Gloria Gaynor, “I’ve wanted to sing in Tenerife for a long time”

In advance of her first ever concert in Tenerife, in the Adeje Las Torres pavilion, Gloria Gaynor, met the press with Adeje mayor José Miguel Rodríguez Fraga, who thanked her for picking Adeje for her first concert in Tenerife.

“For us this is an honour, that an artist of this calibre, who dominated an epoch of musical history, has chosen to come to Adeje for her first ever concert in Tenerife”, said the mayor.  The singer said she had been in the islands on previous occasions but never in Tenerife, adding, “This is special for me and I am very happy to be here”.

Gloria Gaynor was in Tenerife as part of the Legends Live Canarias cycle, performing in Adeje last night (Friday May 26th) and in the Gran Canaria Arena in May 29th.  Throughout her professional career she has sung in over 80 countries and as well as singing is a producer and songwriter, and a Grammy winner.  In 2005 she was inducted into the Dance Music Hall of Fame.

During the press conference the artist said she has always had a special relationship with Spain, and became very emotional answering questions about performing in this country, saying “I’m crying because this is a country I love, where I feel the love of the public, it’s marvellous”.  She was also asked where she finds the energy to keep singing and performing, and she said it comes from the audience, adding that she was proud that some of her songs, including the one she said was her personal favourite, I Will Survive, had become anthems for movements such as the LGBIT community.  “I hope through my songs I can transmit hope, courage and inspiration”, she said.

The mayor also referred to the fact that she was much more than a singer, hat she helped many through her charitable work and her music inspired integration, “and integration and equality is something we continue to work for in Adeje, where social harmony is more than a phrase, it is an essential value in our society”.

Finishing the conference, Gloria Gaynor said she would also be promoting her new album, Testimony during her concerts and asked the public to also visit her webpage (iwillsurvive.org) if they wanted to contribute to the charities she supported.

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SPECTACULAR EUROPEAN TRAM DRIVER CHAMPIONSHIP

If you want to spend a really original and enjoyable day, don’t miss coming to Santa Cruz de Tenerife (Plaza de Europa, Avenida Bravo Murillo) on Sunday, 4th June, to enjoy the European Tram Driver Championship with all the family. This is how Tranvía de Tenerife celebrates its first 10 years and 132 million passengers.

From 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., in a closed test circuit, drivers belonging to 24 teams from 14 countries (Germany, Sweden, Hungary, Austria, Belgium, Italy, Portugal, Spain, France, Ireland, Norway, Switzerland, Holland and Israel) will show their skills at the controls of the Citadis 302 model run by Tranvía de Tenerife.

Judges will assess driving skills in five runs: maximum speed and braking, clearance test, side stops, rear stops and tram bowling. This latter test is one of the most exciting and popular competitions. It consists in shooting a large ball from the tram to knock down half a dozen giant skittles.

Further INFORMATION: www.metrotenerife.com 

The above article was originally published by tenerifeexpress
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IMAGINE A CASTLE

The artificial lake in the Plaza de España – popularly known as the puddle – has become a meeting place in the centre of Santa Cruz de Tenerife. You do some shopping on Calle Castillo and at the end of the day you sit on one of its edges to chat with friends and contemplate the reflections in the form of drops of water under the lights that cover the square.

The project of the Swiss architects Herzog and De Meuron was chosen to remodel the Plaza de España during the years 2006, – 2008, not without lack of criticism and much controversy. The Monument to the Fallen ceased to be the centre of attention of this emblematic site of the capital, to leave in its place the lake and the vertical gardens of the new adjoining pavilions.

In the end, one gets accustomed and finds the charm that at first did not perceive. If we see photographs of the before and after, we do not think the change is so bad and now the square is more modern, accessible. Critics say the past was better, but if we must talk about the past, it was a serious place in 1929 than it is in the 21st century.

The name of the main street that leads to the square and the layout of black lines on the bottom of the lake indicate that here was once a castle. The first and the main defensive of the bay of Santa Cruz. We speak of the Castillo de San Cristóbal, which was built in 1577 and demolished in 1928 to be replaced by the Plaza de España, as part of the urban expansion of the city.

View of the square towards the mountains. Photo: Diego Delso

In 2006, during the remodelling, remains of the old castle appeared and it was decided to create an underground gallery. In the Interpretation Center of the Castle of San Cristóbal we can contemplate the remains of the wall and understand the role the castle played, along with the rest of the fortifications of the bay of Santa Cruz, in the defence of Tenerife. Since 2009 you can also see the famous Tigre Canyon,

After learning of the existence of San Cristóbal, the Plaza is not seen with the same eyes. It is difficult to imagine a castle, but we can reflect on the history of Tenerife in the first centuries after the conquest, the defensive role of Santa Cruz and the ideal that chicharreros defend: a city open to the sea.

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