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Anna Ametller’s “Juliol” takes up residence tomorrow at Centre ‘Gabrielet’

cartell 2020 juliolTomorrow at Centre Antoni Tur ‘Gabrielet’, the artist Anna Ametller will pull the curtain back on “Juliol”. The exhibition of recycled artefacts, repurposed by Ametller as sculptures, invites visitors to feel summer as a visual experience. “It’s a feeling that’s pleasant, fresh, poetic and child-like”, offers the artist.

Ametller points out that she plucked many of the materials that made it into the show —driftwood, scrap metal, plastic and rocks— from the Formentera shoreline. For the artist, each one signifies a distinct emotion: wood embodies warmth, for example, while plastics recall the opposite end of the spectrum.

The show opens tomorrow 1 July at 5.00pm, and is scheduled to run Monday to Saturday, 10.30am to 2.00pm and 6.00pm to 8.00pm, until 10 July.

30 June 2020
Department of Communications
Consell de Formentera

With LLUN3S series, music is at core of Far de la Mola’s full moon parties

cartell 2020 LLUN3SEarlier today the Formentera office of culture unveiled details surrounding the latest from cultural collective Espai F_: a series of music-driven shindigs set in the patio of La Mola’s lighthouse cultural centre and showcasing the three full moons of summer.

Starting as the first moonbeams illuminate the cliffs of El Pilar de la Mola, the evenings bring together an array of musical duos.

Formentera’s own Maria José Cardona and Majorcan Miquel Brunet —a musical foray the pair have christened Imaràntia— top the bill of LLUN3S’s inaugural night, from 9.58pm on 5 July. From 9.21pm on 3 August, Txabi Ábrego lends a hand as Lleida-born singer-songwriter Meritxell Gené presents her most recent effort, Sa Tanca d'Allà dins. And, crowning the series at 8.57 on 2 September are the specialists of Majorcan traditional tunes, singer Júlia Colom and pianist Toni Vaquer.

In line with safety protocol, capacity will be limited to one hundred individuals. Additional considerations have involved assuring a certain measure of harmony with natural surroundings. Ticket requests should be emailed to info.espaifrumentaria@gmail.com and include name of guests and the locations desired. Audiences are asked to arrive thirty minutes before each show, while payment will be conducted after each event, with organisers opting for a pay-what-you-can system as spectators exit.

Designed specifically with the lighthouse patio space in mind, LLUN3S was envisaged as a respectful homage to the full moon parties that became legendary in the La Mola of the seventies and eighties. A joint production of Espai F_ and the cultural arm of the Consell de Formentera, LLUN3S receives additional support from Ports de Balears and Ràdio Illa.

29 June 2020
Department of Communications
Consell de Formentera

This Monday, Formentera celebrates the pottery of Anneliese Witt with “Poesia i fang”

Cartell Eva TurOn Monday 29 June the “Ajuntament Vell” exhibition space will pull back the curtain on “Poesia i fang” (Poetry and Clay). The display is dedicated to Anneliese Witt, a German artist who died in May 2018.

The exhibition pairs 16 of Witt’s pieces with texts penned expressly for the occasion by renowned writers and poets Nora Albert, Iolanda Bonet, Pep Marí, Antoni Marí, Carles Fabregat, Neus Riera, Antonio Colinas, Vicent Tur and others.

Curated by Eva Tur Antoni and Marcos Tur Witt, the exhibition can be seen until 11 July 2020, Monday to Friday from 11.00am to 2.00pm and 7.00pm to 9.00pm. The gallery is closed Sundays and Monday mornings.

26 June 2020
Department of Communications
Consell de Formentera

It’s the return of Cinema a la Fresca, a Formentera summer classic

cartell 2020 cinefrescThe Formentera office of culture announces the fourteenth Cinema a la Fresca, free evening screenings of classics and contemporary highlights from Spanish and world cinema.

Under the creative direction of Veronique Landy and Espai F, the outdoor film series brings together, from July to September, 32 arthouse gems from varying countries and spanning the 1930s to present day, screened in their original language. The initiative kicks off its weekly circuit on Tuesdays in Sant Francesc’s Jardí de ses Eres, before moving to the Sant Ferran square and La Mola’s Casa del Poble patio on Thursdays and Fridays, respectively.

The Cinema a la Fresca programme commences Tuesday 30 June in Sant Francesc with a film that is additionally included in the activities’ bill in support of World LGBTQI+ Pride Day. Sebastián Lelio’s Una mujer fantástica follows Marina, a transgender youth in the Chilean capital of Santiago who works as a waitress and singer. She and her partner, Orlando, twenty years her senior, see themselves in each other’s future until Orlando dies, leaving Marina with no other choice but to face up to her family and show them she is strong, honest and fabulous.

Thursday 2 July, crowds in Sant Francesc’s Plaça de l’Església will be treated to celebrated director Fernando Amenábar’s Mientras dure la guerra. Relying on the through-line of the political and personal conflict of writer-philosopher Miguel de Unamuno, the film explores the events that transpired in Salamanca over the second half of 1936.

Friday 3 July, visitors to the Casa del Poble patio space will be able to check out Sherlock JR. Filmed by American Buster Keaton in 1924, the wordless love story features Keaton in the part of a young film-house projector operator. Poor, optimistic, bright-eyed and enamoured with a handsome woman for whose attention he must clamour, the man finds himself facing off against a dastardly foil who will ready to stop at nothing to thwart his plans. Refusing to take things sitting down, the young Romeo studies the methodology of detectives in order, he reasons, to become a modern Sherlock Holmes.

The series additionally includes child-friendly fare like Dilili a París, Ponyo en el acantilado and, on 9 July in Sant Ferran, Mi amigo el gigante, aka The BFG. Directed by Steven Spielberg and based on the novel by Roald Dahl, the film tells the story of a girl who finds herself joining forces with a giant to stymie an invading force of evil giants who are prepared to gobble up every boy and girl in the country.

Formentera’s youngest film fans are invited to come out for Avatar on Thursday 23 July. The visually exquisite animated feature not only champions environmental causes, it brims with a magic and marvel that will warm even the coldest heart.

Among the highlights of this year’s Cinema a la Fresca are live performances by pianist Jota Hidalgo of the soundtracks accompanying Sherlock JR. and Charlie Chaplin’s The Kid. The former takes place Friday 3 July and the latter on Tuesday 21 July.

Films will be shown in idyllic natural and open-air backdrops where covid-19 safety and physical distancing protocol will be in place.

26 June 2020
Department of Communication
Consell de Formentera

Formentera hails return of art and craft markets

foto 2020 mercat la molaThe Formentera office of trade reports that the start of sales tomorrow, Wednesday 24 June, at the La Savina market signals the return of artisans and artists to seasonal bazaars across the island, as vendors in Es Pujols and Sant Francesc start their season on 28 June, and still others follow soon after — on 1 July in La Mola and a day later in Sant Ferran.

Marketplaces will remain open until October, while local government has pledged to reimburse 100% of the fees street-side merchants pay to ply their trades on the public thoroughfare.

Crowds will be kept at three quarters capacity this year amid the Covid-19 public health crisis. And, though the most recent decree from the Balearic administration requires a minimum safe distance between stands, trade consellera Ana Juan highlighted work between the department and sellers to maximise space whenever possible. Marketgoers in La Mola will notice stalls have spilled over into an additional lot and onto the town’s main arterial, while shoppers in Es Pujols will find vendors have inched into nearby Carrer Cartagena in an effort to allow physical distancing.

Other pre-season tweaks included revamping worse for wear stalls in Sant Ferran, and electrical work around the market in Es Pujols.

The consellera said that in recent weeks artisans of the island had been contacted one by one as organisers teed up the coming season, which she predicted would be unique. “Our markets are among Formentera’s biggest tourist draws, not to mention a remarkable source of dynamism in summer”, confided Juan, who trusted that, even given the atypical state of play in summer 2020, bustling marketplaces would slowly work to rouse the island from slumber.

Markets will open as follows:

La Savina market
From 24 June, Monday to Sunday from 10.00am to 10.00pm.

Es Pujols market
From 28 June, Monday to Sunday from 7.00pm to 12 midnight. In 2020 stalls additionally occupy Carrer Cartagena.

Sant Francesc market
From 28 June, Monday to Sunday from 10.00am to 12 midnight.

La Mola craft market
From 1 July, Wednesdays and Sundays from 5.00pm to 10.00pm. In 2020 stalls additionally occupy adjacent lot and Avinguda de la Mola.

Sant Ferran craft and art market
From 2 July, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays from 8.00pm to 12 midnight.

23 June 2020
Department of Communications
Consell de Formentera

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