A little bit of heaven in Adeje

 

The Mayantigo Fest will delight

The III Mayantigo Fest, Traditional World Music Costa Adeje is offering visitors ‘a little bit of heaven’ during the last weekend of September in the Plaza Salytien, with performances of traditional music and dance from Adeje and other towns here and abroad. The weekend event promises a fantastic mix of light and colour, dance and rhythms bringing people together using the more international language of all – music!

This is very much an international event, working to encourage an interest in our local culture as well as inviting groups from other Canarian and Spanish towns and beyond. It is held in a tourist centre, inviting residents and visitors alike to get to know more about the music, song and dance of Adeje and exchange experiences and cultures. The presentation during both evenings will be in Spanish and English.

The organisers of the event are the Adeje School of Music Folklore group in partnership with the Adeje department of tourism. This year the Folklore group are also celebrating their 30th anniversary, and are delighted to welcome the Coros and Danzas Mar Menor from Murcia, Los Campesinos from Lanzarote and the Khaita Joyful Dances from Tibet!

“The idea behind setting up the festival was to give the people who come on holidays to Costa Adeje the chance to get to know something of our customs, our traditional values and after two successful years we feel we have gone some way towards achieving that, with this outdoor show, free to the public, in a main thoroughfare of the borough”, said Ermitas Moriera García, Adeje’s tourism councillor.

Canarian folklore has roots in a diversity of traditions from Europe, the Americas and Africa, with a varied selection of music, song and dance, many of which have been revived by the Adeje School of folklore. The festival, as well as being a showcase for local folklore groups, also offers a shared space for groups from other parts of Spain and beyond.

The event is made possible by help from Hovima, Mundos, Grúas Sur,Imegal, Imoque Servicios and BP Adeje.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Happy Streets 365 days

 

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Adeje’s streets are going to be busier and hopefully happier as a result of the new campaign launched by the council yesterday. Happy Streets will see events happening all over the borough, particularly in the tourist zones of Costa Adeje, throughout the year, and the happiness should spill into the residential areas too.

The new campaign was launched yesterday, World Tourism Day, by Adeje mayor José Miguel Rodríguez Fraga, in the company of many local businesses in the Plaza Salytien. The mayor told press, “It’s fundamental that tourist destinations are constantly reinventing and renewing themselves if they want to continue to meet the changing needs of tourists and tourism. Today we present Happy Streets, and with this we hope to bring together cultural and leisure offers which will be developed in the tourist zones, helping us bring our culture and heritage closer to visitors. We are also well advanced in other areas of improvements for tourists, including the provision of free wifi for all in the Costa Adeje zone”, he continued.

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The inauguration of Happy Streets saw many local representatives and businesses from South Tenerife present, and opened with a performance from the EMMA, the Adeje School of Music and Dance, and the Adeje Folklore group.

The Happy Street project itself will see performances and events happening along the street and in local bars, commercial centres, restaurants and other spaces with the added hope that local businesses will also see improvements, and subsequently create more jobs. The project has been designed by the department of tourism promotion in Adeje, under councillor Ermitas Moreira Garcia, with the collaboration of the Creventy company.

Happy Streets aims to offer some form of entertainment 365 days of the year, and encourage people to attend many of the larger cultural events already in the Adeje calendar as well. The programme will begin with the International Folklore Festival (Mayantigo Fest2016) which is taking place in the Plaza Salytien and the following weekend with the Oktoberfest, also in the Plaza Salytien, on October 7th and 8th.

The mayor stated that data shows that only 10 % of tourists who visit Costa Adeje go out onto the streets to explore and enjoy what’s on offer. “We might think the streets are busy but we need more people to come out, interact on a daily basis, live new experiences, meet new people, discover the other sides to Adeje and get to know the parts of the borough that makes it so different from other tourist destinations, in particular thanks to the people who live here and the natural surrounds”.

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Happy Streets will also work to highlight the complementary offer such as leisure, restaurants and the commercial side of Adeje as well as more traditional and cultural attractions. From January 1st the full Happy Street programme will be up and running online, in five languages, with a high concentration of visual content showing what’s on offer. Club Happy Street will offer a loyalty programme allowing people sign up for events on particular days, take advantage of promotions, discounts and draws as well as receiving daily news updates.

As well as the launch of the Happy Streets launch, the Adeje council also celebrated World Tourism Day which this year took accessible tourism as its theme. The ‘Once’ organisation held a talk for many companies in the tourism sector outline the needs and requirements of visitors with special needs, be they mobility, visual or auditory.