The ninth edition of the International Agatha Christie Festival, dedicated to honoring the renowned British writer (1890-1976) during her visit to Puerto de la Cruz, kicked off on November 11th and runs until the November 19th. This engaging event, orchestrated by the Centre for Initiatives and Tourism (CIT) in the city, boasts an extensive program comprising over 60 activities. It represents an initiative aimed at fortifying the municipality’s tourist standing by emphasizing unique qualities like culture and history.
In this regard, the festival continues to host esteemed individuals who share a connection with Agatha Christie’s work and the mystery genre. On an international level, the festival will welcome luminaries like Doctor John Curran, a biographer of the writer, Doctor Mark Aldridge, a historian specializing in the world of Agatha Christie, renowned English author Andrew Wilson, who recently set one of his works in Puerto de la Cruz, and Mr. Matt Newbury, Director of the Agatha Christie Festival in Torquay, the author’s hometown, along with Jana Ohnesorg, President of the writer’s fan club in the Czech Republic.
At the national level, the festival will count with the presence of Juan Cruz Ruiz, José Luis Correa, Javier Rivero Grandoso, Eduardo García Rojas, and Miguel Aguerralde, who will pay a heartfelt tribute to our recently departed crime writer, Alexis Ravelo.
Don Juan José Hernández, President of CIT Puerto de la Cruz, underlined the special occasion to commemorate the visit of the most widely read author of all time to our city, celebrating her life, work, and enduring influence on the world of literature.
Over the next several days, attendees will have the opportunity to immerse themselves in the captivating plots of her novels, uncover the secrets of her iconic characters, and explore the ingenuity behind her masterful narratives.
The Agatha Christie Festival in Puerto de la Cruz: more than 60 activities over nine days
During this festival, there will be enriching conferences by experts, screenings of Agatha Christie’s works in their original versions, concerts, exhibitions, guided tours, dramatized routes, workshops, gastronomic events, tastings, and numerous other offerings suitable for all audiences.
This is a truly inclusive festival with active participation from the municipality’s cultural stakeholders. It has been extended to encompass the entire educational community, including activities in public primary and secondary schools. A new addition this year is the collaboration with the National Reference Centre for Gardening in Los Realejos for an artistic floral intervention in the city centre, as well as the active involvement of the Training Plans for Employment.
The festival shares information about all its activities through its Facebook page and Instagram, as well as on its official website, https://agathachristiefestival.es, where the festival’s most significant features are highlighted.
The organizer of the event aspire that both residents and the visitors of the island embrace these nine days of the Festival with an exquisite program that delves into the identity of a destination that values its heritage and culture.
Mayor Marco González wishes to express the city’s gratitude to CIT for hosting this ninth edition of the festival, which signifies a biennial milestone. He acknowledges the festival’s exceptional program that delves into the identity of a destination that cherishes its heritage and culture, extending a warm welcome to visitors and residents alike.
Councillor for Tourism Roberto Medina, fresh from the World Travel Market in London, shares the enthusiasm of British travelers visiting the island. He notes that visitors are increasingly interested in complementary activities that transform their trips into unique experiences, such as the Agatha Christie Festival in Puerto de la Cruz.
The Island Director of External Action of the Cabildo of Tenerife extends gratitude, encouragement, and support from the Cabildo of Tenerife through the Department of Culture to CIT for its commitment to hosting such activities. He takes this opportunity to commend the institution for its vision in bringing culture, in addition to its usual audience, to the younger generation in a highly engaging manner.
The festival is made possible through the generous sponsorship of the Cabildo Insular de Tenerife, the Town Council of Puerto de la Cruz, Turismo de Tenerife, and private companies that support this initiative by CIT Puerto de la Cruz.