My daughter reminded me last night that today the 12th November it is the Fuga de San Diego, an annual tradition where students go to school but “escape” from their classes. Some children don’t even go into school on this day, others go and make their escape but after years of just accepting this was what happened today, I wanted to know where had the tradition of Fuga de San Diego come from?
The colegios in Lanzarote are securely gated during school hours, if a child does not attend school a phone call is made to the parents to make sure they are aware that they are not truant. If a child needs to leave school for any reason a parent / guardian has to go to the school to sign a form detailing the reason and what time they left the building. So why is it that the children can be released without the parent’s consent or supervision on Fuga de San Diego / Flight of San Diego?
This Canary Islands tradition started in Tenerife when a new teacher Diego Ximenez de Cisneros arrived at the Instituto Cabrera Pinto in La Laguna during November of 1919. He decided to stop the students from attending the Romería of San Diego del Monte, the children disobeyed him and escaped from the school.
Traditionally the students of La Laguna used read more »
The Moscow Ballet will be performing The Nutcracker in Lanzarote on Saturday 11th December 2010. The ballet is being held at the Teatro Municipal in Tías and there are two performances at 18:00 and 21:00. Tickets are priced at €35 and available for sale at:
Tourist Information Office in Puerto del Carmen
Área de Educación y Cultura at Cabildo de Lanzarote
Departamento de Cultura at Ayuntamiento de Tías
The Moscow Ballet was founded in 1989 and attracts the best dancers from the companies Bolshoi and Stanislavsky in Russia. This date is the last in their tour of the Canary Islands, directed by Timar Fayziev. read more »
A two day market can be found at El Pavon in the Plaza Anfiteatro in Tías this weekend. The event has been organised by the Ayuntamiento de Tias and the Asociacion de Empresarios de Tías and each shop in Tías is expected to have a stall representing them.
The market will be open Saturday 13th & Sunday 14th November from 9am to 8pm.
Alongside the stalls will be music and activities for children:
Saturday 13th November read more »
The annual Christmas Raffle (Premios Rifa de Navidad) is approaching for SARA the Protectora de Animales in Tahiche. Tickets are on sale now at €1 each and available from SARA so please pop in and buy yours before the draw.
There are some great prizes on offer, including free hotel accommodation, meals at restaurants, entrances to local attractions and more – download the current prize list below.
The draw will take place at the Tahiche Garden Centre on 11th December at 13:00. If you can’t be there on the day, the results will be published on the SARA website SARA Protectora
Here’s our guide to the Lanzarote nightlife events in the clubs and pubs around the island this weekend.
Venue: Sunset Bar, Avda del Marinero 128, Caleta de Famara, Lanzarote
Date: Thurs 11th, Fri 12th & Sat 13th November 2010
Details: Thursday night BarBacOa, Friday night 12 CODIGO PIN in concert and Saturday BarBacOa with DJ.
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The first Wilson Golf Tournament will be held this Saturday 13th November 2010 at Lanzarote Golf near Puerto del Carmen.
There are prizes for the first two classifications in each category, with 3 for the men and 2 for the ladies. Prize for the best junior, the longest drive and the ball closest to the hole (men & women).
Entry costs €50 which includes a picnic and cocktail.
The start time depends on the number of golfers competing and the Stableford Individual scoring system will be used. read more »
The tiny village of Yé in the North of Lanzarote starts their fiesta on Friday 12th November. This village is nestled at the base of Monte Corona the big volcano overlooking Órzola and close to the Mirador del Río.
A lot of these events don’t translate well into English but some of the highlights include a Flamenco evening (Gran Guateque Musical Flamenco) on the 13th with prizes for the best costumes, a children’s fiesta (Gran Fiesta Infantil) on the 14th with games, animation, music, fun and games. Wild West Fiesta (Gran Fiesta del Oeste) Friday 19th, a procession through the village (Romería) in honour of San Francisco Javier with dancing and entertainment later from El Golpito.
Salta, salta, salta – lots of jumping for the kids on Sunday 21st. Friday 26th is the exhibition of old photographs submitted for the competition, the theme is children. Saturday is the great dance (Gran Baile) with the popular band Los Conejeros. Sunday 28th is the finale of the fiesta with singers from the village and dancers from the Latin dance school with trophy presentation for the competitions held during the fiesta.
Friday 12th / Viernes 12 de noviembre:
09:00 Engalanamiento del pueblo.
19:00 Inscripción para participar en el Concurso de Fotografías Antiguas (el tema elegido es el retrato infantil)
19:30 Sorteo y comienzo del “Campeonato de Envite”.
21:00 Pregón de las Fiestas a cargo de D. Jesús Betancort Montero.
21:30 Tenderete Canario amenizado por la Parranda “Pal Porrón”. read more »
Your artwork should adhere to the following conditions:
You have to be over 16 years old to participate and submit an original artwork relating to fairytales. The size should be no bigger than 65 cm x 48 cm and no smaller than 45 cm x 28 cm. The image should include the words “CARNAVAL PLAYA BLANCA 2011” Yaiza, Lanzarote. The design has to be submitted without signature, on the back or on an accompanying document you should write your name, age, address, telephone and a photocopy of your DNI that confirms these details together with the technique used in the design.
Designs can be submitted read more »