Creative months of May and June

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There’s a busy two months ahead in Adeje, with a huge range of cultural and sporting activities taking place around the borough.

Closer to individual events we will be publishing detailed information about many of them, but for now here’s the full programme.  All events are in Spanish unless specifically stated.

Friday May 13th
IV Amateur Theatre Showcase
Ángel Guimerá Theatre Group presents:
“El cadaver del Señor García”
Adeje Cultural Centre Theatre, 9pm
Entry: €5
No age restrictions

Saturday May 14th
Guided tour of historic centre of Adeje
With Desiderio Afonso, historian and councillor for heritage
The tour begins at the entrance to the Santa Úrsula Church at 10am

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IV Tenerife Cello meeting
Adeje Cultural Centre and the Plaza España, 10am – 11pm

Costa Adeje Cross Bay Swim
Playa Fañabe, 8am – 2pm

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Monday May 16th
Traditional Canarian Pottery workshop
From Monday May 16th – Friday May 20th
Given by Juan Manuel Pérez García (Meme)
Adeje Cultural Centre, 5pm – 8pm

Wednesday May 18th
PezEnRaya presents:
Mr Kebab
Adeje Cultural Centre Theatre, 8.30pm
Entry: €8
Not recommended for under 12s

Friday May 20th
IV Amateur Theatre Showcase
Arterisko Theatre presents:
“No hay ladrón que por bien no venga”
Adeje Cultural Centre Theatre, 9pjm
Entry €5
No age restrictions
Saturday May 21st
II Festival Imoque
Plaza, San Sebastián , 9pm
Entry Free

Tuesday May 24th
Canarian pastry workshop
Costa Adeje Centre for Tourism Development (CDTCA), 5pm -7pm

Wednesday May 25th
Canarian pastry workshop
Costa Adeje Centre for Tourism Development (CDTCA), 5pm -7pm

Friday May 27th
IV Amateur Theatre Showcase
Sedarpe Asociación Cultural presents:
“Sudor de Luto”
Adeje Cultural Centre Theatre, 9pm
Entry €5
Not recommended for under 16s

Saturday May 28th
Making of the Corpus Christi salt carpets
Calle Grande
From 5pm

Sunday May 29th
Baile de Magos
Plaza España, 9pm


Wednesday June 1st
Gala to mark the end of the Sports season
Plaza España, 6.30pm

Tuesday June 7th – Monday June 27th
Adeje School of Music and Dance performances
More information

Tuesday June 7th
Canarian singing workshop
Adeje Cultural Centre
Young singers, 5pm – 6pm
Adult singers, 6pm – 8pm

Thursday June 9th
Seminario Menor Theatre Group presents
“El Bosque Espeso”
Adeje Cultural Centre Theatre, 8.30pm
Entry free

Friday June 10th
Canarian singing workshop
Adeje Cultural Centre
Young singers, 5pm – 6pm
Adult singers, 6pm – 8pm

I Festival de Parrandas (folk group) Interpretation
Plaza Tierra Lavada (Los Olivos), 8pm

Festival of Capoeira Camuguere Adeje
Las Torres Sports Centre, 5pm – 9pm

Saturday June 11th
Festival of Capoeira Camuguere Adeje
Las Torres Sports Centre, 9am – 9pm

Sunday June 12th
Festival of Capoeira Camuguere Adeje
Las Torres Sports Centre, 5pm – 9pm

Exaltation of Adeje: Homage to Luis Melo Castellano
Adeje Cultural Centre Theatre, 8pm
Entry free

Monday June 13th
Cabildo Theatre School end of year showcase
Adeje Cultural Centre Theatre, 6pm
Entry free

Friday June 17th
IX Festival of Functional Diversity Theatre, Adeje, 2016
Adeje Cultural Centre Theatre, 6pm
Entry Free

IX Taucho Ethnographic Days, rambles, paths, agricultural landscapes
Inaugural event paying homage to the men and women who changed the landscape
Conference with La Laguna University geography professor Víctor Martín , “El camino de Chasna y sus ramalas en el Sur de Tenerife”
Almácigo Cultural and Reacreational Centre (Taucho), 8pm

From Saturday June 18th to Saturday June 25th
Basketball Camp Push the Rock
Las Torres Sports Centre
9am – 9pm

Saturday June 18th
IX Taucho Ethnographic Days, rambles, paths, agricultural landscapes
Ethnograph recreations along Taucho’s streets, with the support of the neighbours of the village and the Imoque Cultural Association
From 11am

Sunday June 19th
Pet Fair, in partnership with Dingo Pet Shop
Las Torres Sports Centre, 9am – 9pm

IX Taucho Ethnographic Days, rambles, paths, agricultural landscapes
Guided walk with Rafael Morales Siverio, Taucho resident, to Hoyo del Agua
Leaving at 10am from the Taucho bar

Monday June 20th – Saturday June 25th
Summer school, Island Goalkeeper School
Adeje Municipal Football Ground
9am – 1pm

Tuesday June 21st – Friday June 24th
Clinic with the Rhythimc Gymnastics World Champion Alina Maksymenko
El Galeón Sports Centre
9am – 1pm, 5pm – 9pm

Monday June 27th – Sunday July 3rd
Costa Adeje Summer Basket Camp
Las Torres Sports Centre
9am – 9pm

Cultural co-operation!


The cultural councillors from the Tenerife south town halls recently met to discuss how co-ordinating their resources could benefit everyone.

The councils have created a working group with representatives from Adeje, Arafo, Arona, Fasnia, Granadilla, Guía de Isora, Güímar, San Miguel de Abona, Santiago del Teide and Vilaflor. They plan to meet once every two months and look at how they might best strengthen the cultural offer across the region, looking in particular at film showings, staging theatrical shows, and other events that, if working together, will benefit the public in each borough. They will also look at how to put the human resources they have to best use to take full advantage of cultural events on offer.

The idea is still evolving, but according to Adolfo Alonso Ferrera, Adeje’s councillor, “together we can all be stronger in this area, and we can establish lines of mutual help with the aim of benefiting everyone in the south”.

One of the first themes to be tackled will be security plans being drawn up under a general Public Events law, which will be looked at during the next meeting.

Gente de zona….in Adeje


The Cuban duo behind the Spanish song of last summer, La Gozadera, will play one Tenerife concert, in the Adeje Football grounds on March 19th.

Gente de Zona play an infectious mix of reggaton, Cuban dancehall with Caribbean rhythms and have worked regularly with top Latino artists such as Marc Anthony, Enrique Iglesias and Pitbull. Their latest single, Traidora, with Marc Anthony, has confirmed their position in the music world following their international Nº1 success with La Gozadera.

Gente de Zona are Alexander Delgado and Randy Malcolm from Cuba and will also stage concerts in Madrid and Gran Canaria. The Adeje gig is being organised by Atresmedia Publicidad, in collaboration with Music Marketing Tools SL., and the Adeje council. The concert begins at 9pm, doors open at 7pm, and there are three zones, General, Front Stage and VIP. Tickets are on sale now via Ticketbell, Misterentradas, and Ticketmaster y Ticketea.

Model citizens!


This year’s theme is Vive San Andrés

Students and their families from Adeje’s infant and primary public schools are invited to participate in the V Gadgets/Gizmos competition.

The competition is organised annually by the Department of Creative Development and the theme this year is Vive San Andrés (San Andrés is the fiesta where chestnuts are eaten, new wines are tasted and kids play with go-karts noisy tins and cans) and entries can be submitted between November 16th and 26th. The winners and runners up will be subsequently part of an exhibition in the Adeje Cultural Centre.

According to councillor Alonso Ferrera, “the department of creative development, sport and learning is always eager to support initiatives that promote development in the education sector. Following on the success of this competition in previous years, we are delighted to continue with the competition which helps students realise their potential as individuals and with their families in the making of these recycled models”.


The rules, which will be published in the Adeje webpages in Spanish and English outlines that each entry can be made with family members and must use recycled materials (primary material should, where possible, be tins or cans, any other materials must also fall into the recycling category) with San Andrés as the theme. Prizes consist of vouchers for school books and materials to the value of €40 for first place, €25 for second and €15 for third as well as runners up certificates for other entrants.

Winners will be chosen based on, among other things, creativity and originality.


Its our heritage!

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Primary and secondary school children from Adeje and Arona, San Miguel and La Laguna took part in a number of activities recently under the Adeje “El Patrimonio es Nuestro” (Its our heritage) programme.
Over eight hundred students in all visited a number of different emblematic sites in the borough, which aimed to show the younger generation the importance of cultural and historical heritage and – and with many of today’s students from a multi-cultural background, this introduction to their local heritage is very relevant indeed. There were talks on why its important to recognise and conserve local history and traditions, as well as the social, environmental and often economic benefits of such preservation.
The students visited the “Camino de la Virgen” walk from the town across the old mountain path to San Sebastain , the Convento de San Francisco, la Casa Fuerte (the town fort) and the Plaza España.

Cultural exchange in Callao Salvaje


How a roundabout in Armeñime would improve harmonious co-existence was just one of the topics touched upon during the recent visit of the Adeje mayor, José Miguel Rodríguez Fraga to the Callao Salvaje Community Church.

The mayor was the invited guest at one of the regular language exchange evenings hosted by Ken and Caroline Cumming in their church centre in Sueño Azul, and there was a lovely mix of people from Callao Salvaje and Costa Adeje in attendance, with a cross-section of Adeje’s multi-cultural population, people from Germany, Belgium, Ireland, England, Wales and Scotland, Italy and of course Spain, in attendance. The local councillor for the area, Amada Trujillo Bencomo was also in the audience.

After the guests had enjoyed some snacks, and a cup of tea or coffee, they sat and were interested to hear the mayor talk about what Adeje can do for them, asking them to continue to be involved in the borough and welcoming suggestions from the floor on how they could become more involved in the future evolution of this international corner of South Tenerife. “I want to make Adeje a reference point for co-existence, for cultural diversity”, he told the gathering, while at the same time stressing the importance of tourism and the need to maintain the area as a top tourist destination too. “We are blessed with the advantages given to us such as the incredible weather, the nature that surrounds us, but most of all, our biggest resource is the people of Adeje” he said, including those present.

The need to constantly improve the destination was also touched upon, as well as the diverse cultural, gastronomic, folklore and incredible sporting offer that Adeje is and has. “And I don’t mean of or for the elite”; the mayor stressed, “I mean the culture of the people, the music of the people, giving people the ability and the tools to discover something about themselves too”. He referred to the Adeje Convivencia and the Adeje Smart City campaigns which were designed and working towards the improvement of the borough for residents and tourists alike.

Responding to questions from the floor Rodríguez Fraga acknowledged that there was still work to be done in controlling unwanted practises in tourist areas such as PR touts and leafleting, and he also spoke of a newish craze that was harming tourism – that of hiring out what were once scooters for the use exclusively of those with mobility disabilities, to anyone who wished, which is now becoming a nuisance on many streets in Costa Adeje and beyond.

To a question from a local IT provider regarding poor internet coverage in Callao Salvaje the mayor said he would look into it as soon as possible, “as it is often up to the council to persuade private companies that they need to serve areas that they might not consider hugely profitable, although Callao Salvaje is a profitable area”, he said. And when asked about how they might tackle the daily traffic blocks and tail backs by Armeñime the mayor confirmed that the plan to introduce a roundabout there was now approved, “land has been ceded and work should begin in a few months…no doubt helping develop more harmony in the community”, he joked.

As the meeting drew to a close one of the audience suggested the establishment of a focus group among ex-pats to work on and inform the council about issues of concern – the mayor welcomed the idea and we hope to see this group up and running soon – so let us know if you would be interested in taking part.


The mayor, in closing, thanked Ken and Caroline for hosting the event, and also for their recent involvement in the fund and food raising Gospel concert in the Adeje Cultural Centre, with all proceeds going directly to the Adeje food bank. He also invited those present to get involved in local borough events – “I know language may be a barrier, but not one that we can’t overcome”, he said.

‘Fusión entre Culturas’ funds donated


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The Tenerife South Indian community and the intercultural association, El Patio de las Culturas de Tenerife presented over €1,500 to the Adeje council, the Cruz Roja and the Sonrisas Canarias charity. The money was raised during the day-long multicultural festival on June 1st in Adeje, “Fusión entre Culturas”. The festival was an event which saw many diverse cultures and people coming together to celebrate their harmonious co-existence and mutual respect. The funds will be used for families in need and the food bank.

Adeje councillors for culture and welfare, Nayra Medina Bethencourt and Amada Trujillo Bencomo said “these kind of events show perfectly the interest the council has in facilitating this kind of cultural exchange among Adeje’s peoples and allows us get to know the many different cultures which co-exist in our borough and have done so for many years”.

During the day a host of different activities were undertaken, with gastronomy offerings from many parts of the world, dance and music from Tibet, an intercultural flash mob, roundtable discussions on tolerance and co-existence, exhibitions, international storytelling, a language exchange stall and much much more.

Participating associations
Among the groups who participated were the Asociación intercultural El Patio de las Culturas de Tenerife, Asociación Mercedes Machado, Asociación Hindú Tenerife Sur, Unión Indígena Nigerianos en Tenerife, Asociación Uruguayos en Tenerife, Asociación de Chilenos en Canarias, Casa Argentina en Tenerife, Asociación Anchieta, Sonrisas Canarias, Cruz Roja, Amigos del Tibet Ghe Pel Lin, Tango, Asociación Musulmana Al ihasan y Justicia y Paz, Asociación Comunidad Dzogchen International Dzamling Gar, Jóvenes por la Diversidad, Taller de empleo Actívate.

Fun, Fusion and the extended Adeje Family!

Last weekend’s cultural coming-together in Adeje was a fusion of families and friends, strangers and residents, cultures old and older, and a crossover of languages, ages, religions, and nationalities.
The event, called Fusión Entre Culturas, was held on Sunday June 1st and saw people from many different parts of the world, but all resident in Adeje or nearby, join together to celebrate both what makes us different and what unites us. The inauguration saw the Adeje mayor, Jose Miguel Rodríguez Fraga lead a top table discussion about the different cultures and nationalities represented in the Adeje resident population – over 118 nationalities at the last count.
The word fusion was aptly chosen as the main speakers referred to how we might fuse our separate identities and cultures with people from our new home, but we don’t lose them nor does one culture supersede or dominate the other. Fusion can be defined in many ways, but here it is best seen, I think, as a combination, a coming together of cultures, leading to the creation of new energies.

Last weekend there was a very open curiosity about cultures on show, and certainly the stand that attracted many curious visitors was the Muslim one, with tea and sweet tidbits on offer to all comers, as well as the chance to get your name written in Arabic. But all of the stands had their fans. There was a lovely table where you could write a message in your own language and post it – by the end of the afternoon it was full. Countries from the Middle and Far East, from Africa, Eastern Europe, and South American all shared the same space, swopped snacks and stories, and got to know each other a little bit better. And maybe next time we should encourage a few tables from nearer home, maybe stands for England, Scotland, Wales and Ireland, the Scandinavian countries and Germany and Poland, just to mention a few.
And of course there were bouncy castles and face painting – the best form of fusion there is if you’re under 10.

Adeje takes pride in its multicultural make-up, and it actually is a delight to be part of it.


Musical Chairs!

The Adeje School of Music and Dance, EMMA, under councillor Adolfo Alonso Ferrera along with the local department of Education, led by councillor Andrés Pérez Ramos, recently hosted the second in a series of learning concerts for young listeners with audiences from infant and primary classes from the borough and outside.

The main objective of the initiative is to bring music to the students of Adeje and South Tenerife and also introduce them to the fantastic resources available at the school of music. The concerts also hope to enhance the educational programmes of the schools taking part and encourage the use of music as a learning tool. .

Adolfo Alonso said, “this was a remarkable success. The students enjoyed themselves and had a lot of questions about the musical instruments that were used in the concert. What we want from this project is that young people begin to enjoy music in a different way”.

For this second event, given the number of students taking part, the day was held in two centres, the Adeje Cultural Centre and the School of Music itself, with students from Tijoco, Armeñime, Las Torres, Fañabé, Adeje schools and students from Luther King. The programme included a mini-concert with teachers from EMMA explaining the history and possible musical uses of each instrument, the wind, string, brass and metal families, etc.

The modern music section included keyboards, bass guitar, drums. sax and voice, was enjoyed by the children in primary school, while those in infants classes enjoyed an carnival of the animals, with a circus theme, each instrument playing a different animal.

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


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. (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.


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
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. (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


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.