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Marià Villangómez library reopens this Thursday

foto reobertura biblio 2The Formentera Council's department of culture and education announces the upcoming reopening of Sant Francesc's Marià Villangómez library. On Thursday August 23, library staff will resume summer hours.

The library's recent closure was intended to allow for upgrades. Crews cleaned, scraped old paint from, and repainted the library entrance walls, and completed similar operations at the neighbouring school of music and dance. They also switched out a broken section of flooring.

Despite the reopening's originally being planned for Monday, upgrade delays meant the completion was pushed back to Wednesday. The library will resume summertime operations on Thursday, then, from 10.00am to 1.00pm and again in the evening 5.00pm to 8.00pm.

Sculptures by Laura Maresc in spotlight at Centre Gabrielet from August 7-17

laura maresc 2The Formentera Council's department of culture announces that from today until Friday, August 17, the exhibition space at Centre Gabrielet will host a display of sculpted work by Laura Maresc.

'I Sea'
Drawing influences from arte povera and land art, Maresc's “I Sea” offers a perspective situated halfway between the abstract and figurative languages which are inspired by the island, playing with the island's chromatic colour scales and its landscape in motion.

Explains the artist, “nature is a mirror revealing the most profound in each of us. Skin becomes permeable, and we understand what is going on with those metaphors on the other side of our eyelids”. To hear Maresc tell it, Formentera is “constant horizon”. “It's opening”, she says, “Three-hundred sixty degrees of inputs from every one of the senses, inspiring that beautiful alchemy of feeling and expression”.

Born in the Andorran Pyrenees, Maresc says she has long maintained a deep connection to her natural surroundings. “Whether as a sculptor or performance-oriented dancer, I've always had a fascination for feeling out the boundaries between the body and its surroundings”, she says.

“I Sea” opens this evening at seven and will remain on view every day from 10.00am to 2.00pm and 5.00pm to 9.00pm in the Centre Gabrielet gallery.

Formentera publishes retrospective of Ajuntament Vell gallery's featured shows

foto cataleg 2018 2.jpgThe Formentera Council's culture department has unveiled a look-back at the work displayed in the Ajuntament Vell's exhibition space (the Sala d'Exposicions) throughout 2017. The department says the current catalogue –of individual exhibitions, group productions, selections of art from associations and social-action organisations– offers readers "a glimpse of the artistry which has graced Formentera's signature gallery". Artists and other cultural advocates on the island had agitated expressly for such a retrospective.

Cutting across the assorted selections of painted work, sculptures, photography, architecture and craft creations is a leitmotiv of deep ties to Formentera, and the jumping-off point they provide for looking at and deciphering the world around us.

Take, for instance, the paintings and illustrations of Rocio Fraile, Aida Miró, Ana Celada, Robert Hawkins, Elena Montesinos, Julie Aubrun; collages by Jorge Traverso, and paintings and jewellery from Raquel Caramazana and Gustavo Fernández Molinari, of Amaicha.

Photos hold a place in the spotlight, too, as evidenced with the catalogue's chronicling of the now classic Beni Trutmann contest, Espai F's display of work by photographer Jordi Sarrà and the abstract images of Fabiana Schulz.

On International Women's Day the Sala housed selected submissions to a photography contest focused on breastfeeding on Eivissa and Formentera. Isa Sanz, for her part, would later put on a photo show commemorating the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women. Then there was the gallery's initiative with Fons Pitiús de Cooperació to present photographer Alex Oriol's reckoning on the Syrian exodus.

Sala selections are uniquely diverse affairs, as seen with a Manolo de Oya (Espai F)-commissioned installation by Michel Mouffe, a multimedia exhibition by Wolff Kahlen, textile creations by Antonieta Airoldi, tapistries and paintings by Lia Bottanelli, Es Far's group show and “La primera pedra”, an exhibition brokered by Maria Bofill, Pau Sureda, the Museu  Arqueològic d'Eivissa i Formentera and Formentera's office of patrimony.

The Sala was also the scene of a show on language diversity presented by the island's committee for language normalisation and students of IES Marc Ferrer, as well as work from Teresa Matilla's students of painting and the workworking disciples of Aaron Keydar.

At year's end, the Sala welcomed another instant classic – a Christmas exhibition showcasing the work of several breakout local artists.

The Ajuntament Vell's Sala d'Exposicions, operated by the Formentera Council's office of culture, education and patrimony and today boasting a nearly twenty-year history of temporary shows throughout the year, is aimed at promoting and stimulating artistic expression.

New directives provide overarching vision to island's image and sound archives

foto-arxiu-imatge-i-so1The Formentera Council's department of patrimony announces the creation of a set of guiding principles for Formentera's Arxiu d'Imatge i So (Image and Sound Archive). The document contains working strategies to locate, recuperate, safeguard, research, study and divulge the images and sounds that make up Formentera's documentary legacy.

The plan's drafting was stipulated in the island's 2017-2019 strategy for management of cultural heritage. Included in the plan is an organisational model for day-to-day tasks at the AISF, as well as recommendations for ongoing operations, priority actions and clear steps to succeeding in objectives, projects and assorted activities.

The two-year plan establishes a vision for the long-term and effective functioning of the AISF. The first part of the scheme is to prepare and vote on the AISF guiding principles. Objectives include cultivating knowledge about Formentera's cultural heritage, showcasing it as an asset to the community, and offering islanders and associations training in order to shape attitudes about cultural heritage on the island.

According to culture and patrimony secretary Susana Labrador, the AISF guidelines mean islanders can expect to see new hubs of culture and art and museums filling out the island's landscape of cultural institutions. Content and resources will be needed if these institutions are to gain currency with visitors, whether or not they actually live on the island. Labrador asserted research and outreach would be necessary to get the new network off the ground, presaging centres of research and outreach which would be lively and dynamic.

Formentera gets ready for Sant Francesc's 'Flower' bash

flower power sant-francesc alf1When the “Formentera Flower”, one of the most hotly anticipated events on the summer calendar hits the island this Saturday, July 21, as part of this year's Sant Jaume celebrations, it will bring with it a host of performers including DJs Pharma, Blue and Javi Box and Jam Factory.

The real party kicks off at 11.00pm in plaça de la Constitució, though that won't be the first event of the night—that's the “Flower infantil” (Kids' Flower), a party for the island's youngest led by DJ Javi Box and with entertainment by Estrella Llach.

Crafts and sport workshops for young people
The programme gets started at 7.00pm in jardí de ses Eres with an activity promoted as “a workshop of fitness for small children and youth”. Later s'Espurma, a self-styled “school of fun and entertainment”, offers participants the chance to design and put together their own accessories for the evening bash.

Special bus service
For everyone who wants to get in on the Formentera Flower fun without having to get behind the wheel, a dedicated bus service will be activated to link Sant Francesc with other local towns and hot spots.

The line hitching es Pujols and Sant Francesc, and, in the process, making stops in sa Roqueta and la Savina, begins service at 10.00pm in es Pujols and runs every thirty minutes until 1.00am. Every half hour from 1.30am to 5.30am, buses leave Sant Francesc and set out towards es Pujols.

The line connecting el Pilar de la Mola with Sant Francesc also passes through Hotel Riu, es Caló, es Ca Marí and Sant Ferran and makes two evening runs—one departing at 11.10pm and the second at 12.10am. Meanwhile, a total of five departures from Sant Francesc are planned to get residents of la Mola home safe and sound. That service begins at 1.30am and continues every hour until 5.30pm.

Users of the evening's special bus service will be charged €4 for single and €6 for return tickets.

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