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The Canary Islands were incorporated into the Castilian crown during the 15th Century. From that time on Spanish traditions and culture have swept across the Islands.

A cultural  tour round the islands is always worthwhile. The great cultural heritage has been carried over by every single inhabitant to the present time. You therefore find numerous traces of the native inhabitants of the whole area. In every village you can visit a church or chapel.

Gran Canaria boasts several interesting museums und culture centres, highlights of which are the recent Museo de la Ciencia y la Tecnologia (Science and Technology Museum) and the Casa de Colón (Christopher Columbus House) as well as the Centro Atlántico de Arte Moderno (Atlantic Centre of Modern Art) – all of them situated in the city of Las Palmas.

Throughout the years, Gran Canaria has become a famous port of call for travellers. Visitors from all over the globe have come here and many have settled, bringing with them their own unique traditions and culture, transforming Gran Canaria into a truly cosmopolitan island.

Gran Canaria therefore is a mix of various different cultures. The society was always open to visitors from the seas and always welcoming towards new cultures. At the same time the locals, "Canarios", have always fought hard to maintain their own sense of identity and culture.

Nowadays Gran Canaria has a rich blend of artistic, archaeological and architectural heritage that come from a mixture of different races. There's not many other places on earth where you'll find such a wide variety of culture in such a small place.

The people of Gran Canaria love to celebrate and any excuse will do! There's always some kind of a festival or celebration going on, whether it's of religious, folkloristic or cultural nature, and there is always something going on somewhere on the island.

Many witnesses to the traditional handicrafts can also be found: basket makers, wrought-iron workers and tanners, to name but a few. Traditionally the "Fiestas Patronales"  are celebrated in the villages all year round. These are all civil-religious in character.

The processions which characterize these festivals are led by the local people in their traditional costumes. Also still evident today are the Apanados, the goats of the coastal region, which roam around free over the wide expanse of the local community.

At regular intervals they are rounded up by the herdsmen. An important part of this work is the Perro Majoprero, a native breed of dog which skilfully guards house and home.

In the meantime a firm place on the island's agenda, have the internationally renowned festivals such as the International Film Festival of Las Palmas, the Festival de Música de Canarias (Canaries Classic Music Festival) and the Festival de Ópera (Opera Festival).

Other events like the WOMAD (World of Music, Arts and Dance) or the Festival de Teatro y Danza de Las Palmas de Gran Canaria (Theatre and Dance Festival of Gran Canaria) bring still more influences of the international cultural panorama to this magnificent island.
 

 
 
Cultura Canaria http://www.culturacanaria.com
International Film Festival of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria http://www.festivalcinelaspalmas.com
Scientific publication series of the Institutum Canarium http://www.almogaren.org
Gran Canaria Convention Center http://www.grancanariacb.com
Institucion Ferial de Canarias http://www.infecar.es
La Consejería de Cultura y Patrimonio Histórico http://www.grancanariacultura.com
Circuito Insular de Cultura http://www.circuitoinsulargc.com
Gran Canaria Espacio Digital http://www.grancanariadigital.com
Artesanía Canaria http://www.fedac.org
   
   

 

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