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Formentera unveils 2019 calendar

foto 2018 calendari 1The Formentera Council's “Language Advisory Service” (Servei d'Assessorament Lingüístic) released its yearly calendar: a coil-spring for the office's latest educational campaign about language.

How we use words and what makes them peculiar

Past editions' themes have covered common varieties of local figs, grapes, fishing tackle and vocabulary specific to the countryside. This year the calendar spotlights a diverse array of terminology in order to take a closer look at the etymology behind the words, what about the terms themselves makes them unusual and, in some cases, the Catalan-speaking territories the featured words are typically heard.

The calendar uses pictures to illustrate words like ca, tomata, ensalada and tonyina (not to mention freu, indiot and calcetí) as well as expressions like tabacar, saligardo and emmorinat.

Two thousand copies have been printed and are available at various Council offices including the Citizen's Information Office (OAC).

Father Christmas stops in on Formentera

img festa-pare-noelThe Formentera Council's culture and festivities office reports from 5.30pm on Thursday December 20, the Sant Ferran festival tent will be the scene of a children's party and a visit from Pare Noel, aka Father Christmas. Young ones will be treated to entertainment by Piruleto and be able to entrust old Saint Nick with their holiday wish lists. Adults and kids alike will be able to try hot chocolate and sweet coca bread, both gluten- and lactose-free.

'Cantam Nadales'—an evening of carols and hot chocolate

nadal-2017-nadalesFriday from 7 pm in Sant Ferran's plaça Guillem de Montgrí, the primary-school children of CEIP El Pilar in la Mola and Mestre Lluís Andreu in Sant Francesc will join the Formentera municipal band in putting on a Christmas concert. After a selection of holiday carols dubbed “Cantam Nadales”, or “We sing Christmas carols”, performers and onlookers alike are invited to hot chocolate and coca dolça fit for those with gluten and lactose intolerances.

This year is the concert's first in the recently completed Sant Ferran square, instead of Sant Francesc's plaça de la Constitució as in years past.

Holiday hours at Formentera libraries

foto biblioteca 2018The Formentera Council culture and education office wishes to announce the operating hours at Biblioteca Marià Villangómez and Sant Ferran's library connection, or punt de lectura, for this Christmas season.

Biblioteca Marià Villangómez:

Closed December 24, 25 and 31 and January 12, 2019.

December 26-28 and January 2-4 operating hours are 8.00am to 3.00pm.

Sant Ferran Punt de Lectura:

Closed December 22-January 7 inclusive.

The comic-book history of Formentera and Eivissa

portada historia d eivissa i formThe Formentera Council's culture office reports that Wednesday at 8.00pm Biblioteca Marià Villangómez will host a presentation about “Història d'Eivissa i Formentera”—History of Eivissa and Formentera—a comic book.

Moderated by Maite Ferrer, the evening will feature the book's two creators—writer, screenwriter and baker Lluís Ferrer and cartoonist and illustrator Joan Escandell.

History of Eivissa and Formentera

“Història d'Eivissa i Formentera” unpacks the story of the Pityusic islands—les Pitiüses—from the arrival of Phoenicians in 654 BC to 1983, when the Balearic Islands' “Statute of Autonomy” took effect. Escandell and Ferrer narrate some of Formentera and Eivissa's the most defining moments in nearly two and a half millennia of history.

Madrid publishing house Apache Libros offers “Història d'Eivissa i Formentera” as a large-size, hardcover, 64-page deluxe edition.

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