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It was an utter smash this time last year, and this year it’s back, or rather its sequel is coming! Lion King 2: The Return of Scar will be in Los Cristianos auditorium on Thursday 30 April. The show starts at 7pm and tickets are now available online for €15. This stunning performance brings exotic dance, music, the African savannah, and a hugely famous storyline to Los Cristianos’ auditorium at 7pm on 30 April. Tickets costing €15 are available online HERE, but last time they sold out very very quickly … so be fast!
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Adeje’s Easter passion play is full of drama and emotion, and this year’s preparations for the performance on Good Friday, 10 April, are already underway. Although some 300 actors take part each year, by far the majority of performers are residents in the municipality. And again this year, Adeje Ayuntamiento has issued a call for those who would like to be more than a spectator, and to take part in the Pasión. You can register in the Cultural Centre in Adeje between 8am and 10pm, or by phone to 922 756 246. Children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult when registering.
The event now has an international fame, with hundreds of thousands watching as it is broadcast live every year on television and online through the council’s social media. Every year, however, tens of thousands fill Adeje as they attend the Pasión in person, a great number of them tourists in the area. The whole of Calle Grande from the Plaza del Cruz del Llano to the Plaza de España is transformed into ancient Jerusalem with a market place, various stages, and animals including goats, donkeys, falcons, and horses, following the last days and death of Jesus of Nazareth from his entry into Jerusalem to the crucifixion against the amazing backdrop of the Barranco del Infierno.
The performance always begins at 12 noon and lasts for two hours, and the council advises those who attend to wear comfortable shoes and clothes, to bring water and a sun hat, and to put on adequate sun cream and make sure children are well protected. The local authorities urge the public to follow the instructions of the local police and civil protection units who are there to ensure everyone’s safety and don’t cross the temporary barriers erected to keep the streets clear for the act itself. It is also recommended for attendees to carry ID and information regarding blood group and any allergies in case of an emergency or accident. Given the many thousands expected to attend, it is also essential to arrive in good time, ideally by bus or taxi, and when the event has concluded be prepared to wait a while for crowds to disperse.
There is more information HERE, and Adeje Ayuntamiento will issue more specific information in due course, but for those who would like to take part, Easter starts now!
Updated 19 February 2020: Santa Cruz’ Carnaval has been taking place since the end of January, with murga and dance groups competing indoors, but from now the carnival enters its most famous phase, with the crowning of the carnival queen tonight in the Recinto Ferial before events move out into the streets with the opening parade on Friday, the main Coso parade the following Tuesday, and then the burial of the sardine on Wednesday, and the big party to close the carnival on Sunday 1 March.
In between there are any number of events and Day Carnivals, and the full website for the Santa Cruz carnival can be viewed HERE, with the daily calendar HERE. Other big carnivals in Tenerife are Puerto de la Cruz (7 Feb-1 Mar), Los Cristianos (12-23 Mar), and Los Gigantes (6-14 March).
Original post 1 October 2019: Once again we’re looking ahead to Carnaval, with the poster unveiled tonight for Santa Cruz 2020. It’s this one, designed by Javier Nóbrega, for a carnival based on the theme of the Flirty Fifties (Los Coquetos Años 50). The poster was commissioned this year, rather than put out to public competition, and it even has an animated version HERE! The full website for the carnival, which takes place between 1 February and 10 March, is HERE, containing the full programme HERE and the daily calendar HERE.
Other big carnivals in Tenerife during the season have the following provisional dates:
Puerto de la Cruz – 20-29 February
Los Cristianos – 12-23 March
Los Gigantes – 6-9 March.
Updated 10 January 2020: As part of the new Brexit information programme devised by the British Consulate’s Brexit officer in Tenerife, Deepika Harjani, there will be another two pop-up outreach events in south Tenerife next week. Both are on Wednesday 15 January, the first at 10.30am in Tipsy Terrace, Calle el Hibisco, Los Gigantes, and the latter at 2pm in the event area on the upper level of Siam Mall, Costa Adeje.
Updated 31 December 2019: The FCO says that the Spanish authorities have encouraged them to advise UK nationals in Tenerife that they can continue to get residency appointments by selecting the option POLICIA – CERTIFICADO UE (EXCLUSIVAMENTE PARA REINO UNIDO). There is good availability for appointments as they still have the extra resources that were provided. Alternatively, they have released another batch of appointments through the Adeje Focus group, the Adeje volunteer lobby group for international residents. Anyone, including minors, who has still not completed their legal residence in Spain, and who meets the criteria for registration, can email the Focus group at email@example.com. Please put the words RESIDENCY APPOINTMENT as the subject, and explain your specific situation (working, self-employee or non-working) and contact details, and will be allocated an appointment. All the appointments available are in the Santa Cruz office. Please do encourage anyone who hasn’t yet applied for residency to do so and take advantage of these additional appointments.
Updated 20 December: The Prime Minister’s Office has issued the following statement about “getting Brexit wrapped up for Christmas”.
Updated 11 December: It’s this Sunday! Don’t miss it. Leaving Siam Mall at 11am for the annual Walk for Life to the Golden Mile in Playa de las Américas. Walkers will get an amazing send-off by Adeje’s volunteer firefighters, there’ll be a special memento of the event for all participants, and Clio O’Flynn will be on hand, co-presenting the whole thing, from 10am in Siam Mall. This is one of THE diary dates in south Tenerife every year, with a cause close to the hearts of so very many.
Updated 4 December: It’s nearly time! Walk for Life takes place a week on Sunday, 15 December, and has now gone international by joining the Think Pink Europe network. Under the banner ‘Close the Gap’, funds raised will be going to genetic research and the Bra and Linfa projects among other causes, with the unifying objectives to bring together projects in different countries, make a difference in the fight against breast cancer, and swap experiences.
President and founder of the Carrera por la vida/Walk for life foundation, Brigitte Gypen, said at a press conference today that her objective was ““becoming a powerhouse for change, knocking on the doors of the EU. We are now the Spanish representatives in this network which has 19 countries as members”, she explained, “a watershed moment which will mean more work, more commitment, more involvement but we cannot say no as this is a unique opportunity. We want to go as far as we can”.
This year’s walk will depart Siam Mall at 11am, finishing along the Golden Mile in Playa de las Américas. The Adeje volunteer firefighters will give walkers a fantastic send-off, with all participants receiving a special memento of the event.
“Our expectations regarding participation in this year’s walk are big, even though the numbers we had in previous years are hard to beat; we still work to grow every year. We want to fill the streets with pink wings” Gypen said, referring to the tradition that has evolved over the years with people dressing up and wearing pink wings for the walk. Last year over 5,200 people took part and €35,000 was raised.
The Grand Marshall for 2019, Hilda Siverio, said, “I will always be by Brigitte’s side, she is really magical, and to be chosen as this year’s walk Grand Marshall is a huge honour and a challenge. I want to invite everyone to come along and experience the Walk for Life, this is also a song for life, and you really do know that you are not alone…if you are ready to become infected by this magic, come along on December 15th, and you will be back every year”.
This year, the environmental commitment started in the last walk will be continued, with no balloons being used on the walk. They usually fall into and contaminate the sea, but there will be “steel bands throughout the walk, buses for those who cannot complete the 4K and of course we will be selling merchandise to add to the fund raising total” Gypen said. The president also reminded people of the 2020 calendar, Art for Life, with 12 original works of art, 12 stories in Spanish and English, “which will move you, I am sure”. The calendar will be on sale during a dedicated slot at 7pm on Monday 9 December in Corte Inglés in Santa Cruz.
Organizers say that the hugely successful Flash mob will be repeated this year, and say “we want everyone to dance, so there will be a rehearsal this Saturday in Siam Mall at 7pm, where you can also sign up for the walk”. The notary who oversees the fund-raising is Nicolás Castilla, and he has also confirmed his participation in this year’s event.
GOALS OF THE WALK FOR LIFE FOUNDATION
Among the goals of the Walk for Life foundation is the promotion of early detection of breast cancer. The foundation was born out of the personal experiences and concerns of Brigitte Gypen who, having fought breast cancer herself, decided to set up a solidarity walk, one which has grown year after year, and now is in its 15th year, having involved thousands of people along the way. Today there is a centre in Adeje, the movement has become a foundation and now is about to become part of an international collaborative network.
The Walk for life foundation also helps, in a very direct way, people affected by breast cancer and their families through the Pink Room, with therapies, etc, the BRA project and funds research and training.
Original post 17 September: Preparations have already been long underway for this year’s Walk for Life, which will be held on Sunday 15 December. Last year, a record-breaking pink wave of 5,200 including the mayors of both Arona and Adeje took part, raising €35.500, and this event just keeps getting bigger and bigger. For those who don’t already know, the walk takes place every December, and this is the 15th year it will have been held.
It is an event which brings together Spanish cancer charities and support organisations, people living with cancer, their friends and families, those who have lost someone to cancer, and on a wider scale the general public of Adeje and Arona. The start of the walk alternates between Adeje and Arona and ends in the other municipality, and this year it will start at 11am in the CC Salytien (Costa Adeje) and head to the Golden Mile (Avda Las Américas) in Playa de las Américas (Arona).
Walk for Life is a full charity in every sense that we would understand the word (see HERE for an explanation). It is the Fundación Canaria Carrera por la Vida and has a website HERE and a Facebook page HERE.