Lanzarote Grapevine Issue 2 - Page 130

Issue 2 | The Lanzarote Grapevine 2014 When I first visited Lanzarote in 1991, it was impossible to find out when cultural events were taking place – until someone thoughtfully told you a few days later that you’d missed it/them! Lanzarote Events on Facebook Two weeks later, when I saw an equally-young and equally-talented Chinese violinist, also at the Juilliard on a scholarship, the audience numbered five! Once, learning there were three classical concerts to be held in the Jameos del Agua and that tickets would be sold in the Arrecife Casa de Cultura (then hidden behind the Red Cross offices), I went in to buy tickets for all three. Another time, seeing a zarzuela (a Spanish operetta), there were more people in the cast, around 15, than in the audience. The girls were very interested and asked me all about the concerts as they were totally unaware of them. I gave them as much information as I could and they were so pleased as they all wanted to go too. They promised to find out about the tickets and several trips and a couple of weeks later, success! I remember going to a young musicians’ prize-giving in the Biblioteca and seeing two posters for forthcoming concerts in the Teatro Chico in Teguise. I bought tickets for both. When I arrived at the first, to see a young Israeli pianist who’d won a scholarship to the prestigious Juilliard School in New York, I was horrified to find that I was the only member of the audience. I apologised profusely, although it was not my fault, and he didn’t blame me personally which was a relief. Seeing me with the programme, he asked if I was happy with it or would I like him to play other pieces. I told him I was delighted with the selection and, at the end of the first half, he asked me if I’d like him to leave the stage during the interval or could we chat. by Jilly Simmons We chatted but I was appalled that this talented and delightful young man could have been treated so shabbily by a complete lack of publicity. Embarrassing? Yes! I began to feel that, soon, these accomplished artistes would lose interest in visiting Lanzarote I began to despair but, now, thanks to Facebook, plus the Cabildo and Ayuntamietos being more aware of the importance of publicity, there has been a huge change which is why I initially started a newsletter called the Cultural Eye which I emailed to those who were interested. However, having now started a Lanzarote Events group on FB, I can reach many more people rapidly and people now learn of forthcoming events, cultural and o ther, as soon as I do. Cultural events are also much more plentiful now. Up until very recently, they normally ran from around the beginning of November until, if lucky, the end of March. However, for the last eight or nine months, there has been a play, musical, concert etc. two or three times a week – long may it last. Sometimes, there are even two on the same evening necessitating a choice. Luxury indeed!