Be part of Adeje’s Easter celebrations

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



Preparations in Adeje for the annual Easter week events under way, both for those who are travelling to the borough for a welcome beach break and those who are interested in observing and taking part in the many religious events and processions, among them the Good Friday performance of the last days of Jesus Christ.


Known as ‘La Pasión’, or The Passion, the performance takes place along the town’s Calle Grande and the Plaza de España for the finale.  Stages are erected along the street for a series of acts depicting the Last Supper, the court of Pontius Pilate, the Garden of Gethsemane, etc.  The actors, principal and crowd extras are amateur performances from Adeje and this week registration is open for those members of the public who would like to be involved in the crowd scenes.

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

While some understanding of Spanish is necessary to understand the follow the directions, these are crowd scenes, and no actual speaking roles are involved.  Costumes are provided, and children and adults are welcome.   This is one of the most important cultural happenings in Adeje every year, so why not be a part of it!


Full details about registration and participation are on the council’s main webpage,, where you can also download the entry form which should be filled in and dropped off at the Adeje Cultural Centre (weekdays, 8am – 10pm).  Under 12s must be accompanied by an adult.


“Every year ‘La Pasión’ is something of a meeting point for the people of Adeje as well as people from elsewhere who come together to be part of this significant act, representing the life and death of one of the most important people in world history, Jesus Christ”; commented cultural councillor Adolfo Alonso Ferrera.

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



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Recycle your imagination!

Students in Adeje’s primary schools can start making their recycled gadgets now

The annual Adeje competition encouraging children and families to create art from recycled materials is underway.   As in previous years, students in the borough’s public infant and primary schools are invited to submit entries in the ‘cacharro’ competition (A ‘cacharro’ is a gadget or gizmo, toy or model, which in this instance should be made from recycled materials, cans, boxes, etc).  This year the theme is recycling, and the competition is supported by Ascan Torrabonaf, the company that operates the town cleaning service.
This is the seventh year the competition has been run by the council and schools and children can bring their entries along to their schools between November 13th and 24th.    According to Adeje cultural councillor, Adolfo Alonso Ferrera,  “as well as the talent, creativity and quality of the entries received over the years, we have also recognsied the value of inviting families to work together and to value the importance of recycling.
As in previous years all the chosen entries will be part of an exhibition in the Adeje cultural centre.  There will be three winners and three highly commended chosen by the jury from each education centre and prizes up to the value of €700 have been donated by Ascan Torrabonaf .  The prizes will be in the form of vouchers for books and school materials, of €40, €25 and €15 with certificated for the highly commended.  Use of recycled mateials, creativity, family participation and originality will be judged by the jury.
Pieces must be submitted in the schools, with a card in a closed envelope with the name of the work and the name and surname of the student, her or his class, age, and contact number.  The piece must have a corresponding sticker bearing the name of the work only.   The full list of regulations can be found online,
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Walk to school in safety


Today, September 12th, the Adeje mayor José Miguel Rodríguez Fraga and the education councillor Adolfo Alonso Ferrera, presented the Walk to School pilot project to the press and public. The idea would be that the safety of the students walking to school is the concern of the community, and that the children can also learn to walk to school themselves, increasing their self-esteem as well as supporting healthier habits.
The project has four main principles, “safety, sustainability, quality of life and the relative independence of the children”, according to the mayor who added that this was a pilot scheme “that calls for the implication of everyone in the wider education community – “teachers, parents, students and school administrations, as well as the people who live and work in Adeje, who need to work with us to ensure the advancement of the scheme”.

The mayor explained that “the project is continuously developing and adapting to the demands and needs that are being brought to our attention by the schools. What we are doing is working to invite the participation of the larger community which will itself help promote values of respect, social harmony and civic duty to name just a few”.
The plan will see the evolution of a network of safe routes to encourage more children to walk or cycle or use public transport to arrive at their schools. This would also see a reduction in the number cars driving to local infant and primary schools, reducing pollution and traffic jams at school gates, and therefore also increasing student safety. The plan encourages more children to engage in extra physical activities, and contribute to their overall health.

Rodríguez Fraga also stressed that another advantage would be that children would be able “to reclaim what is theirs – the streets, the avenues, the pavements and the parks, and allow them walk on their own or in the company of their friends, thus helping them develop their own self-esteem, social skills and learn through interaction and co-operation”.
The plan would introduce meeting points where children would be met by monitors who would be responsible for ensuring students arrive to school, so parents will no longer have to worry about trying to park outside school gates. In parallel there will be sessions for students about road safety and concerns by experts in the relevant fields, with prevention being the underlying theme.

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