The small Canary Island of Lanzarote is best known as a bucket and spade beach destination. Welcoming over 1.5 million foreign tourists a year, the bulk of them from the UK and Eire.
During the 1960´s General Franco began to actively encourage tourism in Spain in order to boost the countries economy. Creating a swathe of building development along the southern Costas and on the larger Canary Islands of Tenerife and Gran Canaria.
At this time Manrique was studying and exhibiting in New York, whilst rubbing shoulders with art world luminaries such as Andy Warhol. Fearing that his beloved Lanzarote could become submerged beneath a sea of high rise hotels Manrique returned to Lanzarote, determined to fight against uncontrolled development on the island.
Today, as a result, the islands three main tourist resorts remain well contained. High rise buildings are banned and advertising hoardings are outlawed. Leaving Lanzarote largely as nature intended.
Manrique was more than just a conservationist alone though. As he recognised and accepted the need to provide visitors to the island with interesting places to visit and things to do. As a result he set about creating seven major tourist attractions that combined the natural volcanic beauty of Lanzarote with his own artistic aesthetic.
His best known project is the Jameos del Agua – where he converted a giant collapsed volcanic tunnel into a breathtaking underground auditorium and restaurant. Replete with beautifully planted gardens, a sea water lagoon and an incredible swimming pool that is still to this day reserved for the sole use of the King of Spain.
Article's author: Nick Ball (Lanzarote Guide Book)
Guadalupe, Mexico, December 12th
This is considered the most important religious festival in Mexico. And on this day the entire country will express the strong pride that they have in their patronage, their history and their traditions.
The traditional parades will begin the day before, and people from all ends of the country will arrive to see them, coming by car, bus, bike or even on foot. Some people even travel over hundreds of miles to see their "Virgen Morenita."
On the night of December 11th some of the country's most popular singers will come together at the altar to sing Las Mañanitas, a Mexican song that is usually sung on birthdays.
Dance groups will perform in front of the shrine all day long, and the spectactors will participate in masses and processions, singing, dancing and making offerings to the saint.
The Day of Our Lady of Guadalupe is a celebration full of joy and thanksgiving, and is a wonderful opportunity to immerse yourself in Mexican culture.
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December 1st - 9th, 2007
More than 271,000 spectators are expected to attend the event, which will feature more than 1200 exhibitors and 1400 brands, all representing around 25 countries.
The annual show has expanded this year to accommodate new exhibitors, leaders in the sectors of motorboating, fishing and diving.
There will be many stands with something for every visitor, including sailing boats, motorboats, equipment, surfing, children's activities and much more. Each themed stand will present a list of exhibitors, as well as the best attractions, special events and conferences related to each theme.
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December 3 - 8, Barcelona
Electronic music is the main genre at this festival, and the talent featured will be a mix of emerging artists and cult legends at both national and international level.
This year's programme will feature the following artists; Ainara LeGardon, Her Only Presence, Parts & Labor, Albaialeix, Jet Lag, The Ponys, Bishop Allen, John Vanderslice, The Right Ons, Bracken, Joseph Arthur , ruizpantaleón, Castanets , Kode9 & The Spaceape , Sanjosex, Crystal Castles, Lagartija Nick, Schwarz, Deerhunter , Le Jonathan Reilly, Stars Of The Lid, Earth, Liars, Thurston Moore, El Guincho, The New Pornographers, Von Südenfed , The Ettes, Nisei, Fanfarlo and No Age.
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November 22nd - 25th 2007
Peter Gabriel, the founder of the festival and its organisation, envisioned an event of joy and appreciation between cultures. Around 30 artists from all corners of the globe will be present at this huge multicultural festival, decorating the stage with their traditional art and colour.
Just as in the past eight years, the venue will be the Parque de Santa Catalina, situated in the city centre only 200 metres from Las Canteras beach. Entrance is free and open to the general public.
The music will begin on the Santa Catalina stage at 7.30pm. In the Miller Building you can take part in interesting workshops and sessions, including the “Sabores del Mundo” (Flavours of the World) workshop. Many nighttime shows and DJ sessions will also take place on the Guagua Stage, also taking place on El Boulevard on Friday and Saturday. Other attractions include the Global Market, where you can buy all kinds of crafts and gifts, as well as the Procesión de Niños (Children's Parade), which will take place on Sunday afternoon.
(Photo by Timothy Lloyd)
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November 14th - 18th
Among the festival's many activities, workshops and sessions are led by experts in the literary field, in which they share their knowledge and experience in the art of writing. Topics covered include fiction, non-fiction, and the latest styles within communication and literature.
Photographers are also present to exhibit their work at the festival, as well as film-makers, dramatists, poets, musicians and dancers. Visitors will also have the opportunity to sample the renowned New York cuisine.
The festival is promoted by Pirate's Ally Faulkner Society Inc., founded in 1990 by men and women dedicated to good books and literary arts. It is also a fine opportunity for writers to promote their latest works.
It is also worth mentioning that the city of New Orleans has inspired numerous well-known artists such as William Faulkner, O. Henry, Tennessee Williams, Ernest Hemingway and John Kennedy Toole.
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November 14th - 18th
The International Franz Schubert Choir Competition brings together choruses from all over the world to compete in a wide range of levels and categories; mixed choirs, men, women, children and youth, chamber choruses, and groups specialised in Christian music.
The concerts at the event serve as an ideal opportunity for performers to discover new styles and techniques. Not everyone, however, is at the competition to compete- some performers choose to take part in various exhibition concerts in honour of Franz Schubert, the great composer himself.
The highlight of the event will be the presentation of the Franz Schubert Choral Prize.
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November 14th - August 30th 2008, London
From November 14th this year until August 30th 2008, the Tutankhamun and the Golden Age of the Pharoahs exhibition will be taking place at the London 02 (the former Millenium Dome), organised by the Supreme Council of Egyptian Antiquities.
More than 130 objects belonging to Tutankhamun and his family will be on display, treasures that date back more than 3,000 years. Unfortunately the only thing that will not be on display is the mask of Tutankhamun, since it was considered too fragile to be safely transported to London.
The main item of interest will be the bust of Tutankhamun, made of gold and adorned with precious stones and placed upon the head of the mummy when it was laid to rest. Other items of interest include wooden ornaments covered in gold, as well as a mirror case inscribed with the work Ankh, meaning "life."
Most of the proceeds from the exhibition will go towards the building of a museum and the maintainance of current exhibits.
The exhibition will also see the unveiling of a room dedicated to the British archaeologist Howard Carter, who discovered the tomb of Tutankhamun in 1922.
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Remember, remember the 5th of November
Guy Fawkes Night, also known as Bonfire Night or Fireworks Night, is an age-long British tradition celebrating the foiling of the Gunpowder Plot, an attempt to assassinate the Protestant King James I of England. Led by Robert Catesby, a group of Catholic conspirators planned to implant and detonate a series of explosives in the Palace of Westminster on the evening of November 5th 1605, when the King and most of the English Parliament were inside the building. Guy Fawkes, the protagonist of today's festival, was in charge of preparing the explosives. However, the plot was discovered at the last minute and Fawkes, with many others, was tortured and executed. November 5th, what would have been the day of the assassination, is nowadays a night of celebration and fireworks for the British, although many events take place on the weekend surrounding this date.
The night itself involves firework displays and the building of a bonfire (hence the forementioned names), on which a dummy known as the guy (after Guy Fawkes) is burned, to the cheers of the crowd. Toffee apples and other bonfire treats are traditionally eaten, and the children are also given sparklers to wave around, carefully supervised by adults. You may even see children sitting around with a guy in the run-up to the event chanting "Penny for the guy", yet this is rarely seen nowadays.
Many British households hold their own bonfires with their family and friends, yet organised displays with fireworks and funfairs will be taking place all over the country, including London.
(Photo by Scanroaches)
October 26th - November 11th 2007
Special events are also organised at the show, making it a fun day out for all the family. These include test ride programmes on certain cars, so that spectactors can live and breathe the excitement of driving their dream cars. If you are lucky enough to be there, don't forget to look out for these prototypes; the Honda CR-Z, Honda Inspire, Nissan GT-R, Nissan X-Trail and the Subaru Impreza WRX STI.
(Photo by baku13)
Official website: www.tokyo-motorshow.com
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