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Discussing plans for Balearic Islands Day celebrations

foto-reunio---preparacio---dia1Councillor of Culture Susana Labrador met today with the director general of inter-administration relations, Miquel Àngel Coll, to begin coordinating work on the events programme for the Balearic Islands Day (Dia de les Illes Balears) on 1 March. Part of an effort to make festivities reflective of diverse interests across the archipelago, recent years have seen the regional government encouraging island councils to take an active role in planning.

The Consell de Formentera and Govern balear will strike a collaborative agreement about programming that promotes a regional identity while still honouring the distinctive qualities of each island. Councillor Labrador welcomed the visit from Director General Coll and pledged that Formentera’s local government would “cooperate to ensure that this year’s programme is a complete one, and that there’s something for Formentera residents”.

Staff from the local and regional administrations were also in attendance at the gathering.

10 October 2019
Department of Communication
Consell de Formentera

Joan Marí Cardona lecture series gets enthusiastic Formentera welcome

foto joan mari cardona2019 1From the conference room of the Centre de Dia, the Department of Patrimony-piloted Joan Marí Cardona Local Study Days (Jornades d’Estudis Locals) playing out this week are now officially in the home stretch. Before the final conference of the lecture series’ eleventh year tomorrow, the penultimate talk takes place tonight at 8.15pm, with Felip Cirer Costa. A professor of Catalan language and literature, Cirer will give a lecture on a project that he heads, the Encyclopaedia of Eivissa and Formentera.

On Friday at 8.15pm, doctor in human biology Maria Eulalia Subirà de Galdàcano will speak about Sa Tanca Vella burial ground in a lecture focussed particularly on what the site can tell us about the people inhabiting Formentera in fourth and fifth century C.E.

The lectures series is causing quite a stir among certain islanders, and given its inclusion among the professional development course offering available to educational staff, the Balearic ministry of education has indicated it will recognise credits obtained by attendees.

10 October 2019
Department of Communication
Consell de Formentera

Meeting of language policy chiefs

reunio---poli--tica-lingu--i--1Language policy councillor Raquel Guasch met at the head offices of the Consell de Formentera with Beatriu Defior and Agustina Vilaret, the director general of language policies and the general secretary of universities, research and language policies for the Balearic Islands, to discuss language initiatives by both administrations.

At the close of the meeting, Guasch highlighted the importance of cooperation and coordination in achieving real change on language policies. Councillor Guasch also underscored other priorities—“to recuperate the self-study corner that’s been shuttered for years, and enhance the role of the Catalan language in restaurants and other local businesses”.

The language policies section of the Balearic government made assurances, moreover, that efforts are under way to implement “language reinvigorators” across the Balearics.

8 October 2019
Department of Communication
Consell de Formentera

Organisers save seats for Formentera residents at upcoming ‘Son Estrella Galicia Posidonia’ festival

foto son estrella 2019 2From Friday to Sunday (11–13 October), Formentera will play host to “Son Estrella Galicia Posidonia”, part of Discover Formentera in October. Tickets to the festival went for €240, and are currently sold out. The lineup of performers, meanwhile, has been kept under wraps until now, with plans to reveal it to the festival’s 350 ticket-holders when they arrive on Formentera.

For Formentera residents, however, all is not lost. Ten tickets for each of the festival’s three “gastronomic and musical moments”—Saturday at noon, Saturday night and the Sunday noontime closing event—have been set aside exclusively for islanders. (Specially priced at €50, each includes a meal, drinks and an aperitif.) As in years past, the moments will play out in surprise locations which won’t be announced until the start of the festival. Formentera residents interested in the offer can visit https://estrellagalicia.es/son/festivales/posidonia/

Free concert, open to the public
What’s more, one of the main events will be open to the public and free to attend. In fact, it’s included in the activities programme for Festes del Pilar de la Mola. On Saturday 12 October, two surprise concerts—one at 10.30pm and another at 12 midnight—will be staged in the town square.

Taking place earlier in the evening, at 7.30pm, another noteworthy concert will be a joint affair by the municipal bands of Formentera and Muro. It’s the first event in a series of events celebrating twenty years of operations at the Formentera School of Music (Escola de Música de Formentera).

Teaming up with SPP
In collaboration with the Save Posidonia Project, festival staff will educate attendees of Son Estrella Galicia about the importance of safeguarding posidonia and encouraging them to take part in the programme to adopt square metres of seagrass meadows. The festival is organised by Estrella Galicia and receives additional support from the Consell de Formentera. The event offers participants three days of music, fine dining and nature to rediscover Formentera this October.

8 October 2019
Department of Communication
Consell de Formentera

“Erró al Far”—a tribute to an artist remembered for generosity, esteem toward Formentera

ses 10720 erro-flyer-xarxes-1-The culture department of the Consell de Formentera reports that this Friday at 6.00pm, the gallery of the freshly minted cultural and education space housed in la Mola lighthouse will welcome Erró al Far. The 12-piece exhibit of colour lithographs with dates between 2001 and 2012 was culled from the artist’s own bequeathment to the culture office.

Culture councillor Susana Labrador hailed the fact that “at last these works are put on view for the people of Formentera and everyone else to experience”. She called it “a magnificent collection that the artist selflessly donated to Formentera. He loved this island, and now these previously unseen pieces can be displayed in a setting that is absolutely perfect for them”.

Featuring some of the artist’s most emblematic series, the monographic selection connects an array of world-famous historical figures ranging from Che Guevara and Freud to cartoons, femme fatals and warrior queens, depicting the latter as both powerful and sexual icons.

Erró is of the great names in 20th-century art, and we see him here as an individualist, pop and baroque all at once. His art is visual and narrative-driven, critical of society, full of humour and reflects a man of impenetrable moral character. And, for the last sixty-five years, he has produced an incredibly rich body of work that resists categorising, according to exhibit curator Anna Costa.

Erró al Far is Formentera’s tribute to the artist for the generosity and esteem he has shown the island. Born 1932 in Ólafsvík (Iceland), he began his artistic education at the Reykjavík School of Fine Arts, proceeding to the Oslo Academy and the Florence Academy of Fine Arts, where he immersed himself in mosaic art. However, it was his travels to different countries of the east and west that he would find what would become his mother lode of inspiration for the creativity of his installations.

He relocated to Paris in 1958. There, he fell in with the surrealists, joined the French nouvelle figuration artists and took part in the city’s Salon de Mai exhibit from 1960 to 1966. He lives between Paris, Thailand and Formentera, where he landed almost by accident in 1958. Its peace and its people were key to Erró’s opting to set up a home and workshop here, and both were built by architect Henri Quillé in 1970.

It would be during those same years that Erró achieved international success and his work began to appear in private and public displays, museums, centres of art, private foundations and art galleries. He has been granted multiple awards and accolades, such as the Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres (Paris, 1983), the Icelandic Parliament’s Best Artist Award (2000) and Formentera’s own Honorary Native Son prize in 2013.

La Mola lighthouse visiting hours
The exhibit can be visited whenever the far, or lighthouse, is open—Tuesday to Sunday from 11.00am to 2.00pm, plus Wednesday and Sunday evenings from 5.00pm to 9.00pm. Winter hours—Tuesday to Saturday from 10.0am to 2.00pm—begins 15 October. The exhibit will remain at the lighthouse until December.

General admission is €4.50. Admission is free for Formentera residents, visitors under 18 and the unemployed, and pensioners and students get in for €2.50.

7 October 2019
Department of Communication
Consell de Formentera

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