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Formentera celebrates 'Balearic Islands Day' with wide-ranging programme

foto-presentacio---dia-de-les-1The CiF councillors of culture and sport met today with the Balearic government's director general of administrations and exterior affairs to unveil the activities programme behind local celebration of Dia de les Illes (“Day of the Islands”). Susana Labrador, Jordi Vidal and Josep Claverol led the press conference at 1.30pm in the Formentera administration's hall of ceremonies.

Councillor Labrador gave an account of the list of functions organised in tandem with the Govern balear, part of a bid to get islanders of all stripes involved in the celebration. Aïllades Productions' Àngels Martínez leads the kick- off event on Friday February 22 with “Lo que Ibiza me inspiró” at the library in Sant Francesc.

The activities continue through mid-March, winding down at noon on Saturday the 16th with the second Festival Folklòric. The event in plaça de la Constitució will feature dance troupes (colles de ball) from across the region.

The director general highlighted the Govern's support for festivities driven by cultural exchange between the islands and applauded the Formentera Council on coming up with a bill of activities packed with culture, folklore, gastronomy and sport.

March 1
Dia de les Illes is Friday March 1, with the administration's celebration scheduled for 12 noon in Constitució square, where attendees can see demonstrations by Formentera colles and enjoy a sampling of signature local items.

Among the Dia's headline entries is a concert staged simultaneously on the four islands of the archipelago. IMARÀNTIA (with Maria José Cardona on vocals and guitar and Miquel Brunet on piano) plays in Formentera's Casa del Poble at 8.00pm.

Sport
The councillor of sport covered all the fitness events in store for islanders, like the seventh Balearic basketball tournament, an all-island meet set to take place at the fitness centre in Sant Francesc, Poliesportiu Antoni Blanc, on Thursday and Friday (28/2—1/3).

Councillor Vidal also spoke about the Balearic Islands's Classe Techno 293 windsurfing championship from Friday to Sunday (1/3—3/3), along with the approximately 200 runners expected to come out for the eighth Formentera All Round Trail (“FART”) on Saturday March 2. The fifth Cursa per a la Dona closes out the fitness end on Saturday March 9. Among the other activities on the bill are book presentations, theatre and storytime sessions.

“Vida”, a puppet show for kids 10 and up (and families)

vida-foto-premsa1The Formentera Council's culture bureau reports that Saturday February 23 from 6.00pm children ages ten and over at the Sala de Cultura (Cinema) can see Javier Aranda's production of Vida, a puppet show that combines heart-felt scenes with sophisticated wit.

Culture councillor Susana Labrador encouraged local parents to come see the spectacle with their children. “Our eyes were on this production from the start because it's for families”, she said. “Young and old—audiences are sure to love it”.

According to a representative of Javier Aranda, Vida is about “life—from birth to death, of the forward march of life and the years. How the ties that bind parents and children change over time. The show also focuses on two people—how they fall in love and have a son, and how he leaves home and leaves the pair to grow old together”.

To here those in the company tell it, there's something very special in the knowing gaze shared between creator and creation—the ever-present relationship between puppeteer and puppet.

Award-winning production
The show has earned accolades from Huesca's international theatre festival (Best show), Feten (Best small-format show), Lleida's puppet festival (Best show) and others.

Formentera signs partnership with ACAF for Ràdio Illa content production

foto-signatura-conveni-acaf-pr1Susana Labrador, who is both the current acting chair and first deputy chair of the Formentera Council, sat down today with Álvaro Raúl Méndoza, spokesperson of the island's cultural and audiovisual association (ACAF), to lay the foundations of a partnership between the administration and ACAF to produce content for the local public radio station, Ràdio Illa.

The equipment and facilities required to underwrite the public service, present at Centre Social Es Molí, are in the Council's possession. The service —referred to as audiovisual because it covers both images and sound— is funded by a combination of help from the administration, outside sponsorships and advertising. In establishing the Council's financial contribution the parties involved took into account the fact that area of service provision is comparatively small, a determining factor as to the extent of advertising money available. To cover ACAF's costs, the Council will put forward fifty thousand euros in 2019.

For their part, ACAF pledge to oversee content production for Ràdio Illa as per the established action plan. According to the deal signed by the two representatives, that includes programmes like morning news magazine De Far a Far and weather reports.

Public service
As a public “audiovisual communication” service which regional legislation (5/2018, of October 1) defines as essential to general economic interests, the agreement regarding Ràdio Illa's content is signed once a year. The station's mission is to disseminate content in support of constitutional and regional principles and values, promote a breadth of public opinion, spotlight the diversity of cultures and languages present in the Balearic Islands and cultivate knowledge and the arts, particularly with regard to culture through images and sound.

Singer-songwriter series kicks off Saturday at Formentera cinema with performance from Roger Mas and Estel Solé

Barnasants 2019 3The Formentera Council's culture department reports that this week marks the start of the Barnasants series of performances by singer-songwriters on Formentera. At 8.30pm on Saturday February 16 in the Sala de Cultura (Cinema), artists Roger Mas and Estel Solé will give a free concert. Culture councillor Susana Labrador took the opportunity to urge “all of Formentera to come out and enjoy the music”.

The powerful, radiant voices of Roger Mas and Estel Solé will merge in a spectacle of poetry not only sung but recited. Mas is twice renowned—for dominion over a poetic universe all his own and a special respect for the work of writers from a breadth of eras. On his latest effort, Parnàs, the Solsona-born singer tips his hat to Goethe, Verdaguer, Miquel Martí i Pol and Torquato Tasso.

Estel Solé, for her part, has one of the most noted voices on the Catalan cultural scene. Actress, playwright, novelist and poet, Solé deftly builds her own literary universe—and isn't afraid of bending rules and raising eyebrows. She speaks frankly about childhood, fears, human contradiction, love, oblivion, summer, towns and cities and death.

Gemma Huguet's originally scheduled Saturday appearance on stage with Solé was cancelled due to personal reasons. Mas is her substitute.

Italian and Catalan singer-songwriters
The second local concert of singer-songwriters will happen Saturday April 13. Giorgio Conte and Joan Isaac are due to take the Sala de Cultura stage at 8.30pm. Isaac came up writing and singing under the influence of Italian songwriters and the melodies of Roberto Vecchioni i Fabrizio de André. Meanwhile, Conte, who has often found himself in the shadow of his brother Paolo, is a singer in the French song-crafting tradition. When the pair team up, it will be to pay tribute to Italian and Catalan singer-songwriters. And they'll do it in the style of two Venice merchants exchanging their eminently valuable stocks in trade—their songs. The show is called “Dues cultures un sol mar”.

Workshops
Thursday and Friday (February 14-15) the Barnasants cultural project will also be the occasion for free workshops on musical performance and corporal and poetic expression for students of IES Marc Ferrer, the island's school of music and dance and performing arts groups. The first, on Thursday, will find Estel Solé flexing her chops as a poetess at 5.00pm in the Sala de Cultura.

The remaining gatherings happen Friday. Solé will guide highschoolers on a course in poetic writing and creative expression in the morning. Then in the afternoon, she gives a workshop on interpretation and bodily expression linked to a text for students at the school of dance.

Maria José Cardona in Barcelona
As part of the Barnasants concert series, last Thursday (February 7) local songstress Maria José Cardona gave a show at Barcelona's Harlem Jazz Club. With “A Cançons d'ahir, avui i demà” the crowd heard Cardona's range of heart-felt, life-affirming and dramatic material. No one left unfazed.

Exhibit
Last Monday saw the opening of “20 anys de Barnasants” (20 years of Barnasants), a fly-over of the country's biggest singer-songwriters that will be open in the Sala d'Exposicions until February 23. The show is open Tuesday to Saturday from 11.00am to 2.00pm and 6.00pm to 8.00pm, plus Monday evenings.

The Barnasants programme on the island (and Formentera artists' 2019 dates in Barcelona) is made possible by a partnership agreement between an association called República de la Cultura.

According to culture councillor Susana Labrador, “in joining Barnasants our goal was to build on a network of small-scale, independent cultural fare for islanders, especially young ones” at the same time “helping local artists get the chance to take their voices on the road”.

First open call for family 'coproductions'

The Formentera Council department of culture announces the start of a call for family-inclusive “coproductions”, marking the first across a recently formed network for stage production proposals tailored to family audiences.

The network's member entities include the Formentera Council, Teatre Principal in Palma, Maó's Teatre Principal foundation, Institut d'Estudis Baleàrics, the Eivissa council, Ajuntament de Santa Eulària and Balearic youth theatre initiative Sa Xerxa.

The object is selection of a proposal in performing-arts coproductions across the network during the 2019-2020 season. Productions must keep budgets below €60,000 (taxes included) to be eligible. Network members' contributions to projects will vary based on budget resources and project needs.

The new system of “comanagement” turns on an optimised use of members' human, financial and structural resources to fund the chosen artistic endeavour from the beginning of the creative process to formation of the operational plan and on through to end distribution. Application terms are available here.

For people and businesses
The call is open to “natural persons” (freelance artists and entrepreneurs) and public or private legal entities (companies, foundations, associations, festivals, etc...) domiciled in the Balearics or non-resident natives of the region meet the terms. These also dictate the documents requested on submission.

The winning project will be picked by an evaluation committee made up of the artistic directors of the seven member institutions of the network. To evaluate proposals, the commission will look at projects' cultural appeal, strategic interest, budget and economic viability, the trajectory of the artistic team applying and exhibition possibilities. The deadline for project presentations is March 2.

Questions? Contact the CiF's àrea de Cultura: 971 32 12 75 ext. 13 or 678 007 261.

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