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Consell and Espai Frumentària join forces to promote cultural programming

foto-signatura-conveni-espai-f1Chief of the Formentera government Alejandra Ferrer was joined by Espai Frumentària president Miquel Costa in signing into a effect a collaborative agreement to promote and expand the reach of cultural programming in 2020. Councillor of culture Susana Labrador was also on hand for the signing.

The deal is aimed at cultivating the local offering of cultural events in 2020. Under the agreement Espai Frumentària promises to organise cultural and artistic programming such as “El 7 a les 6”, screenings of arthouse cinema, concerts, exhibits and a theatre workshop on design and production. The Formentera government will offer up to €7,000 to support the group’s programming.


28 February 2020
Department of Communication
Consell de Formentera

Next Sunday, Formentera celebrates Int’l Women’s Day with charity run and politically-engaged activities

foto 2020 dia dona 3Formentera’s president and councillor of equality and LGTBI, Alejandra Ferrer and Vanessa Parellada, respectively, were joined by Espai Dones director Dolores Fernández Tamargo in unveiling the list of events on offer to help islanders ring in International Women’s Day on Sunday 8 March.

Ferrer applauded Fernández Tamargo for once again putting together a jam-packed programme of exhibits, film screenings, concerts, round tables, book launches and more. According to the president, one thing the events all share is “educating islanders about the importance of working hard to deliver real equality for women”.

Details about the events calendar were outlined by the Espai Dones director, who underscored one day in particular: Sunday 8 March, International Women’s Day.

The day starts at 11.00am with the sixth Run for Women (Cursa solidària de la Dona), an event encompassing not only a fun-run but a walk as well, both of which are designed to raise money for the Spanish Cancer Association (AECC). A community paella will also be organised later that day in Sa Senieta car park (Sant Francesc), with money again going to benefit the AECC.

From 11.00am on that same day an information stand will be set up and posters put up around Plaça de la Constitució as batucada troupe Bloco Colubraria provide percussive rhythms. Islanders are encouraged to come out for a 1.00pm reading of the day’s manifesto, followed by a group of women performing “A rapist in your path” (Un violador al teu camí). Rehearsals take place today from 7.00pm to 8.00pm and same time next Friday in the IES Marc Ferrer sport and fitness centre. The rehearsals and performance are open to all women.

Exhibit

At 8.00pm on Monday 2 March, the Sala d’Exposions (Ajuntament Vell) will host the opening of “Mujeres trabajando por mujeres”, an exploration of the women’s struggle past and present by María María Acha-Kutscher. Currently residing in Spain, Peruvian artist Acha-Kutscher is a visual artist dedicated to the feminist cause. Her show will be open 11.00am to 2.00pm ad 6.00pm to 8.00pm until 14 March (Sundays and Monday mornings closed).

Programme:

Friday 6 March, 8.30pm | Sunday 8 March, 8.00pm
Una cuestión de género, a film by Mimi Lede
Sala de Cultura (Cinema)

Saturday 7 March, 8.30pm [L’Illa a Escena]
Les Kol·lontai. Barnasants concerts. Music for International Women’s Day.
Sala de Cultura (Cinema)

Monday 9 March, 7.00pm
Round-table discussion with speakers from the lecture series Figures in Local History (Personatges de la nostra Història). Discussion will focus on women in the recent history of Eivissa and Formentera. Presented by Friends of the Museum of Archaeology (AAMAEF).
Sala d’Exposicions ‘Ajuntament Vell’

Friday 13 March, 8.00pm
Presentation of Miren Jaurne Martinez’s book La venus que rompió el espejo. Jaurne Martinez is a youtuber and “body positive” advocate.
Marià Villangómez Library

Wednesday 18 March, 7.00pm
Documentary, En la brecha (dir. Claudia Rei). Discussion on gender inequality in the workplace to follow.
Casal de Joves

Sunday 22 March, 12 noon
Twelfth Tribute to the Elderly Woman of Formentera
Sala de plens, Centre de Dia

Thursday 26 March, 7.00pm
Round-table discussion “The road to women's empowerment”
With Guardia Civil Women and Minors Division sergeant Antonia Alanzol, department of research into and prevention of addictive behaviour director Bélen Alvite and writer/blogger Pilar Ruiz. The discussion will be moderated by Diario de Ibiza director Cristina Martín.
Sala de plens, Centre de Dia

Friday 3 April, 7.00pm
Lecture “Masculinity and men in the age of feminism”
With Ritxar Bacete
Sala d’actes, Plaça de la Constitució

Councillor Parellada applauded various local groups for close involvement in this year’s programme, pointing out that “they’re all working to contribute to a more equal world” and encouraging islanders to come, participate and have fun in the many events.

28 February 2020
Department of Communication
Consell de Formentera

Formentera celebrates Balearic Islands Day with full month of activities

foto-2020-dia-illes1Formentera’s president and culture secretary, Alejandra Ferrer and Susana Labrador, respectively, plus Miquel Àngel Coll, the director general of the institutional relations division of the Balearic government, met today at the head office of the Consell de Formentera to unveil the programme of activities lined up to celebrate Balearic Islands Day on Formentera.

This year’s tag line —“the union starts with you”— instroduces a bill of nearly 300 activities across the archipelago revolving around the culture, history and heritage that, as Coll pointed out, Mallorca, Menorca, Eivissa and Formentera share. Inter-island agreements have allowed island councils to tailor programming to reflect the activities most suited, and deeply rooted, on each island.

“Balearic Islands Day is about strengthening what unites us”, proclaimed Ferrer. “Formentera’s activities programme may be anchored by sport, culture and learning, but, whether it’s the Cantada Pagesa last Saturday or the demonstrations of homespun dance adding flair to our official celebrations on 1 March, tradition is never too far away”.

Insisting an array local groups had been crucial to putting the Balearic Islands Day programme together, Labrador reviewed the activities that have been teed up for the occasion.

THURSDAY 27 FEBRUARY
ROUND-TABLE: Antonio José Viñaràs presents ‘Balearic autonomy in the Second Republic: An Autonomy Statute for Eivissa and Formentera’ at 8.00pm in Sant Francesc’s Marià Villangómez library.

FRIDAY 28 FEBRUARY
Pilar Mena & Bro’s represent Formentera and Ana Martí bears the standard for Mallorca as the Dia de les Illes Balears concert takes place in La Mola’s Casa del Poble. The venue co-sponsors the Formentera show, which starts at 8.00pm and occurs simultaneously with other concerts across the Balearics.

SATURDAY 29 FEBRUARY
Saturday comes with the ninth FORMENTERA ALL ROUND TRAIL. Covering 72.5K of meandering trails along Formentera’s coast, the FART both starts and ends in La Savina port. All the details and information on how to sign up can be found at www.elitechip.net.

SUNDAY 1 MARCH
Formentera’s official celebration of the Dia de les Illes Balears will include an address from President Alejandra Ferrer, entertainment from local dance troupes Es Xacoters and Es Pastorells and a sampling of signature Formentera products. The event will take place at 12 noon in Plaça de la Constitució.

SUNDAY 8 MARCH
Two options —a 10K run and a 5K walk— are open to participants in the sixth Charity Run for the Woman (Cursa Solidària per a la Dona). Both circuits start and finish at Plaça de la Constitució in Sant Francesc and have a registration fee of €10 entitling participants to a commemorative T-shirt. Proceeds go to benefit the Spanish Cancer Association (AECC). Signups can be completed during regular hours of operation at Poliesportiu Antoni Blanc. The event is co-sponsored by the Consell de Formentera, AECC, Espai Dones and Grup Esportiu Espalmador. A paella will be held from 2.00pm in Sa Senieta tent, near the car park. The €10 paid by adults (or €5 for kids) also go to benefit the AECC.

SATURDAY 14 MARCH
Family-friendly shows are up next. When Clownómadas stage a 6.00pm performance of Utopía in the Sala de Cultura (Cinema), the troupe traces the tale of a clown who has spent years travelling the world and sought magic in everything around him. The varied act features live music, magic, juggling, illusion and —the performer’s innovative specialty— smoke charming. The fun-for-families show runs 50 minutes and tickets cost €5 for kids (accompanying adults get in free).

SATURDAY 21 MARCH
Closing out the programme is Formentera’s third Festival Folklòric. The event gets under way at 12 noon in Plaça de la Constitució and includes dance demonstrations from Es Xacoters and Es Pastorells, plus guest performances from an A Coruña-based troupe of gaitas players and dancers called Concello de Abegondo and folk group Les Camaraes from Vinaròs.

There will be bands from Formentera performing on the other islands as well, not to mention traditional dancers, street dancers and hometown artists. Always falling on and around 1 March, yearly Balearic Islands Day celebrations commemorate the 1983 proclamation (and 2007 renewal) of the Balearic Islands’ Statute of Autonomy.

24 February 2020
Department of Communication
Consell de Formentera

High school art department unveils exhibit

foto 2020 expo alumnes 2Yesterday marked the opening of an exhibit by the art department of IES Marc Ferrer. The display includes work from year four pupils and other participants in a programme, dubbed Art Rubik, that favours a fresh perspective in its approach to explaining cubism. The last day to see the exhibit is Saturday 29 March. Visiting hours are 11.00am to 2.00pm and 6.00pm to 8.00pm.


25 February 2020
Department of Communication
Consell de Formentera

Next Saturday at cinema, Formentera celebrates fourth Cantada Pagesa

iii-cantada-pagesajThe traditional music department of Formentera’s School of Music and Dance has joined forces with the island’s Department of Culture to put on the fourth Cantada Pagesa this 22 February. The free show starts at 8.30pm in the Sala de Cultura-Cinema, and space is limited. Organisers see the event as a way to develop renewed interest in traditional redoblat, glosat and recitat singing styles. As in years past, twenty-plus musicians will be on stage, from music school pupils to singer-songwriters of all ages.

Clinic on traditional instruments, Saturday in the Sala de Plens
New this year, the patrimony department will host a workshop showing participants how to build some of the musical instruments that are customary on Eivissa and Formentera. The clinic takes place 22 February at 11.00am in the Sala de Plens (next to the Formentera Day Centre). One of the few remaining active master artisans in the Pine Islands, instructor Toni “Marc” Riera Roselló will walk participants through the building process and explain the materials and tools necessary to fashioning a homespun instrument.

Not unlike past efforts to cultivate interest at Christmas and Easter in the carol-esque songs known as caramelles—which gained renewed currency thanks to classes at the School of Music and Dance—the current programming offers islanders a chance to enjoy and better understand traditional song and music on the island, and are part of the School’s twentieth anniversary celebration.

18 February 2020
Department of Communication
Consell de Formentera

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