The ‘Carnaval de Santa Cruz de Tenerife’.

The ‘Carnaval de Santa Cruz de Tenerife’, (which is second only to the ‘Rio de Janeiro Carnival’ in Brazil) is held in February every year, and it attracts many thousands of people from all over the world. The Carnival, which is affectionately known as the ‘mixing of the masked upper class with the common people’, has been celebrated since the time of the earliest European settlement -and possibly even prior to that. The festival has two parts: the ‘Official Carnival’, and the ‘Carnival on the Street’. The festivities actually begin on the Friday prior to the main Carnival, with a grand opening parade, which reaches a crescendo during the evening, as thousands of people -the majority of whom are attired in outlandish fancy-dress costumes continue dancing the night away -well into the early hours of the morning.

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‘Sister Act – The Musical’

At the end of this year Tenerife will be opening its doors to a stage production of ‘Sister Act’, a hilariously-funny film, which was one of the most financially successful movies of the early 1990’s -and a film that has also been rated number ’83’ on Bravo’s ‘The 100 Funniest Movies’ list. Such was the movie’s success, that within a year the sequel: ‘Sister Act 2: back in the habit’ was released, which likewise became a box-office smash. Over a dozen years later -in 2006 to be exact, the musical, ‘Sister Act’ premiered at the Pasadena Playhouse in California, before opening at the West End’s London Palladium in 2009. In April 2011 the musical opened on Broadway at the Broadway Theatre, and as we stand today it has been performed in no-less than ’12’ countries, having played to over ‘four million’ spectators -in ‘seven’ different languages. Based on the movie, this stage interpretation of the film will be coming to Tenerife over the New Year, as the ‘Winter festive-season Special’ at the Adan Martin Auditorium in Santa-Cruz.

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Canary Islands Surf Film Festival 2015

Move-over Cannes, London and New York, because between the 8th and 11th October 2015 Tenerife will welcome to its shores the “Canary Islands Surf Film Festival” -a truly magnificent sporting event which will include surf-riders from all over the world. Passion for the environment, the influence of the trade winds, waves born on the ocean floor and rich biodiversity, have made the Canary Islands an ideal location for the world’s top photography, film and advertising directors in the adventurous and adrenaline-flowing world of surfing, windsurfing, kite-surfing and body-boarding. Turismo de Canarias will be announcing the winner of this magnanimous event during the ‘Canarias Surf Film Festival 2016’.

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The ‘Tenerife Bluetrail 2015’ Marathon Race

The ‘Tenerife Bluetrail 2015’ race, which has been organised by the Island Council, will be staged on 24th October this year -and the fact that this year’s event has been included as part of the FEDME Spanish Mountain Racing Cup, means that it will encourage competitive runners from all over Europe to join in the challenge. A maximum of 2,000 runners are being allowed to enter the race -and as over 1,200 have already registered their entries, it means that both time and availability are running-out swiftly for those who are hoping to be included in this somewhat prestigious event.

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Los Abrigos ‘Beer and Tapas’ Festival

After ‘5’ very successful years the ‘6th’ Los Abrigos Summer ‘Beer and Tapas’ Festival will be held in Tenerife once again, at the Paseo Maritimo harbour in the sleepy fishing village of Los Abrigos on Saturday 8th August 2015. The festivities -which will include several live bands rocking the day-away in the background, will begin at 11am in the morning, and will continue for a solid 12 hours, until 11pm in the evening.

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Tenerife Entertainment Awards 2015

On Sunday 11th October the Tenerife Entertainment Awards will be here once again -and no-doubt there will be a star-studded line-up, with solo-artists, bands, DJ,s, compere’s, tribute acts and a variety of groups, just waiting to walk-away with one of these prestigious awards. I have to admit that my personal favourite is the ‘Entertainers Entertainer’ Award, as the accolade is attributed to the person -or persons, whom the entertainers themselves have voted to be ‘THE BEST’.

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