to repeat the exchange and hopefully get more people involved. “As part of Siam Mall’s ‘corporative social responsibility’ this is an important theme, and more so when we have the chance to talk to children involved”.
The Adeje councillor said “it is so important that society in involved in these kind of solidarity initiatives, and we are fortunate that many of our local institutions as well as individuals do contribute and work with our department to help those in the borough that are less fortunate. When Siam Mall got in touch with us to ask how they could help we came up with the book exchange idea as this is a huge cost for families particularly at the start of the school year. This was the first year and we look forward to many more similar initiatives as they really do benefit so many families here.”
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The Adeje DTI (Destino Turistico Inteligente/Intelligent Toursim Destination) project has been given top marks by the national government and the European Union, beating 37 other projects from local Spanish administrations, and meaning the borough will receive a substantial investment from European Regional Development funding and from the national department of finance, from a fund of €6 million.
The presentation dealt with tourist development and innovation in Costa Adeje, which would also see direct benefits for the whole borough, with a planned expansion, through innovative technology, of municipal services. This would improve social harmony and shared used of public spaces by both residents and the thousands of tourists that visit.
Adeje mayor José Miguel Rodríguez Fraga, was the principal mover behind the project though the department of innovation and tourism, but says this positive kind is valued by all local administrations. “In Adeje we have underlined the values generated through tourism, and thanks to that we have seen a related improvement in the quality of life for our residents, with job creation, improvements in services, better infrastructures, and more through this project in the coming years”.
Local tourism councillor Ermitas Moreira explained that they would be developing an ‘intelligent platform’ which would “reorganise the municipal services structure in a more integrated manner, using a way of digitally monitoring public spaces and thus assessing needs for better services, such as public lighting, waste collection, public green space upkeep, parking, beaches, etc.”
Adeje has been working on the project for a number of months as have other Canarian destinations such as San Bartolomé de Tirajana and Puerto de la Cruz. Furthemore, Rodríguez Fraga, as president of the Association of Tourism Boroughs, recently outlined to the national minister for industry, the importance of advancing the Canarian digital agenda, “that we will be among the first to use 5G technology, something that will distinguish us from other tourism destinations in the rest of the world who are competing for similar markets, and that will clearly mark a ‘before and after’ in the technological development of our destinations, creating jobs for hundreds of businesses in the sector”.
Adeje DTI proposes, among other things, ‘smart beaches’, which will use an integrated information technology recording numbers of beach users, the real-time state of services, cost of water in the showers, and other data which can contribute to the improvement of proper quality control of the destination and the resources needed.
The project would also see ‘sensorisation’ of public buildings in the destination to monitor and control C02 emissions. “The reduction of our carbon footprint is also a pledge we have made for Adeje in the coming years. This is a priority for us. As a tourism borough we want to reduce our emissions and optimise the resources we use, which is why we are working to create ways of combatting the effects of climate change too”, commented the mayor.
Among the final objectives of the project, Adeje is also committed to transparency and say the politics of open data will work to encourage the participation of the Adeje public in taking decisions and evaluating local public services.
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Adrián Fresneda’s Exhibition in Adeje
The Adeje Cultural Centre is currently hosting an exhibition of art by Adrián Fresneda. The show, “Sacred, Bitter, Velvet. Show” runs until September 25th.
From La Mancha, Adrián Fresneda has been living and working in Tenerife for the last two years. His work is full of colour, joy, with splashes of colour, almost baroque in style but at the same time is analytical, full of irony, with spurts of irreverence, qualities which Fresneda demonstrates in the themes running through the show – art, politics, Spanish society and culture, religion and homosexuality.
The exhibition features paintings, recordings and collages, reflecting his inspirations and inviting spectators to enter his world and almost become part of it. He says, “the homosexual world is very present in the show, the underworld, what is outside the boundaries of ‘normal’”.
Classes were designed to apply new considertions under ‘decreto 116/2018’ dealing with emergencies on Canarian beaches and bathing zones
PFAE is a scheme in alternative training with employment, and has been working with the ‘Adeje Azul, Adeje Seguro’ programme and the Arona lifesaving programme. Participants received specialist training to deal with emergencies under the guidance of Néstor Padrón, subdirector of the regional government civil protection and emergency department.
The students were given instruction in protecting the public and coordinating services in emergency situations on beaches and other public bathing spots in the Canarias.
Padrón emphasised to the course the importance of the lifeguard, a person who must be properly and professionally trained and qualified to work in the open sea. The students working under the ‘Adeje Azul, Adeje Seguro’ programme are being given all the tools and training necessary to achieve the proper qualification and certification when they have completed the programme.
Under new regulations dealing with beaches and bathing areas the different risk criteria need to be taken into consideration, such as grades of danger, whether bathing is permitted, etc. The teams also take into consideration factors such as prevention of risk situations by the civil and emergencies bodies.
These measures, (Decreto 116/2018) have been adopted in line with the coastal legislation and in particular those relating the safety of persons and maintaining safe bathing spaces as public zones
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