Spring Into Action

ADEJE-BAILE DE MAGOS 2013 (18)There’s a great mixed-bag of cultural events planned in Adeje over the next two months, there’s bound to be something for everyone.   From art to arts and crafts, music and dance, and of course the great fun to be had at the Baile de Magos in the Plaza de España on May 29th, get ready for fun.

Adeje Cultural Agenda, May/June 2014
“Adeje Experience the Traditions”

Programme of Events

May

Friday 9

21:00h Spring Concert, Adeje Orchestra of Modern Music. Adeje Cultural Centre, Tickets €12 general public, €8 residents.

Saturday 10
11:00 h. Open air painting, Taucho.

Sunday 11
12:00h-22:00 h. Degusta.me (Taste Me), Gastronomy Market, Plaza de España Adeje.

Wednesday 14
17:00h. Traditional Canarian Pastry Workshop, Tenerife fried Rosquetes. Centre for Tourism Development Costa Adeje, (CDTCA).

Thursday 15
09:30-12:00 h. Workshop. Demonstration of bamboo massage techniques. Adeje Cultural Centre
17:00h. Traditional Canarian Pastry Workshop. La Gomera: Vilana Cake. Centre for Tourism Development Costa Adeje, (CDTCA).

Friday 16
09:00-15 h. V Adeje Technology Day: “Smart City, Beginning with the people”. Magma Arte y Congresos.
17:00-22:00 h. Adeje Experience, for all the family. Playmobil, Lego exhibition, video games’ tournament, electronic music concerts, etc.

21:00h. Benké in Concert. Adeje Cultural Centre Theatre

Saturday 17
10:00-20:00 h. XIV Arts and Crafts Fair, Calle Grande and Plaza de España, Adeje town.
10:00 h. Adeje Clean and Healthy, end of campaign event.
11:00 h. Demonstration of Hunting Dogs. Explanada El Galeón.
12:00 h. Boleros de Armeñime, folklore performance.
18:00- 20:00 h. Traditional dance workshop
20:00 h. Isogue folklore group performance

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Sunday 18
10:00-20:00 h. XIV Arts and Crafts Fair, Calle Grande and Plaza de España, Adeje town.
10:00 a 14:00 h. and 15:00 a 19:00 h. Workshop, “Recíclope” in the street. Workshops with recycled materials. Tenerife Cabildo. Plaza de España Adeje.
11:00 h. Demonstration of local sports Lucha Canaria.
12:00 h. Demonstration workshop: Canine behavioural training.
12:30 h. A.C. Imoque folklore group performance.
19:00 h. Closing act Arts and Craft Fair, with the Adeje Municipal Folklore School .

Monday 19
18:00h. Traditional Canarian Pottery Workshop (from May 19 – 21), Teacher, Juan Manuel Pérez García. Adeje Cultural Centre.

Wednesday 28
19:00 h. Timple Workshop (traditional Canarian string instrument), teacher Pedro Izquierdo. Adeje Cultural Centre.
21:00h Timple Recital by the Adeje Municipal Folklore School and invited guests. Exhibiton hall, Adeje Cultural Centre.

Thursday 29
21:00 h. Baile de Magos/Traditional Street Ball. Plaza de España, Adeje.

Saturday 31
21:00h. I Festival Imoque, “From San Sebastián”. Plaza de San Sebastián, La Caleta.

June

Sunday 1
12:00-20:00 h. Intercultural Festival. El Galeón.

Monday 2
18:00 h. From June 2 – 6, Closing ceremonies of the different Adeje sports courses, Las Torres Sports Centre
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19:00 h. Inauguration of the exhibition “Entre manos y barro” , from June 2 – 12 Exhibition Hall, Adeje Cultural Centre.

Saturday 7
09:00 h. Visit to TEA (Tenerife Arts Space). Exhibition of th works of Oscar Domínguez. Santa Cruz de Tenerife.

Sunday 8
12:00h-22:00 h. Degusta.me (Taste Me), Gastronomy Market, Plaza de España Adeje.

Monday 9
17:00 h. Closing act, Adeje Municipal Theatre School, Adeje Cultural Centre.

Thursday 12
18:00 h. VII Theatre event with People with Special Needs, Adeje Borough. Adeje Cultural Centre

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Friday 13
10:00- 20:00 h. Arts and Crafts Market, San Sebastián Commercial Centre, La Caleta.
19:00h Exhibition by Students of the Adeje People’s University (UPA), June 13 – 27. Inauguration of works of art by students of fine art and painting, with a performance by the Adeje Municiapl Folklore School. Exhibition Hall, Adeje Cultural Centre.
20:30 h. Cello concert. Convento San Francisco Adeje. Tickets €5

Saturday 14
10:00- 21:00h Bargain Fair, Las Torres
21:00 h. “La Azotea Cuenta”. Adeje Cultural Centre

Sunday 15
10:00- 21:00h Bargain Fair, Las Torres

Thursday 19
17:00- 20:00 h. Solidarity Massage. Adeje Cultural Centre.

Saturday 21
18:00h Creation of Salt Carpets, Adeje Calle Grande

Sunday 22
18:00h Celebration of Corpus Christi. Parish of Santa Úrsula.

Thursday 26
20:00h. Taucho Ethnographic Days: Migratory movements in the borough of Adeje. Paying homage to to the men and women, “protagonists and witnesses of the migratory movements in Adeje”. Presentation of the book and documentary, “Memoria Gráfica y Testimonial de la migración adejera” (Graphic memorial and testimonial to Adeje migration). With Manuel Hernández González, Professor of American History, University of La Laguna, Club Almácigo, Taucho.

Friday 27
19:00 h. Children’s show, “Los Hermanos Gepetti y sus marionetas de la ópera” (The Gepetti brothers and their opera puppets), with the Reciclown company, in the Adeje Cultural Centre Theatre, Free entry.

Saturday 28
10:00- 16:00 h. Taucho Ethnographic Days: With a series of stages and displays in the streets and paths of Taucho showing past images and professions relating to the migrations during the different periods. Taucho.

 

Adeje’s Religious Heritage

Many of the statues and images that play a central role in the celebrations in Adeje during Easter Week have a history all of their own, with restoration works ongoing, which underlies their importance role in the borough’s heritage, with works from keynote sculptors such as Juan Abascal, Juan Ventura or Luis Álvarez Duarte.

Juan Abascal Fuentes (1922-2003)
Juan Abascal Fuentes was a sculptor and professor in Seville who studied art in his home town but originally abandoned his artistic studies to take up the law, which he practised until 1952, when he returned to the world of art, particularly sculpture. Among his influences was Jose Luis Vassallo Parodi, from Cadiz, from whom he learnt the art of religious imagery. His work is also reflective of the style of Seville baroque masters such as Martínez Montañés, Pedro Roldán and Francisco de Ocampo while also very dramatic. His works can be seen on Adeje’s streets on Palm Sunday, Easter Tuesday and Good Friday, and are La Dolorosa/The Virgin of the Sorrows and Jesus entering Jerusalem on a Donkey.

Juan Ventura (1954-)
Born in Lora del Rio in Seville, Juan Ventura studied art in the Fine Arts academy there. He learnt the art of sculpture from Francisco Buiza Fernández, considered a master of imagery. He has a number of works that are seen during Easter Week events. They are:
Nuestra Señora de la Piedad/Our Lady of Pity who is carried out on Good Friday by the Adeje Senior Citizens club. This is a large statue of Our Lady weeping with the fallen Christ in her arms.
Jesús Nazareno, who is carried through the streets in Easter Tuesday, carrying the cross and greatly revered by the Adeje faithful and also recognised for its artistic qualities.

Luis Álvarez Duarte (1949-)
Sculptor, painter and restorer. Also from Seville, self-taught in modelling from an early age and later on received training from artists such as Rafael Barbero, Francisco Buiza, and others. His principal works are religious statues in wood and among his best known works are the Virgin Patron Saint of the Cachorro Brotherhood (1973), and the Christ of the Brotherhood of Thirst, Seville. In 2006 he was appointed a member of the Seville Fine Arts Hungarian Royal Academy. He has also worked on important restorations such as Our Lord of Might, Seville, who lost an arm due to vandalism in 2010. In Adeje two of his works are taken out during Easter Week and revered as much for their artistic merit as their religious significance. They are:
El Señor Cautivo/The Captured Christ from cedar wood, larger than life and reminiscent of the Seville baroque period, with dramatic expressions in the face and body. This statue will be taken from the Hermitage of La Ezperanza de La Viña on Easter Monday in the care of the National Police.

Nuestra Señora de la Esperanza/Our Lady of Hope
This is a representation of the Virgin Mary of the Sorrows. According to Andalucian tradition the statue’s face is very expressive with glass tear drops, green glass eyes, natural eye-lashes. The statue is also taken out on Easter Monday and on Easter Wednesday accompanied by Our Lord of Humility and Patience from La Postura to the Parish of Santa Úrsula in the town centre and during the procession on Maundy Thursday and carried by the Porteadores de la Virgen.

Cristo de la Misericordia
One of the images that has led the processions during Easter Week since the 18th Century in Adeje is the Cristo de la Misericordia.
The artist is unknown, but the style represents baroque in its purest form. In the past the position of the figure’s arms were adapted for different Easter events, but now the Christ is on the cross, with the face of the statue representing the point of death. The treatment of the skin, the beard, and other aspects of the statue have been noted by experts.
According to Nelson Díaz Frías in his book La Historia de Adeje (The history of Adeje) there is a reference to an alter with a Crucified Christ in an inventory in 1648 and in another written in 1745 a reference to a similar statue.
In the parochial records documents have been found regarding the rules and regulations of the Misericordia Cofradia (brotherhood), founded in March 1661. The documents name the members of the group, the obligations of the group, which included the numbers needed for processions, the election of a steward, the giving of alms, the wearing of a certain tunic, helping those in need, those condemned to death, and recovery of accident victims. While the group doesn’t actually exist today, their representation is continued in the church and has formed part of the Easter Week celebrations in Adeje since the 17th century

Gadgets and Gizmos!

cacharro poster
Adeje Council is sponsoring a gadget competition in schools in the borough

To mark the festival of San Andrés and as part of the ongoing recycling campaign, Adeje council is encouraging children in local schools to take part in a ‘cacharro’ competition.
A ‘cacharro’ is a gadget or gizmo, toy or model, which in this instance should be made from recycled materials, cans, boxes, etc. The competition is co-ordinated by the council’s education department. Children can submit their entries at their local schools between November 15th and 28th.. Prizes will be school material valued at €40, €25 and €15. The feast day of San Andres, on November 30th, is traditionally celebrated here with children making as much noise as possible dragging string with empty cans or pots and pans tied together.
All children who are currently studying in Adeje’s public schools can take part, and all the projects should be made from recycled materials. This year one of the aims of the campaign is also to promote family participation, so parents are encouraged to help the children in primary schools as much as they like. Students in secondary schools should work individually.
Initial selections will be made by teams at each of the participating schools, and a maximum of 12 finalists from each centre can go forward for selection. After the voting, all the finalists will be on display at the Adeje Cultural Centre.
More details and the rules of the competition can be found on the Adeje website, www.adeje.es

Restored 18th Century Painting

cuadro virgen del rosario RESTAURADO

This Friday at 6pm Adeje’s heritage councillor Juan Desiderio Afonso Ruiz has invited the public to attend a special mass in the town’s parish church, Santa Ursula, where a restored painting of the Virgin del Rosario, dating from 1743, will be presented. During the mass the public will also be able to listen to the Baroque Organ.
According to the councillor the work to restore this canvas began a number of years ago and was made possible through a partnership between Adeje council, the regional heritage department and the bishopric of Tenerife. The actual restoration work was carried out by Raquel Trujillo Afonso and Candelaria García Díaz. Historian Carlos Morales has made a study of the work and will present the painting and his findings on Friday. Also present will be Rosario Álvarez, president of the San Fernando Academy of Fine Arts and professor of music at the University of La Laguna, and local authorities.