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
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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Levelling the playing pitch!

 

The Adeje Equality Council is working on new actions and strategies

 

The Adeje Equality Council has a busy few months ahead, taking part in a range of different training and awareness raising activities with a two-pronged objective – to share and exchange ideas within the council and also to help the public in general become more aware of the need for an equal playing pitch in all facets of daily life.

In its most recent meetings the council members have been making final arrangements for the II Adeje School of Equality, which will take place in early 2019, and have been invited by the gender violence organisation to participate and share their experiences in the School of Social Participation to be organised by Candelaria council in the near future. They are also busy working on the Adeje events for November 25th, International Day against Gender Violence. The message on the day will also be shared with the South Tenerife Equality Network to reach a many people as possible.

Recently the council has approved a communications strategy to encourage greater activity in social networks, they are redesigning their logo, and opening up a YouTube space, all aimed at making the council better known locally and beyond. The hashtag they have adopted for their online presence is #ConsejoIgualdadAdeje.

 

Fun for all the family


A parade, bouncy castles and shows to keep the kids happy during the Adeje fiestas

The younger Adeje public  have lots to keep them amused over the next two weeks during the local festival celebrations, with specific events designed with them in mind.

The main parade is happening on Saturday October 13th with the representatives from the differ-ent neighbourhoods, characters from stage and screen, cartoon friends, and lots more. The event starts at 8.30pm at the bottom of the Calle Grande.
On Monday October 15th in the Adeje municipal football grounds there will be a children’s park from 11am, with bouncy castles, workshops, etc. Entry is free.  Tuesday March 16th Plaza de España hosts the “Gran Circo Komba” at 6.30pm, an interactive theatre presentation. This is also free to the public.
And on Saturday October 20th the Calle Grande is taken over by children’s activities from 5pm, on the last weekend of the patronal festival.