There will be a series of parallel and complementary activities involving local collectives and residents in the Anaga Biosphere Reserve. They will include voluntary environmental initiatives, educational activities and efforts to promote the value of local cultural heritage. They are designed with the goal of strengthening the positive local impact of the festival, creating a long term vision for this project.
The festival will include workshops to make bird boxes designed for the Canary Island blue tit and other local forest and farm birds in the Anaga Biosphere Reserve. Since the beginning of the project, more than 80 bird boxes have been placed in different locations in the Anaga Biosphere Reserve, as part of a variety of environmental education and birdwatching activities. This initiative will continue to be monitored into the future, with the goal of reinforcing its positive impact in the medium/long term.
Since the beginning of this project, there have been different activities involving local collectives and the Tenerife Island Government Office of Participation and Environmental Volunteering, combined with environmental education activities.
This festival relies on the historical relationships between the rural areas of Tegueste, La Laguna and Santa Cruz, and the hamlets of Anaga. For this reason the programme includes specific relationship-building days for the neighbours of Pedro Álvarez (Tegueste) and some of the hamlets that lie within the Anaga Biosphere Reserve, such as El Batán and Las Carboneras. Neighbourhood groups, for instance from Taborno and Roque Negro, have also directly contributed to the design and management of ethnographic and heritage awareness-raising activities. These are events filled with emotion, in which memories and experiences of the past are re-lived, as a result of a participatory and ecosocial approach which is part of the essence of this project.
Different activities are envisaged to immerse participants in Guanche culture and the history of the municipalities of Tegueste and La Laguna within the Anaga Biosphere Reserve. A fun way for all visitors to learn about the unique archeological heritage of the Barranco de Dios ravine, declared a BIC (Asset of Cultural Heritage), as well as other heritage sites.