Channel 2, Television Española will broadcast Adeje’s La Pasión live Friday April 3rd
This Good Friday, April 3rd, Adeje council, through the department of Culture, with councillor Nayra Medina Bethencourt at the helm, present the greatest story ever told – the Passion of Jesus Christ – staging the last days and death of Jesus of Nazareth. The event will be broadcast live on Channel 2, TVE (Television España), on the local radio station, Radio Sur Adeje, 107.98fm, Radio Nacional España and and live streaming via www.adeje.es/pasion.
Councillor Medina Bethencourt commented, “more than 300 people will be taking part as amateur actors in the staging of the story, the vast majority of them people from different parts of the borough who sign up year after year to take part in what is an important element of our local culture”.
For the third year running the scene of the crucifixion will be in the Plaza España. The councillor noted that “with the change of location and stages, which we did for the first time two years ago we achieved the desired affect, which was to create a panoramic setting for the final setting which we get with the Plaza, the church, the Convento and the Barranco del Infierno as a backdrop”. There is also more room for the public to watch the final scene of La Pasión with the change to the Plaza.
The councillor remarked that La Pasión is a major event for Adeje, “the people of the borough feel very much that this is their event, and return to participate year after year. This year we have more than 300 people taking part in this important international event, something very different, very unique.
“As well as the participation of local residents there are other groups and individuals from other parts of the island who will be here, from the north, from the island capital, or the many who come from other towns and villages to play their part”.
Regarding the live broadcast of the event, Medina Bethencourt said that it was “an amazing showcase to the world, an excellent promotional tool and gives added value to the destination, a classic ‘sun and beach’ one, but a place that, with events of this quality, stands out in the tourism market place and offers the tourist something different, something more..”
Changes in 2015
The most notable changes this year are in the Herod and Pontius Pilate staging areas, costumes, and some upgrades to the Jerusalem marketplace, recreating the ambiance of the era. The participation of the Municipal School of Music and Dance as Herod’s dancers is noteworthy and new too will be the dance performed by the Beanky Ballet on the stage where the Last Supper will take place. The script has also been changed and is more intense. All of the music is also written by members of the Municipal School of Music and Dance (EMMA), incorporating some traditional Canarian musical themes and instruments – the timple, cháracas, the drum, airs and dances.
The whole of the Calle Grande, from the Plaza de la Cruz del Llano to the Plaza España, will be a stage dressed to resemble the time of Our Lord, with plants, cloths, sculptures and alters, etc. And in the staging area with live farm animals the backdrop resembles the Canarian countryside.
During and afterwards, for those following the event, they can upload their photographs and videos to #pasionadeje2015, helping give the event greater visibility. The council also reminds those who are planning to attend the event to wear comfortable shoes and clothing, bring water, a sun hat and wear adequate sun cream, and make sure children are well protected. Do follow the instructions of the local police and civil protection units who are there to ensure everyone’s safety and don’t cross the temporary barriers erected to keep the streets clear for the act itself.
Security during the event will be provided by a group of Adeje local police, members of the civil protection unit and civil protection volunteers and the voluntary Adeje fire brigade.