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Three Kings’ 5 January visit to Formentera: no stops and Covid-safe

cartell 2020 reis magsThe Formentera Culture Department and the Three Kings Association report that the Three Wise Men of the East have confirmed plans to visit the island on 5 January, tailoring the “cavalcada” to facilitate full compliance with public health protocol.

Scheduled route
Setting out from La Mola lighthouse at 4.00pm, the Magi will continue on a tour of Formentera towns along PM 820-2, forgoing traditional stops in order to ensure respect for hygiene and safety rules in place. The cavalcade’s estimated passage in El Pilar de la Mola (and along the stretch of highway known as avinguda de la Mola) is 4.15pm. Next the cortege cuts through Es Caló de Sant Agustí approximately 15 minutes later, reaching Sant Ferran de ses Roques (where the highway becomes carrer Joan Castelló Guasch) at roughly 4.45pm. Immediately afterward the procession will enter the roundabout and turn onto carrer Universitat toward Es Pujols. The parade will stop just short of town, turning onto the ring road (carrer Barcelona) at about 5.00pm, and carrying on along PM 820-2 until La Savina. There, the Magi will descend avinguda de la Mediterrània, then carrer s’Almadrava and at last avinguda de la Mediterrània again, leaving town at roughly 5.15pm. The procession will mount PM 820-2 towards Sant Francesc and enter town at 5.30pm via carrer Pla del Rei, staying on the Es Cap highway until reaching the municipal football pitch roughly 15 minutes later. The final leg of the route will see processionists advance on the Sant Frances ring road, carrer de sa Tanca Vella, with the estimated conclusion of the cavalcade’s run at 6.00pm.

The Consell de Formentera has printed a map of the parade route for revellers. Organisers hope to discourage islanders from crowding at greeting points, recommending instead that children catch the procession from whichever spot along the Kings’ route is closest to home. Due to the epidemiological situation, the Consell is urging islanders to limit groups to children and parents or guardians — or namely, stable family units. Acutely vulnerable individuals and adults not accompanying children are encouraged not to stop along the procession route so that children can enjoy the event with the highest possible level of safety.

Since crowds are expected to be particularly large in Sant Francesc and Sant Ferran, additional Consell staff will be deployed to these areas to ensure compliance with capacity limitations and safe two-metre distancing between separate family units. Masks must be worn at all times.

Culture and festivities councillor Susana Labrador highlighted the effort that has gone into ensuring local youngsters could continue to enjoy the magic of the Three Wise Men of the East amid scarcely typical circumstances. She also asked all islanders to eschew crowds and social contact with people outside their stable bubble. “We’re asking all of Formentera to be responsible. Whether in a town or on the roadside, take children only as far from home as necessary to see the cavalcade. Respect safe distancing and other public health protocol. If we do these things, we’ll be able to enjoy Their Majesties’ visit without endangering our own health or that of our neighbour.” Labrador praised Three Kings Association’s hard work and dedication in making the cavalcade’s historic visit a reality once again.

The Magi’s visit may be canceled if the epidemiological situation requires.

2 January 2021
Communications Department
Consell de Formentera

Formentera showcases local talent

cartell 2020 mostra de musicsThe Formentera Culture and Education Department reports that this weekend, Musical Formentera invites islanders to get a taste of local musical talent at the Mostra de Músics in Sant Francesc’s Sa Senieta festival tent. The show starts at 6.00pm on Friday 18 December with a programme that includes Pez Sonora + PerSona, Emi Bueno, Yakari & Marie Connery Quartet and DJ Gioele + DJ Clint Zero. The second and final day of the show starts at 12 noon two days later, with performances from Bloco Colubraria, Erik Doornweerd with Óscar & Friends, Sur and Foc i Fum.

Culture and holidays councillor Susana Labrador described the aim of Mostra de Músics as “to energise the local cultural scene and support hometown musicians in particularly tough times”. “Safety protocol will be fully enforced and capacity restrictions respected at every event on the Christmas calendar”, said the councillor, who encouraged islanders to “collaborate and be responsible so that we can enjoy music and local musicians safely”.

Performances last sixty minutes. Reservations will not be taken and capacity will be limited to the first 54 attendees. Audience members must remain seated and masked, and no eating or drinking are allowed. Seats left empty may be reclaimed once they have been disinfected.

Musical Formentera

Cultural group Musical Formentera formed in 2020 with the aim of promoting musical culture, safeguarding the role of artists and technical staff and fostering cultural inter-island exchanges with support from public, private and community entities in the Balearic Islands.

Bands

Pez Sonora + PerSona
For the singer-songwriter, guitarist and multidisciplinary artist Paz Aguado, musical creation goes hand in hand with the visual arts. Aguado, Juanjo Rodríguez (guitar, bass) and Dario Fusco (drums) together form Pez Sonora, a group that intertwines intimist vital poetry with eclectic folk-rock melodies. As magic traverses the stations of paradise, Aguado’s lyrics highlight connections that make sense of things.

Pez Sonora will be accompanied by PerSona, a musical endeavour and meeting point of the multitudinous facets of multi-instrumentalist Paul Castejón. Fuelled by jazz, infused with ethnic melodies and drunk on the exotic progressions of progressive music, his début studio effort, ClaoOscuro, floats in a soundscape that is by turns organic and eclectic. The album’s admixture of instrumental pieces and polyglottal singing constitutes a dialogue about the profound rhetoric of existence. The philosophy of technological sound meets the expression of mysticism.

Emi Bueno
The Latin sounds of Emi Bueno have a habit of taking audiences to far-away places. Hometown musicians and the quartet’s subtlety and mirth are sure to go hand in hand.

Yakari & Marie Connery Quartet
When trumpeter Nuno Alvez, pianist Julien Cantonné, drummer Edgar Vilamajó and bassist Mariano Menteguiaga joined forces on Formentera this winter, rehashing spectacular moments from the annals of jazz and funk and reincarnating the genres’ godfathers (think Miles Davis, Billy Cobhan and Herbie Hancock) were all part of the plan. The group will be joined at the Mostra de Músics by Isaac Robles and Maya Porter — the former with electric guitar in tow, and the latter ready to belt out material by Marvin Gaye, Aretha Franklin and Sam Cooke. This made-on-Formentera outfit has got groove in spades and talent by the truckload.

DJ Gioele
Gioele Brizio has been DJ’ing at clubs like Pineta, Alter Ego, Café del Mar Ibiza, El Club Ibiza and Hotel Pacha Ibiza since 1993. His name appeared alongside Moba Sound’s on remixes of the likes of Milesart Orchestra (Look at you), Mystic Diversions (Energy Production), Oscar P (Media Services Nyc), DNA (Cool:Division) and Dom Scott (Perception Music). After past stints at Big Sur Life, today he is the resident DJ at ChezzGerdi Formentera.

DJ Clint Zero
The speakers at this New York-born and Formentera-based DJ’s sessions emanate a blend of sounds that can only be described as eclectic.

Bloco Colubraria
The batucada drum beats of Bloco Colubraria may be Brazilian in style, but they come with a touch of insanity that is characteristic of the Balearics. The group have played an endless list of events since they began performing two years ago, and all signs point to a long and lively road ahead.

Erik Doornweerd with Óscar & Friends
Indonesia-born, Netherlands-raised and Formentera-based Erik Doornweerd hasn’t just played aboard the Joven Dolores, for 25 years he brought together musicians, storytellers, jugglers, magicians, dancers and more on the open stage of La Mola’s craft market. Doornweerd will draw from a repertoire that spans rock, folk, country and blues as he alternates between guitar, pedal steel, harmonicas and a five-string banjo in the company of Óscar and his African percussion group.

Sur
Formentera-based Sur play “power acoustic” and their repertoire includes original material and covers. The line-up? Dani Alcoba (vocals, guitar), Manu Velázquez (drums), Gustavo Moraes (lead guitar) and Maxi Rattoni (bass).

Foc i Fum
Rock and roll band Foc i Fum is Joan Garciolo Torres on bass, Fabian Mayans on drums, Maya Porter on vocals and Isaac Robles on guitar. They cover songs by Audioslave, Queens of the Stone Age and Muse. Their on-stage energy, classic rock catalogue and soul-shaking female vocals make their shows experiences to remember.

14 December 2020
Communications Department
Consell de Formentera

#FREEDOM THE NEW HUMAN MANIFESTO PROJECT

cartell 2020 SOS HUMANITYAfter the third edition of COLLECTIVE SIGNATURES on Formentera, the independent curator Francesca Carol Rolla presents, in conjunction with the cultural association Sa Casa, a new collaborative project, #FREEDOM A NEW HUMAN MANIFESTO. COLLECTIVE SIGNATURES marries with ONE-MAN—THE LIBERATION PROJECT by African-American activist Preach R Sun, while consolidating the collaboration with Manolo Oya of Trampolí Mecànic; with the support from the Consell Insular de Formentera and Ràdio Illa Formentera.

#FREEDOM A NEW HUMAN MANIFESTO takes on a direction marked by cultural and social activism, as immediate response to the urgency of raising awareness regarding all forms of individual and systemic oppression, inequality and injustice. The project takes on the challenge of putting art at the service of society, carrying out social activities oriented towards the search for a better humanity.

#FREEDOM THE NEW HUMAN MANIFESTO is divided into four stations that take place from December 2020 to February 2021 on the island of Formentera (ES).

The first station, serving as both prelude and finale to the subsequent second station, consists of the publication of an SOS, inviting the community of Formentera and the international public to openly share thoughts, considerations, experiences, frustrations and fears related to the current crisis of humanity. These testimonies will essentially culminate in the second station via the presentation of a radio marathon at Ràdio Illa Formentera 107.9 FM of readings, lectures and gatherings, on 30 January 2021. The second station is a three-day programme of conferences and round table discussions with local and international guests, to address and shed light on issues of injustice and oppression as they exist on the island of Formentera. This station will take place 21-23 January. The third station is based on an immersive research workshop and performative actions, tutored by Francesca Carol Rolla and Preach R Sun, on 12-14 February (first part) and 19-21 February 2021 (second part). The fourth and last station consists of the public presentation of the results of the work, through individual and collective performative proposals, in the public space of Formentera, 26-28 February 2021.

Through new technologies, social networks, and the virtual participation of international guests, the project launches its SOS from the island of Formentera, to expand and communicate beyond its borders, to the national and international audience.

The focus of #FREEDOM A NEW HUMAN MANIFESTO is directed towards the human capacity to develop new possibilities of language and communication, to activate a process of self-emancipation, and engage in a collective commitment towards freedom and liberation.

All activities are free.

The project respects all the security measures for the prevention against the spread of Covid-19, and complies with the regulations established in this regard.

NEWHUMANMANIFESTO@GMAIL.COM

11 December 2020
Communications Department
Consell de Formentera

This Saturday 12 Dec., La 22 performs on Formentera

cartell 2020 la 22The Formentera Culture and Holidays Department reports that Saturday 12 December will feature a performance by musical group La 22 in the Sa Senieta festival tent in Sant Francesc. Tickets for the 8.00pm show can be booked by sending an email to reserves@conselldeformentera.cat, with 54-person capacity restriction and other safety measures like assigned seating, no food or drinks and mandatory masks in place too.

Councillor Susana Labrador reminded islanders that this Christmas season would be different. “It’s important we enjoy these celebrations, but Covid-19 protocol are non-negotiable”, she insisted. The culture and holidays councillor tied the programme to one of her department’s pandemic-era priorities: “Supporting hometown musicians and artists”.

La 22
La 22 (full name “La 22 Formentera”) have been known for Latin rhythms ever since trombone player José Guzmán started the group in the summer of 2010.

Steeped in musical influences ranging from quartet, cumbia and merengue to bachata and salsa, the group puts their unique imprint on the likes of Marc Anthony, Celia Cruz, Compay Segundo, Alejandra Sanz, Pink Floyd, Pablo Alborán, Gloria Gaynor, Juanes, Luis Miguel, Daft Punk, Jose Luis Perales and more.

After a handful of local gigs, the group quickly emerged as the revelation of summer 2012, building their name at traditional celebrations and venues across Eivissa and Formentera and, by 2015, cementing their status as the Balearic kings of Latin music.

Among the songs in the set at La 22’s 12 December performance will be songs off their latest effort, 2020’s Desde el Mediterráneo.

4 December 2020
Communications Department
Consell de Formentera

This Christmas, hometown artists band together for “Formentera with Formentera”

cartell 2020 formentera amb formenteraThe Formentera Culture Department reports that at 6.00pm this Wednesday 9 December, the “Ajuntament Vell” exhibition space will pull back the curtain on Formentera amb Formentera (Formentera with Formentera).

With the world amid Covid-19 pitched into crisis, a group of illustrators, designers and musicians, all of them living on the island or nurturing close local ties, put their heads together and produced a shared creation: a thank-you video from the Formentera hospital to all the residents, businesses and government agencies that had offered pandemic-era help to the care facility.

The 30-piece exhibit includes work from Guillem Marí, Jan Ribas, Juan Moreno, Max Mallol, Patrícia Gea, Paula Tikas, Pilar Mena, Raquel Caramazana, Vicent Ferrer and Víctor Escandell, and can be seen at the Sala d’Exposicions “Ajuntament Vell” from Monday to Saturday, 11.00am–2.00pm and 6.00pm–8.00pm. The gallery is closed Sundays and Monday mornings.

4 December 2020
Communications Department
Consell de Formentera

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