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Crews turn to 'consolidation' phase of work at Es Cap de Barbaria II

Foto pollegueraPatrimony councillor Susana Labrador gave a joint press conference today with several of the team members on the Es Cap de Barbaria II dig site. Margalida Munar, Antoni Puig and Pau Sureda joined the CiF councillor in taking stock of archaeological efforts since March 20.

Now in its fourth year, the €14,000 initiative, backed by the Council's Office of Culture and Patrimony and staffed by a cohort of experts, is aimed at filling in blanks regarding Formentera's past.

According to Sureda, the project's ten plus specialists are tasked with “consolidating and restoring” the remains. Though he said excavating work had been completed, “the task of consolidating still remains”. Sureda described that part as “instrumental to ensuring the team's work lasts in the long run” and said it would also help analyse the information the team retrieves.

During its work so far, the group has unearthed a door hinge, one of the first of its kind in the Balearics that dates to the Bronze Age. The pre-historic site was populated by a group of individuals some 3,200 years ago.

Conference
At 8.00pm today the team of researchers will host an explanation of the Es Cap de Barbaria II restoration effort in the conference hall of the Office of Culture.

Formentera remembers Antoni Tur Costa, `Gabrielet´

gabrielet2On March 12, 2017, Antoni Tur Costa (nicknamed “Gabrielet”) would have turned one hundred. Here on Formentera, we would like to seize the opportunity to celebrate the first centennial of Gabrielet's birth.

Months ago, a committee was created to plan a series of events over the course of 2017 to pay homage to Gabrielet, not only the artist, but also and in especial the human being. As a member of the committee, the Formentera Island Council is a stakeholder in the celebrations.

March 31 (Friday), la Mola's Casa del Poble will play host to commemoration of the artist. Co-presented by Espai_F and OCB Formentera with additional support from the CiF, it will be a moment to share stories and memories of the milestones that marked Gabrielet's drawn-out, impassioned time on our island.

In 2017, two children's contests organised under the banner of the Sant Jordi holiday turn 18 — the first, for bookmark designs, and the second, for literature penned by kids. Named for Gabrielet and Robert Lewis Baldon, respectively, both encounters are included among this year's centennial celebrations of the illustrator and ceramicist. Entrants in the writing contest are invited to speak about “the art all around them”.

Another hat tip to the artist will come in the form of a documentary on his life, replete with interviews, images and samples of his work. Filmmaker Alfredo Montero, a Formentera native, is currently helming production of the film.

Formentera's centennial programme will resume in September with an exhibition at Centre Gabrielet in Sant Francesc. The show will focus primarily on the Eivissa-grown artist's drawings.

Educational concert for Formentera school children

Escola de musica festivalThe Formentera Council's Office of Education and Culture has announced plans, this Wednesday and Friday at 12.30pm, to stage two educational concerts for students of Sant Francesc and Sant Ferran's public primary schools.

The concerts, held in the cinema, are part of a pilot programme which uses storytelling to familiarise children with musical instruments and dance. Chief of education and culture Susana Labrador voiced her hope that kids get a sense of the music and dance initiatives available on the island. She thanked the teaching staff of the municipal music and dance centre for organising the event.

Labrador said leaflets with signup information would be passed out after each concert to ensure any would-be musicians and dancers get their chance to take part. Enrolment runs from April 3 to June 25 and can be done in person at the OAC or on-line at the OVAC. The music and dance school's entire catalogue can be found here: http://escolamusica.conselldeformentera.cat/cursos-i-tallers/

Month of activities to celebrate Sant Jordi holiday

The Formentera Council's Office of Education and Culture unveiled its calendar of activities today for the commemoration of Saint George, or, as he is known in Catalan, Sant Jordi. In the words of department head Susana Labrador, the programme, which spans all of April, “was conceived as a way to bring our culture to local audiences both young and old”. Things kick off Saturday, April 1, with a performance of Acorar. Playwright and actor Toni Gomila helms a visceral monologue that takes audiences to the heart of Mallorca for a hog slaughter, any islander's go-to social gathering. The decadence of the event serves as shorthand for the decline of traditional Mallorca and, by proxy, the world as we've known it till now. The show, presented by Ferro, starts at 9.00pm in the cinema (Sala de Cultura).

Kids' activities
Sharing the opening slot of the children's events calendar are two events where kids will be able to use recycled materials to build their own dragons. The first workshop takes place Wednesday, April 5, at 5.30pm in the Sant Ferran library and the second on Friday, April 7 at 5.00pm in Marià Villangómez library. The following Saturday, April 8, is another day for the kids when the street theatre production “El niu de Dudu & Cia” hits plaça de la Constitució in Sant Francesc. This family-friendly show is a consummate work-in-progress: actors make their way down the street and neither words nor rules stand in the way of the surprises and laughs that emerge from interactions with the surrounding public.

Book launches
Monday, April 10, Òscar Mayans shares Espurnes de sensacions with Formentera readers. As the author's first solo publication, the book offers a glimpse into Mayans' inner workings. The launch and a talk with the author will be held at 8.00pm in Marià Villangómez library.

Friday, April 21, Obra Cultura Balear presents a launch of David Guinard and Artur Parron's Aurora Picornell (1912-1937). The event will take place at the Marià Villangómez library.

Concert
Also on Friday, local legends Uc perform on Formentera. Co-presented by Espai_F and Illenc at la Mola's Casa del Poble, the concert starts at 8.00pm.

Book stands
All morning long on Sant Jordi day (Sunday, April 23), books retired from the collections of Formentera libraries or donated from local cultural groups can be picked up for free at outposts across Sant Francesc's central plaza. Trade-ins will also be accepted.

Centennial celebration of 'Gabrielet'
The same day, at 12 noon in the cinema, winners will be announced for two children's contests that this year turn 18—a bookmark designing competition named for Antoni Tur “Gabrielet” and Robert Lewis Baldon's celebration of children's literature. Organisers of this year's edition say they hope to keep the memory alive of two seminal local figures. Both left Formentera with important legacies, artistic in one case and literary in the other. Councillor Labrador called the two competitions “a chance to promote reading and creative writing among Formentera youth”. As part of this year's centennial celebration of Tur's birth, participants will reflect on the prompt, “Art all around me”. Entertainment at the awards ceremony will be handled by Ho toquen tot.

Discussion, children's theatre and documentary
The activities continue Monday, April 24, with a look at Bartomeu Ribes' collection of poetry titled Els avisos. The evening, hosted by Maria Teresa Ferrer, Joan Ferrer and the author himself and presented by the local arm of Obra Cultural Balear (OCBF), begins at 8.00pm in Marià Villangómez library.

At 6.00pm on Friday, April 28, Formentera kids are invited to attend a storytelling session by Cristina Garcia at Marià Villangómez library called “Contes Salvatges” (“Savage Tales”).

At 8.30pm that same evening, Miquel Brunet presents his documentary Ferments to crowds in la Mola. The presentation is part of OCBF's Primavera Cultural programme.

Imaràntia, end of festivities
Capping the calendar of events, OCBF will host a 9.00pm concert by Imaràntia on Saturday, April 29 at la Mola's Casa del Poble.

Activities, coordinated by the CiF Office of Culture, had the support of local libraries and special collaboration from Formentera schools, as well as groups like Amics de la Biblioteca Internacional, OCBF, Espai_F, Ràdio Illa and Illenc.

Renewed work at Cap de Barbaria II dig site

Foto arxiu es cap iiFormentera Council's Office of Heritage has announced that workers at Cap de Barbaria II will soon begin consolidating and restoring sections two and eight of the archaeological site. The crew's roster of restorers and archaeologists includes Margalida Munar, Bernat Burganya, Antoni Puig and Pau Surera. The group is led by Munar and Burganya.

From 2014 to 2016 various portions of the site were restored and consolidated—area nine in 2014, six and seven in 2015 and one and three in 2016. That work occurred alongside the respective digs underpinning a research project into the archaeology, heritage and society of Formentera's prehistoric communities. The project ran from 2012 to 2016 and was co-directed coordinated by Sureda.

According to CiF heritage councillor Susana Labrador, the years-long efforts already carried out to restore Cap de Barbaria II mean there is all the more reason to continue. With roughly one third of the site already covered, Labrador estimates full restoration is not far off.

Efforts to consolidate and restore are considered preventive archaeology. A piece of legislation titled “decret 14/2011” establishes a framework for archaeological and paleontological work in the Balearics, and the Cap de Barbaria II initiative has already received the favourable opinion of a related archaeological commission.

Open day
This Saturday an open day gathering and cleanup will take place at the Cap de Barbaria II site from 9.00am to 1.00pm. Organisers have reached out to local residents to ask for help clearing the area of overgrowth. Together with a snack, volunteers will be treated to explanations on the project by the ArqueoBarbaria team.

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