The 9th International Agatha Christie Festival has been captivating audiences in Puerto de la Cruz, Tenerife, with a diverse array of activities that pay homage to the legacy of the world’s most-read writer. From November 11th, the festival, organized by the city’s Initiative and Tourism Centre (CIT), has been a testament to Puerto de la Cruz’s rich cultural and historical fabric.
The event kicked off with vibrant activities like a Surf Exhibition and a ’20s style Headdress Workshop, followed by brunches, jam workshops, and concerts evoking the musical era of Christie’s works. The weekdays have been peppered with student art exhibitions, guided historical tours, and expert-led conferences on the British community’s history in Puerto de la Cruz and the iconic Grand Hotel Taoro. Midweek introduced “Mystery at the Market” and a theatrical tour “A Walk with Agatha Christie,” enriching the festival’s narrative.
As the festival progresses, activities such as themed tours, tea mornings, and crime scene investigations build anticipation for its climax on November 19. With limited spaces, the festival offers an immersive experience into Christie’s world through workshops, screenings, and discussions with international and national literary figures. Esteemed participants include Dr. John Curran, Dr. Mark Aldridge, Andrew Wilson, and representatives from Christie’s fan clubs, offering insights into her life and work.
Juan José Hernández, President of CIT Puerto de la Cruz, celebrates this special occasion which delves into the identity of Puerto de la Cruz, a destination renowned for its commitment to legacy and culture. Mayor Marco González thanks CIT for presenting an exquisite program that reflects the city’s unique cultural identity. The festival has engaged educational centers, involved cultural agents, and this year boasts a collaboration for an artistic floral intervention, showcasing the local talent and natural beauty.
Tourism councillor Roberto Medina notes the growing interest of British travelers in unique cultural experiences, like the Agatha Christie Festival, which complements their travel itinerary. The festival’s success is also supported by the Tenerife Council, appreciating CIT’s initiative to engage a diverse audience, including the youth, in a compelling manner.
Supported by the Island Council of Tenerife and other local entities, the festival represents a blend of cultural enrichment and entertainment, set against the beautiful backdrop of Tenerife, promising to be a memorable experience for literature and mystery enthusiasts alike.