It’s November, it’s time for theatre, dance, culture

 

The Adeje department of culture has just announced details of the XXI Theatre and Dance festival, which will see performances in the Adeje cultural centre, and on the mains streets of the town, every Friday in November.

The theatrical presentations are, say the organisers, humorous and reflecting social criticism. On Friday November 2nd dance company Nómada present ‘Para Regalo’ and on Friday November 9th it’s the turn of Burka Teatre company who bring ‘Cosas del XVI’ to the streets of Adeje. This second show is free to the public and set in the Middle Ages, with the play starting in the Plaza de España at 8.30pm.

During the second half of the month, on November 16th Impulso will stage Lacura, a prize-winning show starring Bibiana Monje. Abubukaka will bring you ‘Drácula’ to Adeje on November 23rd, an adaptation in verse of the classic Bram Stoker tale and finally LamedinaesCompany present ‘Ay Carmela’ on November 30th.

 

 

 

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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,

 

 

Who controls our cultural heritage?

Jagielska-Burduk: “The EU sees cultural heritage as a development catalyst”

Alicja Jagielska-Burduk, is a legal counsellor and head of the Centre for Cultural Heritage Protection Law at Kazimierz Wielki University, Bydgoszcz, Poland, and works for the Santander Art and Culture Law Review. This week she was one of the guest lecturers taking part in the Adeje Summer University, speaking on art, culture and the law, looking at the legal questions that arise during the marketing of art. She defended the need to protect heritage adding that in many instances, “the EU considers cultural heritage as a development catalyst”.

During her lecture she dealt with a number of legal and economic aspects related to the protection of cultural and historical artefacts, and the link between art, culture and economic development. The need to create industries and encourage education programmes related to heritage and culture was also discussed.

Jagielska-Burduk reckons the protection of art collections and historical sites is important, and European institutions can create a communal link, unifying the different ideas in the continent. At the same time though, the use of new technologies and assisting private initiatives was stressed, as was the public-private co-operation needed to set up new heritage projects.

“Of course it is important to respect the importance between public and private bodies and avoid potential conflicts. But, without doubt, the public interest takes precedence over the private, because there exists a responsibility to ensure as much of our cultural inheritance is preserved for and available to future generations.”

The movements within the international art market may see heritage art pieces held beyond public viewing, which is why she believes it is important to create co-operative programmes with private collectors. For example, she outlined how many private collectors open their doors to the public during summer months. “The dilemma then isn’t’ to choose between private and public but rather to work to help private collectors become a part of the cultural heritage team and see what we can do to encourage them to volunteer to do so”.

While there are differences in legislation regarding heritage and art in different EU countries, all share a common thread based on the rights of ownership and balances and restrictions. “The owner of the item isn’t important here – it’s irrelevant whether the work is private or public or semi-privately owned. What is of primary importance is the intention to protect it”.

Valuing our heritage, learning from the past

 

The Adeje initiative “Difundiendo Nuestro Patrimonio” (Disseminating our heritage) is designed to open the doors onto the borough’s natural, historical and cultural heritage for students and has been running for six years now. According to the borough’s heritage councillor, Juan Desiderio Afonso Ruiz, “what we are trying to do is pass onto students the important role history plays today, and explain the relevance of the development and evolution of Adeje from days gone by through the many places of cultural interest we celebrate today.”

During the year up to a thousand students from primary and secondary centres take part in the initiative which also invites students from private schools both in Adeje and beyond, to explain the historic relevance of the borough in the history of Tenerife.

The Canarian Library, the Plaza de España, the Convento de San Francisco, the Santa Úrsula Church, the Fort House and surrounds and the Camino de la Virgen (the mountain walk from the town to La Caleta), these are the emblematic locations in the borough on which the guided visits are based and explained by experts from the heritage division. The visits use different educative tools adapted for the age of the students in question, and in this way “we are working to bring the young people of the borough closer to their heritage so they can appreciate the resources they have and value their own history”, says the councillor.

The Project doesn’t just have an educative angle, and is also open to members of the public who, on different occasions, have taken part in information days getting to know the architectural, natural and historical symbols of Adeje.

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Its our heritage!

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Primary and secondary school children from Adeje and Arona, San Miguel and La Laguna took part in a number of activities recently under the Adeje “El Patrimonio es Nuestro” (Its our heritage) programme.
Over eight hundred students in all visited a number of different emblematic sites in the borough, which aimed to show the younger generation the importance of cultural and historical heritage and – and with many of today’s students from a multi-cultural background, this introduction to their local heritage is very relevant indeed. There were talks on why its important to recognise and conserve local history and traditions, as well as the social, environmental and often economic benefits of such preservation.
The students visited the “Camino de la Virgen” walk from the town across the old mountain path to San Sebastain , the Convento de San Francisco, la Casa Fuerte (the town fort) and the Plaza España.

Cultural exchange in Callao Salvaje

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How a roundabout in Armeñime would improve harmonious co-existence was just one of the topics touched upon during the recent visit of the Adeje mayor, José Miguel Rodríguez Fraga to the Callao Salvaje Community Church.

The mayor was the invited guest at one of the regular language exchange evenings hosted by Ken and Caroline Cumming in their church centre in Sueño Azul, and there was a lovely mix of people from Callao Salvaje and Costa Adeje in attendance, with a cross-section of Adeje’s multi-cultural population, people from Germany, Belgium, Ireland, England, Wales and Scotland, Italy and of course Spain, in attendance. The local councillor for the area, Amada Trujillo Bencomo was also in the audience.

After the guests had enjoyed some snacks, and a cup of tea or coffee, they sat and were interested to hear the mayor talk about what Adeje can do for them, asking them to continue to be involved in the borough and welcoming suggestions from the floor on how they could become more involved in the future evolution of this international corner of South Tenerife. “I want to make Adeje a reference point for co-existence, for cultural diversity”, he told the gathering, while at the same time stressing the importance of tourism and the need to maintain the area as a top tourist destination too. “We are blessed with the advantages given to us such as the incredible weather, the nature that surrounds us, but most of all, our biggest resource is the people of Adeje” he said, including those present.

The need to constantly improve the destination was also touched upon, as well as the diverse cultural, gastronomic, folklore and incredible sporting offer that Adeje is and has. “And I don’t mean of or for the elite”; the mayor stressed, “I mean the culture of the people, the music of the people, giving people the ability and the tools to discover something about themselves too”. He referred to the Adeje Convivencia and the Adeje Smart City campaigns which were designed and working towards the improvement of the borough for residents and tourists alike.

Responding to questions from the floor Rodríguez Fraga acknowledged that there was still work to be done in controlling unwanted practises in tourist areas such as PR touts and leafleting, and he also spoke of a newish craze that was harming tourism – that of hiring out what were once scooters for the use exclusively of those with mobility disabilities, to anyone who wished, which is now becoming a nuisance on many streets in Costa Adeje and beyond.

To a question from a local IT provider regarding poor internet coverage in Callao Salvaje the mayor said he would look into it as soon as possible, “as it is often up to the council to persuade private companies that they need to serve areas that they might not consider hugely profitable, although Callao Salvaje is a profitable area”, he said. And when asked about how they might tackle the daily traffic blocks and tail backs by Armeñime the mayor confirmed that the plan to introduce a roundabout there was now approved, “land has been ceded and work should begin in a few months…no doubt helping develop more harmony in the community”, he joked.

As the meeting drew to a close one of the audience suggested the establishment of a focus group among ex-pats to work on and inform the council about issues of concern – the mayor welcomed the idea and we hope to see this group up and running soon – so let us know if you would be interested in taking part.

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The mayor, in closing, thanked Ken and Caroline for hosting the event, and also for their recent involvement in the fund and food raising Gospel concert in the Adeje Cultural Centre, with all proceeds going directly to the Adeje food bank. He also invited those present to get involved in local borough events – “I know language may be a barrier, but not one that we can’t overcome”, he said.

Fun, Fusion and the extended Adeje Family!

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Last weekend’s cultural coming-together in Adeje was a fusion of families and friends, strangers and residents, cultures old and older, and a crossover of languages, ages, religions, and nationalities.
The event, called Fusión Entre Culturas, was held on Sunday June 1st and saw people from many different parts of the world, but all resident in Adeje or nearby, join together to celebrate both what makes us different and what unites us. The inauguration saw the Adeje mayor, Jose Miguel Rodríguez Fraga lead a top table discussion about the different cultures and nationalities represented in the Adeje resident population – over 118 nationalities at the last count.
The word fusion was aptly chosen as the main speakers referred to how we might fuse our separate identities and cultures with people from our new home, but we don’t lose them nor does one culture supersede or dominate the other. Fusion can be defined in many ways, but here it is best seen, I think, as a combination, a coming together of cultures, leading to the creation of new energies.

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Last weekend there was a very open curiosity about cultures on show, and certainly the stand that attracted many curious visitors was the Muslim one, with tea and sweet tidbits on offer to all comers, as well as the chance to get your name written in Arabic. But all of the stands had their fans. There was a lovely table where you could write a message in your own language and post it – by the end of the afternoon it was full. Countries from the Middle and Far East, from Africa, Eastern Europe, and South American all shared the same space, swopped snacks and stories, and got to know each other a little bit better. And maybe next time we should encourage a few tables from nearer home, maybe stands for England, Scotland, Wales and Ireland, the Scandinavian countries and Germany and Poland, just to mention a few.
And of course there were bouncy castles and face painting – the best form of fusion there is if you’re under 10.

Adeje takes pride in its multicultural make-up, and it actually is a delight to be part of it.

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Spring Into Action

ADEJE-BAILE DE MAGOS 2013 (18)There’s a great mixed-bag of cultural events planned in Adeje over the next two months, there’s bound to be something for everyone.   From art to arts and crafts, music and dance, and of course the great fun to be had at the Baile de Magos in the Plaza de España on May 29th, get ready for fun.

Adeje Cultural Agenda, May/June 2014
“Adeje Experience the Traditions”

Programme of Events

May

Friday 9

21:00h Spring Concert, Adeje Orchestra of Modern Music. Adeje Cultural Centre, Tickets €12 general public, €8 residents.

Saturday 10
11:00 h. Open air painting, Taucho.

Sunday 11
12:00h-22:00 h. Degusta.me (Taste Me), Gastronomy Market, Plaza de España Adeje.

Wednesday 14
17:00h. Traditional Canarian Pastry Workshop, Tenerife fried Rosquetes. Centre for Tourism Development Costa Adeje, (CDTCA).

Thursday 15
09:30-12:00 h. Workshop. Demonstration of bamboo massage techniques. Adeje Cultural Centre
17:00h. Traditional Canarian Pastry Workshop. La Gomera: Vilana Cake. Centre for Tourism Development Costa Adeje, (CDTCA).

Friday 16
09:00-15 h. V Adeje Technology Day: “Smart City, Beginning with the people”. Magma Arte y Congresos.
17:00-22:00 h. Adeje Experience, for all the family. Playmobil, Lego exhibition, video games’ tournament, electronic music concerts, etc.

21:00h. Benké in Concert. Adeje Cultural Centre Theatre

Saturday 17
10:00-20:00 h. XIV Arts and Crafts Fair, Calle Grande and Plaza de España, Adeje town.
10:00 h. Adeje Clean and Healthy, end of campaign event.
11:00 h. Demonstration of Hunting Dogs. Explanada El Galeón.
12:00 h. Boleros de Armeñime, folklore performance.
18:00- 20:00 h. Traditional dance workshop
20:00 h. Isogue folklore group performance

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Sunday 18
10:00-20:00 h. XIV Arts and Crafts Fair, Calle Grande and Plaza de España, Adeje town.
10:00 a 14:00 h. and 15:00 a 19:00 h. Workshop, “Recíclope” in the street. Workshops with recycled materials. Tenerife Cabildo. Plaza de España Adeje.
11:00 h. Demonstration of local sports Lucha Canaria.
12:00 h. Demonstration workshop: Canine behavioural training.
12:30 h. A.C. Imoque folklore group performance.
19:00 h. Closing act Arts and Craft Fair, with the Adeje Municipal Folklore School .

Monday 19
18:00h. Traditional Canarian Pottery Workshop (from May 19 – 21), Teacher, Juan Manuel Pérez García. Adeje Cultural Centre.

Wednesday 28
19:00 h. Timple Workshop (traditional Canarian string instrument), teacher Pedro Izquierdo. Adeje Cultural Centre.
21:00h Timple Recital by the Adeje Municipal Folklore School and invited guests. Exhibiton hall, Adeje Cultural Centre.

Thursday 29
21:00 h. Baile de Magos/Traditional Street Ball. Plaza de España, Adeje.

Saturday 31
21:00h. I Festival Imoque, “From San Sebastián”. Plaza de San Sebastián, La Caleta.

June

Sunday 1
12:00-20:00 h. Intercultural Festival. El Galeón.

Monday 2
18:00 h. From June 2 – 6, Closing ceremonies of the different Adeje sports courses, Las Torres Sports Centre
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19:00 h. Inauguration of the exhibition “Entre manos y barro” , from June 2 – 12 Exhibition Hall, Adeje Cultural Centre.

Saturday 7
09:00 h. Visit to TEA (Tenerife Arts Space). Exhibition of th works of Oscar Domínguez. Santa Cruz de Tenerife.

Sunday 8
12:00h-22:00 h. Degusta.me (Taste Me), Gastronomy Market, Plaza de España Adeje.

Monday 9
17:00 h. Closing act, Adeje Municipal Theatre School, Adeje Cultural Centre.

Thursday 12
18:00 h. VII Theatre event with People with Special Needs, Adeje Borough. Adeje Cultural Centre

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Friday 13
10:00- 20:00 h. Arts and Crafts Market, San Sebastián Commercial Centre, La Caleta.
19:00h Exhibition by Students of the Adeje People’s University (UPA), June 13 – 27. Inauguration of works of art by students of fine art and painting, with a performance by the Adeje Municiapl Folklore School. Exhibition Hall, Adeje Cultural Centre.
20:30 h. Cello concert. Convento San Francisco Adeje. Tickets €5

Saturday 14
10:00- 21:00h Bargain Fair, Las Torres
21:00 h. “La Azotea Cuenta”. Adeje Cultural Centre

Sunday 15
10:00- 21:00h Bargain Fair, Las Torres

Thursday 19
17:00- 20:00 h. Solidarity Massage. Adeje Cultural Centre.

Saturday 21
18:00h Creation of Salt Carpets, Adeje Calle Grande

Sunday 22
18:00h Celebration of Corpus Christi. Parish of Santa Úrsula.

Thursday 26
20:00h. Taucho Ethnographic Days: Migratory movements in the borough of Adeje. Paying homage to to the men and women, “protagonists and witnesses of the migratory movements in Adeje”. Presentation of the book and documentary, “Memoria Gráfica y Testimonial de la migración adejera” (Graphic memorial and testimonial to Adeje migration). With Manuel Hernández González, Professor of American History, University of La Laguna, Club Almácigo, Taucho.

Friday 27
19:00 h. Children’s show, “Los Hermanos Gepetti y sus marionetas de la ópera” (The Gepetti brothers and their opera puppets), with the Reciclown company, in the Adeje Cultural Centre Theatre, Free entry.

Saturday 28
10:00- 16:00 h. Taucho Ethnographic Days: With a series of stages and displays in the streets and paths of Taucho showing past images and professions relating to the migrations during the different periods. Taucho.

 

‘Our’ History

Children from Adeje Casco CEIP visiting the Convent in Adeje

Children from Adeje Casco CEIP visiting the Convent in Adeje

The Adeje council has invited children from local schools to get to know their heritage a little bit better, and this is particularly interesting for families who have come from other countries as it is a chance for the children to learn something more about where they are growing up, information their parents may not have access to.

This next generation of Adejeros and Adejeras have been visiting different historic sites and buildings in the town as part of the ‘This Heritage is Ours’ programme designed for students from primary and secondary schools in the borough.
The visits have been to the Canarian library and other historical buildings to learn more about what they have to offer, services and organisation. In this way the young people learn what cultural heritage means, why its worth preserving and the technical and economic difficulties that often hamper that conservation.
Certainly one group of eight year olds who visited the Canarian library and were treated to a talk about the Guanches came home full of enthusiasm and a desire to learn more and read more about the island that is their home. They also visited the Casa Fuerte, the town’s Church and the Convent.
Particularly for parents who are not Canarian but who have chosen to live here this is a great aid in helping our children appreciate the multicultural backgrounds they have, and no doubt we will soon be learning from them