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Formentera celebrates regional holiday with music, gastronomy and sport

dia-de-les-illes-1At 12 noon today, plaça de la Constitució became the scene of the Formentera Council's celebration of Dia de les Illes Balears—“Balearic Islands Day”—and an address by CiF deputy chair Susana Labrador. Labrador spoke of the Balearic parliament's passing of legislation for Formentera's environmental and financial sustainability as the milestone event of the year, calling it “a tool that will put us in charge of how many vehicles we want on the island, thus preserving the tranquility that has made the island so well loved among islanders and tourists alike”. Labrador, who is also councillor of culture and patrimony, wrapped up her speech by decrying the fact the Mediterranean Sea is becoming “a graveyard for thousands and thousands of individuals who come to our country in search of a new life”. “We must be a voice for all the victims who have been silenced”, said the councillor, “Today, a day of togetherness, let's raise our voices against this injustice. We can't be a just society if we contribute to the silence”.

Immediately after Labrador's address the spotlight turned to local dance troupes es Pastorells and es Xacoters, who offered a demonstration of the valuable and intangible heritage that —thanks in no small measure to the troupes' dedication and efforts— has endured to today.

Afterwards attendees were treated to a sampling of signature local food like coca bread, octopus and orelletes.

The programme continues this evening with an 8.00pm concert in la Mola's Casa del Poble. IMARÀNTIA (Maria José Cardona on vocals and guitar and Miquel Brunet on piano) will be joined by Majorcan group GO CACTUS, winners of Art Jove 2018.

The day's celebrations cover a wide array of sporting events as well, like the seventh Balearic basketball tournament, which began yesterday (Thursday) in the Antoni Blanc fitness centre and ends today (Friday). Teams from around the region are participating in the fixture.

There are two other special items on the programme. One goes from today to Sunday and is the Balearic Class Techno 293 windsurfing championship. The other takes place tomorrow (Saturday) and is the eighth Formentera All Round Trial.

Next Sunday March 3 is Carnaval on Formentera

carnaval18-premsa-21The Formentera Council's culture and festivities department unveiled today the administration's planned celebrations for Carnaval 2019. The event is programmed to kick off in Sant Francesc on Sunday March 3. After a 11.00am roundup where participants can sign up to take part in the day's fancy-dress contest, parade walkers will set out from the sa Senieta car park and tour the town's main roads. Musical duties at this year's event will be handled by DJ Dani Pérez.

Procession circuit
The parade route begins on avinguda del Pla del Rei, continues down carrer d'Eivissa until plaça de la Constitució and makes its first loop crossing carrer de Jaume I. From there, revellers along carrers Santa Maria and Marc Ferrer will cheer the parade as participants make their way back up to the city square. Walkers in the parade are expected to be at Constitució square by roughly 1.30pm for Zum-Zum Theatre's Hippos.

As the parade comes to an end, DJ Blue and DJ Dani Pérez will usher Carnaval-goers through a dance party that will go till 2.00pm, when S.D. Formentera have planned a community luncheon. Food for all those in fancy dress is free.  Culture and festivities councillor Susana Labrador encouraged the island to get their costumes ready and come join the celebration that's “well-loved among young and old alike” and where “imagination and a bit of tongue in cheek are always in full effect”.

Anyone in a costume can take part in the fancy-dress contest and be eligible for these cash prizes:

Adult individual: First place €200 - Second place €150
Kids' individual: First place €100 - Second place €60
Pairs: First place €300 - Second place €200
Families: First place €300 - Second place €200
Groups of 3 to 10: First place €400 - Second place €250
Large groups [over 10]: First place €500 - Second place €350
Floats [with vehicle]: First place €950 - Second place €650

“Vida”, a puppet show for kids 10 and up (and families)

vida-foto-premsa1The Formentera Council's culture bureau reports that Saturday February 23 from 6.00pm children ages ten and over at the Sala de Cultura (Cinema) can see Javier Aranda's production of Vida, a puppet show that combines heart-felt scenes with sophisticated wit.

Culture councillor Susana Labrador encouraged local parents to come see the spectacle with their children. “Our eyes were on this production from the start because it's for families”, she said. “Young and old—audiences are sure to love it”.

According to a representative of Javier Aranda, Vida is about “life—from birth to death, of the forward march of life and the years. How the ties that bind parents and children change over time. The show also focuses on two people—how they fall in love and have a son, and how he leaves home and leaves the pair to grow old together”.

To here those in the company tell it, there's something very special in the knowing gaze shared between creator and creation—the ever-present relationship between puppeteer and puppet.

Award-winning production
The show has earned accolades from Huesca's international theatre festival (Best show), Feten (Best small-format show), Lleida's puppet festival (Best show) and others.

Formentera celebrates 'Balearic Islands Day' with wide-ranging programme

foto-presentacio---dia-de-les-1The CiF councillors of culture and sport met today with the Balearic government's director general of administrations and exterior affairs to unveil the activities programme behind local celebration of Dia de les Illes (“Day of the Islands”). Susana Labrador, Jordi Vidal and Josep Claverol led the press conference at 1.30pm in the Formentera administration's hall of ceremonies.

Councillor Labrador gave an account of the list of functions organised in tandem with the Govern balear, part of a bid to get islanders of all stripes involved in the celebration. Aïllades Productions' Àngels Martínez leads the kick- off event on Friday February 22 with “Lo que Ibiza me inspiró” at the library in Sant Francesc.

The activities continue through mid-March, winding down at noon on Saturday the 16th with the second Festival Folklòric. The event in plaça de la Constitució will feature dance troupes (colles de ball) from across the region.

The director general highlighted the Govern's support for festivities driven by cultural exchange between the islands and applauded the Formentera Council on coming up with a bill of activities packed with culture, folklore, gastronomy and sport.

March 1
Dia de les Illes is Friday March 1, with the administration's celebration scheduled for 12 noon in Constitució square, where attendees can see demonstrations by Formentera colles and enjoy a sampling of signature local items.

Among the Dia's headline entries is a concert staged simultaneously on the four islands of the archipelago. IMARÀNTIA (with Maria José Cardona on vocals and guitar and Miquel Brunet on piano) plays in Formentera's Casa del Poble at 8.00pm.

The councillor of sport covered all the fitness events in store for islanders, like the seventh Balearic basketball tournament, an all-island meet set to take place at the fitness centre in Sant Francesc, Poliesportiu Antoni Blanc, on Thursday and Friday (28/2—1/3).

Councillor Vidal also spoke about the Balearic Islands's Classe Techno 293 windsurfing championship from Friday to Sunday (1/3—3/3), along with the approximately 200 runners expected to come out for the eighth Formentera All Round Trail (“FART”) on Saturday March 2. The fifth Cursa per a la Dona closes out the fitness end on Saturday March 9. Among the other activities on the bill are book presentations, theatre and storytime sessions.

Formentera signs partnership with ACAF for Ràdio Illa content production

foto-signatura-conveni-acaf-pr1Susana Labrador, who is both the current acting chair and first deputy chair of the Formentera Council, sat down today with Álvaro Raúl Méndoza, spokesperson of the island's cultural and audiovisual association (ACAF), to lay the foundations of a partnership between the administration and ACAF to produce content for the local public radio station, Ràdio Illa.

The equipment and facilities required to underwrite the public service, present at Centre Social Es Molí, are in the Council's possession. The service —referred to as audiovisual because it covers both images and sound— is funded by a combination of help from the administration, outside sponsorships and advertising. In establishing the Council's financial contribution the parties involved took into account the fact that area of service provision is comparatively small, a determining factor as to the extent of advertising money available. To cover ACAF's costs, the Council will put forward fifty thousand euros in 2019.

For their part, ACAF pledge to oversee content production for Ràdio Illa as per the established action plan. According to the deal signed by the two representatives, that includes programmes like morning news magazine De Far a Far and weather reports.

Public service
As a public “audiovisual communication” service which regional legislation (5/2018, of October 1) defines as essential to general economic interests, the agreement regarding Ràdio Illa's content is signed once a year. The station's mission is to disseminate content in support of constitutional and regional principles and values, promote a breadth of public opinion, spotlight the diversity of cultures and languages present in the Balearic Islands and cultivate knowledge and the arts, particularly with regard to culture through images and sound.

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