Easter Week in Adeje today is a reference point for the Canary Islands, a display of the sentiment of a borough and people who, while also growing as a pioneering and modern tourist destination, have not deserted that which defines them. For them and for our visitors, during the following days, the visual heritage of the borough will be seen on the streets and in the churches in a series of processions and religious and cultural events.
The Adeje mayor, José Miguel Rodríguez Fraga, launching the Easter Week programme today, explained that “The programme underlines the make-up of who we are – a borough with a double identity: on the one hand we are a holiday destination with a huge number of visitors and on the other hand we continue to nurture and reinforce our traditions with a huge participation from the people of the town, who are the ones who bring new ideas to the table, which improve and help the celebrations evolve, making them more relevant to our culture today in Adeje.”
Easter Week celebrations are not new to Adeje and there are records stretching back to the 13th century detailing events around this important religious festival. “We have worked to restore much of our visual culture as well as adding new sculptures and statues to the town’s collection, enriching our artistic and historical heritage”, added the mayor.
Among the acts that attract high levels of public interest is ‘La Pasión’, the theatrical representation of the last days and crucifixion of Jesus Christ, which is on Good Friday (April 14th) starting at midday. This will also be broadcast live on Television Canarias locally and 13TV nationally.
Other events include, for the second year running, the ‘Lenten Cooking’ programme which sees many restaurants in the borough offering special Easter menus. There is also a number of exhibitions. Irish photographer Phil Crean’s photographs of last year’s Good Friday event are featured in ‘Detalles de la Pasión’ in the Adeje Cultural Centre, from April 7th to 16th and in the San Francisco Convent works of Juan Davó in ‘Vía Crucis y La Piedad Doméstica’ will be on show.
(Photos: Credit Phil Crean, www.philcrean.com)
Department of Communications