Autumn is finally here… And in Lanzarote the autumn is particularly special because there aren’t that many leaves falling off the trees, and the temperatures are quite mild. We also have spectacular sunsets. Far from having to take our coats out, the beach brings us the best weather possible as well as beautiful fields to go for strolls with the family.
Lanzarote in the autumn, has a limitless list of activities available such as the Performing Arts Festival and the different exhibitions organised by the International Contemporary Art Museum- Castillo de San José. There is a Local Sustainable Market in Casa- Museo del Campesino, a unique way to experience the local culture and taste some of the local food. Also, if you wish to have a romantic soiree in a volcanic tube with dinner and show, keep Noches de Jameos in mind.
1.Escena Lanzarote: Performing Arts Festival
Escena Lanzarote is a celebration of Art, Culture and Nature. A set of different artistic performances celebrating the creativity of Performing Arts.
An annual festival, unique in the world, brimming with emotion, fun and enjoyment. And above all, a full experience that blends in with the Lanzarote’s cultural scene, taking the legacy of César Manrique as stage, so each of the performances can blend in with the natural stages created and imagined by César. An unprecedented celebration of Art and Nature.
Let yourself get carried away by the different plays, dance performances, circus, opera, puppet shows, mask shows, music hall and cabaret, and discover a range of performances that meet the requirements of the audience as well as the most demanding local needs using a universal language. More information and tickets here
MUSIC AND GASTRONOMY
1. Jameos Nights:gastronomy and Timple
Jameos Noche is an experience that combines fine cuisine and music, a concert dinner that’s not to be missed, whether you’re on holiday or live on the island. We’ll start by savouring a gourmet dinner in the cosy setting of Jameos restaurant, selecting either the Classic or the Premium menu. Once finished, we’ll go down towards the lake, home to the famous white crabs, to enjoy Canarian timple fusion music by several well-known artists like Alexis Lemes, José Vicente Pérez and the Toñin Corujo Quartet. Dates: Tuesdays, Wensdays and Saturdays. Price: from €39.90. Book here
2. Cultural dinner at MIAC-Castillo San José
If you enjoy culture and good food, book a table for Museum Nights. These sumptuous evenings offer you the chance to savour a menu that fuses traditional Canarian cuisine with avant-garde international dishes. Smooth background music from our resident DJ adds a special touch to our gastronomical experience, along with projections onto the Manrique-designed space and views over the port of Arrecife. All this in the backdrop of an 18th-century castle. Dates: Fridays and Saturdays Book here
1.Fernando Higueras. Desde el Origen
Desde el origen, an exhibition of architect Fernando Higueras (Madrid, 1930-2008) displaying the work of this iconoclastic visionary, painter, musician and photographer, an outstanding genius who has shown us a side of the history of Spanish architecture, with essential work carried out in the Canary Islands and especially in Lanzarote. A retrospective exhibition highlighting his best work from 1950 to 2008.
His relationship with Manrique resulted in projects such as Hotel Las Salinas (1973), classified an Artistic and Cultural Heritage Site on the island of Lanzarote in 1998, his town-planning project for Lanzarote is held at the MoMA, New York Museum of Modern Art.
This is one of the first projects part of the 10th Lanzarote Art Biennial Event, starting in October until March 2020. An event called Human-Not human. He aims to go beyond the impact we have on earth, and portray the different perspectives between humans, the landscape and the planet, as well as the imprint humans, are leaving behind in geology, the climate and the oceans. (More information here)
2. Exhibition 100 years: Lanzarote and César at Casa Amarilla:
Lanzarote is a little different, isn’t it? Art and nature merge in perfect harmony while walking hand in hand with progress. This wouldn’t have been possible without César Manrique’s help. La Casa Amarilla celebrates the 100-year anniversary of César Manrique’s birth by hosting the exhibition 100 years: Lanzarote and César: Discover the evolution of Lanzarote guided by César Manrique, the island’s most intellectual and illustrious artist. Don’t miss this intriguing exhibition.
Entrance fee €2 (Residents €1) at Casa Amarilla, Calle León y Castillo 6, Arrecife de Lanzarote. Time: Monday to Friday 10:00—20:00h and Saturdays 10:00–14:00h For further information call: 901 200 300.
CANARY ISLANDS’ TRADITION
1. Experiences MAS
Delve into the secrets of Lanzarote’s traditional food, wine and culture at Casa Museo del Campesino. Soak up years of wisdom and history, all in one place. Learn how to make your own Canarian mojo, prepare gofio, make your own traditional pottery, embroider a rosette as a souvenir or paint a postcard from vibrant cochineal dye. You can take part in these workshops from Monday to Saturday for only €3, with the help of local craftspeople. The most authentic journey through Lanzarote tradition you’ll ever find. Why not round it off by sampling La Geria wines and other local gastronomical treats.
More information here.
2. Las Manos documentary
Las Manosis a documentary featuring people who worked with César Manrique during his life. A must-see film to understand the greatness of this Lanzarote artist, his anecdotes and day-to-day presence, and the personal and professional experiences of those around him.
Director Miguel Morales, from Tenerife, takes the audience back to a time when ideas were shaped by hands, not machines.
You can see this moving documentary featuring images and photos of the island, some previously unreleased, at 12:30 on Sundays in the Jameos del Agua auditorium, at no extra cost. Just show your Jameos del Agua ticket at the auditorium to enjoy this film. More info here.