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From 7 June, music returns to Formentera plazas with ‘Música a les Places’

cartell 2021 musica a les placesEarlier today the Formentera Department of Culture and Festivals unveiled the summer 2021 programme for Música a les Places (Music in the Squares). In a renewed push to reactivate a crisis-hit sector and fresh off the initiative’s warm reception last year, organisers have put together a Covid-safe slate of concerts in the squares of es Pujols and Sant Francesc and on the promenade in la Savina. From world music and Latin tunes to blues, soul, rock, heavy metal and jazz, an array of musical genres will guarantee a lively mood.

Culture and festivities chief Susana Labrador explained, “The premise remains the same: cultural happenings, concerts, summer nights, islanders, tourists and public, outdoor spaces. The idea is to make music a natural part of the leisure time of Formentera’s summer crowd”. Similar to last year and barring additional rule changes, concerts will have limited capacity and audience members must stay seated and keep a safe distance.

La Savina
La Savina is in for yet another musical summer with Els Dilluns al Port (Mondays at the Port). 7 June to 27 September, live musical performances will liven up the marina promenade from 10.00pm.

Es Pujols
Starting 15 June and continuing till 21 September, Tuesday nights at 10.00pm, es Pujols’ Plaça d’Europa will welcome Música en Viu (Live Music), with acts booked by Formentera Musical.

On Thursdays the very same plaza will play host to World Music, including a performance from Música a les Places veteran, Antena Libre. Performances will start at 10.00pm and run 17 June to 21 October, except during a break in August.

Sant Francesc
19 June to 25 September, get ready a Saturday-night classic in Sant Francesc: 10.00pm performances by Formentera’s most beloved jazz outfit.

Música a les Places’ returning collaborators include Jazz & Co, Formentera Musical, Antena Libre, La Savina Neighbourhood Association, Balearic Port Authority and, considering a recently renewed partnership with the Consell, Estrella Galicia. Local government salutes Estrella Galicia for its longstanding support for musical and cultural initiatives in our country.

3 June 2021
Communications Department
Consell de Formentera

Early registration at Escola de Música i Dansa

foto 2021 preinscripcio escola de musica i dansaThe Formentera Department of Education is pleased to report that islanders keen to begin studies at the Escola de Música i Dansa de Formentera (Formentera School of Music and Dance, EMDF) can now complete early registration, while returning students can re-enrol from today. Applications will be accepted via the OVAC until 22 June.

EMDF staff will phone incoming students in September to complete the registration process or schedule an entrance exam, as the case may be.

For inquiries, contact escolamusica@conselldeformentera.cat or visit the EMDF website.

Education and culture chief Susana Labrador urged islanders to take advantage of music and dance classes she described as “educational and fun”. A video produced by local government and spotlighting the EMDF’s instructional offering will also be shared on social media.

The following courses will be offered:

Music (accredited; 8 and up)
Instruments: transverse flute, guitar, piano, trumpet and clarinet.

Music (non-accredited; 8 and up)
Instruments: transverse flute, piccolo, clarinet, saxophone, trumpet, French horn, trombone, bass saxhorn and tuba.

Traditional music workshop (4 and up)
Local folk instruments: tambour, castanets and flute. Four levels: Initiation I and II and Continuation I and II.

Initiation to music (5-8 years old)
A first look at instruments and basic music theory through songs and games... for children aged 5 to 8.

Professional-track self-study
Based on student needs (students must submit proof of completion of elementary-level course from an accredited music school or conservatory).

Folk guitar workshop
Learn how to accompany other musicians with chords.

Formentera Polyphonic Choir
Free activity for all those interested in music regardless of previous schooling. Ninety minutes per week.

Music band
Mainly wind instruments. Course consists of one weekly group lesson by instrument, one weekly lesson of targeted music theory (barring previous studies) and a one-hour band rehearsal.

Accredited dance studies (8 and up)
Four-year elementary dance programmes centred on classical dance, danza española or music.

Non-accredited dance studies
-Modern dance
-Initiation to dance (3-8 years old)
-Flamenco workshop

Course offering may change based on 2021-2022 public health measures pending approval by the Balearic ministry of education and vocational training.

1 June 2021
Communications Department
Consell de Formentera

‘Ajuntament Vell’ welcomes Julie Aubrun’s ‘Mi ciudadela’

cartell 2021 julie aubrunThe Formentera Department of Culture reports that Monday 31 May at 6.00pm, the “Ajuntament Vell” gallery will host the opening of Julie Aubrun’s “Mi ciudadela”. Described by the artist as “a dialogue between dance and painting”, the exhibition has at its core the metaphor of the human body as “citadel” and its immanent energies, soldiers labouring in its defence. Graphically, Aubrun plays with realism and the abstract, emptiness and textures, to symbolise transparency and the invisible. Her paintings give vent to the delicacy of bodies which are both extremely fragile and an impassable wall.

A native of Nancy (France), Julie Aubrun is an author and illustrator. She studied art and visual communication in Paris. She has lived on Formentera since 2012, and her work is entirely inspired by the island.

The exhibition’s nineteen works in mixed media on paper can be seen at the “Ajuntament Vell” from 1 to 12 June 2021, Monday to Saturday from 11.00am to 2.00pm and 6.00pm to 8.00pm (the gallery closes Sundays and Monday mornings).

28 May 2021
Communications Department
Consell de Formentera

Xico Castelló presents “Parlem de falutxos, balandres i pailebots”

cartell 2021 xico castelloThursday 3 June, Formentera will welcome Xico Castelló Ribas for an 8.00pm presentation of Parlem de falutxos, balandres i pailebots–Un petit repàs d’una època no massa llunyana (Feluccas, sloops and sailboats–A short survey of a scarcely distant past; Mediterrànea). The presentation will be moderated by local heritage chief Raquel Guasch and attended by the author, publisher Miquel Costa and Marcos Marí, from Trasmapi. The event will be held at the restaurant La Bocana in the Port of La Savina.

In Parlem de falutxos..., Xico Castelló, a skipper for the Merchant Navy and captain of high-speed vessels on the Eivissa-Formentera line, offers a partial survey of the maritime history of the Pine Islands, including brief descriptions and personal drawings of varying types of boats that sailed the waters of Eivissa and Formentera from the late nineteenth to mid-twentieth century.

27 May 2021
Communications Department
Consell de Formentera

‘Palma Brass’ quintet plays Formentera

cartell 2021 palma brassThe Formentera Department of Culture is pleased to report that from 8.00pm on Friday 4 June, Sant Francesc’s sa Senieta will welcome a performance from “Palma Brass” — an ensemble of seasoned professional brass musicians from the Balearic Symphonic Orchestra and the city of Palma’s municipal band that set about, in 2018, filling what they saw as a void in the musical scene.

Organisers say Palma Brass concerts span originals and new arrangements of the better-known entries in the classical and modern repertories. No reservations are required and admission is free. Capacity will be limited.

With their latest project, “Musical Journey from the Old World to the New”, the group underscore the versatility of the brass quintet format as they tackle classics from three of Italian music’s leading lights: Verdi, Puccini and Rossini. In “New World”, listeners are plunged into the stark contrast of the Wild West with a fanfare for brass by the American great, Eric Ewazen. The group bids farewell to the courtyard crowd at sa Senieta with a tribute to one of contemporary Latin music’s most celebrated figures. The group tackle plethoric Latin rhythms and Cuban jazz in what is perhaps the toughest four-piece adaptation of Grammy Award-winning Cuban composer Paquito de Rivera.

Palma Brass is Samuel García and Jaume Blázquez on trumpets, José Fortea on horn, Jean Christoph Brunet on trombone and Tobias Isern on tuba.

26 May 2021
Communications Department
Consell de Formentera

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