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Formentera youth get on board for Women’s Day celebrations

foto 2020 mural dona 3Earlier today the Formentera Department of Youth unveiled the list of activities lined up this coming March at the island’s youth drop-in centre, the Casal de Joves. Department chair Vanessa Parellada called the first week “a very special one”, highlighting not just local plans to commemorate Women’s Day but also efforts by island youth to “win a better lot for women in society and educate others about the importance of real equality”.

At 6.00pm this Friday 6 March, the Casal will host a contest using a captivating digital premise to test participants’ knowledge on an array of questions like equality and gender. Then, at 7.00pm on Wednesday 18 March, attendees can also see En la brecha, a documentary about inequality in the working world.

Youth will also command the spotlight in the once-monthly environmental actions that have become standard. On Friday 27 March Formentera Marxa will add its name to Fridays for Future, and from 4.00pm, workshops in Sant Francesc’s Plaça de la Constitució will offer youth and islanders at large the chance to learn about the importance of having a sustainable future.

Meeting of Youth Councils
On Saturday the 28th and Sunday the 29th, Youth Councils from across the Balearic Islands, including Formentera’s Youth Participatory Council (Consell de Participació de la Infància i la Joventut), will gather for their first meeting in Santa Eulària, Eivissa.

Casal de Joves turns 13
Councillor Parellada pointed out that one of the more special events would be happening from 6.30pm on Tuesday 31 March: the Casal de Joves’ 13th anniversary. The chief of the youth office applauded efforts to include Formentera youngsters in the Casal’s creation and growth, and called on people aged 10 and over, and all those who have taken part in Casal activities over the last 13 years, to join in.

Other activities
Kicking off the programme today in the Casal is a workshop on homemade decals and stickers, followed by, at 5.30pm on Saturday 7 March, a culinary clinic where participants can learn how to make Colombian empanadas. Youth can drop in every other Wednesday (11 & 25 March) for film night; do arts and crafts for Father’s Day on 13 Friday; learn tips for discussing sex and getting questions answered in the “Let’s talk about sex” workshop on Saturday 14 March, or take part in a circus activity on Saturday 21 March. All activities, except for the how-to on empanadas, start at 6.30pm in the Casal de Joves.

4 March 2020
Department of Communication
Consell de Formentera

Formentera street dancers to perform in Palma as part of Balearic celebration

foto-2020-dancers-11The Formentera Department of Youth reports that the Casal de Joves’ street dance group will represent Formentera in Balearic Islands Day celebrations in Palma (Mallorca). Five Formentera youths ages 14 to 15 will be joined by Imma Vidal, their dance teacher at the Casal, for an array of street and contemporary dance performances. The group will perform at 1.15pm at Passeig de Sagrera and 5.00pm at Mercat de Palma. Other events on the island will feature performances from Formentera troupes specialised in traditional dance and the hometown batucada percussion group Bloco Calubraria.

President Alejandra Ferrer will give a speech as part of Formentera’s Balearic Islands Day celebrations on 1 March. The event, which starts at 12 noon in Plaça de la Constitució, will include performances by Es Xacoters and Es Pastorells troupes and a sampling of signature fare from the island.

Tomorrow (Friday) comes with another Balearic Islands Day event, a concert by Pilar Mena & Bro’s (representing Formentera) and Ana Martí (representing Mallorca). Not only is La Mola’s Casa del Poble hosting the 8.00pm event, they’re providing other support as well. Similar concerts will take place simultaneously all across the islands. On Saturday, runners will once again line up for the ninth Formentera All Round Trail, setting out in La Savina harbour on a 72.5K tour of the local coastline that ends up right back where it started. Find out more about the event, including how to sign up, at www.elitechip.net.

27 February 2020
Department of Communication
Consell de Formentera

This February at Casal de Joves, local youth celebrate Valentine’s Day and Carnival

foto ii2020 Agenda CdJoves2Formentera’s youth department wishes to announce its activities programme for February at the Casal de Joves. Every Wednesday at 6.30pm, Casal members can cosy up on the settee with popcorn, friends and a rotating selection of films of particular relevance to youngsters.

Friday the 7th and Saturday the 8th, a clay modelling workshop will give participants the chance to fashion their creativity. The first day will be devoted to making raw clay, while the second is reserved for decorating pieces.

The workshops keep coming on 14 February, when another guided arts and crafts session will present participants the opportunity to celebrate Valentine’s Day by making garlands and heart-shaped piñatas.

Next day, youth at the Casal can catch a workshop on Mexican cuisine. Then Friday 21 February comes with a couples’ tournament of table football, the winners of which will walk away with two free movie tickets.

Carnival
The Casal’s Carnival celebration happens Saturday 22 February. The only thing asked of partygoers is that they show up in fancy dress; the rest —music and fun— are provided. A prize will be awarded to the best dressed.

On Friday 28 February it’s el joc del diccionari. One of the world’s most entertaining board games, “the dictionary game” requires imagination, concentration and creativity. A day later, Casal youth are invited on trip to Eivissa to catch a film at the cinema.

Youth councillor Vanessa Parellada highlighted Casal staff’s tirelessness planning activities to increase the leisure options out there for Formentera youth and create community.

Workshops take place at 6.30pm at the Casal de Joves.

28 January 2020
Department of Communication
Consell de Formentera

Formentera youth celebrate Christmas holidays

foto xii019 casal 2The youth office of the Consell de Formentera unveiled details today about the Casal de Joves’ December programming calendar. Starting things off at 5.00pm this Saturday, 7 December, is a calisthenics strength-building circuit and demonstration by Lenny Muller.

The Casal will host its Wednesday movie night on 11 December. Film fans are welcome to come cosy up on the couch and make themselves at home. Popcorn will be served. At 6.00pm on Thursday and Friday, the holiday programme already well under way, the Casal will be the scene of two Christmas decoration workshops. Head of the youth department Vanessa Parellada said this year’s programme was about giving “the young people of Formentera more options for enjoying these important holidays”.

Youth and holidays
Youngsters will be treated to a visit from the royal pages at schools Wednesday and Thursday, 18-19 December. A day later, Fridays for Future marches resume and so does the 4.00pm street dance demonstration in Sant Francesc’s Plaça de la Constitució. On Saturday, 28 December, the Casal hosts a 6.00pm cooking workshop on buckwheat crêpes and homemade cacao cream.

Diverespai
Geared towards children and teens, Diverespai’s mix of activities and bouncy toys has its yearly run in the Marc Ferrer High School gymnasium Saturday 14 December to Wednesday 18 December.

Diverespai will be open from 9.30am to 1.30pm and again from 4.00pm to 8.00pm (except on Wednesday, when closing time is 7.00pm). “We hope it’s a hit”, said Consellera Parellada. “For a lot of kids on the island, Diverespai is the part of Christmas they’re most excited about”.

5 December 2019
Department of Communication
Consell de Formentera

Youth gather for first plenary of legislative term

ple-infa--ncia-i-joventutjpEarlier today members of the Youth Participatory Council (Consell de Participació de la Infància i la Joventut) met in the Sala d'Actes of local government. Consell de Formentera president Alejandra Ferrer chaired the session, with the island's Department of Youth consellera sitting in as deputy chairwoman. Pupils from Formentera's three primary schools —Mestre Lluís Andreu, Sant Ferran de ses Roques and El Pilar de la Mola— make up the CPIJ's constituent members.

The children started with an overview of their classmates' petitions to Formentera's government. Among the more notable were upgrades in children's parks, public transport, renewable energy and recycling, and issues impacting the everyday lives of local children and young people.

President Ferrer made note of the suggestions and announced that based on requests brought forth at past plenary sittings of the CPIJ, crews will soon start work on a skatepark. With the necessary land already lined up, construction will also begin shortly on children's park in Sant Ferran. "What's exciting about gatherings like today's is that youth are taking part in the decision-making process of local government", pointed out President Ferrer, assuring members of the plenary "we've heard you, and the work starts today".

The young people described their experiences on World Children's Day, 20 November, when they took part in the full-house sitting of the Balearic Parlament. Local heads of commerce, education and culture, and sport, Ana Juan, Susana Labrador and Paula Ferrer, respectively, were also present at the encounter. The CPIJ convenes for two yearly sessions.


26 November 2019
Department of Communication
Consell de Formentera

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