Photo: Adeje Ayuntamiento.
Britain’s Got Talent might have broken the mould last night with its first ever disabled winner, Lost Voice Guy, leading to what the Guardian has called “a win for all disabled people … [which] will help normalise disability far more than any charity campaign”. Adeje, however, and Adeje alone in the Canaries, has been championing this sort of diversity and inclusivity for a decade already and the Ayuntamiento has announced that the town’s Cultural Centre will host the 11th theatrical event for people with diverse needs on Thurday 11 June (this is the date given by the council and I’m checking it because 11 June isn’t a Thursday this year).
The event will include the participation of members of the Guía de Isora occupational centre, the Candelaria Arcoiris centre, Orobal, based in Los Cristianos, and the Los Olivos functional diversity centre. Entrance is free and the shows begin at 6pm. “This is the only event of its kind in the islands and is a firm fixture in the Adeje cultural calendar, very popular with the public,” the council says, hoping for a full house again this year.
Adeje Ayuntamiento explained that the users of the participating centres have played a very active role in choosing the show/play they will present, casting and presentation. The Los Olivos centre has 119 users as well as working with 65 more individuals outside the centre. The centre works with people in the fields of education, integration, preparing many socially, helping them enter the labour market, strengthening their personal autonomy and independence and their ability to develop as individuals and improve their quality of life and that of their families.
It’s not just Britain that’s got diverse talent!