Hundreds take part in Good Friday presentation

 

Adeje’s dramatisation of the Good Friday events leading up the crucifixion of Jesus Christ has been deemed a success for another year.

The Calle Grande in Adeje was taken over by the dramatisation, ‘La Pasión’ today, with hundreds of local people taking part in the annual event depicting the last days and crucifixion of Jesus Christ. The streets were also full of visitors who followed the action, and the events were broadcast life on television and social media.

Over 200 people took on the roles of the people of Jerusalem and the main protagonists in this theatrical representation. And somewhat unusually the weather favoured the actors with some cloud in the sky allowing relief from the kind of heat the public and the cast have suffered from in previous years.

The mayor of Adeje, José Miguel Rodríguez Fraga, congratulated all those who took part including the over 100 who worked on direction, production, stage building, costumes, communication, props, etc. “Everyone involved played their part in making this possible, and my congratulations and thanks go to all for converting this into one of the most important Easter events in Adeje”. he said,

“Every year more and more people get involved and every year we learn and improve, renewing and incorporating changes into the overall production”, he added.

Under the direction of Laura Marrero and through the department of culture this has become one of the most eagerly awaited productions of the year. The councillor for culture Adolfo Alonso Ferrera, expressed his huge satisfaction at the production. He was also happy to report that the whole production went off without a hitch, nor were there any security matters to report.

The evolution of the production of ‘La Pasión’ began in 1996 when, due to structural issues, the normal dramatic Easter celebrations had to move outside to the street from the Santa Ursula church. “Taking the presentation onto the Calle Grande was circumstantial, but it has now grown into the important event it is today”, commented mayor Rodríguez Fraga.

 

Adeje prepares for the “greatest story ever told”

Pasion de Adeje, Viernes Santo, Tenerife,2018

 

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 the Messiah, Jesus Christ, from 12 midday on Good Friday, April 19th.

The performance, on the Calle Grande in the town, will be broadcast on TV Canarias, as well as nationally on 13TV.  It will also be streamed live on the Adeje Ayuntamiento Facebook page.  Radio Sur Adeje (107.9FM) will be broadcasting live 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.

Pasion de Adeje, Viernes Santo, Tenerife,2018

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.

 

This is the 7th 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.

“’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.

Pasion de Adeje, Viernes Santo, Tenerife,2018

Each year there are some changes to the event – this Good Friday there will be a number of new stalls in the ‘Jerusalem marketplace’ props on some of the other stages are new, and neither the serpent nor the eagle used in previous performances will be taking part.  Sergio Sosa, a student of the municipal school of music will sing ‘No Encuentro Palabras’ and Adeje resident Carla Peraza will sing ‘Oye Mi Voz, Profeta’,

In the Garden of Gethsemane scene there will now be two new actors, one dressed completely in white, representing the will of God, the other in black, representing evil.

The council is using a number of hashtags to increase visibility via social networks – #pasionadeje2019, #semanasantaadeje2019, #easterweekadeje2019 for the public to use when they are uploading photos, videos and stories onto social media.   The council has also extended its gratitude to those who, year after year, work to make this a very special event, for their dedication and commitment.

CAST:

JESUS: José Antonio López Delgado

SIMÓN PETER: Gonzalo Delgado Ferrera

JUDAS ISCARIOT: Balta Isla.

CAIAPHAS Santi Cano

PONTIUS PILATE: Elías González Herrera.

CLAUDIA: Daura Moreira

MARY, MOTHER OF JESUS: Ana Oneida Borges

MARY MAGDALENE: Ainhoa Aguilar

DIRECTOR: Laura Marrero Morales

Pasion de Adeje, Viernes Santo, Tenerife,2018

 

 

Recommendations

The 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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Easter Week in Adeje

 

La Pasión de los niños, procesión de los pasos chicos desde Los Olivos hasta Santa Úrsula, Adeje

There is a multitude of events scheduled for Easter celebrations

This Saturday, April 6th, the Adeje Easter programme will be launched with an address by the ex-parish priest Eduardo Rodríguez Rodríguez and the local notary, Roberto J Cutillas Morales, in the Convento de San Francisco. In parallel the council will also present the Easter Week programme and poster and open a photographic exhibition of past Easters.

The full programme will be available online in Spanish and English from next week, on www.Adeje.es, and printed programmes in Spanish will be distributed throughout the borough over the coming days. And as well as the many liturgical events this year also sees the return of the popular Lenten Cookery Tapas Route.

Procesión del abandono y tortura del señor, desde Las Viñas, Adeje,

Easter Week in Adeje today has a profile that is local, national and indeed international, not least due to the wide coverage given annually to the Good Friday street representation of La Pasión which is on April 19th this year, from midday along the Calle Grande, the town’s main street. However there are a host of other acts of interest taking place in the lead up to Easter Sunday, a concert of sacred music in the La Caleta church on Sunday (April 7th), and many very emotive and very visual processions along the town’s main and ancillary streets.

One of the newer additions to the programme is the Children’s Parade, which is on Saturday April 13th from 5pm, starting in the Los Olivos church, which will see the town’s children come together for a lesson on the last days of Jesus’ life and then take part in a procession to the Santa Ursula parish church.

On Sunday April 14th the town celebrates Palm Sunday in the many churches of the borough, with blessing of palm leaves and processions, the main ones in the Adeje main street from 10am and in Los Olivos from 6.30pm.

During the week there will be many emotive processions taking part, generally in the evenings, from La Viña, Los Olivos and the Santa Ursula church. Check the online programme for details. On Easter Saturday, April 20th, the faithful can take part in the silent vigil and 11pm mass, and on Easter Sunday all of the borough’s churches will be celebrating mass to mark the Resurrection.