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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Live The Passion, this Good Friday in Adeje

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The Good Friday street theatre will be broadcast live on Television Canaria and 13TV nationally
The Adeje Council, under the direction of the cultural department and councillor Adolfo Alonso Ferrera, presents ‘La Pasíon’, the last days and death of Jesus Christ, from 12 midday on Good Friday, March 30th.
The performance, on the Calle Grande in the town, will be broadcast (TDT) on TV Canarias, and online on TvCanariaNet as well as nationally on 13TV.  It will also be streamed live on the Adeje Ayuntamiento facebook page and the Adeje Town Hall page.  Radio Sur Adeje will be broadcasting from the Plaza España throughout the performance.
“The Passion is one of the most eagerly awaited cultural events of the year in Adeje, with an important level of local participation from those who live here.  This is very much their staging, and something they feel very committed to year after year”, commented the mayor, José Miguel Rodríguez Fraga.

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The mayor continued, “this is a council run event with a  huge personal investment from the staff of the town hall, with  all those involved working to ensure everything is perfect, down to the last detail.  Every year people come forward with new ideas and suggestions, each one adding to this singular cultural occasion, which brings together hundreds of people onto the streets, and followed by millions on television and online.  From the construction of the many stages (along the main street), to the design and sewing of costumes for over 300 people, rehearsals, and much more – none of this would be possible without the workers from the council who are dedicated to ensuring that the staging and performance is as good as it can possibly be”.
This is the 6th year that the final scene, the crucifixion, takes place in the Plaza de España. The change in the location of this most emotive scene has added to the dramatic weight of the final moments of the presentation, with the incredible natural backdrop of the Barranco del Infierno flanked by the Convento and the Parish church, and much more space for the public in attendance. It has also meant a general increase in safety.

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“’La Pasión’ is a hugely important event from a cultural and tourist point of view and the people of Adeje feel very much that it is ‘their’ contribution. This year, yet again, we have more than 300 people taking part in what is a unique event”, the cultural councillor  Adolfo Alonso Ferrera commented.  As well as the involvement of the public there will also be performances from professional actors Balthazar Isla, Nacho Almenar, Ballet Beanky, the Adeje School of Music and Dance and the Librea de Valle Guerra.
This year there have been improvements to the Pilate stage and some costume changes for Mary Magdalene, Claudia, Herod and the temple guards.   Salvador Ortega Jiménez will also be singing during the performance.   The entirety of the Calle Grande, from the Plaza del Cruz del Llano to the Plaza de España will be transformed for the morning with a market place, various stages, and even animals including goats, donkeys, falcons, horses, snakes, etc.
The council is using a number of hashtags to increase visibility via social networks – #pasionadeje2018, #semanasantaadeje2018, #easterweekadeje2018.  Please use one or more if you would like to link your photos of the event to ours.

Representacion de la Pasion, Calle grande, Adeje.14 Abril 2017 ©Phil Crean

RecommendationsThe Adeje council asks that those who are planning to attend the event observe the following recommendations:• Wear appropriate clothing and shoes – comfort is important• Apply high factor sun creams and make sure you have sufficient water• Make sure you have personal identification on you including information regarding your blood group and any allergies to medicines.• Arrive in plenty of time to avoid delays• Don’t push while in the crowd• Respect the security signals and barriers in place as well as following any instructions of the security and council personnel• Don’t climb up on walls, railings, flower pots, stages, etc.• In the event of an accident find the nearest health assistant and ask them to help you find a family member or companion. • In the case of an emergency remain calm and respect those who are nearby. Leave the danger zone and a follow the directions of the security personnel. Don’t run or scream.• When the event is over wait a few minutes for the crowds to diminish before leaving the centre of town.

 

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The Calle Grande is the place to be

Tomorrow, December 9th, Adeje’s Calle Grande will become the centre of Christmas celebrations, with performances, activities for kids, arts and crafts on sale, music and dance, tapas and refreshments.

The events will start at 5pm with the street divided into 5 activity zones. Zone A is the Plaza España, where there will be trampolines, Father Christmas, and a stage for performances from Alma de Bolero and Simbeque, at 9pm and 10pm respectively.

Zone B is in front of the Town Hall, where there will be bouncy castles, workshops, face painting and much more. Zone C is in front of the Hotel La Fonda Centra, with a stage for performances from the Adeje School of music and dance, the Corelli string quartet, the Toque Latino group and others.

Zone D is in front of La Caixa bank, with Bolina y Bambo performing Colorete followed by Komba Producciones with their Christmas show and then it’s music from Naturally Gospel and Ritmo y Sabor. Zone D is by the Cruz del Llano at the bottom of the street, with sporting and performance groups throughout the afternoon.

During the evening the public will also be able to enjoy special seasonal gastronomy offerings, a Christmas market, and lots more. This really is the place to be tomorrow evening!

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The Passion and Death of Jesus Christ

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This Good Friday, March 25th, under the Adeje department of Creative Development with Councillor Adolfo Alonso Ferrera, the Passion and Death of Jesus Christ will be staged along the town’s Calle Grande, recreating the last days and death of Jesus of Nazareth. The event will be broadcast live on Televisión Canarias, and will also be available live via TVCanariaNet on the internet, as well as transmitted on Radio Sur Adeje 107.9fm and Canarias Radio La Autonómica.

The event will begin at 12 noon and the action will begin at the Plaza Cruz del Llano (opposite the entrance to the Adeje town primary school), and move up the Calle Grande, lasting two hours.

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“Every year there is an incredible sense of anticipation around this event” said councillor Alonso. “Hundreds of people (over 300) take part and of course none of this would be possible without the commitment and dedication of the team based in the Town Hall who work to make this event so special, to the last detail, checking every stage, every costume…”.

This is the fourth year that the final part of the staging, the crucifixion, is in the Plaza de España, an amazing backdrop to this dramatic theatre, and this year, for the first time, the two thieves who were crucified alongside Jesus Christ will also be represented. With the natural backdrop of the Barranco del Infierno, the Santa Úrsula church and the Convento creating the perfect setting, it is a fitting finale to the event. The change has meant that more people can view the final scene and security levels are also increased.

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Adolfo Alonso added, “The staging of The Passion and Death of Jesus Christ is hugely relevant for the people of Adeje, the people of the town really feel this is their event, they are proud of the staging and proud to take part. It is something unique and very different”, he continued. Many different associations, sports clubs and businesses also take part every year.

Other changes this will year include an improved stage for the scene with Herod. All of the music is the composition of members of the Adeje School of Music, and the arrangement uses many traditional Canarian instruments – the timple, cháracas, and the drums.

The whole of the Calle Grande, from the Plaza de la Cruz del Llano to the Plaza España, will be a stage dressed to resemble the time of Our Lord, with plants, cloths, sculptures and alters, live markets with animals, etc.

During and afterwards, for those following the event, they can upload their photographs and videos to #lapasionadeje2016, helping give the event greater visibility.

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The council also reminds those who are planning to attend the event to wear comfortable shoes and clothing, bring water, a sun hat and wear adequate sun cream, and make sure children are well protected. Do follow the instructions of the local police and civil protection units who are there to ensure everyone’s safety and don’t cross the temporary barriers erected to keep the streets clear for the act itself. It is also recommended that you have identification and information regarding blood group and any allergies to medicines with you in the case of an emergency or accident. Given the many thousands expected to attend, arrive in good time and when the event has concluded be prepared to wait a few minutes for the crowds to disperse.

Security during the event will be provided by the Adeje local police,

The greatest story every told: The Passion of Jesus Christ

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Channel 2, Television Española will broadcast Adeje’s La Pasión live Friday April 3rd

 

This Good Friday, April 3rd, Adeje council, through the department of Culture, with councillor Nayra Medina Bethencourt at the helm, present the greatest story ever told – the Passion of Jesus Christ – staging the last days and death of Jesus of Nazareth.  The event will be broadcast live on Channel 2, TVE (Television España), on the local radio station, Radio Sur Adeje, 107.98fm, Radio Nacional España and and live streaming via www.adeje.es/pasion.

 

Councillor Medina Bethencourt commented, “more than 300 people will be taking part as amateur actors in the staging of the story, the vast majority of them people from different parts of the borough who sign up year after year to take part in what is an important element of our local culture”.

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For the third year running the scene of the crucifixion will be in the Plaza España.  The councillor noted that “with the change of location and stages, which we did for the first time two years ago we achieved the desired affect, which was to create a panoramic setting  for the final setting which we get with the Plaza, the church, the Convento and the Barranco del Infierno as a backdrop”.  There is also more room for the public to watch the final scene of La Pasión with the change to the Plaza.

 

The councillor remarked that La Pasión is a major event for Adeje, “the people of the borough feel very much that this is their event, and return to participate year after year.  This year we have more than 300 people taking part in this important international event, something very different, very unique.

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“As well as the participation of local residents there are other groups and individuals from other parts of the island who will be here, from the north, from the island capital, or the many who come from other towns and villages to play their part”.

 

Regarding the live broadcast of the event, Medina Bethencourt said that it was “an amazing showcase to the world, an excellent promotional tool and gives added value to the destination, a classic ‘sun and beach’ one, but a place that, with events of this quality, stands out in the tourism market place and offers the tourist something different, something more..”

 

Changes in 2015

 

The most notable changes this year are in the Herod and Pontius Pilate staging areas, costumes, and some upgrades to the Jerusalem marketplace, recreating the ambiance of the era.  The participation of the Municipal School of Music and Dance as Herod’s dancers is noteworthy and new too will be the dance performed by the Beanky Ballet on the stage where the Last Supper will take place. The script has also been changed and is more intense.  All of the music is also written by members of the Municipal School of Music and Dance (EMMA), incorporating some traditional Canarian musical themes and instruments – the timple, cháracas, the drum, airs and dances.

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The whole of the Calle Grande, from the Plaza de la Cruz del Llano to the Plaza España, will be a stage dressed to resemble the time of Our Lord, with plants, cloths, sculptures and alters, etc.   And in the staging area with live farm animals the backdrop resembles the Canarian countryside.

 

During and afterwards, for those following the event, they can upload their photographs and videos to #pasionadeje2015, helping give the event greater visibility.   The council also reminds those who are planning to attend the event to wear comfortable shoes and clothing, bring water, a sun hat and wear adequate sun cream, and make sure children are well protected.  Do follow the instructions of the local police and civil protection units who are there to ensure everyone’s safety and don’t cross the temporary barriers erected to keep the streets clear for the act itself.

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Security during the event will be provided by a group of Adeje local police, members of the civil protection unit and civil protection volunteers and the voluntary Adeje fire brigade.

 

Nervous anticipation ahead of Kings’ arrival

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A helicopter will bring the Kings to the Adeje municipal football ground at 5pm tomorrow where they will receive the key to the town from mayor José Miguel Rodríguez Fraga

The borough of Adeje has everything in place for the arrival tomorrow evening of Their Majesties, The Three Kings of the Orient, who will travel by helicoptor to the Adeje Municipal football ground, landing at 5pm. They will be accompanied by members of their court and will be met by hundreds if not thousands of Adeje children and the mayor José Miguel Rodríguez Fraga.

Nervous anticipation is the mood among the borough’s children as they await the arrival of Melchor, Gaspar and Baltasar. During recent weeks they have been leaving their letters to the Kings in special post boxes, and when the mayor hands over the magic key, which allows the regal trio enter all the homes of Adeje, they hope that at least one of their presents might be left for them. Tickets for the event in the football grounds have been on sale in recent days in the town and can also be bought on the day, (January 5th), from 4pm at the grounds entrance.

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The Adeje councillor for culture Nayra Medina Bethencourt, added that this year the parade that follows the arrival will leave from the zone adjacent to the Adeje health centre, “so that no-one will be this terrific event”, she said. “This Monday will be the most magical afternoon of the year in Adeje…our parade has become a meeting point not just for the borough’s young people, but for children from all over the South of Tenerife who look forward to the Adeje parade, to meeting all the participants, and of course enjoying some of the thousands of sweets that will be given out along the way”.

Many different local groups are also taking part in the parade, as well as a Nativity scene with Joseph, Our Lady and the baby Jesus. There will be steel drum bands, and music from the Adeje school of music, the Adeje volunteer firefighters, a special post-office brigade with those letters, Teatro KDO, Ballet Beanky, Dixie Band and the Tenerife Tigers Cheerleaders. Also taking part will be Shrek and Fiona, Spiderman, Garfield, Pocoyó and friends, clowns, Winnie the Pooh, Tiger, Silvestre and Tweetie Pie, Snow White and the seven dwarves, Cruella Deville, Sponge Bob, Patrick and Squidward, Mickie and Minnie Mouse and Peppa Pig and many more guests from the world of film and storybooks. There will also be a surprise visit from some of the characters of Frozen in the football ground before the Kings land.

Once Their Majesties arrive to the Plaza de España they will meet and chat to children who might want to whisper a wish or two into a royal ear before it’s time for bed.

Security measures
As is the norm, the Adeje council would like to remind people that during all events, for the protection of themselves and their families, the importance of following the instructions of the police and local security personnel.

During the parade:
Keep an eye on your children at all times
Follow the instructions of their organisers, the Policia Local and members of the Civil Protection body
There will be a space between the pavement and the street to avoid any risks or dangers, particularly when vehicles taking part in the parade are driving by – please do not invade that space and respect the security measures in place.

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