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Next Sunday March 3 is Carnaval on Formentera

carnaval18-premsa-21The Formentera Council's culture and festivities department unveiled today the administration's planned celebrations for Carnaval 2019. The event is programmed to kick off in Sant Francesc on Sunday March 3. After a 11.00am roundup where participants can sign up to take part in the day's fancy-dress contest, parade walkers will set out from the sa Senieta car park and tour the town's main roads. Musical duties at this year's event will be handled by DJ Dani Pérez.

Procession circuit
The parade route begins on avinguda del Pla del Rei, continues down carrer d'Eivissa until plaça de la Constitució and makes its first loop crossing carrer de Jaume I. From there, revellers along carrers Santa Maria and Marc Ferrer will cheer the parade as participants make their way back up to the city square. Walkers in the parade are expected to be at Constitució square by roughly 1.30pm for Zum-Zum Theatre's Hippos.

As the parade comes to an end, DJ Blue and DJ Dani Pérez will usher Carnaval-goers through a dance party that will go till 2.00pm, when S.D. Formentera have planned a community luncheon. Food for all those in fancy dress is free.  Culture and festivities councillor Susana Labrador encouraged the island to get their costumes ready and come join the celebration that's “well-loved among young and old alike” and where “imagination and a bit of tongue in cheek are always in full effect”.

Prizes
Anyone in a costume can take part in the fancy-dress contest and be eligible for these cash prizes:

Adult individual: First place €200 - Second place €150
Kids' individual: First place €100 - Second place €60
Pairs: First place €300 - Second place €200
Families: First place €300 - Second place €200
Groups of 3 to 10: First place €400 - Second place €250
Large groups [over 10]: First place €500 - Second place €350
Floats [with vehicle]: First place €950 - Second place €650

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”.

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