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On 1 July, la Mola lighthouse reboots as full-service museum

visita-far-de-la-mola1The president and councillor of culture of the Formentera Council, Alejandra Ferrer and Susana Labrador, paid a visit today of the cultural and educational spaces of the newly retooled lighthouse in la Mola. President Ferrer announced the building's public opening was scheduled for 5.00pm to 9.00pm on Monday 1 July, coinciding with a world holiday promoting assistance for maritime navigation. Entry will be free on Monday and all through the week—a way to celebrate, according to Ferrer, “the rebranding as a cultural space of this important symbol of our maritime heritage”.

La Mola lighthouse
A monument to civil engineering, la Mola's lighthouse was designed by Emili Pou Bonet and completed in 1861. Today the building houses a space which is devoted to culture and to showcasing Formentera's maritime heritage. It is divided into two clearly distinct exhibition spaces. The permanent exhibition explores its main focus—the sea—from a variety of angles: the marine environment, natural resources management, navigation and light signals. A second space is dedicated to temporary art exhibits.

Councillor Labrador hailed the launch of a space “where islanders and visitors alike can appreciate the depths of the maritime heritage of an island like Formentera, and get a sense of the history of its lighthouses”. Now through October, the building will open 11.00am to 2.00pm Tuesdays to Sundays (plus Wednesday and Sunday evenings from 5.00pm to 9.00pm), and will be closed on Mondays but for the 1 July kickoff. General admission is €4.50, though Formentera residents, youth under 18 and unemployed individuals enter free (pensioners and students get in at a reduced rate of €2.50).

Museum collection
Visitors to the site come upon the first displays outside; information covers about the island, salt, Formentera's coastline and local history. At the entry there are panels giving insight into the undersea-scape, nature and posidonia seagrass. Farther along in the exhibit, visitors learn about the history of lighthouses and la Mola lighthouse's Jules Verne connection. The tour continues with explanatory texts about Formentera's relationship with the sea, sundry watercraft, naval constructions, a model llaüt rowboat and fishing tackle. Video displays retrace the stories of figures involved in navigating. There's also a place at the museum for gastronomy. Tours conclude with a display that urges reflection about our lighthouse and maritime heritage and the importance of conservation.

28 June 2019
Office of Communication
Formentera Council

Formentera welcomes return of Cinema a la Fresca

foto-1-The Formentera Council Office of Culture presents the thirteenth Cinema a la Fresca, a series which, according to CiF culture councillor Susana Labrador, is aimed at bringing the classics and contemporary hits of Spanish and global cinema to local audiences.

A 34-film programme of selections—independent, un-dubbed and produced in a wide range of countries between the fifties and today—will be screened from July to September. The gatherings will be staged Tuesdays in Sant Francesc, Thursdays in Sant Ferran and Fridays in la Mola.


Cinema a la Fresca starts 28 June in la Mola with Atraco a las tres. In this mythical production, José María Forqué succeeded in skirting censors and delivering a biting critique of Spanish society of the day—its shortcomings, miseries and hierarchy—cloaked in black humor and crowned with a sickly-sweet and naïve climax that is very much a product of the times.

Tuesday 2 July, as part of the activities calendar in support of World Pride Day, Transamerica will be screened at jardí de ses Eres. The film spotlights a transgender woman whose life takes an unexpected turn when she learns that she had fathered a son prior to gender reassignment surgery—a boy who whiles away his days roaming the streets of New York. The film kicks off the Sant Francesc cycle of Cinema a la Fresca.

Thursday 4 July in Sant Ferran's church-side square, film fans can catch Ohayo (Buenos días). Through the story of the relationship between neighbours, Japanese director Ozu shines a light on the perils, kindness, and everything in between, that words can carry. Enveloped in a customarily unhurried pace and breathtaking landscapes, a subtle brand of humour takes root—that of two children who decide to go on a hunger strike until they get what they want: a television set. Warm, unique and appropriate for all audiences.

Young ones have plenty to choose from in this year's programme, like Isla de perros, Mary y la flor de la bruja (Mary and the Witch's Flower) and Bienvenidos a Belleville (The Triplets of Belleville). Set for a 18 July screening in Sant Ferran, Isla de perros is the latest gemstone from Wes Anderson: a stop-motion feature with voices from a cast that includes Bryan Cranston, Edward Norton and Bill Murray. At the screening of Mary y la flor de la bruja (Mary and the Witch's Flower) on 13 August, audiences can see the big-screen version of Mary Stewart's The Little Broomstick, a British classic of youth literature that traces Mary Smith's departure on an unforgettable adventure. Then on Friday 23 August, it's Bienvenidos a Belleville (The Triplets of Belleville), Sylvain Chome's surprising darkly humourous animated feature.

Spectators can enjoy all these films, together with outstanding selections like Tres anuncios en las afueras (Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri), Green Book, Mi obra maestra and Un funeral de muerte (Death at a Funeral), in the open, natural spaces of jardí de ses Eres, the Sant Ferran square and the front steps of la Mola's Casa del Poble. Councillor Labrador calls them “ideal sites to enjoy an initiative which, under the artistic direction of Veronique Landy and Espai F, is all about connecting tourists and islanders with cinema”.

27 June 2019
Office of Communication
Formentera Council

Formentera celebrates 25 years of Jazz a la Plaça, 10 years of Música a les Places

musica-a-les-places es-pujols1The Formentera Council's Office of Culture and Festivities has unveiled the 2019 programme of Música a les Places, a summer-long cultural initiative for tourists and islanders alike. Acting culture councillor Susana Labrador described the series as about “promoting culture and turning enjoyment of our public spaces into a tool to further social integration”. Concerts will be held outdoors in la Savina, es Pujols, Sant Francesc and Sant Ferran from Monday to Saturday.

La Savina
This summer, music returns to la Savina with Mondays in the Port (Dilluns al Port). From 10.00pm every Monday from June to September inclusive, live music awaits visitors of la Savina's port-side promenade, passeig de la Marina.

Es Pujols
Es Pujols's Europa square is gearing up for its own dose of live music from Antena Libre. Performances by the ten-year veterans of the Música a les Places initiative start on June 13 at 8.00pm and continue every Thursday to October 17 (no performances in August). In July concerts will begin at 11.00pm.

Sant Ferran
Sant Ferran welcomes its own live music series every Friday at 10.00pm between June 14 and September 27.

Sant Francesc
Saturday nights are classic—between June 15 and September 14, starting at 10.00pm in plaça de la Constitució, Formentera's most lovable jazz band returns to celebrate 25 years playing the square.

Collaborative efforts
Fuelled from the start by support from Antena Libre and the association Jazz & Co, Música a les Places is, in the words of councillor Labrador, “about conserving and fomenting music of all kinds, including live improv performances”.

An ongoing partnership between the Council and Estrella Galicia has once again been crucial to the organisation of both initiatives. With a self-proclaimed affinity for independent, alternative festivals, Estrella Galicia hosts 150 concerts every year in venues across Spain. The Formentera Council wishes to thank Estrella Galicia for its long-standing commitment to music and culture in our country.

29 May 2019
Office of Communication
Formentera Council

Music and dance school reaches out to day centre users on pathbreaking 'dance therapy' project

actuacio---centrededia escolad1A group of students from the Formentera Escola de Música i Dansa headed a year-end celebration including users of the dependent care facility, or “Day Centre”. Artists-in-training put on a show which not only spanned classical and modern dance and flamenco and included traditional musical performances; it also received a healthy dose of audience applause. The end of the gathering came with a group dance—“dance therapy”—in which students, Day Centre service users, teachers and monitors all took part.

The performance and workshop marked the culmination of a pilot project in dance therapy, launched two months ago, which saw the involvement of the 36 seniors and individuals with disabilities that make up the service users of the Formentera Day Centre. At weekly sessions with EMD teachers and a physical therapist from the Day Centre, participants set out to fine tune mobility and boost their “sensory enrichment” with, among other things, music.

The project came together thanks to collaboration between the EMD and the Day Centre—two arms of the Formentera Council. The results will now be studied and, if positive, the project will continue next year.

26 June 2019
Office of Communication
Formentera Council

“Dansa al carrer”—Saturday, Formentera celebrates day of dancing

did19-1-The education office of the Formentera Council reports that 12.30pm on Saturday May 25 marks the start of Dansa al carrer (“Dance in the street”), an event in Sant Francesc's plaça de la Constitució, organised by Casal de Joves, the CiF sports office and the Formentera music and dance school.

The annual encounter gives islanders and tourists a choice sampling of some of the best of what the local scene has to offer, presenting itself as a day to promote community and fraternity. This year, the dance goes mobile, and performers are scheduled to cut a path through the centre of Sant Francesc in an effort to shake things up.

A range of dance styles will be there: classical, contemporary, Spanish, Latina-salsa, Afro Brazil, capoeira and street dance. The Council encourages wide attendance at these free performances.

May 23, 2019
Àrea de Comunicació
Formentera Council

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