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This Sunday 23 February, drums beat as Sant Francesc streets come alive for Carnaval

carnaval-2019-1The Formentera Department of Culture announces the celebration this Sunday 23 February in Sant Francesc, of Carnaval. After an 11.00am roundup where parade walkers can congregate and sign up to take part in the day's fancy-dress contest, the procession will set out from Sa Senieta car park and tour the town’s main roads, helped along by the lively percussion of Bloco Colubraria.

The parade route begins on Avinguda del Pla del Rei before continuing down Carrer d'Eivissa and arriving at Plaça de la Constitució. From there, merrymakers will cheer the parade as participants make their way down Carrer de Jaume I, Carrer de Marc Ferrer and Carrer de Santa Maria before arriving back at Plaça de la Constitució.

Winners of the fancy-dress contest will be eligible for cash prizes totalling €4,610. The following prizes will be handed out after lunch and dancing:

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 [3 to 10 individuals] First place €400 | Second place €250
Large groups [over 10 individuals] First place €500 | Second place €350
Floats [with vehicle] First place €950 | Second place €650

Party and dinner
As the parade comes to an end, DJs Blue and Javi Box will serve up musical entertainment for a fancy-dress contest. Then, at 2.00pm, members of the parent-teacher association and parents of year-six levels at Mestre Lluís Andreu primary school will host a lunch where those in festive garb eat free. Culture councillor Susana Labrador called the February festival “a great chance to see people in their most creative, and often quite political, digs, and having a great time”.

The coming week will see schoolchildren taking part in an array of parades. In Sant Francesc, Colegio Virgen Milagrosa will hold its 10.00am Carnaval procession on Thursday 20 February, with Mestre Lluís Andreu and Sant Ferran staging their own celebrations at the same time the next day. Then on Tuesday 25 February, pupils in La Mola will lead their own cortège at 12 noon.

Mask-making workshop and School of Music and Dance performance
On Tuesday 18 February, Sant Ferran’s library connection (the Punt de Lectura) will be the scene of a clinic on making Carnaval masks. On Wednesday 26 February the School of Music and Dance will hold its own student Carnaval celebration. Space is limited. For more information, contact the school at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

14 February 2020
Department of Communication
Consell de Formentera

Next Saturday, Toni Gomila and Oriol Broggi join forces and breathe life into “Rostoll Cremat”

foto-rostoll-cremat-j1The Formentera Department of Culture reports that Saturday 15 February from 8.30pm in the Sala de Cultura (Cinema), local audiences will get their chance to see Rostoll Cremat. The stage performance sees two of the Balearic and Catalan theatre scenes’ shining stars —Toni Gomila and Oriol Broggi— as they team up to breathe life into Rostoll Cremat, an allegory of human ambition and greed refracted in Mallorca today.

Directed by Broggi, the work is based on a text by Gomila, who also acts. The production reflects on contemporary society across popular and universal works of literature —local fairytale figurehead Joanet de sa gerra and George Sand provide the narrative through-lines, which also contain glimpses of Shakespeare, Chekov and Ibsen— and paints a picture of tourism in the region and the upheaval that islanders themselves are going through, underscoring the contradictory ambition lying beneath it all.

Gomila made early inroads into the world of theatre with works like Acorar, Infinir and Peccatum, though Rostoll Cremat is his first outsize production as a playwright, and we see him here in his element: not only as an actor, but also in his use of Catalan. Department head Susana Labrador encouraged islanders to “save Saturday for theatre, and prepare to reflect on the transformation of the Balearic Islands, and islanders, under tourism”.

Rostoll Cremat is a co-production of the Barcelona theatre festival Grec 2019, Palma’s Teatre Principal and Produccions de Ferro. The 110’-show starts Saturday 15 February at 8.30pm in the Sala de Cultura (Cinema). Admission is €7 for adults and €5 for viewers under 18.

10 February 2020
Department of Communication
Consell de Formentera

New books, kids’ entertainment and chalk talk at heart of Formentera libraries’ February calendar

biblio ii 020 cartell 1Formentera’s culture department unveiled details today about the activities scheduled to enliven local libraries this February. One the star features —a book launch centred on Rebecca torna a Manderley— is set to take place at 8.00pm this Thursday 6 February in the Marià Villangómez library.

Toni Roca says his latest collection of poems is inspired in the universe of famed filmmaker Alfred Hitchcock. Born in Palma de Mallorca in 1944, the veteran poet has called Eivissa home since age 23, writing for an array of media outlets, contributing prologs, producing catalogues, emceeing various cultural events and founding the cultural initiative known as Anem al cine. Previous works include Les noies de Kansas City, Dóna’m la pau and La dona zebra. Publisher Ramón Mayol of Edicions Aïllades will oversee presenting duties at the event.

Kids’ activities
The family storytime “Contes per parlar amb la lluna” will once again take over Marià Villangómez library from 5.30pm on Tuesday 4 February. The Xènia Fuertes-coordinated event happens on the first Tuesday of the month and is intended to serve as a gathering point for families eager to get children under four excited about reading and storytelling. The goal is to use the magic of tale-telling to help infants discover the joy of reading.

From 5.00pm to 7.00pm on Wednesday 18 February, children aged 4 to 12 are invited to come craft Carnival masks at the Sant Ferran library connection (Punt de Lectura).

Book club
 At 8.00pm on Tuesday 25 February, “Llegeix i gaudeix” meets at Marià Villangómez library for the library book club’s monthly rendezvous. Participants speak about the week’s selection and exchange ideas. For more information visit the library during normal hours or send an email to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

At 8.00pm on Thursday 27 February, Antonio José Viñarás y Domingo (Burgos, 1972) will unpack the autonomy of the Balearic Islands under the second Spanish republic, exploring the possibility of a statute of autonomy for Eivissa and Formentera. Viñarás holds a Ph.D in history from the University of the Balearic Islands, an undergraduate degree in law from the Universidad Complutense de Madrid and a master’s in business management for consulting firms in protocol and communication from the Miguel Hernández University of Elche. Viñarás is a registered attorney and worked as team leader at the Spanish Institute of Statistics and head of protocol and public relations for the Sant Josep de sa Talaia town council on Eivissa. He has published multiple articles in periodicals, is co-author of Segona República a Eivissa i Formentera (2016) and author of Prensa y radio en la Ibiza de la Segunda República. He is currently a heritage and culture consultant for the Sant Josep town council.

Pine Islands Cooperation Fund’s mobile library
All February long, Marià Villangómez library will have the Pine Islands Cooperation Fund’s mobile library on loan. A yearly endeavour, the temporary display encompasses books, films and documentary (topics run the gamut from alternative economy; environment, energy and climate change); peace and violence/disarmament; gender equality; conscious consumption; food sovereignty; youth library).

4 February 2020
Department of Communication
Consell de Formentera

On 29 March, 18th Festa Intercultural takes over Plaça Europa in Es Pujols

foto-festa-intercultural1Formentera’s social welfare department announces efforts are already under way to prepare for the 18th birthday bash of the Festa Intercultural — an event that will descend upon Es Pujols’ Plaça Europa on Sunday 29 March.

Department chief Rafael Ramírez described the ode to cultural exchange as “a deeply-rooted feature of the local landscape”, and one that has reflected, from the very start, “the multicultural reality of Formentera today”. Councillor Ramírez encouraged islanders to “come have a ball and relish the richness of this cultural marketplace”, pointing out that in years past as many as twenty countries and regions have been represented at the shindig.

12 February organising session with volunteers

The Department of Social Welfare reports that a planning meeting will take place in the Casal d’Entitats at 8.00pm on 12 February. The powwow is open to the general public and the Consell encourages anyone who might be interested to attend. For more details, interested parties can phone 971 321 271 or send an email to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

The encounter brings together hundreds of Formentera residents representing a range of nationalities and regional identities. The all-ages day-long event comes with activities tuned specially for children, samples of signature food and drink from the distinct regions, musical performances and demos of homegrown dance. Delegates from roughly fifteen countries and regions have already confirmed they will participate, and sign ups are still open. Participants have previously included Cuba, Chile, Bolivia, Dominican Republic, Argentina, Colombia, Indonesia, Brazil, Italy, Ecuador, Morocco, Germany, Paraguay, Andalucia, Galicia, Extremadura, València and Catalunya.

7 February 2020
Department of Communication
Consell de Formentera

Formentera gets ready for “Baleàrics”, a travelling showcase of ten Mediterranean artists

photo-2020-02-03-19-02-48-1-Formentera’s culture department announces that this evening at 8.00pm, the island’s municipal gallery, the Sala d’Exposicions ‘Ajuntament Vell’, will pull the curtain back on Baleàrics, 10 Mediterranean artists.

With contributing artists hailing from Formentera, Eivissa, Mallorca, Menorca, Dénia and València, Baleàrics is testament to the fact that, technical and stylistic differences aside, the showcased work embodies a distinctly Mediterranean character. Each one of the Balearic Islands is represented, whether by Enric Riera of Formentera, Paca Florit of Menorca, Carles Guasch of Eivissa, or Mariano Mayol, Tomeu Canyelles, Miquel Planes and Joan Costa of Mallorca (Imma Mengual, Joan Castejón and Ramón Pérez Carrió appear on behalf the Valencian region).

A travelling exhibition, Baleàrics was borne of a collaborative agreement between the Baleària Foundation and the regional ministry of culture, and, on Formentera, it is hosted by the local office of culture. Department chief Susana Labrador said the local government’s support for the event was about “spreading the artistic values of the Mediterranean, and reminding islanders of our shared heritage, particularly those places with ties to the sea”. The show is open to the public 11.00am to 2.00pm and 6.00pm to 8.00pm, 3–15 February (Monday through Saturday; closed Sundays and Monday mornings).

3 February 2020
Department of Communication
Consell de Formentera

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