Feeling groovy in Adeje this weekend!

The Feeling festival starts tomorrow in the CDTCA in Adeje with two days of free cultural events and then comes to a musical conclusion on Saturday with an amazing Reggae concert in the municipal football stadium. Tickets for the concert are available online, tomatickets.es, ticketbell.es or in a number of shops: El Rincón de Tintín, Loca María Grow Shop, Sonora Discos and the Palm Beach Surf Shop.

This is the second year the Feeling Festival will be based in Adeje with a terrific line up of national and international artists coming to perform on Saturday. According to the councillor for participation and social harmony, Zebenzui Chinea Linares, “we are really interested in the social themes that are part of the overall festival and are delighted to see them in Adeje again.” The council has cooperated in setting up a number of the Thursday and Friday events, with the council’s mobile youth unit in place, a risotherapy workshop and participation in a round-table discussion on ‘the invisibility of women’.

Inma Galván and Leo Mansito, the co-ordinator and director respectively of New Events productions, said the events were geared for everyone, and they will also be asking the public to donate to a fund raising effort for Canarian NGO Solidarity and the Pedro Jiménez foundation among others. Taylor Austin of the Open Arms organisation said they were founded in 2015 and their “principal mission was refugee sea rescues of those fleeing persecution and/or poverty.” The company’s founders worked in sea rescue and life-saving and had much experience of working along the Spanish coasts, helping those in need.

Cultural days
On Thursday June 28th activities will be divided into two sections – the first taking place in FIT, the Factory for Tourism Innovation, with the above-mentioned workshop with the participation of Adeje councillor Ermitas Moreira García. (8.30pm), which will have simultaneous translation into sign language. There will also be a screen of the film Rockers (Jamaica, 1978).
In parallel, in the gardens of the CDTCA, there will be workshops, dance with sign language, acrobatics. Information points will be in place.

On Friday June 29th the round table discussion on the Open Arms Project will be on. There will be a presentation of the ‘Reggae can help’ Project with Mar Sobé,Austin Taylor, Ras Kuko and Fernando García Guereta at 5.15pm, and at 8.30pm a talk entitled “Reggae is more than music” with journalist John Masouri , Julián García from Roots&Vibes and Fernando Guereta, Nice Time. To close the evening there will be a screening of the documentary ‘Tell the children the Truth’.

Saturday is reggae day in the Municipal football stadium with performances from Alborosie, Tarrus Riley featuring Dean Fraser and Israel Vibration. Also in the line-up are Sumerr (Jamaica), Canarians One Xe Band, Lioness Den, Isaiah, Don Virgilio,
Dada Wanche, A’Jah Porfecía Crew, Lava Sound, junto a DJ Chiqui Dubs,
Triggafinga Intl Sound and the Tenerife Dancehall Crew.

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Commitment to education in Adeje

Plans, including the conversion of the Tijoco Cultural Centre into a temporary secondary school, were detailed at a recent meeting

The Adeje council has injected over two million euros into education materials, schools upgrades, such as the roof for the courts in the Las Torres primary school, the construction of a multi-use pavilion in Armeñime, the conversion of the Tijoco cultural centre into a temporary secondary school for the next academic year, and other improvements in schools in the borough. The education councillor, Adolfo Alonso Ferrera, detailed the work schedule to a recent meeting of school principals.

The councillor said, “if there is one thing that marks Adeje out it is our commitment to education in every sense of the word which means we must and do invest in education when needed. Schools are our primary focus as they are the foundation for a good future for our children. These children have the right to develop in the best possible conditions and with equality of opportunities. I know that at times the bureaucracy of other administrations can impede certain advancements, and we as a council have actually taken on work outside our normal responsibilities as we see our education community as hugely important”.

Also present at the meeting were directors of CaixaBank who have been welcome partners in sponsoring extra-curricular activities for the children as well as offering grants and programme assistance. Pilar Quiroga said their social department “Works to help cover demands for books, school materials and food. Each year we have increased the amount donated, now up to €16.000 because for us everything related to education is fundamental for the development of the person. It is marvellous to be able to help, we want to give back to society that which we have received, and without the implication of the Adeje council this wouldn’t have been possible”.

During the meeting Adolfo Alonso told the principals about the need to adapt the Tijoco cultural centre into a provisional secondary school as the current two secondary schools are already full to the point of collapse. So the cultural centre in Tijoco will be given over to the department of education who will convert rooms in to four classrooms for children who have just finished 6th class in primary school in Tijoco Bajo. “Some parents have voiced their doubts about the proposal, which we understand. For many years the council have advised the secondary schools that they would soon reach full capacity. Today the IES El Galeón has almost twice the number it was assigned for. For quite a while the council has set aside a plot of land to give to the regional department of education to build a third secondary school, a matter we have raised with them time and time again. And of course we also are concerned about the fact that only one secondary school in Adeje offers ‘Bachillerato’ courses”. The council have also set aside land for the construction of a vocational college and it is believed the regional education department will announce that work on this will begin soon.

 

Other annual investments made by the council in local education include monies for transport, school materials, (€350,000 this year), grants to assist students attend university, etc. The council has donated money to the parents’ associations this year to establish the programme that is a ‘walk to school safely’ scheme, currently benefitting over 200 families. The series of workshops for parents have also been of interest, dealing with pertinent matters such as drug dependency, school bullying, truancy, healthy eating habits, helping children to study, etc.

 

Adolfo Alonso used the time with the school principals to let them know about the up-coming Summer University with 14 courses and 15 workshops, with a wide range of subject matter on offer. There is also a training option for the over 25s via an agreement with the University of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria.

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Open air classical music concert in Adeje

 

Lyrical evening with the TSO and Davinia Rodríguez in Golf Costa Adeje

This July 13th the Tenerife Symphony Orchestra will play their first open air concert in South Tenerife, in Golf Costa Adeje. Organised by the Adeje council with the support of the regional department of Tourism, the orchestra will be conducted by Jader Bignamini, with Canarian soprano Davinia Rodríguez .

The concert, beginning at 9pm, reflects the Adeje council’s push to make sure that quality entertainment events are not just on offer for tourists through the ‘Happy Streets’ programme but also for residents, who will have a chance to see and hear the TSO live in the south.

The TSO is considered one of the best in Spain and also has played extensively abroad in Europe, the United States and Asia over the years. Of course it is also a cultural reference here in the islands.

Gran Canarian soprano Davinia Rodríguez has sung with some of the top opera singers in the world, including Jesús López Cobos, Plácido Domingo, James Conlon, Jeffrey Tate, Danoto Renzetti and many more. She has sung in all the great theatres in Spain, in Italy, China, and here in the Canary Islands.

Condustor Jader Bignamini is the resident conductor with the La Verdi Symphony Orchestra in Milan but has also wielded his baton with Symphony Orchestras in San Diego, Osaka, Detroit, Milwakee and this year has been busy touring South America.

The programme for the July 13th concert will feature works from Rossini, Verdi, Bizet, among others and the organisers are preparing a special stage setting which will allow the audience enjoy a spectacular sunset to live music in this very special setting.

Also participating in the production of the event are the Canarian government, the Cabildo of Tenerife and the Golf Costa Adeje club. Tickets are €15 and on sale https://www.tomaticket.es/entradas-sinfonica-de-tenerife.

The hope is that this will become a regular summer classic music event and the Adeje council will be looking to the TSO and other European bodies to offer the local public and visitors the kind of quality events that match the destination.

 

 

 

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Adeje celebrates the end of the sporting year!

 

This year over 1,700 Adeje residents took part in some form of organised sports

In recent days the Adeje department of sports has been involved in a number of team events marking the end of the sporting season. Various individual athletes have also been invited and congratulated on a successful sporting year. Overall during the year over 1,700 Adeje residents have taken part in some organised sporting activity in one of more of 17 modules, and many of them took part in the closing ceremony held in the municipal sports ground last week.

The Adeje sports councillor Adolfo Alonso Ferrera underlined the importance the local council place on sporting activity. “Sport is important and something we all should enjoy but we also have to make sure that studies are just as important in our children’s lives, so that they make have the best chance possible in the future. Success in sport depends on many factors and we are not here to see our kids become superstars, though that can happen, but it’s not the main objective. I would like to congratulate everyone for their efforts and dedication”.

During the closing ceremony the different participating groups gave small demonstrations of what they had learnt during the year. The councillor told all those assembled “this is a special afternoon as we can see the results of weeks and months of work. I am so proud of everyone, as most importantly we can see the enjoyment they have in their chosen sport. Furthermore, Adeje is a borough known for its fair play, ‘outside and inside’, and I congratulate you for that too”.

During the week the council also named and congratulated the many Adeje athletes who have had individual and team success during the season.

 

 

 

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A fair deal for tourism boroughs

New Spanish minister for tourism offers an alliance with the AMTC

During the opening session today of the inaugural conference of the Association for Canarian Tourism Boroughs, the AMTC, the newly appointed national tourism minister Isabel Oliver Sagreras said the government in Madrid were happy to be allied with the association. She also spoke of the search for a “social balance” in tourism between the needs of the visitors and the rights of the residents in tourism destinations. “Residents have a right to an opinion too, and we have to be aware of the impact of tourism on where we live”. Sustainability was vital in this regard – “economic and territorial. It was also crucial that workers right to training and proper contracts and wages was respected and upheld.

The conference, being held in Adeje, was organised by the AMTC, with over 100 invited participants both from the member boroughs as well as relevant professional sectors. Speakers from the Canarian universities are also present during the two day event, June 22nd and 23rd.

During the afternoon session on Friday there were seven round-table discussions on what are considered the main themes in need of attention: governing tourism, overnight stays – including holiday rental, sustainability, training and employment, planning and management, integration and innovation, and digitalisation.

The president of the association and mayor of Adeje, José Miguel Rodríguez Fraga said that the Canaries “has to adapt to the new tourism model, based on quality and sustainability if we wish to maintain our position as leaders in the sector among European destinations.” He pointed to the main challenges as “capturing the new mid and mid-high income tourist, keeping the 15 million annual visitors we have and making sure we keep the €20 million that the sector generates for the islands”, and to do that we have to improve in quality, diversity and sustainability.

Modernising the existing hotels was another crucial point, the AMTC president stressed. “We need to also reform the existing tourism law to meet the needs of sustainable growth but without getting rid of the moratorium in place and we also have to treat holiday letting as another branch of tourism. Our objective is to have an availability of 450,000 overnight places with an average occupation rate of between 70% and 80% with an average stay of 7 days.”

Digitalisation was mentioned as a tool for improving competitivity in the sector by up to 20%. Employment and training are also pillars of any advancement with the creation of up to 100,000 new jobs under discussion. Among the essential educational requirements, said Rodriguez Fraga, has to be language training. “Learning other languages is something we do need to be better at and improve education options. We are also committed to equal opportunities and will work to eliminate any gender or age discriminatory gaps.”

Referring to the seven main tourist áreas in the island – South Teneirfe, Southern Gran Canaria, La Oliva – Yaiza, Jandía, Arrecife – Tías – Teguise, North Tenerife and Islas Verdes) Rodríguez Fraga pointed to the huge problems in roads, public transport, ports and airports, and that given the 16 million visitors who visit these areas annually proper planning and integrated development was essential. He also used the visit of the newly appointed Spanish tourism minister to reiterate a key point of the AMTC – the need for increased funding from central coffers given that “tourism creates over 30% of GDP but these boroughs only receive 1% of regional funding and less than 1% from the general budgetary fund….the reality is”, he said, “that we look after over twice the numbers on the residential register”. (Boroughs receive central funding for residents registered on the ‘padrón’ for services, etc.).

The conference continues tomorrow in the CDTCA, in Adeje.