Get Lost in Gran Canaria October Events Calendar

Get Lost in Gran Canaria
October 2018 Events

Autumn is in the air, there’s a chill in the breeze and the leaves are changing shades from green to gold…

Just kidding!

This is Gran Canaria and the weather forecast expects temperature to remain high until November 😉.

October might not be as jam-packed as summer for concerts, parties and cultural events, but temperatures and spirits are still running high.

From the live music at Festival Cero along the Las Palmas coast near the Auditorium to Oktoberfest in the heart of historic Vegueta, an all white party in Gáldar and of course the traditional Finaos celebrations around the island, there’s plenty to keep you busy despite the lack of pumpkin spice and fluffy sweaters this fall.

I´ll be adding new events all month as they come to my attention, so don´t forget to bookmark this page for updates.

If you have an event you´d like me to add to the calendar, please contact me here.

October 2018
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October 15 – 21, 2018

October 15, 2018 (Monday)

Las Palmas de Gran Canaria

Clandestino Swing will be getting their groove on in Plaza Santa Ana in Vegueta from 20:00. Pack your dancing shoes!

Gran Canaria North

International Film Festival in Gáldar: The theme for this years festival honors of the 30th anniversary of Pedro Almodóvar´s cult classic ¨Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown.¨  Official site and film schedule.

October 16, 2018 (Tuesday)

Gran Canaria North

International Film Festival in Gáldar: Official site and film schedule.

October 17, 2018  (Wednesday)

Gran Canaria North

International Film Festival in Gáldar: Official site and film schedule.

October 18, 2018  (Thursday)

Las Palmas de Gran Canaria

Tapas Thursday / Noche de Pinchos in Vegueta

Open Mic Night: Show your stuff at Motown Bar’s weekly open mic night (21:00-23:00).

Jazz Jam Session at La Gaurida de Blues.

Gran Canaria North

Jam Session at Soledad Big Waves (Moya, 20:00).

International Film Festival in Gáldar: Official site and film schedule.

October 19, 2018  (Friday)

Las Palmas de Gran Canaria

Ruta Play Viva: Live music near Playa Las Canteras:

Plaza de Faray (21:00): Maldita EGB
La Guarida de Blues (21:00): No Stress
Motown (22:00): Yuyu Narváez (flamenco fushion)
Sala Nasdaq (23:30): TBA

Gran Canaria North

International Film Festival in Gáldar: Official site and film schedule.

Cine + Surf: Food, drinks & flicks at Soledad Big Waves (Moya).

October 20, 2018  (Saturday)

Las Palmas de Gran Canaria

Romería de la Naval

Ruta Play Viva: Live music near Playa Las Canteras in barrio Guanarteme.

NYC Taxi(21:00): Cancelled until further notice😞. Sign this petition!
Tiramisu
(21:00): This Kingdom
Mumbai Sunset (21:30)TBA
La Guarida (21:30)The Machottes
Sala Nasdaq (23:30): Emilio Arsuaga and Pal Bjurbeck

Musicando in Parque Doramas: Live music featuring Totó Noriega (Cuban rhythms).

Gran Canaria North

Soledad Big Waves live music: artist TBA.

International Film Festival in Gáldar: Official site and film schedule.

Gran Canaria South

Kimchi 2018 Korean Culture Festival

Kimchi 2018: Santa Lucía de Tirajana will be hosting a Korean culture festival, complete with workshops and gastronomy.

October 21, 2018  (Sunday)

Las Palmas de Gran Canaria

Isleta Sunset at Clipper La Puntilla: Live music featuring Jarps (pop rock, 18:30-20:00).

Sunday Sunset (17:00-00:00): Live music & cocktails at El Tendedero Catalina

Gran Canaria South

Kimchi 2018: Santa Lucía de Tirajana will be hosting a Korean culture festival, complete with workshops and gastronomy.

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October  22 – 28, 2018

October 22, 2018  (Monday)
October 23, 2018  (Tuesday)
October 24, 2018  (Wednesday)

Las Palmas de Gran Canaria

Womex World Music Expo Day 1

October 25, 2018  (Thursday)

Las Palmas de Gran Canaria

Womex World Music Expo Day 2

Legends & Mysteries of Vegueta: Trip Gran Canaria will be presenting a performance in the historic barrio of Vegueta, telling the dark story of the city, including murders, secrets and epidemics. RSVP via Facebook (20:15-21:45).

Tapas Thursday / Noche de Pinchos in Vegueta: Tapas, booze and banter at this popular weekly event.

Open Mic Night: Show your stuff at Motown Bar’s weekly open mic night (21:00-23:00).

Jazz Jam Session at La Gaurida de Blues.

Gran Canaria North

Jam Session at Soledad Big Waves (Moya, 20:00).

October 26, 2018  (Friday)

Las Palmas de Gran Canaria

Ruta Play Viva: Live music near Playa Las Canteras:

Plaza de Faray (21:00): The Hillrockets
La Guarida de Blues (21:00): Paul Orta & the Blues Reunion Band
Motown (22:00): TBA
Sala Nasdaq (23:30): TBA

Túnel de Terror: Just in time for Halloween, the inauguration of the second annual spooky haunted house at the top-level of the Centro Comercial El Muelle. The spooky tunnel will stick around to scare you until late November.

Open Air Cinema: Las Ramblas shopping center will be presenting the Spanish comedy “8 Apellidos Vascos”.

Gran Canaria North

Soledad Big Waves: Live music featuring TBA (19:00, Moya).

October 27, 2018 (Saturday)

Las Palmas de Gran Canaria

Womex World Music Expo Day 3

LPA Night Run

Ruta Play Viva: Live music near Playa Las Canteras in barrio Guanarteme.

NYC Taxi(21:00): Cancelled until further notice 😞. Sign this petition!
Tiramisu (21:00)Parchita Colorá
Mumbai Sunset (21:30)TBA
La Guarida (21:30): The Bar Riders
Sala Nasdaq
 (23:30): Patrio

Gran Canaria North

Soledad Big Waves: Live music featuring TBA (Moya).

October 28, 2018 (Sunday)

Las Palmas de Gran Canaria

Womex World Music Expo Day 4

Isleta Sunset at Clipper La Puntilla: Live music featuring Tributo a Sting (rock/Sting trubute, 18:30-20:00).

Sunday Sunset (17:00-00:00): Live music & cocktails at El Tendedero Catalina

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October  29 – November 1, 2018

October 29, 2018 (Monday)

October 30, 2018 (Tuesday)

Las Palmas de Gran Canaria

Legends & Mysteries of Vegueta: Trip Gran Canaria will be presenting a performance in the historic barrio of Vegueta, telling the dark story of the city, including murders, secrets and epidemics. RSVP via Facebook (20:15-21:45).

October 31, 2018 (Wednesday)

La Noche de Finaos

La Noche de Finaos 🌰

Roasted chestnuts, traditional folk music and plenty of honey rum.

While most of the Engish speaking world has Halloween in their Jack-o-Lantern head, the Canary Islands are preparing for Finaos.

La Noche de Finaos is a time to remember, honour and celebrate loved ones who have passed on before us, set to the tune of traditional malagueños, snacks and treats made with almonds, walnuts and honey and plenty of the Canarian joie de vivre. Follow this link to learn more about Finaos celebrations in the Canary Islands.

Vegueta: Last year I experienced my first Finaos in Vegueta and I highly recommend checking it out! I couldn’t find any information beforehand so we just sauntered over hoping for the best and we found it. I’ll be posting a summary of where to be and what to see this week!  
Agaete:
 Everyone knows that Agaete loves a good party, and this year they´ll be celebrating at Coffee & Wine Bar Los Berrazales in Plaza Tomas Morales with live music and plenty of roasted chestnuts! (22:00).
Mogán:
San Bartolome de Tirajana:
Santa Maria de Gúia: Plaza de las Huertas (17:30)
Telde:
Plaza de San Gregorio (20:30)
Tenteniguada:
Vega de San Mateo: Plaza de Pueblo (20:00)
Villa de Santa Brigida: Parque Municipal

Halloween 🎃

If you’re looking for a standard Halloween, there are plenty of events going on around the various clubs in Las Palmas. The most intriguing one for my is the Hurácan Mejicano at Chester Club – A Day of the Dead themed party 💀.

November 1, 2018 (Thursday)

Día de los santos//All Saint´s Day
Public Holiday.

Las Palmas de Gran Canaria

Tapas Thursday / Noche de Pinchos in Vegueta

Open Mic Night: Show your stuff at Motown Bar’s weekly open mic night (21:00-23:00).

Jazz Jam Session at La Gaurida de Blues.

Gran Canaria North

Jam Session at Soledad Big Waves (Moya, 20:00).

November 2, 2018 (Friday)

Las Palmas de Gran Canaria

Ruta Play Viva: Live music near Playa Las Canteras:

Plaza de Faray (21:00): TBA
La Guarida de Blues (21:00): Los Gumbo & Big Stolle
Motown (22:00): Hansolo
Sala Nasdaq (23:30): TBA

Gran Canaria North

Cine + Surf: Food, drinks & flicks at Soledad Big Waves (Moya).

November 3, 2018 (Saturday)

Las Palmas de Gran Canaria

Artisanal Market on Calle Luis Morote (near Santa Catalina)

Free Museum Entry: The first Saturday and Sunday of every month means free museum entry at all of the Cabildo´s museums, including Galdar´s painted caves, the Casa de Colón and more. For hours and details, learn more about free museum entry in Gran Canaria here.

Las Palmas Museums Free Entry

Ruta Play Viva: Live music near Playa Las Canteras in barrio Guanarteme.

NYC Taxi (21:00): Cancelled until further notice 😞. Sign this petition!
Tiramisu (21:00): La Chica de Ayer
Mumbai Sunset (21:30): TBA
La Guarida (21:30): Olrait Band
Sala Nazdaq 
(23:30): Sinergia

November 4, 2018 (Sunday)

Las Palmas de Gran Canaria

Free Museum Entry

Isleta Sunset at Clipper La Puntilla: Artist TBA (18:30-20:00)

Sunday Sunset (17:00-00:00): Live music & cocktails at El Tendedero Catalina

An Ode to October

The sun is shining, the weather is sweet, and October is shaping up to be another great month in Gran Canaria. With plenty of live music, cultural events and toasty temperatures, there’s plenty to make up for the lack of cozy, cable knit sweaters and steamy, pumpkin spice lattes!

If you´d like to recommend any events for this or the the coming months, let me know in the comments below, or contact me directly.

And as always, don´t forget to get lost out there!

Love & light,

Erica ✌️😘

Sorry, bud! You missed these ones…

Get Lost in Gran Canaria
October 1 –  7, 2018

October 1, 2018 (Monday)
October 2, 2018 (Tuesday)
October 3, 2018 (Wednesday)

October 4, 2018 (Thursday)

Fiestas del Pilar in Guanarteme: Guanarteme has been my barrio since I moved to Las Palmas, and I look forward to our local festival like a kid on Christmas morning.

The Fiestas del Pilar begin with the parade of the “Señores Papagüevos” through the street of Guanarteme. The festivities last from October 4-14 and feature events like the Drag competition, an incredible romería, spectacular fireworks above the sea and a concert by Los Lola in the Plaza del Pilar.

Tapas Thursday / Noche de Pinchos in Vegueta: Delicious and unique pinchos, cold beers and warm atmosphere fill the streets of Vegueta this and every Thursday from about 21:00 until the wee hours. If you’ve just arrived in Las Palmas and are looking to  meet new people, this is an event you won’t want to miss!

Open Mic Night: Show your stuff at Motown Bar’s weekly open mic night (21:00-23:00).

Jazz Jam Session at La Gaurida de Blues.

Gran Canaria North

Jam Session at Soledad Big Waves (Moya, 20:00).

October 5, 2018 (Friday)

Las Palmas de Gran Canaria

Oktoberfest in Vegueta: This weekend, the historic city center of Vegueta will be celebrating their 7th annual Oktoberfest, complete with German beers, German snacks and plenty of atmosphere. You can find the action centered around Calle Mendizabal and Calle Obispo Codilla (Vegueta).

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Los 40 Gran Canaria Pop: Live music in Plaze Santa Catalina featuring current Top 40 pop artists like Bombai, Dani Fernández, Xantos, Dani Moreno & more. Free entrance from 20:00.

Fiestas del Pilar in Guanarteme: Live music and the gala of the 2018 queen nominees in the Plaza del Pilar.

Ruta Play Viva: Live music near Playa Las Canteras:

Plaza de Faray (21:00): Estop & Gou
La Guarida de Blues (21:00): i-Land (rock)
Motown (22:00): Devitha (soul/jazz)
Sala Nasdaq (23:30): TBA

Gran Canaria North

Cine + Surf: Food, drinks & flicks at Soledad Big Waves (Moya).

October 6, 2018 (Saturday)

Las Palmas de Gran Canaria

Oktoberfest in Vegueta: Beers, bratwurst and a bangin’ good time.

Fiestas del Pilar in Guanarteme: Election of the 2018 princess and live Cuban music by Son del Caney in the Plaza del Pilar.

Free Museum Entry: The first Saturday and Sunday of every month means free museum entry at all of the Cabildo´s museums, including Galdar´s painted caves, the Casa de Colón and more. For hours and details, learn more about free museum entry in Gran Canaria here.

Musicando in Parque Doramas: Live music featuring Alba Molina (flamenco).

Ruta Play Viva: Live music near Playa Las Canteras in barrio Guanarteme.

NYC Taxi(21:00): Cancelled until further notice 😞. Sign the petition !
Tiramisu (21:00): no music this weekend due to Las Fiestas de Pilar in Plaza de Pilar
Mumbai Sunset (21:30): Sotelino
La Guarida (21:30): Sinergia

Gran Canaria North

Garldar Tourism Day Oktoberfest White Party

Oktoberfest & All White Party in Gáldar: This northern gem will be celebrating their own version of Oktoberfest from 12:00 – 12:00 – Oktoberfest + white party all wrapped up in one! Featured artists include Aseres, Havana Son, Son por Tres, Sabor a Salsa and more. And don’t forget to wear white!

Cangrejo Fest 2018 Puertillo

Cangrego Fest in Puertillo: Along the coast of Arucas, you’ll find live music, workshops and (I’m guessing?) crab! Saturday’s featured artists include the Aseres, The Regueton Band, The Queen Rhapsody cover band, Rainbow Gospel Choir and Los Salvapantillas (Bañaderos/Puertillo).

Gran Canaria South

Walk Against Cancer (Maspalomas)

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October 7, 2018 (Sunday)

Las Palmas de Gran Canaria

Oktoberfest in Vegueta: Beers, bratwurst and a bangin’ good time.

Celebrations Nuestra Señora del Rosario in Vegueta: Vegueta is wrapping up it’s annual Rosario celebrations, so if you’ve missed the rest, come check out the traditional costumes and Canary culture at the procession on Sunday at 19:30 in front of Santo Domingo church.

Fiestas del Pilar in Guanarteme:  Foam party and children’s activities by day, election of the Queen by night.

Free Museum Entry  at all of the Cabildo’s museums, like the first Saturday and Sunday of every month.

Beach Clean-Up: Oceans4Life Gran Canaria has organized a beach clean at Playa Confital beginning at 11:30 am. Help care for our beautiful beaches!

Isleta Sunset at Clipper La Puntilla: Live music featuring Twin Up (Soul, 18:30-20:00).

Sunday Sunset: Live music & cocktails at El Tendedero Catalina.

Gran Canaria North

Valleseco Apple Fair: If all this hot, hot heat and beautiful blue skies have left you wanting for autumn, an apple festival in the north seems about as pumpkin spice as things are gonna get around here!

Cangrego Fest in Puertillo: Along the coast of Arucas, you’ll find live music, workshops and (I’m guessing) crab!  (Bañaderos/Puertillo).

Gran Canaria South

Valsequillo Honey Fair: Valsequillo is getting sweet and sticky on Sunday, celebrating the products of the black Canary honey bee and other locally grown items for sale.

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October 8 – 14, 2018

October 8, 2018 (Monday)

Las Palmas de Gran Canaria

Beach yoga by Primal Tracks. Playa de las Alcaravaneras (7:50am).

Fiestas del Pilar in Guanarteme: Children’s activities, a pet competition and local Canarian foods to share from 17:00-20:00.

Hispano-American Relations Forum at the Museo-Casa de Colón: Leading up to Día de Hispanidad, the Casa de Colón will be hosting forums from October 8-12 discussing hispano-American relations from the time of conquest. I, for one, am interested in seeing if they discuss this realistically (raping and pilaging) or in a soft hue of bullsh*t. Forums to be held in Spanish. Free to attend.

October 9, 2018 (Tuesday)

October 10, 2018 (Wednesday)

Las Palmas de Gran Canaria

Fiestas del Pilar in Guanarteme: Mariachi Peleón presents ”México en voz de Mujer” – an homage to artists such as Ana Gabriel, Chavela Vargas, Rocío Ducal and more.

Hispano-American Relations Forum: October 8-12 at the Museo-Casa de Colón. Free.

October 11, 2018 (Thursday)

Las Palmas de Gran Canaria

Festival Cero 2018

Festival Cero: Live music behind the auditorium along the coast of Las Canteras in the Plaza de la Musica. Thursday night´s featured artists include Avernessus, La Bien Querida and Xoel López.

For me, the highlight of the event is Coque Malla, the voice behind the classic Spanish hit ¨No Puedo Vivir Sin Ti.¨ Entry is €15 per night or a steal at €23 for all 4 days. They can be purchased here.

Mojo Swing Festival: October 11-14, 2018.

Fiestas del Pilar in Guanarteme: For me, this is by far the best day of Guanarteme’s annual festivities!

The romería begins at 17:00 when the streets surrounding the Plaza de Pilar fill with timples, Canarian treats and people in traditional dress. Wagons pulled by oxen are stuffed to the brim with local delights like goat cheese and papas arrugadas to share. Music fills every corner and the whole town sings along to the Canarian classics.

At 22:30, folk music is replaced by rock when local band Mujercitas takes the stage. At 23:45 the Señores Papagüevos come out to join the fun and to enjoy the fireworks above the  Alfredo Kraus.

Afterwrds, the crowds gather back to Plaza del Pilar to enjoy live music from local legends Los Lola, rocking out until the next day. Tomorrow is a holiday, so the festivities go on until the wee hours.

Tapas Thursday / Noche de Pinchos in Vegueta

Azotea de Benito VI Anniversary: If you find yourself in Vegueta, don´t miss Las Palmas´ premier rooftop bar celebrating their sixth anniversary in style with live performances from the Aseres, Rayko and Dara Ortega.

Open Mic Night: Show your stuff at Motown Bar’s weekly open mic night (21:00-23:00).

Jazz Jam Session at La Gaurida de Blues.

Hispano-American Relations Forum: October 8-12 at the Museo-Casa de Colón. Free.

Gran Canaria North

Jam Session at Soledad Big Waves (Moya, 20:00).

October 12, 2018 (Friday)

Día de la Hispanidad
Bank Holiday (no school)

Las Palmas de Gran Canaria

Festival Cero: Live music along the coast of Las Canteras in the Plaza de la Musica. Friday´s featured artists include Nimañana, Zahara  and Xoel López. €15 entry.

Mojo Swing Festival: October 11-14, 2018.

Ruta Play Viva: Live music near Playa Las Canteras:

Plaza de Faray (21:00):  Manolo Delgado Quartet
La Guarida de Blues (21:00): Demian & Dave O’Connor
Motown (22:00): TBA
Sala Nasdaq (23:30): TBA

Gran Canaria North

Cine + Surf: Food, drinks & flicks at Soledad Big Waves (Moya).

October 13, 2018 (Saturday)

Las Palmas de Gran Canaria

Festival Cero: Live music along the coast of Las Canteras in the Plaza de la Musica. Saturday night´s featured artists include Lajalada, La Sonrisa de Julia and Lori Meyers. October 11-14, 2018, €15 entry fee can be purchased here.

Mojo Swing Festival: October 11-14, 2018.

Ruta Play Viva: Live music near Playa Las Canteras in barrio Guanarteme.

NYC Taxi(21:00): Cancelled until further notice 😞. Sign this petition!
Tiramisu (21:00): no music this weekend due to Las Fiestas de Pilar in Plaza de Pilar.
Mumbai Sunset (21:30)TBA
La Guarida (21:30): We Rock

October 14, 2018 (Sunday)

Las Palmas de Gran Canaria

Festival Cero: Family day at Festival Cero. Live music along the coast of Las Canteras in the Plaza de la Musica featuring Billy Boom Band.  €15 entry.

Mojo Swing Festival: October 11-14, 2018.

Isleta Sunset at Clipper La Puntilla: Live music featuring Amaguk (jazz, 18:30-20:00).

Sunday Sunset (17:00-00:00): Live music & cocktails at El Tendedero Catalina

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12 Comments Add yours

  1. Martina Hzb says:

    OMG – next year in October I will defniately go to Gran Canaria. Honestly I didn`t know that there are so many cool events at this time of the year. Thanks for this great calender – I will safe this article!

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    1. Erica says:

      For me, October is the best time to come for a visit! The weather is sunny and gorgeous and most of the tourists have gone home, so the beaches and beauty are all ours!

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  2. Karie says:

    Wow, that is one great list of events. October is my fav month as it’s my birthday month. I would love to visit Gran Canaria someday. I’ve heard about Oktoberfest in Munich but didn’t know they had it here. Will bookmark this post and hopefully visit next year. Thanks for sharing!

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    1. Erica says:

      Happy birthday month!! It’s a perfect time of year here – still very warm but very few tourists and plenty of fun events going on. The real Oktoberfest is of course in music, but a lot of cities in Europe do their own mini version and it’s always a blast 😉

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  3. Candy says:

    I love visiting places that offer free museum entrances. I used to not have much interest in museums, but really enjoy them the older I get. I also love beer so Oktoberfest in Vegueta sounds like it could be a really fun weekend.

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  4. I totally got lost with everything on the Calendar. Wow. A lot going on. I would love to check out Octoberfest. Maybe one or two October fests. I could see us checking out honey fest too just because.

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  5. mohanaandaninda says:

    October seems like a lively time for Gran Canaria. The fests sound amazing and I’d love to participate in Oktoberfest. Plus free museum days are always a draw for me.

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  6. sunsetsandrollercoasters says:

    What an incredible list of events! I love the fact that Gran Canaria celebrates Halloween in a similar way as in North America. The day of the dead party sounds like fun.

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  7. Cindy says:

    Wow, there’s a lot going on in Gran Canaria in October. I would not have expected to find an Oktoberfest there. My favourite was the Fiestas del Pilar in Guanarteme – – it sounds like a very local experience!

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  8. Yukti says:

    Wow, you have perfect list of activities to do in Gran Canaria in October. There is so much to do in October that I am confused what to go for the first. Thanks for shairng!

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  9. Seems like a ton of things to do in Gran Canaria! Several of the festivals sound really neat but I would be all up for the Oktoberfest!

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  10. Astrid Vinje says:

    I didn’t know there were so many fun things to do in Gran Canaria! I would be spending all my time at the fiestas or music festivals. I’m glad that they also have events geared towards Halloween.

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