Swing out this summer….


Classical music, world rhythms and Latin Jazz are only some of the sounds that will make Adeje swing this summer

This summer music is making its mark in Adeje with a series of terrific concerts lined up for the coming month. All of these concerts are taking place in the open air, in Golf Costa Adeje.

Il Divo will perform on June 15th, for the first time in Tenerife, as part of their 15th Anniversary “Timeless” tour. Songs of love and romance through the ages will be on the menu. Tickets are on sale through www.masaquilla.com.

From June 18th to 22nd jazzy sounds will also dominate, with the International Festival of Latin Jazz, Clazz Continental Latin Jazz taking place, bringing together top class figures in the field as well as some new local vocal artists. Clazz Club is the biggest jazz organisation in Europe and this is their first time here in the Canaries, where they will play in Adeje and in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria. Tickets online, www.tomaticket.es.

‘Ritmos del Mundo’ will also tee-off in Golf Costa Adeje, on June 22nd from midday, with a terrific line-up of artists – Rosalía, Nic Fanciulli, Cruz Cafuné Apolionia, and lots more – tickets on sale now, http://farraworld.com/entradas/.

For the second summer in a row the Tenerife Symphony Orchestra will offer a classical music concert on July 19th, under the baton of Mexican conductor Iván López Reynoso, and tenors Celso Albelo and Javier Camarena. Tickets, www.tomaticket.es


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Il Divo tickets on sale

Tickets are now on sale for what promises to be the concert of the year in Adeje. This week DN7, the promotors of the Il Divo concert in Golf Costa Adeje on June 15th, announced that you can now buy tickets from www.mastaquilla.com or the online El Corte Inglés page.

At the announcement was DN7’s David Navarro alongside Spanish singer Carlon Marín, one of the quartet, the Adeje mayor José Miguel Rodríguez Fraga, cultural councillor Adolfo Alonso Ferrera and the director of the Baobab Suites, Olivier Doche.

Carlos Marín said they were delighted to be coming to sing in Tenerife and showcase the Timeless 15th Anniversary work.  “We are really looking forward to performing for the first time on the island, to enjoy the climate, the people, and are so grateful to Adeje for opening their doors to us”.  He said they were preparing a very special concert, “with a lot of contact with the public and a terrific production…this will be a mix of some of our big hits as well as songs that we will be performing for the first time”.

Adeje’s mayor said he was really looking forward to seeing the quartet live.  “We are delighted to have Il Divo performing in our borough”, adding that the concert was also very much a part of the cultural element of Adeje’s tourism offer. He added that cultural tourism also offered benefits to the borough’s residents as of course the concert was open to all.

If you’re Irish…

The annual St Patrick’s Gala Dinner will be held this year on March 13th, in the Golf Costa Adeje. The host for the evening is the Honorary Irish Consul to Tenerife, Álvaro de la Bárcena Argany Álvaro de la Bárcena Argany, and members of the Adeje Town Hall will also present. And of course you don’t have to be born Irish to take part – isn’t everyone a little bit Irish in the days leading up to March 17th, St Patrick’s day!

As in previous years, the evening includes a glass of Cava on arrival, a sumptuous three course meal and coffee and cake (always with a special Irish touch), not to mention excellent wines throughout the meal, all for €40. Last year the organisers also held a raffle with money raised going to the local centre for individuals with special needs, the Asociación San Juan. This year the raffle will be bigger and better, with one of the top prizes on offer, courtesy of the Fundacion CLC World, being a voucher for 7 nights’ accommodation in one of their resorts in Tenerife, Malaga or Turkey.
And of course the evening wouldn’t’ be complete without some live music and dancing, with Irish musicians travelling from home as well as some based here playing tunes to keep you on your toes. The group travelling from Ireland will also be giving a few private concerts around the island, including in the San Juan centre, during the week leading up to March 17th.

If you would like tickets to this terrific event please contact Noelle Corridan, 633 39 98 27 (afternoons) or Denise Quigley in the Honorary Consulate of Ireland, 922 245 671 between 10am and 1pm, Mon-Fri. This is a seated event so tickets are limited, so book soon to avoid disappointment.

Lithuanian authors in Adeje

New works from  Edmundas Malūkas and Nijolé Narmontaité were officially launched last week

The Adeje Centre for social harmony (Convivencia) recently hosted the presentation of new works by two Lithuanian authors – the Lithuanian community have a growing resident group here in Adeje.
Edmundas Malukas’ book is an historic novel telling the story of the  Vytautas the Great and his wife Ona, who lived at the end of the 14th century in the Grand Duchy of Lithuania which stretched down to the Black Sea  – during this period in history the  Grand Duchy of Lithuania was the largest state in Europe.

The second book is by actress Nijolé Narmontaité, who has said that much of the book was written during her time in Tenerife last winter.

Both presentations were organsied by the Lithuanian bookshop Knygu Namai Tenerifeje and representatives from the local Casa Lithuania community and the Adeje council.  Councillor Zebenzui Chinea Linareas told the audience that there were in “a space dedicted to cultural exchange, learning and enrichment”, welcoming the intetgration of the Lithunain community, and thanking them for allowing us learn more about their culture.



Fotografías: Silva Zebrauskaite-Ryazanova 

Centuries old statue restored

The restoration team was led by Silvano Acosta, a Tenerife based conservationist

The Catholic See of Tenerife with the Cabildo heritage secion and the Adeje Santa Úrsula parish church have released details of the completion of the restoration of a statue of St Paul, in which he is carrying book of the epistles in the folds of his cloak.

The team charged with the restoration were led by Silvano Acosta, a Tenerife-based restorer and conservation expert, and used a technique to set the original polychrome pieces, using original glues to repair parts of the sculpture manually. The work was delicate as the team didn’t want “to lose materials during the conservation process and worked in very specific zones, never in a general way, on crests and elevated sides”, said the expert. All of the affected parts were reconstructed and cracks were filled in using polyvinyl glues, and the sculpture was cleaned.


According to information found in the official archives, the statue of St Paul was located on the main altar piece in the San Francisco Convent (of Our Lady of Guadalupe and St Paul) founded in 1679 by the first Marques of Adeje, Juan Bautista de Ponte Fonte y Pages. The first altar disappeared and was replaced with an 18th century style until 1841 when it was brought to the church in San Antonio Abad in Arona.

According to Acosta, this statue bears “the influence of the house of Martín de Andujar. We are probably looking at a sculpture from his school, perhaps the artist was part of the Garachico School of the time. The style is archaic but wasn’t popular. It would appear to have been inspired by pre-existing models from the time”.

St Paul carries a new-style sword in his left hand, which we see from the 13th Century onwards. This is a double-edged sword alluding, one side, to his martyrdom and on the other, the radical style of his writings.


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A mini-city in itself!

Focus Adeje group visit to Reina Sofia Tenerife Sur airport, 24 January 2019 – credit Phil Crean

The Adeje-based Focus group brought 40 foreign residents to Reina Sofia airport to see what goes on behind the scenes

Last week Focus, a lobby group representing international residents in Adeje, organised a visit to Reina Sofia airport. Organised in conjunction with CIT Sur (the centre for tourism initiatives in South Tenerife), the places on the trip were snapped up within hours of releasing details, such was the level of interest among foreign residents living in the area.

“We are already planning a second trip as there were so many people we had to disappoint this time”, says Focus representative Clio O’Flynn, who also works for the Adeje council on forging and expanding links with foreign residents. “These visits are organised during the school year by CIT Sur for school children as part of explaining to them the importance of tourism to Tenerife, but they agreed to do an ‘adult’ visit for us, for which we are very grateful”, she continued.

Eagle, raptor, bird of prey in captivity, Credit Phil Crean

The guided tour was staffed by personnel from AENA, the Spanish airport authority, and was in English for the benefit of the international group, that included British, Irish, Germany and Norwegian participants. And while there were some hiccups, the group were fascinated to be able to view the other side of a working airport, “a mini-city in itself”, and learn how this part of tourism creates thousands of direct jobs and hundreds of thousands of indirect forms of employment.
For many the highlight of the 3 hour tour was a trip to the Reina Sofia falconry, to see these magnificent birds who are trained to keep the airways clear of small birds and increase safety for flyers.

Focus is a lobby group of foreign residents in Adeje who are interested in helping the non-Spanish speaking community further integrate into daily life in Adeje. They have organised information seminars on Brexit, on finance for ex-pats, and have also set up visits of interest. For more information on Focus and on future events they may be planning, you can drop them a line to focusadeje@gmail.com. And even though there are based in Adeje, the trips and events they organise are open to the wider Tenerife South community.

Focus Adeje group visit to Reina Sofia Tenerife Sur airport, 24 January 2019: Credit Phil Crean

Harris hawk bird of prey raptor: Credit Phil Crean



Sunday with San Sebastián


This Sunday San Sebastián in Adeje was a celebration of social harmony, a patron saint, and tradition and friendship with up to 10 thousand people in attendance throughout the morning and afternoon, according to official sources.

The mayor of Adeje, José Miguel Rodríguez Fraga, said “San Sebastián is a time and place for remembering the importance of social harmony, togetherness, solidarity. We come together with our animals and remember the importance of sharing peace during the celebrations of what is one of the oldest and most significant celebrations not just in Adeje but in Tenerife”.

The celebrations, which stretch back over 5 centuries, take place in La Caleta and the La Enramada beach, where this year 110 riders and horses (and camels, donkeys, sheep, goats, dogs and cats) were there to take part. Following midday mass, sung by the Santa Úrsula parish choir, the statue of San Sebastián left the church and was carried to the sea, where horse and their riders also bathed. The procession then returned to the square for the traditional blessing of the animals.





Adeje’s contribution to World Children’s Day




The council is a member of the ABISUR collective which works to encourage borough bodies to get involved in helping families and children


Today, November 20th, is World Children’s Day and Adeje has been taking part in the preparation of a video (in Spanish) by ABISUR, an association which brings together municipal teams that work for and with families and children, to raise awareness and call, in a united voice, for more attention to be paid to the needs of children as well as recognising the work of those who do dedicate their time to ensuring that today’s children have a better future.

“Adeje, as an integral part of ABISUR, comes together with the other teams working with families in the boroughs of Tenerife south to commemorate World Children’s Day, producing this video which is a platform for the children from the different boroughs who were asked “if you had a huge megaphone and could say something really important to the world, as a child, what would you say?”, detailed the Adeje councillor responsible, Isabel Fernandez González. Some of the answers include a wish for adults to see the world through the eyes of children, that children don’t learn abuse at the hands of adults, that all kids have a home, a family, food and friends, and a roof.

“The primary goal of today is to highlight the needs of those children who are in a vulnerable situation, underline the rights of children, make people aware of the importance and need to work on a daily basis to guarantee children’s welfare and development”, outlined the councillor. “Today is a day to remember that all children have a right to health, education and protection regardless of where they were born, where they live”.

The Adeje council have a fully trained team working with children in the borough, with two social workers, three educators and two psychologists, whose principal mission is to guarantee the wellbeing and rights of children in Adeje, and be aware of their vulnerable position in some cases.

The video is online on the Ayuntamiento de Adeje webpage and facebook Spanish and English pages, or you can see it on YouTube here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=51&v=JwFQHfGnaLo


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