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Launch of Formentera Fotogràfica's opening expo

ruido-1-This Saturday brings the opening of Backway: d'Àfrica a Europa, per la porta del darrera, a show by the group Ruido Photo that is aimed at unpicking the whys and wherefores of migration and calling attention to human rights violations.

The gathering is scheduled for Constitució square in Sant Francesc (next to the church) and is part of the seventh Formentera Fotogràfica, an event which will go from April 27 to May 1.

 

April 25, 2019
Àrea de Comunicació
Formentera Council

Mouffe's “A las cinco de la tarde” prepares for landing at can Senieta

michelmouffe-1-The Formentera Council department of culture reports that at 5.00pm on May 4, Belgian painter Michel Mouffe will pull back the curtain on his latest exhibit, A las cinco de la tarde. On view at Sant Francesc's can Senieta until August 17, the show will open Monday to Saturday from 5.00pm to 8.00pm in May and 6.00pm to 9.00pm from June to August.

The exhibit includes twenty abstract paintings whose range of subjects includes the islanders who were shot down by Franco supporters. Mouffe, born in Brussels in 1957 and residing between la Mola, Belgium and France, is represented by Axel Vervoordt Gallery of Belgium and Hong Kong.

The exhibit will settle in at can Senieta, a Council-owned space currently on loan to the Govern balear. Mouffe asked the Govern to host his show before the traditional ranch home was remodelled into the future headquarters of the Museu de Formentera. The show is being presented by the Formentera Council and the culture, participation and sports ministry of the Govern balear.

April 11, 2019
Àrea de Comunicació
Formentera Council

'Inhòspit' returns to la Mola with fresh dose of new theatre

foto inhospit 2019 2CiF culture councillor Susana Labrador and ESPAI F associates Miquel Costa and Manolo de Oya gathered today at 12.30pm in the Casa del Poble in la Mola to unveil the 2019 programme of “Inhòspit”.

Now in its second year, Inhòspit starts its three-day run on May 8 with a selection of new theatre presented by Espai F with help from the Council's culture and tourism offices.

The family-friendly programme—a promising local, national and international bill that ranges from dance, theatre and performance—includes nine shows from companies in Formentera, Eivissa, Catalunya, the Basque Country, Italy and Wales.

Workshops and engagement with schools
This year will additionally see two guest troupes leading students in theatre workshops, and on the last day attendees will be treated to a concert. Also new in 2019, pupils in la Mola will sit in on live rehearsals mornings before the festival.

Part of the “social and cultural project” underpinning the Casa del Poble, Inhòspit is put together once a year in an effort to reinvigorate la Mola not only socially and culturally, but financially, too. Open-air performances will take place in the wood near the school, molí d'en Botigues windmill, the town square and the Casa del Poble patio. Shows are scheduled all three days at six, seven and eight p.m. with a preliminary meet-up at the Casa del Poble. To sign up to participate in one of the workshops, send an email to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .


April 5, 2019
Àrea de Comunicació
Formentera Council

Giorgio Conte and Joan Isaac salute Mediterranean with free concert Saturday at cinema

giorgio-conte-joan-isaac1The Formentera Council office of culture reports that Saturday April 13 at 8.30pm the cinema will host a free concert with Joan Isaac and Giorgio Conte. The show marks the close of the Barnasants cultural initiative's 2019 Formentera programme, part of an artistic partnership with the Formentera Council.

With Dues cultures, un sol mar, singer-songwriters Isaac (who is Catalan) and Conte (who is Italian) invite us into their world of friendship and mutual admiration. It's an admiration that led them to dream up and bring to life an evening of signature music where singing duties aren't the only thing alternating: languages will be switched up, too. Conte's Italian-language singing will trade jabs with Issac's Catalan-language fare in a style that organisers say is not wholly unlike the negotiating banter of Venice merchants. Their performance on Formentera is a way for the singers to pay tribute to the sea that unites the pair's music.

Singing workshop

From 5.30pm to 7.00pm on Friday April 12, Isaac and pianist Antoni Olaf Sabater will offer students of the music and dance school and the Eivissa-Formentera conservatory a clinic on singing. Taking place in the music and dance school and made possible thanks to collaboration between Barnasants and Plataforma per la Llengua, the event is aimed at fortifying a “cultural network” in Catalan-speaking territories through concert-related activities.

Saturday's concert announces the end of the Council and Barnasants' first joint initiative, one which saw a local performance from Roger Mas and Estel Solé on February 16 and a performance at Barcelona's Harlem Jazz Club by local act Maria José Cardona (February 7). The full programme can be found at www.barnasants.com.

April 9, 2019
Àrea de Comunicació
Formentera Council

Formentera Jazz Festival back June 6-9

jazz-festival premsa-21The Formentera Council's culture and tourism departments report that June 6–9, the Formentera Jazz Festival will return to the island for its fifth year. The Council-sponsored event is the creation of musician, cultural producer and Formentera native Maxwell Moya.

Moya describes FJF's fifth edition as “a combination of energy and art, plus local, national and international music”. Steadily growing since it first took root five years ago, the festival is expected to welcome some five thousand in 2019.

“These last five years have been beautiful to watch”, Moya said. “The festival has established itself on the island and cemented its place on the social and cultural scene”, he continued, “we're thrilled that both locals and attendees from further afield have made this show their own”.

In terms of performers, the FJF director and founder insisted this year's festival would “stay true to its roots. We've got a special place in our hearts for jazz, but the festival is open to so much more”. Moya made assurances that the other musical genres which have notably influenced jazz—hip-hop, fun, Latin jazz, Brazilian music, flamenco and even electronic music—would be featured as well.

Free admission
The festival is completely free and open to the public. This year festival-goers can catch performances at a number of venues, including Constitució square in Sant Francesc, Blue Bar on Migjorn, Chezz Gerdi in es Pujols and—new this year—Sa Panxa in Sant Ferran.

Artists
Tonina Saputo, Perico Sambeat, Max Holm Trio, Ermanno Panta & Banda Zeitun, Dj Uri Calleja and Midi Jazz Club are the first names on the line-up to be announced so far.

Jam session
As ever, the closing night of FJF will feature a jam session with all musicians, professionals and amateurs alike, on the island. It will be the chance to spotlight jazz music's stock in trade: improvisation.

CiF culture councillor Susana Labrador stressed that the Formentera Council supports FJF as a way to stimulate local culture and bolster entertainment options for tourists and residents.

The coming days will see the announcement of other artists and activities on the 2019 festival programme currently still pending confirmation. All the details can be found at: http://www.formenterajazzfestival.com/

April 3, 2019
Àrea de Comunicació
Formentera Council

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