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Covid-safe Christmas programme has something for everyone

foto 2020 festes NadalEarlier today the Consell de Formentera unveiled the activities bill for the 2020-2021 Christmas holidays, a programme replete with options for young and old, including family-friendly entertainment, exhibitions, concerts and online activities all tailored to conjure the Yuletide spirit. Events have been adapted to accommodate Covid-19 safety measures.

Consell de Formentera president Alejandra Ferrer seized the opportunity to wish islanders a happy holiday season and share her special Christmas wish “that we take good care of ourselves and each other so we can uncover our smiles in 2021”, and called on islanders to enjoy the holidays and the special activities “without forgetting to heed safety measures”.

The holiday season gets going Thursday 3 December with the opening of the 2021 Christmas Market (Mercat Nadalenc). The marketplace will once again go up in Sant Francesc’s central plaza, Plaça de la Constitució, a location choice that aims, according to deputy premiere and commerce councillor Ana Juan, to “remind local shoppers to patronise hometown businesses as they set out in search of Christmas presents”. Juan pointed out that the six-stall market, set to open 3 December to 5 January, would feature five shacks dedicated to craftwares and a sixth for NGOs, but warned shoppers that Covid-19 restrictions prevent the sale of food and drinks.

“The Consell and its partner organisations put their heads together and came up with a holiday programme to share the magic of Christmas with young and old”, said culture and holidays councillor Susana Labrador, who told attendees to expect a full regime of safety measures in place. “Islanders’ collaboration and understanding will be key to enjoying this atypical holiday season”, said the councillor, adding that the programme was subject to the vicissitudes of the current epidemiological situation.

Kids’ activities
On Sunday 13 December, local youngsters will delight in the musical puppet-show Tina, la bruixa fina. Tina is a clever young witch keen to learn the secrets of her trade, an endeavour in which she will seek help from the older and wiser witch Tomassot. Tina, la bruixa fina starts at 6.00pm on Sunday 13 December. Advance reservations are required and may be booked until 10.00am, 11 December, at reserves@conselldeformentera.cat.

Kids will have special films lined up this holiday season, starting with Trolls 2: Gira mundial on Saturday and Sunday, 26-27 December. Details about another special screening the following week have not yet been announced.

Casal de Joves
On Friday 11 December, the local youth drop-in centre has put together a workshop where participants can make handcrafted Christmas decorations. The event takes place at 6.00pm in the Casal de Joves. At 5.30pm on Saturday 2 January, the centre will host their by now classic xocolatada.

Evenings of music
Since no Christmas is complete without music, Saturday 12 December will come with a performance by hometown band La 22 in the festival tent of the Sa Senieta car park. The show starts at 8.00pm and tickets must be booked in advance by emailing reserves@conselldeformentera.cat.

The tunes keep coming with the Consell de Formentera and Associació Formentera Musical’s Mostra de músics, two evenings of mood-setting mini-concerts by local acts like Pez Sonora+PerSonal, Emi Bueno, Yakari & Marie Connery quartet i Dj Gioele + DJ Clint Zero (from 6.00pm on Friday the 18th) and Bloco Colubraria, Erik Doornweerd i Óscar & Co, Sur and Foc i Fum (from 2.00pm on Sunday the 20th).

Holiday fun
On Saturday 19 December in the Sa Senieta festival tent, the Three Kings Association throw their eleventh birthday bash with children’s entertainment courtesy of Circo de Cachirulo, music by Joan Murenu i una colla de gent bona and El Nadal d’Imaràntia. Tickets to the events can be booked by sending a Whatsapp to 609.344.635.

At 7.00pm on Sunday the 20th, the Formentera cinema/Sala de Cultura will be the scene of Musicaldansa’s stage production of Ana de las tejas verdes, another Three Kings-hosted event requiring reservations via Whatsapp (609.344.635).

Father Christmas
This 2020 Saint Nick will still make his yearly stop on the island, but this time the visit will be virtual, so each and every child who wants to can get in on the Christmas magic. Showsibiza.com’s performance was filmed entirely on Formentera and will be available from 6.00pm on 21 December on the island’s YouTube channel.

Traditional activities
On Saturday 26 December, the Three Kings Association breath new life into an old traditional celebration, la Mitjana Festa de Nadal. Hosted in the Sa Senieta festival tent, the event includes Mass service and music from Pep “Botifarra” Gimeno, Dos pal sac and Aires Formenterencs.

Cap d’Any
On New Year’s Eve, the Consell will take to Spotify to share its AFM-curated holiday playlist, Cap d’Any a Formentera.

Three Kings of the East
The Consell and Three Kings are working hard to host the Three Kings of the East on a special Covid-safe visit. More information will be given in the days ahead.

Cultural programming
9 December is the start of the classic group Christmas exhibit. Amid the coronavirus crisis, a group of illustrators, designers and musicians, some living on the island, others with deep ties to it, put their heads together on a common creation: a thank-you video from the Formentera hospital to residents, businesses and government agencies that had offered pandemic-era help to the care facility.

The 30-piece exhibit includes work from ten creators and can be seen at the Sala d’Exposicions “Ajuntament Vell” from Monday to Saturday, 11.00am–2.00pm and 6.00pm–8.00pm, until 5 January 2021.

Shop window decoration contest
Every year the Eivissa-Formentera Chamber of Commerce and Consell de Formentera cultivate Christmas cheer in local shops with their shop window decoration contest. The contest turns 14 in 2020.

Additional support
The Consell wishes to thank the Three Kings, Institut d’Estudis Baleàrics, AFM and Sons Formentera for making the 2020 Christmas programme possible with their support.


2 December 2020
Communications Department
Consell de Formentera

“Eso que tú me das” offers Formentera audiences Jordi Évole’s parting interview with Pau Donés

cartell 2020 eso que tu me dasThe Formentera Culture Department reports that on Friday 4 December and Sunday the 6th, the Sala de Cultura (Cinema) will host screenings of Eso que tú me das, the documentary capturing Pau Donés in his final interview with Jordi Évole. The screenings are scheduled for 8.30pm and 8.00pm, respectively.

Pau Donés succumbed to cancer after a five-year battle with the disease, but until his dying breath, the Jarabe de Palo leader burned to communicate and share his joy for life. As death drew near, the singer reached out to Jordi Évole, intent on conveying his final message, one of gratitude for all that he had received.

At home with Donés in Vall d’Aran, the Producciones del Barrio team filmed an interview which, per the singer’s express wishes, would only be shown after his death. Directed by Évole and Ramón Lara, Eso que tú me das is the result of that conversation.

The documentary toggles between the emotion-wrought moments of a person’s farewell and musings on how to live life and not take it for granted. There are light-hearted moments as well, with the journalist and singer settling old scores through laughs.

Donés had a connection to Formentera that ran deep: he spent lengthy seasons here, and maintained a vast network of friends and loved ones. Contact reserves@conselldeformentera.cat by 10.00am on Friday 4 December to reserve tickets.

Raising money for VHIO and the Fero Foundation
That, amid the current morass in cultural programming, Eso que tú me das be screened in more than 280 theatres across Spain is testament to the toil and drive of producers, distribution companies and cinemas.

The films’ producers have additionally pledged to donate their earnings to cancer research at Barcelona’s Vall d’Hebron Institute of Oncology and the Fero Foundation. Donés received treatment at VHIO, and researchers there will continue studying the singer’s particular form of cancer.

24 November 2020
Communications Department
Consell de Formentera

For International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, Yolanda Domínguez shares exhibit and seminar

cartell 2020 LBD“Little Black Dress” reflects on how diversity among female bodies is rendered invisible

At 6.00pm on Monday 23 November, Yolanda Domínguez pulls the curtain back on the exhibit “Little Black Dress”. The title is lifted from fashion jargon, and refers to the short, black and versatile number that every woman is expected to keep in the back of her closet.

“LBD” explores how the canons that underpin the world of fashion exert influence and pressure on people’s construction of the female body. In the beginning fashion was tailor-made for every customer: tailors crafted designer dresses by adapting them to the bodies of individual women. The industrial revolution meant the rise of mass-produced ready-to-wear apparel, and predetermined sizes brought a significant change: it was henceforth the woman’s body that adapted to the dress, not the other way round. Collections, catalogues and runway shows have been consigned to a single size —the European 38— ever since. The young, slender, white woman as model would go on to become a stereotype in cinema, TV and media, rendering the female body’s diversity of sizes, shapes, colours and ages invisible.

The women who don Domínguez’s size-38, “fast fashion” little black dress come in all sizes, colours and ages. Domínguez’s photos are about conjuring a world of corporal diversity — then holding that world against constraining stereotypes, and contrasting the two. The dress is tight on some models, loose on others, but each and every woman who wears it embodies power and body-pride.

“LBS” is a reflection on gender and social consciousness, a critical look at representations of women in fashion, an invitation to embrace diversity.

The exhibit is open 11.00am to 2.00pm and 6.00pm to 8.00pm, 23 November to 5 December in the Sala d’Exposicions “Ajuntament Vell”. Gallery closed Sundays and Monday mornings. Opening night on Monday 23 November.

“Change images, change the world”, a look at how images can operate in the transformation of the popular imagination

If you make images, share them or even just look at them, it’s important to know what you’re looking at. For some people, images are information, for others, a form of expression, and for others still, a chance to influence or manipulate. There are those that know how to use images to distinct ends and do so consciously, while others simply reproduce patterns, copying and pasting in blithe ignorance of the consequences their actions have on society.

Casting a long gaze at images throughout history (from painting to mass media), Yolanda Domínguez shows us how we relate to images, unpacks their social significance and explains how to use them consciously and for good. She uses examples from her own work to demonstrate the importance of transforming the popular imagination to eradicate social inequality.

The seminar is scheduled for 7.00pm Monday 24 November in the Centre d’Esports Nàutics. Space is limited and reservations are required (espaidonesformentera@gmail.com / 697.941.016 [WhatsApp]).

Bio
Yolanda Domínguez is a Spanish visual artist, photographer and activist. Her work involves feminist consciousness and social critique as they relate to gender, and consumption as a societal tool.

Domínguez studied Business Management and Fine Arts at Universidad Complutense de Madrid, completing her studies with a master’s in Art and New Technologies at the European University of Madrid and a master’s in Contemporary Photography at EFTI Madrid’s School of Photography. She gave classes as part of Madrid School of Marketing’s experiential master’s in Marketing Management for the Creative Industries, and worked as a professor and advisor for the EFTI’s Concept and Creation master’s programme. As a weekly contributor for Huffington Post Spain, Domínguez writes about media representations of women.

Irony and decontextualisation stand as two of Domínguez’s central strategies, and she champions the liberating force of laughter. The themes of gender and consumption frequently anchor her work. Domínguez believes that with the power to create images comes responsibility, and practices the art of action, a discipline based in impact and discomposure.

19 November 2020
Communications Department
Consell de Formentera

‘Cine a los cuatro vientos’ returns to Formentera with programme of short films

cartell 2020 cine als 4 vents“Cine a los cuatro vientos” is a cultural project of the City of Soria International Short Film Festival that supports cinema by bringing SIFSF shorts to audiences across Spain.

Now in its eighth year, the one-time partner of the Posidonia Festival has joined forces with Casa del Poble de la Mola and Formentera Film Festival to present a selection of short films and a parallel programme that includes screenings at schools.

From next week, island audiences can enjoy 16 shorts from Spain and farther afield that have wooed crowds at the Soria Film Festival, Goya Awards, Oscars and numerous festivals around the globe. Shorts in this year’s programme are categorised as Fiction, Animation or Documentary and hail from France, Brazil, Spain, Norway, Morocco, USA, Canada and Colombia.

Screenings are scheduled 25, 26 and 27 November at the Casa del Poble de la Mola. Each session lasts ninety minutes and reservations are required (info.espaifrumentaria@gmail.com).

The Formentera edition of Cine a los cuatro vientos is made possible by support from Formentera Film Festival, Espai F, Consell Insular de Formentera, Mediterrània Pitiüsa, Proauto and Moto Rent Pujols.

17 November 2020
Communications Department
Consell de Formentera

Apneef benefit concert

cartell 2020 concert apneef 2The Eivissa-Formentera Association for People with Special Needs (Apneef) will host a fundraising gala Saturday 21 November. The event will take place at the Formentera Sala de Cultura (Cinema) at 8.00pm. Reservations may be made by calling 971.31.73.60, with tickets priced at €12 in advance or €15 at the box office a half hour before the function. Space is limited.

13 November 2020
Communications Department
Consell de Formentera

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