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Calling all organisers—Consell unlocks funding for celebrations and activities that showcase traditions, culture

The Consell de Formentera culture department reports funding requests are now being accepted from cultural and neighbourhood groups and festival committees keen to put on local celebrations and activities with a traditional or cultural bent. The Consell has earmarked €50,000 to this effect.

“This money”, said culture councillor Susana Labrador, “is about giving financial support to non-profit associations and committees engaged in organising festivals or other cultural or traditional activities”. She added, “We also help keep these groups going strong at the same time they help us keep Formentera vibrant culturally and socially, so we're really getting two birds with one stone”.

An evaluating committee will review requests and accompanying documentation as it makes its decisions. Groups and associations must have both their official headquarters and fiscal domicile on Formentera, must be on the Consell's Register of Local Organisations (Registre d'Entitats Ciutadanes) as well as the Balearic government's Register of Associations (Registre d'Associacions). Assistance will be retroactive, covering the period from November 2018 to October 2019.

The deadline for applications is 31 October. Requests can be submitted to the Citizen's Information Office (OAC) and online at the Virtual Citizen's Information Office (OVAC).

24 September 2019
Department of Communication
Consell de Formentera

Closing concert of ‘Música a les Places’ celebrates 25 years of Jazz & Co

jazz and rock cloenda 2019 xar1The Consell de Formentera and the Department of Culture report that at 10.00pm this Friday 27 September, Sant Ferran's town square will be the scene of a special concert to close out the 2019 season of ‘Música a les Places’. Blues Connotation, Jam Factory and Chimichurri will all take the stage in an evening devoted to celebrating Jazz & Co's twenty-five-year trajectory.

Culture councillor Susana Labrador pointed out that “Jazz & Co started in 1999 with the essential objective of preserving and promoting music in all its forms”. “To that end”, she said, “they promote all kinds of musical activities”. The common thread? “Live music”, she said. Labrador seized the occasion to congratulate Jazz & Co on their dedication to Formentera's music and cultural scenes—a commitment that helped earn the association a Sant Jaume award earlier this year.

The point bears repeating: Jazz & Co is about music that is played live. For the last 25 years, the group has organised Jazz a la plaça (“Jazz in the Square”) in the heart of Sant Francesc; the Sant Ferran version started up five years later. Both have become major summertime draws for residents and tourists alike.

‘Música a les Places’ has grown to span the summer months, with concerts on Mondays at la Savina port, Thursdays in es Pujols’ plaça d'Europa, Fridays in the Sant Ferran square and Saturdays at Sant Francesc's plaça de la Constitució.

24 September 2019
Department of Communication
Consell de Formentera

Formentera hosts first International Symposium for Underwater Archaeological Restoration

simposi31Alejandra Ferrer and Raquel Guasch, the president and patrimony councillor of the Consell de Formentera, welcomed participants today in the first International Symposium for Underwater Archaeological Restoration, which takes place this weekend in the Consell's sala de plens.

Organised by the Balearic Institute for Marine Archaeology Studies (Ibeam) and expected to draw 45 specialists from 15 different countries, the event is envisioned as a sounding board for the most innovative efforts to preserve heritage sites in seas and oceans across the planet.

Ferrer heralded the gathering on Formentera of “a truly global cast of prestigious experts in undersea archaeology”, and Councillor Guasch trumpeted “Formentera residents' acute sense of the importance that the heritage sites in our seas have”, pointing to current efforts like the creation of a subaquatic map of Formentera's waters.

The weekend will see the participation of scientific bodies like Croatia's UNESCO International Centre of Undersea Archaeology, the Spanish Institute of Cultural Heritage, Uruguay's Centre for Research on Coastal Heritage and Flinders University in Australia.

Organisers see a biannual symposium as a chance to prepare future generations of undersea cultural heritage restorers, and envision it as a platform for collaboration between an array of scientific institutions.

In addition to support from the Consell, the symposium is sponsored by Trasmapi, Ok Rent a Car and the Julián Vilás and Abel Matutes Foundations.


20 September 2019
Department of Communication
Consell de Formentera

Dance, theatre, music, performances and circus form core of L'Illa a Escena 2019, act two

foto 2019 illa a escena 1The Department of Culture of the Consell de Formentera unveiled today the second round this year of the musical and performing arts programme “L'Illa a Escena”. Culture and education councillor Susana Labrador said that the nine projects scheduled to stop in at the Sala de Cultura “have something for both children and adults, and is designed to spice up the local cultural scene”. “We're bringing acts from across the spectrum of artistic expression and styles”, said the councillor, “so islanders can enjoy a cultural programme that's eclectic and plural”.

September
Things get started with Espai_F's Pàries, directed by Miquel Costa. The short production tackles the scars marring human relations now that the modern idea of community is officially dead. Two shows will take place on Saturday 28 September; the first at 7.00pm and the second at 9.00pm.

October
The month starts off with a dance production from Fils Roulants. Fortaleza a la Napolitana was not only created by dancer Valeria Del Vecchio; she features in it as well. It deals with duality—of a woman who, in life, wears strength like a mask, and of the fragility that ultimately shows us there are no missions to accomplish. The production starts at 8.30pm on Saturday (5 October) and Monday (7 Oct). Reservations required.

Also in October, the Collective Signatures Festival celebrates its third year with the performance-centred Arcipelago. There is a video art marathon at the Sala de Cultura (Cinema) on Thursday 17 October from 4.00pm to 10.00pm. Then on Friday, the festival's special guests star in a closing opera performance at jardí de ses Eres, from 7.30pm to 10.00pm. Collective Signatures starts on Wednesday the 16th and includes a programme of performances in a number of locations across the island.

Youngsters will really have a ball with Jon Braun, a puppet show highlighting the strength that is instilled by love in the face of misfortune. A family-friendly western with masterfully crafted aesthetics and no shortage of emotion, Jon Braun was Titeremurcia's family-favourite in 2018. The show starts at 6.00pm, Saturday 26 October, at the Sala de Cultura (Cinema).

November
The month of November kicks off with choreographer and dancer Helena Lizari's Maleable. The show is a coproduction of Mercat de les Flors and the El més petit de tots festival. Geared towards children aged 0 to 5, the imagination-fuelling dance performance is a voyage of sensations and for the senses; an exploration of textures and touch; and a perceptional adventure. Maleable opens at 6.00pm, Saturday 9 November, in the Sala de Cultura (Cinema).

La Güasa's Mobil circus act is another one for the kids. Through a mix of fragility, imbalance and tension, the show traces the story of a humble man out to share his final grand creation. Built almost entirely out of recycled objects, the complex apparatus is chock full of wide-ranging widgets that will have the audience wondering what's next.

Mobil has garnered a host of accolades, among them FETEN 2014's award for best direction and ACA's awards for best individual production and best set design. The show starts at 6.00pm, Saturday 23 November, at the Sala de Cultura (Cinema).

Back at Sala de Cultura (Cinema) on Friday 29 November, Aires Formenterencs celebrate thirty years making music by unveiling a new album. The concert starts at 8.30pm and features Miquel Brunet, Eduard Riera and Pep Lluís Garcia.

Then, at the same time on Saturday 30 November, the Sala de Cultura will host the final round of the Salvador Ibarra poetry contest known as Art Jove. The event is presented by the AELC with help from Institut Balear de la Joventut (Balearic Youth Institute) and Agència Catalana de la Joventut (Catalan Youth Agency).

December
Closing out the second semester of L'Illa a Escena is Minorcan troupe Melicotó Titelles' all-ages production, Plastiiik. The show conceived as a way to educate theatregoers about the importance of caring for our natural environment. The show starts at 6.00pm, Saturday 28 December, at the Sala de Cultura (Cinema).

Cost of admission
Tickets for children's productions are priced at €5 (adults get in free). Admission to Espai_F's Pàries costs €12, and Fortaleza a la Napolitana, €7. The video and performance art marathon and Arcipelago are both free, as well as the Aires Formenterencs concert and the final round of Art Jove.

Cultivating culture
L'Illa a Escena promotes the performing arts with help from the Institut d'Estudis Balearics, and works to foster partnerships between professional dance, theatre and circus troupes, enrich the cultural scene, and ensure access to culture, with help from the Spanish culture ministry's Platea programme.


19 September 2019
Department of Communication
Consell de Formentera

Teresa Matilla, “Il·lapsos”

foto matilla t 2019 1Yesterday evening at the Ajuntament Vell exhibition space, artist Teresa Matilla introduced the island to Il·lapsos—twelve creations in oil, wet paper, textiles and a vast range of reusable materials. The artist shares her reflections on a society that, despite its liberties, lives enslaved to consumerism, greed and domination. Matilla's display includes pieces which have already graced the walls of sala FAD at the Macba in Barcelona, and The Andy Warhol Museum in Pittsburg.

The exhibit is open from 11.00am to 2.00pm and 7.00pm to 9.00pm until 28 September (except Sundays and Monday mornings).

17 September 2019
Department of Communication
Consell de Formentera

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