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Closing concert of ‘Música a les Places’ celebrates 25 years of Jazz & Co

jazz and rock cloenda 2019 xar1The Consell de Formentera and the Department of Culture report that at 10.00pm this Friday 27 September, Sant Ferran's town square will be the scene of a special concert to close out the 2019 season of ‘Música a les Places’. Blues Connotation, Jam Factory and Chimichurri will all take the stage in an evening devoted to celebrating Jazz & Co's twenty-five-year trajectory.

Culture councillor Susana Labrador pointed out that “Jazz & Co started in 1999 with the essential objective of preserving and promoting music in all its forms”. “To that end”, she said, “they promote all kinds of musical activities”. The common thread? “Live music”, she said. Labrador seized the occasion to congratulate Jazz & Co on their dedication to Formentera's music and cultural scenes—a commitment that helped earn the association a Sant Jaume award earlier this year.

The point bears repeating: Jazz & Co is about music that is played live. For the last 25 years, the group has organised Jazz a la plaça (“Jazz in the Square”) in the heart of Sant Francesc; the Sant Ferran version started up five years later. Both have become major summertime draws for residents and tourists alike.

‘Música a les Places’ has grown to span the summer months, with concerts on Mondays at la Savina port, Thursdays in es Pujols’ plaça d'Europa, Fridays in the Sant Ferran square and Saturdays at Sant Francesc's plaça de la Constitució.

24 September 2019
Department of Communication
Consell de Formentera

Formentera hosts first International Symposium for Underwater Archaeological Restoration

simposi31Alejandra Ferrer and Raquel Guasch, the president and patrimony councillor of the Consell de Formentera, welcomed participants today in the first International Symposium for Underwater Archaeological Restoration, which takes place this weekend in the Consell's sala de plens.

Organised by the Balearic Institute for Marine Archaeology Studies (Ibeam) and expected to draw 45 specialists from 15 different countries, the event is envisioned as a sounding board for the most innovative efforts to preserve heritage sites in seas and oceans across the planet.

Ferrer heralded the gathering on Formentera of “a truly global cast of prestigious experts in undersea archaeology”, and Councillor Guasch trumpeted “Formentera residents' acute sense of the importance that the heritage sites in our seas have”, pointing to current efforts like the creation of a subaquatic map of Formentera's waters.

The weekend will see the participation of scientific bodies like Croatia's UNESCO International Centre of Undersea Archaeology, the Spanish Institute of Cultural Heritage, Uruguay's Centre for Research on Coastal Heritage and Flinders University in Australia.

Organisers see a biannual symposium as a chance to prepare future generations of undersea cultural heritage restorers, and envision it as a platform for collaboration between an array of scientific institutions.

In addition to support from the Consell, the symposium is sponsored by Trasmapi, Ok Rent a Car and the Julián Vilás and Abel Matutes Foundations.

20 September 2019
Department of Communication
Consell de Formentera

Teresa Matilla, “Il·lapsos”

foto matilla t 2019 1Yesterday evening at the Ajuntament Vell exhibition space, artist Teresa Matilla introduced the island to Il·lapsos—twelve creations in oil, wet paper, textiles and a vast range of reusable materials. The artist shares her reflections on a society that, despite its liberties, lives enslaved to consumerism, greed and domination. Matilla's display includes pieces which have already graced the walls of sala FAD at the Macba in Barcelona, and The Andy Warhol Museum in Pittsburg.

The exhibit is open from 11.00am to 2.00pm and 7.00pm to 9.00pm until 28 September (except Sundays and Monday mornings).

17 September 2019
Department of Communication
Consell de Formentera

Dance, theatre, music, performances and circus form core of L'Illa a Escena 2019, act two

foto 2019 illa a escena 1The Department of Culture of the Consell de Formentera unveiled today the second round this year of the musical and performing arts programme “L'Illa a Escena”. Culture and education councillor Susana Labrador said that the nine projects scheduled to stop in at the Sala de Cultura “have something for both children and adults, and is designed to spice up the local cultural scene”. “We're bringing acts from across the spectrum of artistic expression and styles”, said the councillor, “so islanders can enjoy a cultural programme that's eclectic and plural”.

Things get started with Espai_F's Pàries, directed by Miquel Costa. The short production tackles the scars marring human relations now that the modern idea of community is officially dead. Two shows will take place on Saturday 28 September; the first at 7.00pm and the second at 9.00pm.

The month starts off with a dance production from Fils Roulants. Fortaleza a la Napolitana was not only created by dancer Valeria Del Vecchio; she features in it as well. It deals with duality—of a woman who, in life, wears strength like a mask, and of the fragility that ultimately shows us there are no missions to accomplish. The production starts at 8.30pm on Saturday (5 October) and Monday (7 Oct). Reservations required.

Also in October, the Collective Signatures Festival celebrates its third year with the performance-centred Arcipelago. There is a video art marathon at the Sala de Cultura (Cinema) on Thursday 17 October from 4.00pm to 10.00pm. Then on Friday, the festival's special guests star in a closing opera performance at jardí de ses Eres, from 7.30pm to 10.00pm. Collective Signatures starts on Wednesday the 16th and includes a programme of performances in a number of locations across the island.

Youngsters will really have a ball with Jon Braun, a puppet show highlighting the strength that is instilled by love in the face of misfortune. A family-friendly western with masterfully crafted aesthetics and no shortage of emotion, Jon Braun was Titeremurcia's family-favourite in 2018. The show starts at 6.00pm, Saturday 26 October, at the Sala de Cultura (Cinema).

The month of November kicks off with choreographer and dancer Helena Lizari's Maleable. The show is a coproduction of Mercat de les Flors and the El més petit de tots festival. Geared towards children aged 0 to 5, the imagination-fuelling dance performance is a voyage of sensations and for the senses; an exploration of textures and touch; and a perceptional adventure. Maleable opens at 6.00pm, Saturday 9 November, in the Sala de Cultura (Cinema).

La Güasa's Mobil circus act is another one for the kids. Through a mix of fragility, imbalance and tension, the show traces the story of a humble man out to share his final grand creation. Built almost entirely out of recycled objects, the complex apparatus is chock full of wide-ranging widgets that will have the audience wondering what's next.

Mobil has garnered a host of accolades, among them FETEN 2014's award for best direction and ACA's awards for best individual production and best set design. The show starts at 6.00pm, Saturday 23 November, at the Sala de Cultura (Cinema).

Back at Sala de Cultura (Cinema) on Friday 29 November, Aires Formenterencs celebrate thirty years making music by unveiling a new album. The concert starts at 8.30pm and features Miquel Brunet, Eduard Riera and Pep Lluís Garcia.

Then, at the same time on Saturday 30 November, the Sala de Cultura will host the final round of the Salvador Ibarra poetry contest known as Art Jove. The event is presented by the AELC with help from Institut Balear de la Joventut (Balearic Youth Institute) and Agència Catalana de la Joventut (Catalan Youth Agency).

Closing out the second semester of L'Illa a Escena is Minorcan troupe Melicotó Titelles' all-ages production, Plastiiik. The show conceived as a way to educate theatregoers about the importance of caring for our natural environment. The show starts at 6.00pm, Saturday 28 December, at the Sala de Cultura (Cinema).

Cost of admission
Tickets for children's productions are priced at €5 (adults get in free). Admission to Espai_F's Pàries costs €12, and Fortaleza a la Napolitana, €7. The video and performance art marathon and Arcipelago are both free, as well as the Aires Formenterencs concert and the final round of Art Jove.

Cultivating culture
L'Illa a Escena promotes the performing arts with help from the Institut d'Estudis Balearics, and works to foster partnerships between professional dance, theatre and circus troupes, enrich the cultural scene, and ensure access to culture, with help from the Spanish culture ministry's Platea programme.

19 September 2019
Department of Communication
Consell de Formentera

Consell de Formentera hails unprecedented undersea find

foto troballa 2019 1The Consell de Formentera’s president and patrimony councillor, Alejandra Ferrer and Raquel Guasch, laid out details today about an archaeological find made this August in waters near es Caló and that experts are calling extraordinary and groundbreaking. Figuring among the haul are eleven swords resembling 19th-century straight sabres. President Ferrer and Councillor Guasch were joined at the presentation by Javier Rodríguez Pandozi, marine archaeologist and president of the Balearic Institute of Marine Archaeology Studies (IBEAM) and Manel Guasch, captain of the vessel involved in finding the first sabre.

Ferrer heralded the discovery as a regional first and applauded the islanders and companies that helped in retrieval. “These artefacts will enter into Formentera’s catalogue of historical heritage”, said the president. “For now they’ll be kept among the holdings of the Eivissa-Formentera Museum of Archaeology [MAEF]”, she explained, “but we’ll see them back here just as soon as we have a museum properly equipped to receive them”.

For her part, Councillor Guasch underscored collaboration—between the local government and MAEF as well as on the part of islanders—not to mention efforts from within the Consell to coordinate an “emergency preventive intervention to ensure the objects were kept safe”.

A fortuitous find

15 August, as Manel Guasch and Guillermo de Barnola sought to retrieve an object that had fallen overboard, the pair identified what at first appeared to be a modern-day sword. They immediately reported the find to Comandància de Marina and the Consell de Formentera—the latter having authority over issues of historical heritage—and took the sword to MAEF, the entity charged with taking in and caring for archaeological items.

From 26 to 29 August, a team of divers from the underwater operations division of the Civil Guard visited the site together with an archaeologist from IBEAM, which has been engaged in efforts to complete an undersea archaeological map for Formentera. The dive gave rise to the discovery of a new group of similar objects—all with characteristics typical of early-19th-century straight sabres

After viewing an IBEAM-drafted report that included proposed strategies moving ahead, Consell officials signed off on an emergency archaeological intervention to guarantee the safekeeping of the objects and potentially locate other artefacts.

Conducted on 31 August and 1 September by two archaeologists and an IBEAM restorer, the emergency intervention involved salvaging ten subsequently identified sabres.

The objects will be sent to MAEF, where they will be held pursuant to Law 12/1998 (21 December) on historical heritage and Decree 14/2011 (25 February) on standards for archaeological interventions in the Balearic Islands.

Considering the unique nature of such archaeological artefacts in the Pityusic Islands, MAEF has offered to oversee restoration efforts, though the final conservation and restoration proposal will require close study of the objects’ condition and review of the technical reports produced by the emergency archaeological interventions.

Rodríguez explained that “with the help of the Civil Guard’s special undersea division, IBEAM will continue conducting archaeological probes in the area to identify any sunken ships that might be tied to the swords”.

Locals pitch in

The assistance of islanders proved essential to documenting and safeguarding the finds. Indeed, details provided by the pair that located the original sabre made possible subsequent efforts to study, authorise and carry out the emergency intervention associated with Formentera’s undersea archaeological map, a Consell de Formentera-led initiative that IBEAM has piloted since 2015.

For that reason, islanders are encouraged to report any information about underwater discoveries of archaeological artefacts to the cultural heritage office of the Consell de Formentera. In this way, such objects can be documented and protected as part of the island’s cultural inheritance.

In addition to help from the undersea division of the Civil Guard and Comandància Naval, both Trasmapi and Formentera Divers provided material support. The two companies have collaborated in the past with various parts of the undersea archaeological map initiative.

16 September 2019
Department of Communication
Consell de Formentera

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