Lyric Festival for San Juan


24 artists will perform in Madrid to raise funds for the Adeje centre

The “III Fiesta de la Lírica” (II Lyric Festival) benefiting the Asociación San Juan in Adeje, takes place in the Teatro Real in Madrid next Wednesday from 8pm.

At a press conference this week the Adeje mayor José Miguel Rodríguez Fraga, councillor for Special Needs Carmen Lucía Rodríguez del Toro and the president of the Asociación San Juan, Ana Oneida Borges Medina, outlined details of the concert in Madrid and the 24 different artists – 21 singers and three pianists – who will take part in the event. The mayor said the event underlined “the commitment we have to helping those with special needs and improving levels of co-existence”. He added that the borough’s “co-existence plan is an integral part of the borough, for us it is fundamental that no-one who lives in Adeje feels side-lined, we are working to guarantee that integration is genuine, and in that regard the Asociación San Juan gives us the stimulus needed to work with those who have special needs”.

The mayor said he wished to pay tribute to the association as their very presence stimulates the solidarity in the borough, “makes us better human beings, invites us to reflect and discover capabilities we might not have even known we had”.

The Asociación San Juan is a centre for curative education and social therapy promoting an education and a way of life which promotes human rights and a level of auto- determination, and the integration of individuals who need special assistance. The centre works for the social, cultural and profession integration for adults who have developmental problems and who need special care.

The president of the association, Ana Oneida Borges Medina, gave special mention to “Isabel Rey (soprano), the godmother of the Asociación San Juan, who has always underlined the fact that culture can play a very important role not just in enriching a society, but also as a bridge between different aspects of our lives.”

This year the classical music concert also enjoys the support of sponsor Endesa. Provincial commercial director José Manuel de la Cruz said they were delighted to be associated with the event, “and to reinforce our commitment to the Canary Islands and its institutions”.

The executive producer of the gala event, Carlos Marén Artists, said they had received many requests from artists who wanted to participate . Artists who would be performing included Canarians Nancy Fabiola Herrera, Francisco Corujo, Davinia Rodríguez, Juan Pons and Isabel Rey.

If you would like tickets for the concert, log onto the theatre webpage, . Alternatively, and as in previous years, there is a “Row Zero” for people who cannot actually attend the concert but wish to donate, via donations to the bank account (Triodos Bank 1491 0001 21 2006288324).