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La Mola lighthouse, open for visitors weekends in February

cartell a2 far la mola def-1-The Formentera Council reports that tomorrow marks the start of open days at the lighthouse in la Mola. Saturdays and Sundays in February from 10.00am to 3.00pm the building's doors will be opened to the public so that, in the words of CiF culture councillor Susana Labrador, “all of Formentera, and any curious visitors, can come check out the remodelled la Mola lighthouse”.

Admission is free and informational brochures have been prepared so visitors can learn about the structure's history and recent rehabilitation as well as forthcoming plans to convert the space into a cultural centre. The councillor said “no one will be disappointed” with a site that “people have seen countless times from the outside, but whose inside is new to most”.

New cultural space
Work on the far (“lighthouse”), a valuable heritage site, entailed revamping the ground floor and façade, all the while striving to assure their proper preservation, so the monument can be used a cultural venue.

This March the space will be fitted with a museum that is expected to open before the start of summer. The ground floor will house an interpretative centre encompassing the island's other lighthouses as well as a focus on the island's relationship with the sea, fishing and migratory movements, not to mention audio, video and images that explore the island's maritime history.

A multi-purpose space will host cultural programming like exhibits, concerts, conferences, recitals and small-scale theatre productions. The outdoor front patio has been readied for open-air cultural and educational events too.

This season's L'Illa a Escena comes with third Cantada Pagesa, singer-songwriters and theatre

gemma-humet-estel-sole---21The Formentera Council's culture department unveiled the programme of music and performing arts behind this year's “L'Illa a Escena”. Department chief Susana Labrador said six assorted events scheduled for the cinema (Sala de Cultura) were about “highlighting and developing the local cultural scene. There will be plenty of artistic expression on display—theatre, music, children's entertainment”.

The programme kicks off with the third “Cantada Pagesa” piloted by the traditional music section of Formentera's Escola de Música i Dansa. Performing are roughly fifteen singers from younger generations to veterans of the homespun traditional song-crafts of glosat and redoblat.

The free show starts at 8.30pm in the Sala de Cultura (Cinema) on Saturday February 2.

Then, on February 16 as part of Barnasants' international festival of independent music, Gemma Humet and Estel Solé will be on the island to present “A cau de les paraules”. The pair of artists take crowds on a poetry- and music-filled emotional roller coaster ride in which Solé serves up poetry and Humet dishes out original compositions.

The pair's concert is also free, and starts at 8.30pm in the Sala de Cultura (Cultura).

Local act Maria José Cardona will take her act to Barcelona's Harlem Jazz Club next Tuesday February 7 as part of another Barnasants event.

At the end of the month the Javier Aranda troupe share Vida with the island. Geared towards audiences ten and up and fusing tenderness with elegant humour, Vida has earned an array of distinctions, like Best production awards from the international theatre festival in Huesca and Lleida's Fira de Titelles, not to mention Feten's accolade for small-scale productions.

Tickets to Vida cost three euros, and the show is Saturday February 23.

Eivissa's own Clownidoscopio embarks this March with Refugi. David Novell and Monma Mingot work with what they dominate—lyricism, wit and joy—in a silent all-ages production showcasing the twosome's painstaking devotion to the clown craft. The take they offer on human relations shows sharpness, grace and depth.

The Sala de Cultura hosts the production at 6.00pm on March 9, and tickets cost three euros.

Theatregoers in late March can see El Somni productions present La Classe, which traces two teenage classmates' journeys through life, while speaking to a range of issues that are universal.

La Classe is at the Sala de Cultra (Cinema) from 8.30pm on Saturday March 30, and admission costs five euros.

The second concert of the Barnasants cultural initiative will take place in April, when Giorgio Conte and Joan Isaac present “Dues cultures, un sol mar”. Conte and Isaac join together in song for these special concerts—tributes to Italian and Catalan singer-songwriters. The show finds the two in the roles of Venice merchants whose stocks in trade—their songs—are eminently valuable. The Mediterranean unites them and reunites them. They are united, and reunited, by the Mediterranean.

The concert happens Saturday April 13 at the Sala de Cultura (Cinema). Free entry.

Supporting culture
The councillor thanked Institut d'Estudis Baleàrics for making the programme possible and “helping to create spaces for the performing arts and performances. Let's hope it's a lot of fun for islanders”.

Music, theatre and storytelling for Formentera kids with 12th children's programming fest

zum-zum31The Formentera Council's culture office presents the twelfth annual Mostra d'Espectacles Infantils (“Children's Theatre Festival”), a selection of shows set to arrive Friday January 18 with a musical production for children under three. Formentera's own Xènia Fuertes will put on Engrunes musicals from 6.00pm at the island's cinema (Sala de Cultura, €3, reservations via email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ).

More entertainment options are in store at the weekend. On Saturday January 19, the Zum-Zum company presents Formentera audiences with La gallina dels ous d'or, a fable-ish production in which two farmers will see how what starts as a stroke of luck finding the hen that lays golden eggs turns into misfortune. Admission for the show, which begins at 6.00pm and is for children four and up, is €3.

The Mostra d'Espectacles Infantils' final act hits Monday January 21 with David and Monma's Nous contes de Conta'm el Món, a show full of laughs, music and slapstick theatre that takes us on a journey around the globe, where we'll discover the universal values of traditional lore. The free storytime session starts at 6.00pm at Sant Francesc's Biblioteca Marià Villangómez.

On Monday David and Monma will take their storytelling down the road to the seniors and assorted users of the dependent care facility (Centre de Dia).

Mostra d'Espectacles Infantils
Culture councillor Susana Labrador said Mostra events are about “promoting our local offering of kid-focused cultural fare, and transmitting universal values that children can learn while having fun”.

The Mostra is organised jointly by Sa Xerxa, a youth theatre group based in the Balearics, and the Formentera Council, with additional support from the Spanish ministry of education and culture, Trasmapi, Obra Cultura La Caixa and Balèaria.

Now in its twelfth year, the current series of children's programming began December 29 with Minúcia Teatre's Tatanka and Campi Qui Pugui's Rats!, which offered extra entertainment for crowds awaiting the arrival of the Three Kings on January 5.

«40 anys... » art exhibit stops in on Formentera

foto-enric-grup-expo-40-anys1The Formentera Council's culture office reports that yesterday marked the first day islanders could visit 40 anys, quaranta poetes, XL artistes, a travelling art show put on by the Universitat de les Illes Balears. Culture councillor Susana Labrador; Balearic minister of culture Fanny Tur; deputy chancellor of cultural projection and universities Joana Maria Seguí; and the show's curator, Antoni Torres; were all on hand for the opening.

The exhibit marks forty years of UIB operations with an assemblage of forty poems and forty paintings by eighty artists from Catalan-speaking territories. Among the show's contributing artists is local painter Enric Riera, who was also at the opening event. The show has already made stops across the rest of the Balearics, and an accompanying catalogue has been put together as well.

The exhibit stays at the Sala d'Exposicions (Ajuntament Vell) until February 2 and is open from 11.00am to 2.00pm and 6.00pm to 8.00pm, Tuesday through Saturday and on Monday evenings.

Three Kings to visit Formentera towns Saturday

foto 2018 reis 1The Formentera Council office of local celebrations has announced that their Majesties the Three Kings of the East will arrive by boat, as every year, in the port of la Savina at 5.30pm, Saturday January 5. Joined by pages and the rest of the royal entourage and riding in decorated floats, the Magi will then lead a tour across the towns of the island.

After the stop in la Savina, the cavalcade will continue its circuit up the highway in time for an estimated 6.30pm arrival in Sant Francesc. The party will make its way into town via carrer Jaume I, towards plaça de la Constitució. Once there, their Majesties will stop in at the Sant Francesc Xavier church. Afterwards, they will make an appearance on the balcony of the Formentera Council, greeting the town from their perch and taking part in the administration's official reception of the travelling entourage.

At approximately 7.30pm, the Kings will once again take up the reins and head down the highway towards Sant Ferran. Once in town, the committee will climb carrer Sant Jaume to the town square and enter the church to revere the baby Jesus. All those hoping to meet the Magi can do so in the festival tent which occupies the church plaza, where boys and girls from Sant Ferran will also be able to pick up gifts.

Nearing 9.00pm, again by way of the main highway, the cavalcade will continue in the direction of la Mola. There, they will descend the central arterial towards el Pilar church, where gifts will be distributed to the eagerly awaiting children of that town.

Kids in Sant Francesc must wait until Sunday, January 6, to receive their gifts from the Wise Men. That ceremony will take place at the town's religious school –“Ca ses Monjes”– on the heels of the Epiphany mass scheduled for 11.00am at the Sant Francesc Xavier church.

Accompanying entertainment
The members of the royal party won't be the only ones touring Formentera. This year, while young and old await the Three Kings and company, Campiquipugui will give their production of Rats! thirty minutes before the cavalcade's appearances in la Savina, Sant Francesc and Sant Ferran.

Rats! is a piece of street theatre based on the traditional Pied Piper of Hamelin. In this giant-sized and rakish version of the story, the rats follow on the heels of the musician, who is their flute-tooting guide to a whole new high-altitude world. The rats, of course, author so small amount of mischief as they go. The fun-filled, dynamic and visually-stunning show is suited for all ages.

Department head Susana Labrador announced: “Once again, the Three Kings prepare to embark on an epic journey to bring joy and magic to our streets and gifts to our people”, and offered the Council's appreciation for everyone who has made the cavalcade's 2019 stopover possible: local church parishes, volunteering children, Associació Reis Mags (the Formentera Three Kings' association), the island's youth centre, Quintanilla and Fusteria carpenters, Trasmapi, Baleària, Pitiüsa Sud, Frutos Secos Ibiza, Carbónicas Tur and the staff of our local council.

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