Tradition and innovation, Easter programme


The Adeje council will launch their Easter programme on Saturday, March 17th with addresses by the Rev. Ismael Martín and the Director General of the Fedola Group, Maria Victoria López. Mayor José Miguel Rodríguez Fraga commented, “We are changing the presentation somewhat and asking two individuals with very distinct and different social roles, one traditional and one business based, reflecting both sides of our community, both of huge benefit, to speak. So this year Fr. Ismael will represent our traditions and Ms Lopez our international tourism side”

The Adeje municipal patron band will also perform at the event, which will mark the official presentation of the Adeje Easter programme which has some new additions this year. The event will also mark the opening of a special exhibition of photographs detailing the “devotion and history of Easter Week in Adeje”.

On March 16th a new statue will be introduced into the Adeje religious ‘family’, ‘María Santísima del Consuelo’ a work by Francisco Zafra. The statue will be blessed and brought in procession along the Calle Castillo to the Nuestra Señora de la Esperanza hermitage until the Monday March 26th procession.

“Easter week in Adeje is now recognised nationally and internationally as an important event both for the artistic and historic relevance reflected in the different processions and for the Good Friday street theatre, ‘La Pasión’. This year we are adding new elements too to underline the importance of the celebrations”, said the Adeje mayor.

The Adeje council have also, as in last year, organised a gastronomy event linked to Easter Week with the Lenten Tapas Route. Many bars and restaurants have already signed up to take part, most of them located along the route of the most popular Easter processions in the town. There are also prizes for the public who can enter by having the special leaflet, available in participating establishments, stamped and once completed (with four stamps) posted in the special boxes in the Adeje cultural centre, the youth centre or the Costa Adeje Tourism Development Centre (CDTCA). The competition closes on April 1st.





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Adeje mayor supports striking councillors

The symbolic women’s strike is on March 8th from 11am – 1pm,

The Adeje mayor, José Miguel Rodríguez Fraga, has signed a decree which will officially request the work of the female Adeje councillors be covered during the hours of 11am to 1pm on Thursday, March 8th, International Women’s Day. This is the manner in which the council normally replaces an official on holiday or on a break. This announcement is, in effect, an demonstration of his public support for the borough’s female councillors who will leave their offices during the hours in question.

The strike, which is also taking place in other countries, is called for March 8th, and women can either strike for the full working day or for a few hours. The mayor said, “I have always believed in equality between men and women. The level of inequality we have seen over the years has been, at times, difficult to uproot, but not impossible and I am firmly convinced that only by working together, women and men, can we achieve full and lasting equality. On this occasion many trade unions and women’s groups have called for this strike for women. The way we man can contribute is to take on the work of our colleagues on strike, as we have been asked to do, and that is what I am doing with this decree. It may be only a gesture but we hope one that will help make visible the need for many other men to be more aware of the need to work for equality, both in our professional and our personal lives”:

Yesterday the borough’s female councillors announced that they would all be taking part in the strike between the hours of 11am and 1pm, coming together with many other women in the town’s Plaza de España. At midday a manifestation will be read out.


The aim of the strike is to make people more aware of the work women do every day, that when they stop the world stops. The strike is also about the right to a life free from domestic violence, and requesting more resources to combat that particular scourge. It is also about combatting all forms of gender violence, breaking glass barriers in the world of work and insisting on equal pay for equal work.


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Adeje goes green for St Patrick’s weekend


Photo: Phil Crean


As March 17th, St Patrick’s Day, approaches, Adeje is preparing to join in the celebrations as it has done in recent years. The Irish consul and the Adeje council are organising a number of events to mark this special day for the wider Irish community.

This Saturday, March 10th, there will be gala dinner in Golf Costa Adeje, and this year a portion of the ticket money will be going to the Adeje based Asociación San Juan. A visiting group of traditional Irish musicians will also be performing in the San Juan centre during the week. Anyone interested in attending the dinner should contact the Irish consulate
(C/Villalba Hervás 9, Office 2 38002 Santa Cruz de Tenerife 922.245.671).

This year, once again, the award-winning Plaza de España in Adeje will also be part of the global ‘greening’, a movement that has seen public buildings and spaces around the world turn green in celebration of this most international of national celebrations. The plaza will be lit up from 7.30pm on Friday March 16th until Sunday March 18th.

The official mass is on March 17th, St Patrick’s Day at 12 noon in the Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe Church (calle Siete Islas, Las Américas, Arona) and will be in English.

The Adeje councillor for social harmony Zebenzui Chinea Linares, “Adeje is a multicultural borough, with people from over 120 countries living side by side, and we celebrate a host of different cultural events, such as Holi, the Hindu celebration of colours, the Chinese New Year, traditional Tibetan, Muslim, Orthodox and of course Canarian events. We really do believe that respect, cultural interchange and social harmony are the keys to eradicate potential tension and emphasise the things that unite us”.


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Be part of Adeje’s Easter celebrations

Representacion de la Pasion, Calle grande, Adeje.14 Abril 2017 ©Phil Crean



Preparations in Adeje for the annual Easter week events under way, both for those who are travelling to the borough for a welcome beach break and those who are interested in observing and taking part in the many religious events and processions, among them the Good Friday performance of the last days of Jesus Christ.


Known as ‘La Pasión’, or The Passion, the performance takes place along the town’s Calle Grande and the Plaza de España for the finale.  Stages are erected along the street for a series of acts depicting the Last Supper, the court of Pontius Pilate, the Garden of Gethsemane, etc.  The actors, principal and crowd extras are amateur performances from Adeje and this week registration is open for those members of the public who would like to be involved in the crowd scenes.

Representacion de la Pasion, Calle grande, Adeje.14 Abril 2017 ©Phil Crean

While some understanding of Spanish is necessary to understand the follow the directions, these are crowd scenes, and no actual speaking roles are involved.  Costumes are provided, and children and adults are welcome.   This is one of the most important cultural happenings in Adeje every year, so why not be a part of it!


Full details about registration and participation are on the council’s main webpage,, where you can also download the entry form which should be filled in and dropped off at the Adeje Cultural Centre (weekdays, 8am – 10pm).  Under 12s must be accompanied by an adult.


“Every year ‘La Pasión’ is something of a meeting point for the people of Adeje as well as people from elsewhere who come together to be part of this significant act, representing the life and death of one of the most important people in world history, Jesus Christ”; commented cultural councillor Adolfo Alonso Ferrera.

Representacion de la Pasion, Calle grande, Adeje.14 Abril 2017 ©Phil Crean



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