Photo: Adeje Ayuntamiento.
Updated 28 March: A reminder that this Friday is Good Friday, and apart from being a public holiday, will see Adeje turned into ancient Jerusalem for its performance of the Pasión, the Passion Play recording Christ’s last week and the events leading to his crucifixion. The council says that the production will be broadcast live on Television Canaria regionally and 13TV throughout Spain, and by clicking on those links it can be watched anywhere online, of course.
The council also says that there have been improvements this year to the Pilate stage and some costume changes for Mary Magdalene, Claudia, Herod and the temple guards. Salvador Ortega Jiménez will also be singing during the performance. The entirety of the Calle Grande, from the Plaza del Cruz del Llano to the Plaza de España will be transformed for the morning with a market place, various stages, and even animals including goats, donkeys, falcons, horses, snakes, etc.
The council is using a number of hashtags to increase visibility via social networks – #pasionadeje2018, #semanasantaadeje2018, #easterweekadeje2018. Please use one or more if you are talking about the Pasión on social media, or when uploading photos of the event.
Finally, the council has again issued the following recommendations for the public to enjoy the whole performance safely:
- Wear appropriate clothing and shoes – comfort is important
- Apply high factor sun creams and make sure you have sufficient water
- Make sure you have personal identification on you including information regarding your blood group and any allergies to medicines.
- Arrive in plenty of time to avoid delays
- Don’t push while in the crowd
- Respect the security signals and barriers in place as well as following any instructions of the security and council personnel
- Don’t climb up on walls, railings, flower pots, stages, etc.
- In the event of an accident find the nearest health assistant and ask them to help you find a family member or companion.
- In the case of an emergency remain calm and respect those who are nearby. Leave the danger zone and a follow the directions of the security personnel. Don’t run or scream.
- When the event is over wait a few minutes for the crowds to diminish before leaving the centre of town.
Original post 22 February: Adeje’s Easter passion play is full of drama and emotion, and this year’s preparations for the performance on Good Friday, 30 March, are now underway. Although some 300 actors take part each year, by far the majority of performers are residents in the municipality. And again this year, Adeje Ayuntamiento has issued a call for those who would like to be more than a spectator, and to take part in the Pasión. You can register in the Cultural Centre in Adeje between 8am and 10pm, or by phone to 922 756 246, or online HERE. Children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult when registering.
The event now has an international fame, with hundreds of thousands watching as it is broadcast live every year on television and online through the council’s social media. Every year, however, tens of thousands fill Adeje as they attend the Pasión in person, a great number of them tourists in the area. The whole of Calle Grande from the Plaza del Cruz del Llano to the Plaza de España is transformed into ancient Jerusalem with a market place, various stages, and animals including goats, donkeys, falcons, and horses, following the last days and death of Jesus of Nazareth from his entry into Jerusalem to the crucifixion against the amazing backdrop of the Barranco del Infierno.
The performance always begins at 12 noon and lasts for two hours, and the council advises those who attend to wear comfortable shoes and clothes, to bring water and a sun hat, and to put on adequate sun cream and make sure children are well protected. The local authorities urge the public to follow the instructions of the local police and civil protection units who are there to ensure everyone’s safety and don’t cross the temporary barriers erected to keep the streets clear for the act itself. It is also recommended for attendees to carry ID and information regarding blood group and any allergies in case of an emergency or accident. Given the many thousands expected to attend, it is also essential to arrive in good time, ideally by bus or taxi, and when the event has concluded be prepared to wait a while for crowds to disperse.
Adeje Ayuntamiento will issue more specific information in due course, but for those who would like to take part, Easter starts now!