Voting Has Begun For the Carnival Theme of 2020

Voting Has Begun For the Carnival Theme of 2020

Canrnival Themes for 2020

 

Voting for next years Carnival has started already and New York has been pinned as the favorite to win, but your vote could make the difference to help decide what the final theme will be.

 

The Proposed themes for 2020 are:

Bella Italia

New York – The City That Never Sleeps

Urban Tribes

Cowboys and American Indians

The Flirty 50’s

Route 66

Modern Art to Pop Art

Ancient to Modern Japan

A Breif History of the Santa Cruz Carnival Music

A Breif History of the Santa Cruz Carnival Music

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The Languages of Tenerife

The Languages of Tenerife

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The Beautiful Garachico

The Beautiful Garachico

If you’re looking for something off the tourist trail, head to to the Anaga Mountains in the north east of the island. Formed by a volcanic eruption 7-9 million years ago, this prehistoric mountain range is the oldest part of the island, and a trip here feels like...

The Awe-inspiring Punta de Teno,

The Awe-inspiring Punta de Teno,

This rugged, rocky headland ten kilometers from Buenavista is the most westerly point on the island and a great place to get away from the crowds and blow away the cobwebs with a bit of bracing sea air. Admire the active lighthouse perched precipitously on the rocks,...

11M

11M

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FIMA 2019: Festival Internacional de Música Arona

FIMA 2019: Festival Internacional de Música Arona

2020? FIMA 2019, the tenth Festival Internacional de Música de Arona will be held in Los Cristianos between 5 and 9 March with a series of concerts, dance, workshops and classes. The festival has a dedicated website HERE with the full programme HERE, and a Facebook...

Noche de tapas y vino in Playa San Juan on 30 March

Noche de tapas y vino in Playa San Juan on 30 March

  2020?? Playa San Juan’s fifth Noche de Tapas y Vino will be held on Saturday 30 March. The event has become a regular and very popular annual date in the municipal calendar, and this year’s will take place not in the harbour as previously but in the new square,...

Coronavirus COVID-19 outbreak in Tenerife

Coronavirus COVID-19 outbreak in Tenerife

Updated 5.30pm: As of 5pm, the Spanish Public Health authorities have confirmed that coronavirus cases in Spain now number 151:  Andalucía 13,  Asturias 1, Baleares 3, Canarias 7, Cantabria 10, CyL 8, CLM 7, Cataluña 15, C. Valenciana 15, Extremadura 6, Madrid 49,...

Gran Canaria is burning again

Gran Canaria is burning again

  Photo: Gran Canaria Cabildo. Updated 24 February: At first light, an army Military Emergencies crew of 85 left Seville for Gran Canaria to join firefighting efforts which continue today. There are now 176 military personnel in the island to assist local crews which...

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Wild weather causes wide disruption across Canaries

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A Breif History of the Santa Cruz Carnival Music

A Breif History of the Santa Cruz Carnival Music

Tenerife’s carnival dates back hundreds of years to the island’s earliest European settlement in the late 15th century.  The Carnival of Santa Cruz is the second most popular of its kind in the world after the Rio de Janeiro carnival in Brazil.

The Spanish conquest in 1494 brought with it many things from South America, like animals, produce, traditions and of course, the carnival! Written accounts of this early carnival date back to visitors from the 18th century who reported seeing singers, dancers in the streets, musicians playing conga music from Cuba.

Alongside the Cuban music was murga, a type of musical theatre from Uruguay, and Rondall, a medieval Spanish acoustic music, also popular in Mexico. These connections to South America have remained strong and visitors can still see these exotic types of music performed at the carnival today.

A Breif History of the Santa Cruz Carnival Music

A Breif History of the Santa Cruz Carnival Music

Tenerife’s carnival dates back hundreds of years to the island’s earliest European settlement in the late 15th century.  The Carnival of Santa Cruz is the second most popular of its kind in the world after the Rio de Janeiro carnival in Brazil. The Spanish conquest in...

The Languages of Tenerife

The Languages of Tenerife

The native language is Spanish. In the south English is spoken by everyone with German and Italian common too, but in the north, fluent English is spoken by fewer people. No big problem should be anticipated regarding communication, though. A good tip is to pronounce...

The Beautiful Garachico

The Beautiful Garachico

If you’re looking for something off the tourist trail, head to to the Anaga Mountains in the north east of the island. Formed by a volcanic eruption 7-9 million years ago, this prehistoric mountain range is the oldest part of the island, and a trip here feels like...

The Awe-inspiring Punta de Teno,

The Awe-inspiring Punta de Teno,

This rugged, rocky headland ten kilometers from Buenavista is the most westerly point on the island and a great place to get away from the crowds and blow away the cobwebs with a bit of bracing sea air. Admire the active lighthouse perched precipitously on the rocks,...

11M

11M

“11M” is something that you might see several times today, the anniversary of 11 March in 2004, when 192 commuters were blown to their deaths and around 2,000 others injured in Madrid’s Atocha station bombings when some ten bombs exploded on four suburban trains at or...

FIMA 2019: Festival Internacional de Música Arona

FIMA 2019: Festival Internacional de Música Arona

2020? FIMA 2019, the tenth Festival Internacional de Música de Arona will be held in Los Cristianos between 5 and 9 March with a series of concerts, dance, workshops and classes. The festival has a dedicated website HERE with the full programme HERE, and a Facebook...

Noche de tapas y vino in Playa San Juan on 30 March

Noche de tapas y vino in Playa San Juan on 30 March

  2020?? Playa San Juan’s fifth Noche de Tapas y Vino will be held on Saturday 30 March. The event has become a regular and very popular annual date in the municipal calendar, and this year’s will take place not in the harbour as previously but in the new square,...

Coronavirus COVID-19 outbreak in Tenerife

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Updated 5.30pm: As of 5pm, the Spanish Public Health authorities have confirmed that coronavirus cases in Spain now number 151:  Andalucía 13,  Asturias 1, Baleares 3, Canarias 7, Cantabria 10, CyL 8, CLM 7, Cataluña 15, C. Valenciana 15, Extremadura 6, Madrid 49,...

Gran Canaria is burning again

Gran Canaria is burning again

  Photo: Gran Canaria Cabildo. Updated 24 February: At first light, an army Military Emergencies crew of 85 left Seville for Gran Canaria to join firefighting efforts which continue today. There are now 176 military personnel in the island to assist local crews which...

Wild weather causes wide disruption across Canaries

Wild weather causes wide disruption across Canaries

Updated 8.30pm: The Canarian Government has announced that state schools throughout Tenerife will remain closed tomorrow because of the calima, and reopen on Wednesday. Of course tomorrow is a public holiday in some municipios anyway (see HERE) so their schools would...

The Whistle Language of Gomera

The Whistle Language of Gomera

Silbo is a whistle language that allows for accurate speech for over a long distance. The Silbo language originates from the north Africans that settled in the Canary Islands, they are known as the Guanches. It is a must learn at all schools in the island. The ancient language solved the problem of communicating over large distances as it was invented.

 

Today, the language is still used by residents of La Gomera. Silbo Gomero can be used as a long distance communication because of the sideways and ravines there are not many telephone lines. This language is useful for emergency situations. Because it will easily attract the attention of distant people. In fact, La Gomera schools are part of the training program of the Silo Homomos schools in Spain, as well as in 1999 in government. In 2009, UNESCO is regarded as a miracle work of both human and intangible heritage. , Founder of Access 2 Interpreters contributed to this article. Yana earned the International Entrepreneur of the Year award and provided opportunities for non-English speaking people to get their services. Access 2 Interpreters is a leading translation company in Columbus.

 

It goes without saying that speaking Spanish does not mean that you can also talk Silbo Gomero, as it is it’s own uniquely individual stand-alone language. This doesn’t necessarily mean that it is a difficult language to learn, it just requires a bit of practice to build strength in your whistle and to learn the array of finger to mouth techniques, which helps determine the pitch and length of each whistle.

 

This language has been and remains the subject of numerous investigations, in particular, a study by researchers at the University of La Laguna in 2005, has shown that speakers of Silbo process language in your brain in the same way that a language spoken in words does, using the same language areas of the brain used to process Castilian phrases, while to those who do not understand Silbo, it is quite simply just a whistle.

A Breif History of the Santa Cruz Carnival Music

A Breif History of the Santa Cruz Carnival Music

Tenerife’s carnival dates back hundreds of years to the island’s earliest European settlement in the late 15th century.  The Carnival of Santa Cruz is the second most popular of its kind in the world after the Rio de Janeiro carnival in Brazil. The Spanish conquest in...

The Languages of Tenerife

The Languages of Tenerife

The native language is Spanish. In the south English is spoken by everyone with German and Italian common too, but in the north, fluent English is spoken by fewer people. No big problem should be anticipated regarding communication, though. A good tip is to pronounce...

The Beautiful Garachico

The Beautiful Garachico

If you’re looking for something off the tourist trail, head to to the Anaga Mountains in the north east of the island. Formed by a volcanic eruption 7-9 million years ago, this prehistoric mountain range is the oldest part of the island, and a trip here feels like...

The Awe-inspiring Punta de Teno,

The Awe-inspiring Punta de Teno,

This rugged, rocky headland ten kilometers from Buenavista is the most westerly point on the island and a great place to get away from the crowds and blow away the cobwebs with a bit of bracing sea air. Admire the active lighthouse perched precipitously on the rocks,...

11M

11M

“11M” is something that you might see several times today, the anniversary of 11 March in 2004, when 192 commuters were blown to their deaths and around 2,000 others injured in Madrid’s Atocha station bombings when some ten bombs exploded on four suburban trains at or...

FIMA 2019: Festival Internacional de Música Arona

FIMA 2019: Festival Internacional de Música Arona

2020? FIMA 2019, the tenth Festival Internacional de Música de Arona will be held in Los Cristianos between 5 and 9 March with a series of concerts, dance, workshops and classes. The festival has a dedicated website HERE with the full programme HERE, and a Facebook...

Noche de tapas y vino in Playa San Juan on 30 March

Noche de tapas y vino in Playa San Juan on 30 March

  2020?? Playa San Juan’s fifth Noche de Tapas y Vino will be held on Saturday 30 March. The event has become a regular and very popular annual date in the municipal calendar, and this year’s will take place not in the harbour as previously but in the new square,...

Coronavirus COVID-19 outbreak in Tenerife

Coronavirus COVID-19 outbreak in Tenerife

Updated 5.30pm: As of 5pm, the Spanish Public Health authorities have confirmed that coronavirus cases in Spain now number 151:  Andalucía 13,  Asturias 1, Baleares 3, Canarias 7, Cantabria 10, CyL 8, CLM 7, Cataluña 15, C. Valenciana 15, Extremadura 6, Madrid 49,...

Gran Canaria is burning again

Gran Canaria is burning again

  Photo: Gran Canaria Cabildo. Updated 24 February: At first light, an army Military Emergencies crew of 85 left Seville for Gran Canaria to join firefighting efforts which continue today. There are now 176 military personnel in the island to assist local crews which...

Wild weather causes wide disruption across Canaries

Wild weather causes wide disruption across Canaries

Updated 8.30pm: The Canarian Government has announced that state schools throughout Tenerife will remain closed tomorrow because of the calima, and reopen on Wednesday. Of course tomorrow is a public holiday in some municipios anyway (see HERE) so their schools would...

The Languages of Tenerife

The Languages of Tenerife

The native language is Spanish. In the south English is spoken by everyone with German and Italian common too, but in the north, fluent English is spoken by fewer people. No big problem should be anticipated regarding communication, though.

A good tip is to pronounce a soft ‘c’ as an ‘s’ instead of ‘th’. So gracias is pronounced ‘gras-yahs’ not ‘grath-yahs’ or ‘grasth-yahs’.

 

The official language of Tenerife is Spanish, but the accent is comparable to South America, as is mainland Spain. You will find that most locals speak English, especially in popular tourist destinations. It’s always fun to try talking to locals in their own language. Even if it is basic, trying to do this is polite.

 

In the Canary Islands, you speak Spanish in the Canary Islands in the Canary Islands. This variant is very similar to Caribbean Spanish and is characterized by the omission of the consonant and the inhalation or nose. The Portuguese strongly influenced the language and dialect heard today due to the historical efforts to colonize the canary islands. Even Tenerife’s unique and delicious world famous drink the barraquito has portuguese roots.

 

A language that is unique to the canary islands that you might unknowingly hear during your visit to Tenerife is Silbo, a whistling language from the island of  La Gomera (viewable from anywhere on the southwest coast of Tenerife, like Costa Adaje) Using Silbo is a very effective way to communicate with people 5 km away before pulling out the phone and also when stuck in traffic it can be very convenient. It is sometimes referred to as the Spanish “whistle” and it is worth noting that the name “silbo” is accompanied by the automatic word “silbar”. This means “tweeting in Spanish”.

A Breif History of the Santa Cruz Carnival Music

A Breif History of the Santa Cruz Carnival Music

Tenerife’s carnival dates back hundreds of years to the island’s earliest European settlement in the late 15th century.  The Carnival of Santa Cruz is the second most popular of its kind in the world after the Rio de Janeiro carnival in Brazil. The Spanish conquest in...

The Languages of Tenerife

The Languages of Tenerife

The native language is Spanish. In the south English is spoken by everyone with German and Italian common too, but in the north, fluent English is spoken by fewer people. No big problem should be anticipated regarding communication, though. A good tip is to pronounce...

The Beautiful Garachico

The Beautiful Garachico

If you’re looking for something off the tourist trail, head to to the Anaga Mountains in the north east of the island. Formed by a volcanic eruption 7-9 million years ago, this prehistoric mountain range is the oldest part of the island, and a trip here feels like...

The Awe-inspiring Punta de Teno,

The Awe-inspiring Punta de Teno,

This rugged, rocky headland ten kilometers from Buenavista is the most westerly point on the island and a great place to get away from the crowds and blow away the cobwebs with a bit of bracing sea air. Admire the active lighthouse perched precipitously on the rocks,...

11M

11M

“11M” is something that you might see several times today, the anniversary of 11 March in 2004, when 192 commuters were blown to their deaths and around 2,000 others injured in Madrid’s Atocha station bombings when some ten bombs exploded on four suburban trains at or...

FIMA 2019: Festival Internacional de Música Arona

FIMA 2019: Festival Internacional de Música Arona

2020? FIMA 2019, the tenth Festival Internacional de Música de Arona will be held in Los Cristianos between 5 and 9 March with a series of concerts, dance, workshops and classes. The festival has a dedicated website HERE with the full programme HERE, and a Facebook...

Noche de tapas y vino in Playa San Juan on 30 March

Noche de tapas y vino in Playa San Juan on 30 March

  2020?? Playa San Juan’s fifth Noche de Tapas y Vino will be held on Saturday 30 March. The event has become a regular and very popular annual date in the municipal calendar, and this year’s will take place not in the harbour as previously but in the new square,...

Coronavirus COVID-19 outbreak in Tenerife

Coronavirus COVID-19 outbreak in Tenerife

Updated 5.30pm: As of 5pm, the Spanish Public Health authorities have confirmed that coronavirus cases in Spain now number 151:  Andalucía 13,  Asturias 1, Baleares 3, Canarias 7, Cantabria 10, CyL 8, CLM 7, Cataluña 15, C. Valenciana 15, Extremadura 6, Madrid 49,...

Gran Canaria is burning again

Gran Canaria is burning again

  Photo: Gran Canaria Cabildo. Updated 24 February: At first light, an army Military Emergencies crew of 85 left Seville for Gran Canaria to join firefighting efforts which continue today. There are now 176 military personnel in the island to assist local crews which...

Wild weather causes wide disruption across Canaries

Wild weather causes wide disruption across Canaries

Updated 8.30pm: The Canarian Government has announced that state schools throughout Tenerife will remain closed tomorrow because of the calima, and reopen on Wednesday. Of course tomorrow is a public holiday in some municipios anyway (see HERE) so their schools would...

The Beautiful Garachico

The Beautiful Garachico

If you’re looking for something off the tourist trail, head to to the Anaga Mountains in the north east of the island. Formed by a volcanic eruption 7-9 million years ago, this prehistoric mountain range is the oldest part of the island, and a trip here feels like stepping back in time to another world. There’s even a village (El Bailadero) named after a coven of witches rumored to have danced around fires there. Hike from Benijo to the Roques de Anaga, two rocky outcrops in the sea with geological and ecological importance, or try and find the elusive Roque de Bermejo boat community, only accessible by a three-hour hike.

A Breif History of the Santa Cruz Carnival Music

A Breif History of the Santa Cruz Carnival Music

Tenerife’s carnival dates back hundreds of years to the island’s earliest European settlement in the late 15th century.  The Carnival of Santa Cruz is the second most popular of its kind in the world after the Rio de Janeiro carnival in Brazil. The Spanish conquest in...

The Languages of Tenerife

The Languages of Tenerife

The native language is Spanish. In the south English is spoken by everyone with German and Italian common too, but in the north, fluent English is spoken by fewer people. No big problem should be anticipated regarding communication, though. A good tip is to pronounce...

The Beautiful Garachico

The Beautiful Garachico

If you’re looking for something off the tourist trail, head to to the Anaga Mountains in the north east of the island. Formed by a volcanic eruption 7-9 million years ago, this prehistoric mountain range is the oldest part of the island, and a trip here feels like...

The Awe-inspiring Punta de Teno,

The Awe-inspiring Punta de Teno,

This rugged, rocky headland ten kilometers from Buenavista is the most westerly point on the island and a great place to get away from the crowds and blow away the cobwebs with a bit of bracing sea air. Admire the active lighthouse perched precipitously on the rocks,...

11M

11M

“11M” is something that you might see several times today, the anniversary of 11 March in 2004, when 192 commuters were blown to their deaths and around 2,000 others injured in Madrid’s Atocha station bombings when some ten bombs exploded on four suburban trains at or...

FIMA 2019: Festival Internacional de Música Arona

FIMA 2019: Festival Internacional de Música Arona

2020? FIMA 2019, the tenth Festival Internacional de Música de Arona will be held in Los Cristianos between 5 and 9 March with a series of concerts, dance, workshops and classes. The festival has a dedicated website HERE with the full programme HERE, and a Facebook...

Noche de tapas y vino in Playa San Juan on 30 March

Noche de tapas y vino in Playa San Juan on 30 March

  2020?? Playa San Juan’s fifth Noche de Tapas y Vino will be held on Saturday 30 March. The event has become a regular and very popular annual date in the municipal calendar, and this year’s will take place not in the harbour as previously but in the new square,...

Coronavirus COVID-19 outbreak in Tenerife

Coronavirus COVID-19 outbreak in Tenerife

Updated 5.30pm: As of 5pm, the Spanish Public Health authorities have confirmed that coronavirus cases in Spain now number 151:  Andalucía 13,  Asturias 1, Baleares 3, Canarias 7, Cantabria 10, CyL 8, CLM 7, Cataluña 15, C. Valenciana 15, Extremadura 6, Madrid 49,...

Gran Canaria is burning again

Gran Canaria is burning again

  Photo: Gran Canaria Cabildo. Updated 24 February: At first light, an army Military Emergencies crew of 85 left Seville for Gran Canaria to join firefighting efforts which continue today. There are now 176 military personnel in the island to assist local crews which...

Wild weather causes wide disruption across Canaries

Wild weather causes wide disruption across Canaries

Updated 8.30pm: The Canarian Government has announced that state schools throughout Tenerife will remain closed tomorrow because of the calima, and reopen on Wednesday. Of course tomorrow is a public holiday in some municipios anyway (see HERE) so their schools would...

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