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Practices start Saturday for Formentera Choir

The Consell de Formentera education department reports that this Saturday, 26 October, classes begin for singers in the Formentera Polyphonic Choir. All those interested in joining can send an email to the island’s School of Music and Dance at escolamusica@conselldeformentera.cat.

Classes, offered at no charge, will take place twice a month, 10.00am to 2.00pm, at the School of Music and Dance. The first session will begin with an introduction from the choir’s new director, Juan Carlos Ballesteros. The following sessions are set for 9 and 23 November and 14 December.

23 October 2019
Department of Communication
Consell de Formentera

Joan Marí Cardona Local Study Days return 7–11 October for ninth year

jornades estudis locals1The Consell de Formentera cultural heritage department reports that the Joan Marí Cardona Local Study Days (Jornades d’Estudis Locals) will take shape next week from Monday to Friday. The 8.15pm-nightly talks will be held next to the hospital in the conference room of the Centre de Dia.

Department chief Raquel Guasch described the gatherings as “multidisciplinary events with hard-hitting, exhaustive analysis useful to our own government in terms of documenting local history”.

The programme is as follows:

-Monday, 8: Monedes sense gent? Les fulus i els dirhams andalusins primerencs a Formentera [s.VIII-X] (Coins without people? Early Andalusian fulus and dirham on Formentera [8th to 10th century]). Félix Retamero Serralvo, a historian and professor of sciences of the Antiquity and the Middle Ages at the Autonomous University of Barcelona, will lead the talk. Retamero collaborated on the Encyclopaedia of Eivissa and Formentera, and is not only director of the Spanish Numismatic Association (AEN), but also contributes to their review Gaceta Numismática.

-Tuesday, 8: Henri Quillé. Recerca sobre l'hàbitat a Formentera (Henri Quillé: Researching habitat on Formentera). Led by Guillem Aloy Bibiloni, a doctor of theory and history of architecture at the Higher Technical School of Architecture in Barcelona and winner of the City of Palma’s architecture award.

-Wednesday, 9: Sa Senieta. Una història sota la calç dels seus murs (Sa Senieta: history beneath the lime of its walls). With archaeologist Sergio Moreno Torres, additionally a collaborator on documenting mass graves in the Pine Islands.

-Thursday, 11: L'Enciclopèdia d'Eivissa i Formentera. Una obra de dos pobles. (The Encyclopaedia of Eivissa and Formentera: A work spanning two peoples). With Felip Cirer Costa, professor of Catalan language and literature and director of the Encyclopaedia of Eivissa and Formentera.

-Friday, 11: La necròpolis de sa Tanca Vella. Un exemple de la població de Formentera dels segles IV-V dC (Sa Tanca Vella burial ground: A glimpse at the people of fourth to fifth century A.D. Formentera). With Maria Eulalia Subirà de Galdàcano, a doctor of human biology and associated professor at the Biological Anthropology Unit at the Autonomous University of Barcelona.

As in years past, the CEP will be including the lecture series in its offering of lifelong learning for professional educators, and both the Consell de Formentera and the Govern de les Illes Balears will recognise credits earned from the courses.

2 October 2019
Department of Communication
Consell de Formentera

Meeting with representatives of platform to promote Catalan language

plataforma-per-la-llengua1Alejandra Ferrer and Raquel Guasch, the president and chief of language policies of the Consell de Formentera, received a visit today from Marcel Girbau and Neus Sanchez, two representatives of the Balearic Islands' Language Platform (Plataforma per la Llengua). Speaking after their meeting, Alejandra Ferrer said conversation focused on “the Consell de Formentera's intent to continue promoting Catalan, and to renew efforts to normalise use of the language at as many levels as we can”.

Councillor Guasch said participants all stressed “the need to get work done and move toward making Catalan the normal option”, calling for “learning-driven approaches to regaining visibility in the entertainment and service industries” and asserting: “Language needs to be a tool to build social cohesion”.

1 October 2019
Department of Communication
Consell de Formentera

Students back in class today at Consell's two nurseries

escoleta1Monday marked the start of the 2019-2020 academic calendar at the Consell de Formentera's two early-childhood learning centres, or escoletes: Sa Miranda and Camí Vell. Of 128 spots initially available for one- to two-year-olds and two- to three-year-olds, 19 remain. The infant group is full, and there are currently no names on the wait list.

Fifteen educators and two classroom aides will look after children's well being during what education councillor Susana Labrador described as “a crucial growth period”. Labrador said that one of the chief priorities of escoletes is to “help islanders juggle work and family”, and laid stress on the fact that younger students would be “passting a good part of their first years with individuals who care for their needs”.

At this moment in time, Camí Vell has one space in the one- to two-year-old group and five spaces among the two- and three-year-olds. At Sa Miranda, the infant and one- to two-year-old groups are already full, and the two- to three-year-old classrooms have 13 empty spots.

16 September 2019
Department of Communication
Consell de Formentera

Return of autumn and winter learning for Formentera adults

cursos-cultura-2019-20201The Consell de Formentera presents the autumn and winter 2019 offering of workshops and courses for adults, an initiative designed to satisfy the wide-ranging educational and leisure demands of islanders.

The catalogue is divided as follows:

Art & Creation

For years, the Consell has endeavoured to put forward a selection of art-centred workshops. Take, for example, Teresa Matilla's twice weekly exploration of creation and painting (Mondays and Wednesdays from 7.30pm to 9.30pm; Col·legi Mestre Lluís Andreu), Aaron Keydar's initiation into wood-working, also bi-weekly (Tuesdays and Fridays from 6.00pm to 8.00pm; Centre Antoni Tur “Gabrielet”), or the pottery classes scheduled at Gabrielet as well (schedule TBD). These classes start in November, conclude in March, and cost between €180 and €220.

Still riding the coattails of last year's success, a crash course in creative painting with water colours will return this year. Led by Fran Lucas, classes start 9 October and finish 6 November (Wednesday mornings; €90).


Two more breakout hits from last year's lineup were Jose Antonio Arribas' courses on digital and smartphone photography. Scheduled to return this November, the 16-hour digital photography course is part theory-based and part hands on, and will accompany photo fans as they learn to snap shots in the classroom and out. The €90 course is designed for photographers looking to get the most out of their digital single-lens reflex (SLR) camera or to go deep with other areas of photography. The smartphone photo course, meanwhile, is intensive, and includes four hours of instruction spread out over two days (18 and 20 November; €25).


The twice-yearly course on social and cultural integration organised by the Department of Social Welfare will take place in November and March. Signups for the free course can be completed at the social welfare office.

Body and mind

For years, the Consell has also coordinated yoga classes with teacher Susanne Laier. Classes run from November to mid-December and mid-February to late March and will be held in the municipal cinema (Sala de Cultura; schedule TBA; €160).

Language courses

This year islanders once again have the chance to brush up on Catalan, Italian and English. Offered at the A2, B1, B2, C1 and C2 levels, the free Catalan courses are organised by the Consell de Formentera's Language Advisory Service. Enrolment opens 23 September and goes till 11 October. Classes start 14 October, though the end of lessons will depend on scheduling of the official round of exams currently set for January 2020.

English will be offered by Nancy Mc Conachie and Italian by Rodolfo Taccheo. Mc Conachie's afternoon classes in elementary- and advanced-level begin in January. The timetable of the Italian classes remains to be determined, though the course will start in January and will include one basic and one advanced option. Each course costs €180.

Traditional activities workshop

In 2019, the Sant Ferran retirees' club strikes out with its own catalogue of courses and workshops geared towards continuing the legacy of traditional activities. Students learn to sew, repair chairs, make baskets or spin wool. Cooking lessons will also be offered, not to mention a hands-on deep-drive into traditional dress aimed mainly at enthusiasts of traditional dance.

Courses at Sant Ferran's Club de Jubilats get started in November.  Islanders keen to participate should enquire directly at the Club de Jubilats.

Early enrolment

The “pre-enrolment” (preinscripció) process gets under way Monday 16 September at the Citizen's Information Office (OAC), or can be done online across the OVAC. Discounts are available for youth and retirees.

Registration opens on 20 October for workshops, including pottery, painting, wood-working, yoga and photography. Lessons start in November. English and Italian classes start in January and registration continues until 15 December.

12 September 2019
Department of Communication
Consell de Formentera

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