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Foundation Investigated for Alleged Mismanagement of Public Funds Meant for Care of Unaccompanied Migrant Minors

The 7th Investigative Court of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria has opened a preliminary investigation into the Social Response Foundation Siglo XXI and four of its directors. The Anti-Corruption Prosecutor’s Office in Las Palmas filed a complaint against them, alleging crimes that could include forgery of commercial documents, mismanagement, and embezzlement of public funds. The investigation aims to determine whether this nonprofit organisation, and its officials, could have misused public funds intended for the care of unaccompanied migrant minors, during the migration crisis of 2020 that was precipitated by the pandemic confinement on the islands, leading to a build up of arrivals having to be assessed and cared for by the Canary Islands Regional Government, using hotels left empty due to the lack of tourism. The estimated amount involved in the alleged misuse stands at around €12.5 million between 2020 and 2022 on Gran Canaria alone.



Canary Islands Expect Rain and Potential Storm Weather Next Week

The Canary Islands are preparing for a change in the weather next week, as a significant increase in cloud is expected bringing higher probability of rain. The effects of a powerful storm forming in the Atlantic Ocean are likely to extend to the Canary Islands as well as neighbouring Madeira and The Azores.



The Canary Guide #WeekendTips 2-4 June 2023

June is here and that means that summer is just around the corner. The Patron Saints’ festivities in honour of San Juan de Bautista and San Antonio de Padua are just getting started on Gran Canaria, and in Pueblo de Mogán the main Romería pilgrimage for San Antonio El Chico is this first Saturday of June, as well as the start of the build up to those in Arucas, Santa Brígida and Moya. This weekend also brings the biggest outlet fair shopping experience back to INFECAR and a collectables fair in Gáldar.
OPERATION KILO is this weekend, at all participating supermarkets, asking you to add a few non-perishable food items to the Food Bank collection boxes to help families in need.

Vox Enters Canarian Politics, Stage Right: Anti-Migrant, Anti-Feminist, Anti-Green, Anti-Autonomy, Anti-LGBT, Anti-Multiculturalism, Pro-Franco politics find a foothold on The Canary Islands

The Canary Islands were unable to avoid the rise of the far right on Sunday, unlike in 2019, writes Natalia G. Vargas in Canarias Ahora. Vox, which previously had no representation on the islands, managed to make its presence felt in several municipalities and councils this May 28. They also secured seats in the Canary Islands’ regional parliament, securing four deputies. “Defending what is ours, our own, and fighting against insecurity” were the slogans that underpinned Vox’s campaign in The Canary Islands, along with “family, employment, and freedom.” This rhetoric, coupled with an electoral program that was repeated across all local elections in Spain, proved sufficient. Dozens of cities and towns on the islands welcomed their first far right candidates of the modern democratic era into Canarian politics, with urban areas serving as their main strongholds.

La Alcaldesa Bueno Secures Incredible Majority in Mogán

Mogán, May 29, 2023 – The often controversial incumbent, O Bueno, La Alcaldesa, has achieved an unprecedented and resounding victory once more in Mogán. The candidate who switched her party’s name, for these elections, to “Juntos por Mogán”, a local ally of the regionalist conservatives “Coalición Canaria” (CC), will once again assume the role of mayor. Her party has clinched a rather noteworthy 17 out of the 21 seats in the Municipal Council of this popular tourism destination located on the sunny southwest of Gran Canaria.


Culture: The 52nd Opera Season of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria starts on 21 February

The 52nd edition of the Opera season in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria is composed of five operas, which starts with Don Carlo, followed by Norma in March, Tosca will be performed in April and Così fan tutte and La Sonnambula in May.
Gran Canaria has a historical tradition linked to the opera that was founded in those first merchants who stopped at the island on the way to America or returned to Europe after crossing the Atlantic. During their stops, these travellers began to crave the same enterteinments they enjoyed on the continent, so Las Palmas de Gran Canaria began to program leisure activities such as classical music concerts, theatre plays & opera performances.
Opera Don Carlo, by Giuseppe Verdi starts the season this week, with the last performance on Saturday 23 February. It will be the fourth time this Verdi opera has been presented as part of Opera season, in an Italian version with 4 acts.
Musical director Sesto Quatrini, leads the Philharmonic Orchestra, and Olga Santana will be the director of the Opera choir. Starring will be tenor Sergio Escobar, soprano Rebeka Lokar, baritone, Giovanni Meoni, the mezzo-soprano, Varduhi Abrahamyan and basses, Rubén Amoretti and Marco Spotti.
The Story: Elizabeth of Valois is promised in marriage to Don Carlos of Spain, as part of a peace treaty between the two kingdoms. They meet and fall in love – but no sooner have they declared their love than news comes that the terms of the treaty have changed: Elizabeth is to marry Carlos’s father Philip instead.
Elizabeth, now Carlos’s step-mother, loves him still, but is horrified by his declarations of love. The Grand Inquisitor urges King Philip to have Carlos executed for the sake of the faith and the stability of the kingdom. Carlos decides to flee. He meets Elizabeth one last time to bid farewell – but the Inquisitor’s forces descend upon them.
The opera as a differentiating element
The opera season stands out for providing this popular destination with a multicultural connection between Gran Canaria with the world through its history, music, culture, and traditions. These representations have become an important tourist attraction for the island, since it allows our visitors to enjoy an original experience that differentiates it from other destinations.

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Events: 51st season of Opera Las Palmas

For all Opera enthusiasts, the 51st Las Palmas opera season is now on until 16th of June. Like last year, there will be five different productions, a combination of operatic, romantic and realism. La forza del destino, an Italian opera by Giuseppe Verdi has started the 2018 season this week and as a  novelty, a unique double-bill of short-but-sweet chamber operas Trouble in Tahití & Gianni Schicchi will follow in March.
If you are interested, you can get your tickets here. Ticket prices start at €15
Here is the full program for the 51th Las Palmas opera season :
La forza del destino, ( Verdi ) at Theater Pérez Galdós
FEBRUARY: Tuesday 20th, Thursday 22nd and Saturday 24th , 8.30 pm.
Trouble in Tahití & Gianni Schicchi ( Bernstein & Puccini ) at Theater Pérez Galdós
MARCH: Tuesday 13th, Thursday 15th and Saturday 17th, 8.30 pm.
Il Barbiere di Siviglia ( Rossini ) at Theater Pérez Galdós
APRIL : Tuesday 24th, Thursday 26th and Saturday 28th, 8.30pm
Carmen ( Bizet ) at Theater Pérez Galdós
MAY: Tuesday 22sd, Thursday 24th and Saturday 26th, 20h30.
Turandot ( Puccini )  at Theater Pérez Galdós
JUNE: Tuesday 12th , Thursday 14th and Saturday 16th , 8.30 pm.