35 Canarian orchestras, nine production companies, sound companies, assembly of tents and stages with more than two hundred workers involved, around 400 members of orchestras hired after the long period of drought forced by the pandemic. Undoubtedly, the decision to liven up the street carnival with the music of the Canarian orchestras has been excellent news for these essential ensembles in any good dance worth its salt, which are slowly returning to normality with the different festivals, and which will become essential pieces to liven up the atmosphere of this Carnival atypical.
With this gesture, the mayor of Santa Cruz de Tenerife, José Manuel Bermúdez, wanted to “reinforce the town hall’s confidence in the good work that long-standing orchestras can carry out, which are much loved by the public and must be given the opportunity to recover from a disastrous period that has forced some of them to disappear”.
For his part, the Councilor for Fiestas, Alfonso Cabello, has confirmed that this decision is a consequence of the multiple meetings they have held with the sector, in which they have transferred the situation in which they found themselves due to the pandemic to the consistory. “We have collected their concerns and we have already been working with all of them for any party that may be held in the municipality,” he confirms. “For us, fitting in so many performances has been a challenge,” he says, “because we must not forget that this year there are only four days of celebration in the streets, and we wanted to give as many groups as possible a chance so that none will be left without participating in this Carnival”.
The three usual stages, Plaza del Príncipe, Avenida Francisco La Roche and Plaza de la Candelaria, will offer more than 150 hours of music that will begin on Thursday, June 23, at 10:00 p.m. and until two in the morning; they will continue on Friday, at the end of the announcing cavalcade until five in the morning; on Saturday 25, the first day of the Daytime Carnival with music from 12:00 in the morning until 6:00 in the morning; and will end on Sunday 26, the day of the second Sunlight Carnival, when the music will begin at twelve in the morning and the last note will sound at eight in the afternoon with those 35 Canarian orchestras.