Playa Blanca will host a book fair on Saturday 27th April in the Plaza del Carmen. A whole day is dedicated to the letters, stands, meetings with writers, creative workshops, book presentations, stage performances and an awards ceremony for a short story contest promoted by the Castillo del Águila Cultural Association and the Yaiza City Council. On the run up to the book fair storytelling workshops will take place on Wednesday 24th in Las Breñas and on Thursday 25th in Femés organized with the narrator Cristina Temprano. The Yaiza City Council will support the writers with the hope that there will be a boost to the publishing industry. Please click here to see the programme of events
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In two stores in a neighborhood of Arreife, Altavista to be precise, there is one of the most interesting collections of boats and sailors that exists representing the authentic legacy of the island’s fishing and marine history. It is a formidable work with over twenty-five years of collecting done by Ángel Díaz (better known as Angelito el Fino). He has spent more than half of his life collecting elements linked to the culture and fishing tradition of the port of Naos in Arrecife which believe it or not was at one time, one of the most important fishing ports in the world.
Sadly Angel has now passed away and in his memory his children have set up the Social cultural Association to recover the fishing history of Lanzarote as a legacy and to make sure that this important part of Lanzarote life is not forgotten. This impressive collection has an abundance of authentic relics and treasures linked to the world of seamanship. There are more than a thousand photographs of ships which have passed through the port of Naos. Most of the photographs have corresponding documentation, technical characteristics and lists of crew members dating back to 1865 and the first years of 1900.
The collection is of unquestionable historical value and also includes license plates of sailors as far back as 1872 and navigation charts, files of sailors of the Navy and other hundreds of documents that are still pending to be cataloged. Also there are hundreds of old pieces of boats, navigation instruments, radios, fishing gear, lanterns, wide, and many other curiosities. Ángel’s son said of his father where some people only saw junk, my father saw the history of Lanzarote.
Another bodega on its way but this time not situated in the wine region of La Geria but close by in the mountains close to the village of Femes. This is a sector on the island of Lanzarote that continues to grow. Femes which is in the county of Yaiza is recognised more as a cheese as it has a strong livestock and agricultural tradition but for the first time it intends to launch a winery in the southern core. The prodject has been instigated by local businessman Domingo Cabrera, under the name of Bodegas Tierra Virgen. The expectation is to break into the market with a circulation of a vintage close to 40,000 bottles.
Jose Cañada is the last blacksmith on the island learning the trade from his father and its surprising still taking orders from the locals as in most areas this is a dying trade. His orders are from locals ordering their tools for agricultural use. He says that his continued success is due to the fact that farmers will always need a smithy to make the tools that can’t be found in hardware stores and that’s why he has lasted over 50 years in a trade which is made to order.
Hot-set steel saplings and rakes, plows and components such as harnesses for animals which you may think are already in disuse, are in fact still in demanded.
These orders are specifically made in the forge and the workshop has had its doors open for nearly half a century.
A campaign has been launched to celebrate the centenary of César Manrique to collect images of the artist in his memory. These will be displayed on the website wich specialises in Lanzarote memorabilian www.memoriadelanzarote.com.
The website serves as a public digital documentation service for island memories and has more than 15,000 records which include images, documents, chronologies and statistics. Through a daily work of digitization, documentary emptying and metadata management, after analysis and treatment of historical documentation, www.memoriadelanzarote.com has been increasing its content on the documentary, historical, cultural and scientific heritage produced in or on the island, with the aim of contributing to its research and public knowledge.
Thanks to the support of organizations and people who collaborate in different ways giving private material so that everyone can access. A proportion of the collections have been transformed into temporary exhibitions that take place in La Casa Amarilla in Calle Real, Arrecife which was the former seat of Arrecife council, now converted into a museum of the memory of Lanzarote and open to visitors
The restoration works of the Tiagua windmill have now been finished after months of work and thanks to the subsidy of 39,000 euros granted to the owner to finance 50 percent. The proposal for the work originated from the Historic Heritage area which states that this mill is included in the Catalog of Protection of the Architectural and Monumental Heritage of Lanzarote and in the Municipal Architectural Catalog of Teguise.
It is one of the best preserved heritage assets of the grinding industry of Lanzarote. The Tiagua Mill stands out for the quality of its construction and its historical dimension.Located in The heart of the town of Tiagua it had a great transcendence in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries providing work for many families not only Tiagua, but also La Vegueta, Tinajo, Tao, Soo and Muñique
The Council has opened this week for the registration to participate in the eleventh edition of the Wine Run Lanzarote, to be held on Sunday June 16. Those interested in participating can formalize through the link http://www.lanzarotewinerun.com/en/inscriptions/ their request to participate in any of the three races (23 km long race, short race and 12 km long walk).
As in previous years, the event will have a strong solidarity theme, by allocating part of the money collected by subscription and sale of drinks to the Save La Geria project. The La Geria project promotes the economic, cultural, environmental and touristic sustainability of the landscape of La Geria through the enhancement of vineyard cultivation, the promotion of wine tourism and hiking and the recovery of traditional trails and degraded spaces.
Lanzarote tourist centres closed the year of 2018 with a record of 29.6 million euros generated by 3 million visitors. This is an improvement of 9.7% over the previous year 2017. A spokesman for Lanzarote Council said “These figures are, in short, the result of putting the effort, responsibility and professionalism of all workers at the service of an entity that is the heritage and pride of all Lanzarote. Without them, it would be impossible to achieve the objectives set”
Situated on an incline in San Bartolome is one of the most important houses in Lanzarote which dates back to the 18th century. It was originaly owned by an influential militar but today stands as a museum portraying the history of San Bartolome.
With a budget of almost 50,000 euros, San Bartolomé is making improvements to this historical landmark concentrating on the exterior and it is planned to create a sports ring, in the space where palm trees were planted, which have now mostly dried up.
The project signed by Daniel González, to be executed throughout 2019, includes three new recreational areas, as well as the planting of trees to offer shade and shelter from the wind.
Many of you will have heard about the Spanish New Year tradition of eating 12 grapes with every strike of the clock at New Year.
Another lesser known tradition and thought to bring you good luck for the coming year is to wear red underwear on New Years Eve.
However, it’s important to know that the underwear should not be bought by yourself! To receive the “guaranty a luck” for the coming year, you need to have received the red underwear as a gift.
We think it’s worth a try!