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Local audiences get sneak peek at 'Formentera Lady'

Foto Formentera Lady cartellThe departments of culture and tourism of the Formentera Council announce that next Tuesday, June 5, the island's cinema will host an early screening of Formentera Lady with director Pau Durà and leading actor José Sacristán.

Proceeds from the special sneak preview, which was programmed for Tuesday to accommodate the demanding schedules of Durà and Sacristán, will benefit Save Posidonia Project.

For the administration and for the island at large, Durà's gesture hasn't gone unnoticed. During shooting the filmmaker pledged local audiences would be among the first to get a chance to see Formentera Lady.

Formentera Lady was shot between late March and mid April, 2017. Director/screenwriter Pau Durà's first film, the project took shape over two weeks at an array of local sites. Migjorn beach, legendary watering hole Fonda Pepe, la Mola lighthouse and the la Savina marina are among them, though portions of the story play out in Denia and Barcelona as well.

José Sacristán as the film's lead, Samuel, is joined by a cast including Jordi Sánchez, Nora Navas and fresh face Sandro Ballesteros, who makes his big-screen début as Samuel's grandson Marc. Supporting roles are played by Ferran Rañé, Mireia Ros, Pepa Juan and more than a hundred formenterencs as extras.

The story
Samuel landed on the island smack dab in the seventies and never managed to leave. Living in a shack near the sea with no electricity, he spends his time playing banjo in a local bar, until one day he receives a visit from his daughter Anna and grandson Marc. When Anna is offered employment in France, she decides to take it, even if it means leaving her son with Samuel.

After an initial rebuff from the ageing hippy, Anna insists, imploring her father to help her, if only just this once. Samuel, who is both fragile and excentric, resolves to rise to the occasion, and builds a relationship with his grandson that will stir more than a few ghosts from Samuel's past. In this twilight journey of discovery brimming with hope, not only the island itself, but its people and surroundings, too, are on full display.

Formentera, jazz epicentre

Foto presentacio 4 formentera jaz festivalThe Formentera Council departments of festivities and tourism unveiled details today about the fourth Formentera Jazz Festival, scheduled for Thursday May 31 and Sunday June 3. Department head Susana Labrador was joined by the festival's director, Maxwell Wright, in unpacking the programme of a four-day festival that promises to cement once again Formentera's status as a bastion of jazz.

Labrador, CiF secretary of culture, seized the opportunity to highlight the administration's commitment to top-notch cultural initiatives. Formentera Jazz Festival, she said, represents “the starting shot of the local live music scene”; it anticipates performances in local squares, patron saint commemorations and the concerts marking Sant Jaume festivities. The event is not only free to attend and unrivalled in terms of quality, but also, Labrador asserted, “every bit as much for locals as it is for the island's early-season visitors”.

Organisers have teed up four days of workshops, concerts, dj sets and jam sessions with artists from local, national and worldwide circuits. As ever, the festival's main stage will be the town square in Sant Francesc. Jardí de ses Eres will be the scene of an improv workshop. Blue Bar and Chezz Gerdi will host the festival's opening and closing ceremonies, respectively.

The Formentera Jazz Festival has benefitted from the assistance of the Formentera Council from its very beginnings. This year the administration will pay out €12,500 and offer logistic support.

For more details: http://www.formenterajazzfestival.com/

MAY 31
BLUE BAR, carretera Sant Ferrnan a la Mola, km 7.8

Plaça de la Constitució, Sant Francesc
11.00pm OKOU
Plaça de la Constitució, Sant Francesc
12.30am DJ PANKO
Plaça de la Constitució, Sant Francesc

Jardí de ses Eres festival tent, Sant Francesc
Plaça de la Constitució, Sant Francesc
Plaça de la Constitució, Sant Francesc
Plaça de la Constitució, Sant Francesc
Plaça de la Constitució, Sant Francesc

Chezz Gerdi, es Pujols

Ten years on, Formentera to Run still going

Foto formentera to runThe Formentera Council's offices of tourism and sport will lend support to the tenth Formentera to Run, a run in which participants traverse the island in multiple stages, covering a total of 60 kilometres.

Formentera to Run
The competition, whose distinct legs vary in length from 9 to 21.1K, kicks off Monday, May 28, and continues to Saturday, June 2. Participants can choose between two modalities—traditional race, and, for participants keen on a more relaxing tour of the island, Nordic walking.

Race winners will be determined based on combined total time across the individual stages. Every runner who completes the race will receive a medal for participation.

Formentera TRAIL 21.1
For the last five years, Formentera to Run's crowning event has been Formentera Trail 21.1. The tradition continues on Saturday (June 2) and participating runners can opt to have their times considered separately or as part of an overall score.

The demanding circuit offers up a 420-metre ascent and takes runners on a path that crosses la Mola from the lighthouse before descending camí de s'Estufador to Migjorn beach. From there, runners make their way back to la Mola via the Camí Romà towards their final destination, the lighthouse.

Formentera's spring of sport
Formentera to Run joins a brimming calendar of sports fixtures (Far a Far footrace, the half marathon and the "Marnaton" among them) that is aimed at showcasing Formentera as a low-season destination for travellers and fitness fans as well as promoting active lifestyles among islanders.


Council and PIMEF agree to extend partnership

Pimef 2018CiF chief Jaume Ferrer and Pep Mayans, chairman of the island's league of small and medium-sized businesses, struck a deal for training, business consulting and coordination with the Council's trade department on campaigns to help small-business owners give a boost to competitiveness, innovation, design, quality, promotion and employee development.

The deal enshrines the administration's €22,000 pledge to the PIMEF (Petita i Mitjana Empresa de Formentera) for projects giving local business owners tools to recalibrate strategy and remain adaptive and dynamic.

The PIMEF will host an educational series during quiet periods of the 2018 calendar, a reflection of the group's  goal of reaching an ever broader range of participants. Classes will explore hiring strategies, internet sales, photography, marketing, communication and social skills. Consultancy will also be provided to islanders interested in creating their own business as well as local proprietors of enterprises already in place, on topics such as preventing workplace risks.

The arrangement would see the PIMEF chair collaborating with various arms of the Council—the trade department (to design campaigns in the style of Compra a Casa), the conselleria for culture (on research into cultural patronage), the office of tourism (on management and content upgrades to the Formentera 365 app). It would also extend to promotion of Save Posidonia Project, reaching out to owners of local businesses, restaurants and service-oriented enterprises for the door-to-door initiative.

This May on Formentera, get a dose of culture, fitness, gastronomy and tech

Foto mitja marato xavi garcia turFormentera's office of tourism presents the latest “Discover Formentera in May”. The campaign, in which the Formentera Council helps coordinate tourism-friendly events, offers the island's visitors deep discounts on ferry rides, car hires, accommodation and other low-season perks.

Photography and IT
Among this year's standout features is Formentera Fotogràfica, set to kick off this Friday, April 27, and continue to Tuesday, May 1. The pro event is open to photography lovers of all stripes.

Also set to hit the island this May is Formentera 2.0, where online communication and digital culture will come together under one banner for four days beginning Thursday, May 3. For more information, visit www.formentera20.com.

Culture and music hold premier spots on this year's Discover Formentera in May bill. First, there's the 2018 inaugural edition of l'Inhòspit from May 3-5 (Thursday through Saturday). The sampling of new theatre is part of the social and cultural programme offered at la Mola's Casa del Poble.

A forum for new theatre, dance and performance art, l'Inhòspit consists in three nightly performances at three points across la Mola: in the woods (bosc de ses Planes), at the foot of a windmill (molí d'en Botigues) and in the town square, plaça del Pilar. The event congregates more than twenty artists from different quarters of contemporary theatre and eight troupes—two from the island, one from Eivissa, two from Mallorca, two from Barcelona and one from Wales.

Descending upon the island from May 31 to June 3 is Formentera Jazz Festival. Formentera's artisan markets get under way the first weekend of the month—one more reason to visit the island in May.

Another sports fixture in the offing is the island's half marathon on May 12. Then, May 24–26, there's the Marnatón (a merger of mar, or sea, and the Spanish word for “marathon”) and the tenth Formentera to Run (May 27–June 3). The thirtieth Penyal d'Ifac regatta rounds out the bill from May 31 to June 2, for jam-packed month of fitness- and eco-friendly tourism.

Gastro weekends
Another main draw this May is the island's promotion of local gastronomy, an initiative known in Catalan as Caps de setmana Gastronòmics. Numerous island eateries join the fine-dining cause this year as the initiative unfolds over the first two weekends of the month (May 4–6 and May 11–13).

Participating restaurants offer gastronomic samplers at €20 (drinks not included), featuring dishes specially tuned for the occasion. Whether the food is traditional or represents a rehashing of an old favourite, dishes are always fresh, creative takes and are priced to move. Visit www.formentera.es for all the details.

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