THE LIBREA DANCE - Traditions - Tenerife

The Librea Dance

The Librea Dance (El Palmar, Buenavista)
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The ancestral celebration of the Librea Dance takes place during the festival of the Virgen de la Consolación in El Palmar. As the dancing parade journeys along the streets, three pairs of male dancers (three dressed as women) dance to the sound of tajaraste music. Joining the dancers are two flute players and two drummers, as well as a devil and a deviless symbolising good and evil. The dance was originally intended to protect the crops from evil spirits, and ends when the wicks on the devils' backs are lighted and they begin to dance among the audience.

  • Where: El Palmar (Buenavista).
  • When: September