“Sacred, Bitter, Velvet. Show”

Adrián Fresneda’s Exhibition in Adeje

The Adeje Cultural Centre is currently hosting an exhibition of art by Adrián Fresneda. The show, “Sacred, Bitter, Velvet. Show” runs until September 25th.

From La Mancha, Adrián Fresneda has been living and working in Tenerife for the last two years. His work is full of colour, joy, with splashes of colour, almost baroque in style but at the same time is analytical, full of irony, with spurts of irreverence, qualities which Fresneda demonstrates in the themes running through the show – art, politics, Spanish society and culture, religion and homosexuality.

The exhibition features paintings, recordings and collages, reflecting his inspirations and inviting spectators to enter his world and almost become part of it. He says, “the homosexual world is very present in the show, the underworld, what is outside the boundaries of ‘normal’”.

Prem baby photo exibition

Small parcels, larger than life!

There is a very special show in the exhibition salon in the Adeje Cultural Centre (Mon-Fri, 9am – 9pm) until May 13th, organised by the Tenerife association of parents of pre-mature babies.

The exhibition, under the title ‘nacidos muy pequeños, vidas muy grandes’ (small at birth, large lives) is a series of 14 photographs of children between 2 and 5 years of age, alongside of picture of them when they were born, prematurely. There is also information about the association (APREMATE).

According to the organisers the exhibition serves to make the public more away of premature birth and babies, and of the existence of the association and the work they do to help other parents who find themselves in what can be a very challenging situation.

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Calling Adeje’s creative women!


The Adeje council has opened registration for artists who wish to take part in the seventh Art Collective, Adeje Creative Women, which is run annually in parallel with events celebrating international women’s day in March.

Forms to apply for registration can be downloaded via www.adeje.es, and must be submitted by February 19th. More information (in Spanish) can be requested by contacting the department of equality online, igualdad@adeje.es.

“The idea is to continue to stress the importance of women in the arts today, working to increase their presence in art galleries and pay homage to all those who dedicated their lives to overcome discrimination and opposition”, commented the councillor for the politics of equality Carmen Lucía Rodríguez del Toro. Last year 46 artists took part.

This year, again, the exhibition is open to professional as well as amateur painters in the Canary Islands, who can present works in a multitude of artistic disciplines – paint, sculpture, photography, graphic design, recordings, etc. Only one entry per artist will be accepted. The closing date for submissions is February 19th and the final selection will be made on the basis of quality, technique and originality, chosen by an expert tribunal made up of professionals from the art world. They will also chose an overall winning entry and the artist(s) will be given the option of an individual or group show in the Adeje Cultural Centre in 2019.

The collective will also produce a virtual catalogue of artists and their works and the event will be covered in the borough’s social networks and media.

More information and the full list of entry regulations can be found online, www.adeje.es-.




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“Lord, what fools these mortals be”

Midsummer Night’s Dream, Adeje, this Friday



Given that we are celebrating 400 years since the death of Mr William Shakespeare, it’s nice to see the Adeje Municipal Theatre Group staging a performance (in Spanish) of “El sueño de una noche de verano” or Midsummer Night’s Dream.

Entrance is free, the performance starts at 8.30 and is on in the Adeje Auditorium in the Cultural Centre. First staged in 1595, it is considered one of theatre’s classic comedies.  This version has been adapted from the original by David Martín and directed by Laura Marrero and is just one of the activities the borough has hosted to mark the 400th Anniversary of the death of the Bard.

With the participation of the local municipal school of music and dance (EMMA), “this work will bring a touch of modernity and a singular perspective to this theatrical classic”, says councillor for creative development, Adolfo Alonso Ferrera.

‘Don’t Panic’ message at Brexit conference



Over 120 people attended the recent Brexit/Bremain conference held in the Adeje Cultural Centre, with questions ranging from issues about pensions to health care provisions and questions surrounding possible financial implications to businesses and exchange rates in the case of a majority vote to leave.

The conference was organised by the FOCUS Adeje International Residents Group and the Adeje Council, with British residents from Adeje and other boroughs in attendance. First to speak was deputy mayor Carmen Rosa Gonzalez Cabrera. She told participants, “Today’s event is about you and how the vote on June 23rd might affect you and your families. I hope that the answers you get this afternoon will clear up doubts you may have, and help you have a clearer vision of what matters.


“I will say one thing from my point of view, from the council’s point of view – you are as much a part of Adeje as anyone else who lives here – we are all part of the European family, and we don’t want to lose you, so I do hope that on June 23rd the majority vote will be to remain in the European Union”.

The panel speakers were Paul Montague, Blevins Franks Tenerife representative, Adeje based Spanish lawyer José Escobedo, and Tenerife blogger and academic Janet Anscombe, all of whom answered a range of questions from the audience, easing fears of any immediate major and unwelcome repercussions in the event of a No vote – with the supposition that in the event of a yes vote very little would need to change.


Paul told the audience that if the majority vote was to leave the European Union, negotiations to “extract the UK from the EU would take a minimum of two years, and most likely many more”. He also referred people to the Vienna Convention on the Law of Treaties ‘Acquired Rights’, which states that the termination of a treaty, in this case the UK’s membership of the EU, ‘does not affect any right, obligation or legal situation of the parties created through the execution of the treaty prior to its termination’ (Article 70.1B). “In a nutshell, if you have made your bed in another country (taxes, residencia, home and social) then under this convention these have to remain”.

José Escobedo also referred to regional laws which protected residents, and reaffirmed the long standing good relations the British and the Spanish have enjoyed over the centuries, “We even kept one of Nelson’s arms”, adding that this was very unlikely to be changed by the vote. Jose also addressed the legal issue of resident status stating clearly that anyone who had lived and registered as a resident in Spain over a number of years would continue to enjoy all the rights and benefits of a resident regardless of the outcome on June 23rd.
Janet Anscombe told the conference that many of the perceived EU-related problems in the UK were in fact issues of national policy. “The UK has a residency based social welfare system, so anyone who resides in the UK has automatic rights to, housing, social welfare and health benefits, whereas here in Spain it’s a contributory social welfare system, so if you haven’t paid in you can’t claim. That has nothing to do with the EU, it is a result of British Government policy and something I don’t see any political party in the UK likely to change, but people are tending to blame the European Union for the negative effects it can produce”.

At the end of the meeting a show of hands indicated quite a high number of those in attendance had registered to vote, a reflection of both the huge interest this matter has for overseas UK residents and the high profile campaign the UK government has run to encourage the millions of Britons living abroad to register.


Alexander needs you

poster benefit

This Sunday, February 21st, in the Adeje Cultural Centre the “Amigos de Alexander”,or Friends of Alexander are holding a benefit gala day from 11am to 3pm to help this five month old baby who suffers from hemimegalencephaly , a condition which means his brain grows asymmetrically leading to severe epilepsy.
Tickets for the event are €5 with the money going to fund an operation in Barcelona to help the child. The council are working together with a group of artists to produce what should be a great day’s entertainment with a host of local singers and dancers, Roxy (who represented Adeje in La Voz) and the Cobbler Band.
There will also be performances by acrobats, laughs with the Oscar Silver Show, a Latin Fever dance spectacular, jugglers, and much more.
The gala is open to the general public, under 12s are free, and during the afternoon there will also be face painting, balloon modelling, and much more on offer to entertain younger family members.
If you can’t attend but would like to help you can donate directly to La Caixa ES32 2100 2461 2301 0038 5672 or visit the webpage and donate,  https://www.gofundme.com/n7mzfw4s .

Comedy and dance in Adeje


Adeje’s cultural councilor Nayra Medina Bethencourt has just announced details of the 14th Festival of Theater and Dance which runs throughout November in the town’s Cultural Centre.

All the performances take place on Fridays with tickets at €8 or €5 for people with an Adeje senior citizen’s card or youth card. There will be one dance evening, Pieles, with the dance Compañia Paula Quintana, on November 7th, a fusion of modern and flamenco, and the other three shows are comedies. They are in Spanish and are Aeroplanos, from the Teraphy Koa company on Friday November 14th, El Enfermo Imaginario, from the Delirium Teatro and Cia Abubukaka companies on Friday November 21st and Eloisa esta debajo de un almendro, performed by the Morfema Teatro company on Friday November 28th.


Medina Bethencourt stressed the Adeje council’s ongoing commitment to the arts, mentioning too the very popular Adeje School of Music and Dance, and adding that the ticket prices were kept low (“symbolic”) as the council want to make sure that the shows are accessible to the public. “We (the council) are maintaining our commitment to culture, in this case with theatre and dance. Theatre is a discipline that we have been happy to support for more than 14 years through the Adeje People’s University and the theatre groups that we have created”.


The company representatives present said that without the ongoing commitment and investment made by councils such as Adeje in providing festivals for island based companies, the would find it hard to survive, even though “many actors have had to leave the theatre and search for work elsewhere”, said Severino García Noda, director of the Delirium company. “These days it is very difficult to produce theatrical works; we generally have to fund them ourselves and put our faith in them”, he added.

Tickets for all the shows go on sale next week in the Adeje Cultural Centre.

Polish cinema festival in Adeje


The show brings together the most representative and creative works from the 1980s

From September 18th to 25th Adeje’s Cultural Centre hosts a Polish Film Cycle in conjunction with ARKA, the Canarian Polish Association, the Adeje department of Culture and the Polish Cultural Institute in Madrid.

According to Adeje’s cultural councillor, Nayra Medina Bethencourt, “the seventh art, or film making, is always an excellent cultural outlet and allows us alternative visions of many different things. This is not the first time that the council have collaborated with ARKA, and no doubt these films will have a high artistic values”, she said.
During the cycle newer Polish films will be screened. The variety of styles that will be featured during the film cycle will allow the public to get to know modern Polish cinema and at the same time reflect on wider universal questions, regardless of where the questioner comes from.

Thursday September 18, 7pm – Nieulotne (Indeleble)
Friday September 19, 7pm – Operacja Dunaj (Operación Danubio), 9pm –Pręgi (Marcas)
Thursday September 25, 7pm –Senność (Somnolencia)
Friday Septiembre 26, 7pm – Piąta Pora Roku (La quinta estación del año) , 9pm – Galerianki (Mall Girls)
All films are being shown in the original version, in Polish, with Spanish subtitles, and entry is free for every screening.

This cycle of Polish film will be accompanied by an exhibition of cinema posters, “La Escuela Polaco en los años 80” (the Polish School in the 80s) which is being launched tomorrow, Thursday September 18th, at 6.30pm. The show brings together the most representative and creative works from the named decade, including examples from such well known names within the industry such as Adrzej Pagowski, Wieslaw Walkuski, Kaja Renkas, Wiktor Sadowski o Mieczyslaw Gorowski.

According to ARKA, “over half a century ago the world began to recognise the work of the Polish School of Posters, and we have been working to perfect this artistic genre”. The association says the fame of this art form relies upon two fundamental factors, “on the one hand the work of Polish teachers trained in the era prior to the second world war, and on the other, the way younger people have adapted to the art of the poster, which began to evolve in the 1950s”.