Il Divo, the Adeje Rally and lots more at Fitur, day 2

Costa Adeje is working to attract tourists that appreciate environmental values, sustainability and cultural heritage as part of a holiday offer

 

Il Divo’s Carlos Marín and Adeje mayor Jose Miguel Rodríguez Fraga

Adeje, and Costa Adeje, the borough’s tourism ‘label’ had a busy day at Fitur, the Spanish tourism trade fair taking place in Madrid this week. The mayor, José Miguel Rodríguez Fraga, said they were engaged in the work needed to give the world’s travel professionals the information and incentive to sell the destination so that “we can advance and generate opportunities for all our residents in Adeje, thanks to the sector that sustains us and our initiatives as a borough and an economy”.
Adeje, among three of Spain’s destinations with the highest overnight stays, is quite clear, and has stated this in the recent past, that the objective isn’t to bring more tourists but instead give those already visiting us a better quality experience during their stay. “Better value for money with the same number of visitors”, he explained. So, one of the key tools is to make agencies aware of the different and less well-known things on offer in Adeje. Sun and sea are indispensable for any tourist visiting Costa Adeje and the Canarias, “our great strengths” he says, but there needs to be added value on offer, factors that make the difference.
“This is why this year we are emphasising cultural promotions, the celebration of our festivals, and our heritage, all part of the richness of Adeje and its people” Rodríguez Fraga commented. Accompanied by the borough’s tourism and cultural and sport councillors, Ermitas Moreira and Adolfo Alonso respectively, he said the idea was to both underline how culture adds value to the tourism offer but also to show how the economic motor that is tourism “funds our culture offer, protects our heritage, and reinforces the work we do throughout the year for our residents and visitors alike.”
The councillors indicated that there were already 40 important activities planned for 2019, sporting and cultural, including the Adeje motor rally, and the Il Divo concert (June 15th) and the Tenerife Symphony Orchestra concerts, the latter with tenors Celso Albelo and Javier Camarena. The councillors also mentioned events planned in the Hard Rock Hotel, the Easter Good Friday Passion and Costa Adeje Fashion Beach. “These are just a few examples of the offer that includes folklore, jazz, gospel, our traditional riches, crafts, fashion, beaches and beach clubs”, said Moreira.
The councillor for culture added that it was also important to stress that activities in Adeje were not just for tourists but for residents, the people who are behind the ongoing success of the destination.


Il Divo, June 15th
Carlos Marín, the only Spanish member of Il Divo, was at the top table today with the Adeje mayor to announce details of their Adeje concert. Promotor David Navarro told press that tickets are already on sale and were “selling well”, but can still be bought online, www.mastaquilla.com and in El Corte Inglés. The concert, managed by DN7 Events in collaboration with the Adeje council, will be in Golf Costa Adeje.
Il Divo offer a mix of opera and songs from different musical genres, and are considered an iconic ‘crossover’ musical quartet. The four are Spaniard, Carlos Marín, Swiss Urs Buhler, Sebastien Izambard from France and David Miller from the USA. They have sold millions of record since they were formed in 2003. Thier Adeje concert is titled, ‘Timeless 15 th Anniversary’, bringing together songs of love and romance over the ages.

 

Back to school (at last!)

Adeje council, through the departments of Education, Works, and Social Services (headed by Adolfo Alonso Ferrera and Esther Rivero Vargas) has been busy during the summer months, and last week the two councillors visited the boroughs’ six public schools to view for themselves the reformation work that has been carried out in each centre.

“With the improvements we are not simply meeting the needs of our education centres, but working to improve student safety in school and upgrading classrooms and recreation zones”, said the councillors.

All of the six primary public schools have been painted, damp treated, tiles and lights replaced.  The work has also seen an improvement in playgrounds, toilets, including better conditions for those students with mobility issues, and where relevant, work on school farms has also been completed.

 

The cost of the work is in the region of €80 thousand and further work is on the cards during the Christmas holidays in December.  The councillors said that being able to schedule work twice a year means the council can attend to school needs in a more efficient manner.

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Adeje je je – ha ha

For the third year in a row Adeje Cutlural Centre is hosting a comedy run of theatrical laughs, with shows (in Spanish) for all the family.

The festival is organised by the Adeje council in collaboration with the Cabildo and Tenerife Artes Escénicas.    According to the councillor for culture for Adeje, Adolfo Alonso Ferrera “this festival of comedy theatre is a reflection of the importance we place on theatre in the borough, and our doors are always open to professional and amateur companies and actors”.

There will be a different show on every Friday of the month, from 8.30pm, in the Cultural  Centre, tickets on sale throught the week or on the night of each performance.

 

Friday Sept 7th: Acelera Producciones present “El cielo según San Juan”,

Friday Sept 14th: Multitrack present  “Aarón y Kike”

Friday Sept 21st:  Doble M present “Mi vida como un zombie”

Friday Sept 28th: El Supositorio,

 

 

Tops marks from students

Adeje Summer University students happy with courses

On the last day of the 2018 Adeje Summer University, as is the norm, participants were asked to fill in a short questionnaire on the courses they attended and evaluate their experience – and yet again the University scored top marks!

According to Adeje education councillor Adolfo Alonso Ferrera and the University of La Laguna (ULL) vice-rector Francisco García, the overall satisfaction rating was higher than last year and students also gave a high approval rating to changes in the modular format on offer this year. One of highest rated courses was that on sign language, with courses in art, literature and the environment also popular.

Interesting data was also available on the profile of students (over 700) who attended the university this year, with over 60% saying they signed up to improve their general knowledge and 23% to improve their CV. 96% of those matriculating were from Tenerife, 34% from Adeje itself, something very important to the local education department as it reflects a positive reception by the people of the borough. More women than men took courses; nearly 40% are employed, 22% looking for work and 23% in full time education.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Adeje’s university summer campus!

Adeje Summer University :“More than courses and workshops”.

Yesterday the Adeje councillor for education and sport, Adolfo Alonso, alongside a number of course leaders and the University of La Laguna vice-rector Francisco García, outlined details of this month’s Adeje Summer University, running in the Adeje Cultural Centre from July 23rd – 27th, to the press. The presentation was held in the CajaCanarias Fundación HQ, given their role as one of the main sponsors of the annual summer school.

This is the 26th consecutive year that the summer university has taken place, with Adeje now the university campus in South Tenerife, also running a full tourism degree course. Francisco García commented that three years ago the programme had changed to become more flexible and modular to adapt to the changing profile of summer students, many of whom are not simply looking for extra credits but are, for instance, professionals interested in on-going training and education. The latter group, he commented, are growing in number every year.

The full list of courses and workshops, all of which are in Spanish this year, are available online www.adeje.es/uva, and you can also register online.

The programme offers 14 courses which run over three days and 15 workshops of one day’s duration. The idea, says Adolfo Alonso, is “to offer more than courses and workshops” with a range of parallel complementary activities, book presentations, a different musical event in the Calle Grande every night and a lot more to interest the public in general. During the week different radio stations will be presenting programmes live from the summer campus and the graduation ceremony for students from this year’s tourism degree course will also be held.

The courses are running in two blocks, the first from Monday July 23rd to Wednesday July 25th, and the second from Wednesday July 25th to Friday July 27th, with all classes from 9am to 2pm. Courses include sign language, communication strategies, globalisation and online business, sports journalism, climate change, and subaquatic medicine. Workshops will run from 6pm to 8pm daily.

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Commitment to education in Adeje

Plans, including the conversion of the Tijoco Cultural Centre into a temporary secondary school, were detailed at a recent meeting

The Adeje council has injected over two million euros into education materials, schools upgrades, such as the roof for the courts in the Las Torres primary school, the construction of a multi-use pavilion in Armeñime, the conversion of the Tijoco cultural centre into a temporary secondary school for the next academic year, and other improvements in schools in the borough. The education councillor, Adolfo Alonso Ferrera, detailed the work schedule to a recent meeting of school principals.

The councillor said, “if there is one thing that marks Adeje out it is our commitment to education in every sense of the word which means we must and do invest in education when needed. Schools are our primary focus as they are the foundation for a good future for our children. These children have the right to develop in the best possible conditions and with equality of opportunities. I know that at times the bureaucracy of other administrations can impede certain advancements, and we as a council have actually taken on work outside our normal responsibilities as we see our education community as hugely important”.

Also present at the meeting were directors of CaixaBank who have been welcome partners in sponsoring extra-curricular activities for the children as well as offering grants and programme assistance. Pilar Quiroga said their social department “Works to help cover demands for books, school materials and food. Each year we have increased the amount donated, now up to €16.000 because for us everything related to education is fundamental for the development of the person. It is marvellous to be able to help, we want to give back to society that which we have received, and without the implication of the Adeje council this wouldn’t have been possible”.

During the meeting Adolfo Alonso told the principals about the need to adapt the Tijoco cultural centre into a provisional secondary school as the current two secondary schools are already full to the point of collapse. So the cultural centre in Tijoco will be given over to the department of education who will convert rooms in to four classrooms for children who have just finished 6th class in primary school in Tijoco Bajo. “Some parents have voiced their doubts about the proposal, which we understand. For many years the council have advised the secondary schools that they would soon reach full capacity. Today the IES El Galeón has almost twice the number it was assigned for. For quite a while the council has set aside a plot of land to give to the regional department of education to build a third secondary school, a matter we have raised with them time and time again. And of course we also are concerned about the fact that only one secondary school in Adeje offers ‘Bachillerato’ courses”. The council have also set aside land for the construction of a vocational college and it is believed the regional education department will announce that work on this will begin soon.

 

Other annual investments made by the council in local education include monies for transport, school materials, (€350,000 this year), grants to assist students attend university, etc. The council has donated money to the parents’ associations this year to establish the programme that is a ‘walk to school safely’ scheme, currently benefitting over 200 families. The series of workshops for parents have also been of interest, dealing with pertinent matters such as drug dependency, school bullying, truancy, healthy eating habits, helping children to study, etc.

 

Adolfo Alonso used the time with the school principals to let them know about the up-coming Summer University with 14 courses and 15 workshops, with a wide range of subject matter on offer. There is also a training option for the over 25s via an agreement with the University of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria.

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Adeje celebrates the end of the sporting year!

 

This year over 1,700 Adeje residents took part in some form of organised sports

In recent days the Adeje department of sports has been involved in a number of team events marking the end of the sporting season. Various individual athletes have also been invited and congratulated on a successful sporting year. Overall during the year over 1,700 Adeje residents have taken part in some organised sporting activity in one of more of 17 modules, and many of them took part in the closing ceremony held in the municipal sports ground last week.

The Adeje sports councillor Adolfo Alonso Ferrera underlined the importance the local council place on sporting activity. “Sport is important and something we all should enjoy but we also have to make sure that studies are just as important in our children’s lives, so that they make have the best chance possible in the future. Success in sport depends on many factors and we are not here to see our kids become superstars, though that can happen, but it’s not the main objective. I would like to congratulate everyone for their efforts and dedication”.

During the closing ceremony the different participating groups gave small demonstrations of what they had learnt during the year. The councillor told all those assembled “this is a special afternoon as we can see the results of weeks and months of work. I am so proud of everyone, as most importantly we can see the enjoyment they have in their chosen sport. Furthermore, Adeje is a borough known for its fair play, ‘outside and inside’, and I congratulate you for that too”.

During the week the council also named and congratulated the many Adeje athletes who have had individual and team success during the season.

 

 

 

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Food, folk music, fun…


V Imoque Festival in San Sebastian

The Imoque Cultural Association, formed in Adeje in 2013, will host a festival tomorrow (Saturday June 9th) in San Sebastián, a showcase, the association says, for the borough’s cultural roots and heritage.

The association has worked, since its inception, to keep and promote Adeje’s traditions and folklore. Tomorrow’s event will see a display of indigenous animal breeds with the collaboration of local farmers as well as hosting craft and artisan stands, food stalls and Canarian folk music and dance.

The Imoque festival is an excellent meeting place for residents, visitors, lovers of folk music and craft, and also works to bring together those who live here with those who see our borough as their top choice holiday destination.

Adolfo Alonso Ferrera, councillor with responsibility for creative development in the borough, says, “the work that this group, and similar associations, is carrying out, reflects the commitment the people of Adeje have to their traditions, and here in the council we are very happy to support this drive to recover our cultural roots”

From midday tomorrow there will be an arts and crafts fair and food stalls with local products as well as local animal breeds on show. At 12.30 people can enjoy a demonstration of different cultural activities, a workshop on gofio (toasted grain) with the H10 Gran Tinerfe chef Esteban Gómez. The afternoon will also feature sheep shearing, Gomeran whistling, Canarian wrestling, and much more.

Event will run throughout the day with music, dance, food and drink until 11pm.

 

 

 

 

 

Adeje’s student grant programme


The Adeje council have just published the requirements for financial aid for students in many courses in third level education (2017-2018) at university or attending recognised professional training centres. The assistance is for Adeje residents who have been on the padrón for at least six months.

The norms for application and allocation were approved at an ordinary Town Hall meeting on April 18th 2018 and are available (in Spanish) on the Adeje webpage, www.adeje.es. People can apply from today, June 5th, 2018 until July 2nd and the paperwork needs to be presented to the department of Education in the Adeje cultural centre. Applicants will need to present documentation showing the centre they are registered in, the course they are studying, results from last year’s exams, and financial statements regarding family income, as the grants are means tested.

The offices are open, Mon – Fri, 9am – 2pm, or you can request an appointment by calling 922-75-62-00 ext 4243.

Costs covered by the grants may include transport, accommodation, books and materials. “We these grants we are working to help and encourage Adeje students to continue their studies this year”, said councillor Adolfo Alonso Ferrera.

When the application period is finished the department will publish a list of those who may need to add further information/documentation. Successful applicants will receive between €500 – €550, according to individual circumstances. All notices regarding the process will be posted in the official council channels

 

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Salt and devotion will fill the town

This weekend, from Saturday afternoon, the centre of Adeje will be taken over by one of the oldest celebrations in the borough – Corpus Christi. 445 sacks of sea salt will be coloured and used to make carpets along the full length of the town’s Calle Grande and the Calle Corpus Christi.

“For many years the making of these carpets has been a meeting point for the people of Adeje, an exercise in social harmony. Corpus Christi, as well as being a religious ceremony, allows us meet with people from other walks of life in the town, as we work together on these carpets, sharing ideas, suggestions, stories, building the creative richness of the community”, commented the councillor for culture, Adolfo Alonso Ferrera.

Over 11 thousand kilos of salt will cover 330 metres of road in the two streets. Among the groups and associations taking part will be the Hermandad del Santísimo, Cáritas, Focus international residents group, the children from first communion and confirmation classes, Adeje volunteer firefighters, Colegio Costa Adeje, Club Deportivo Águilas San Áquilino, children from activity groups in Fañabe, Los Olivos and Armeñime, the Adeje senior citizens association, the Halcones baseball school, the Comunidad Hindú Tenerife Sur, the Los Olivos occupational group, Ballet Beanky, and many more.

Why not visit the Calle Grande this Saturday afternoon from 5pm and see these carpets being made – they won’t be there for long as they will be walked over as part of the religious procession following mass the next day.

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