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Culture and patrimony offices move to Sant Ferran

foto-conselleria-cultura1The Formentera Council wishes to announce the relocation to Sant Ferran of the department of education, culture and patrimony; the administration's language advisory service; the office of trade and markets and the bureau of citizen participation.

From today, inquiries related to these offices should be carried out at the new location, carrer Mallorca, 17A, during regular office hours (9.00am to 2.00pm).

The move stems from a proposal that arose during a discussion on the state of Formentera in 2017. Participants called for reëstablishing the offices in Sant Ferran as a way to promote the town as the island's cultural stronghold.

Findings from exhumation at Sant Ferran cemetery

foto cementeri-sant-ferran3Formentera Council chair Jaume Ferrer was joined today by regional culture minister Fanny Tur, Formentera's secretary of culture and patrimony Susana Labrador, and forensic archaeologist-anthropologist Almudena García-Rubio in unveiling the conclusions of the exhumation carried out in late November and early December 2017 at the Sant Ferran cemetery.

Engineers of the effort set out to recover the remains of five individuals —Jaume Ferrer Ferrer (Jaume de na Morna), Josep Ribas Marí (Pep de Baix), Joan Tur Mayans (Joan de can Pep Damià), Jaume Serra Juan (Jaume de can Mariano d'en Corda), Vicent Cardona Colomar (Vicent de can Fumeral)— who were executed on March 1, 1937 in the Sant Ferran cemetery.

Results of effort
As part of the undertaking, crews performed various targeted digs on and adjacent to the cemetery (six and five, respectively) and analysed skeletal remains found in a charnel house. Probes of the charnel produced three pieces of bone fragments (two skull fragments and one from a humerus bone) with bullet entry holes and marks produced by firearms. Four bits of 7-mm caliber Mauser projectiles used in the killing were also unearthed nearby.

Additional efforts this year involved checking genetic material against DNA of the five victims' relatives. Unfortunately samples extracted from skeletal remains were insufficient for genetic analysis to be conducted.

Scouring causes of death listed in the island's civil registry, researchers were unable to recover any records of death by a firearm. This fact supports the hypothesis that the found remains belong to three of the five murder victims.

“The review of documentary evidence has made it possible for us to certify that the uncovered remains correspond to three of the five individuals killed at the Sant Ferran cemetery wall”, said Tur, which, for the CiF culture and patrimony secretary, helps bring closure to the events of March 1, 1937. “Mass grave legislation and a committee decision to exhume unmarked graves at the Sant Ferran cemetery have meant we've begun talking about this chapter of our past”, said Labrador, “and that families have been able to relate their experiences”.

The Palma and Formentera administrations have left the fate of the unearthed remains in the hands of the victims' families. One suggestion is that they be deposited in an urn inside the cemetery with a plaque commemorating the events of March 1, 1937.

Deep-dive into wood restoration in traditional architecture

foto visita-al-moli vell-de-la-molaLast week from September 24 to 28, the Formentera Council's cultural heritage arm teamed up with the Eivissa-Formentera small and medium-sized business association, PIMEF, to put together a course on wood restoration in traditional architecture.

The bulk of the twenty-hour training course took place at PIMEF's head office. However, in an effort to collaborate with reputed experts familiar in the myriad issues affecting wood in traditional structures, participants also made a handful of visits to historic buildings in Formentera's catalogue of cultural heritage sites.

Course instructor Marisa Justo graduated with bachelor's in art history, obtained certification in restoration practices and holds a master's in rehabilitating architectural heritage sites. Justo, who helmed numerous historic wood restoration projects promoted by Spain's ministry of culture, also taught students in the master's programme on restoring and rehabilitating architectural patrimony at Universidad de Alcalá de Henares.

Fifteen students from a range of backgrounds took part in the course, from carpinters and restoration professionals to individuals employed in construction, artisans and architects, among others.

Training on the techniques and materials used in traditional architecture is encompassed in Formentera's cultural heritage management plan for 2017-2019, which was adopted by the plenary assembly of the Formentera Council and is in effect today. In 2017 the Council and PIMEF partnered to put on a course on using lime in traditional architecture.

Joan Marí Cardona lecture series back for eighth year

jornades-estudis-locals-2018The Formentera Council's patrimony department reports that from Monday October 1 and extending to Friday, a week-long programme of conferences in which scholars disseminate findings from estudis locals—literally, “local studies”—or research, conducted on and about the island, will return for the eighth time. Seminars will be staged in the department's conference hall, the Sala d'Actes, from 8.00pm.

In the words of department chief Susana Labrador, “Formentera's cultural heritage is crucial to understanding our island's history and evolution. That's why we began organising this series in 2011, to promote research in this area”.

The following speakers have proposed talks for this year's series:

  • Almudena García-Rubio Ruiz, doctor in physical anthropology, head of the effort to exhume human remains at a mass grave at Sant Ferran de ses Roques cemetery.
  • Francesc Josep Torres Tamarit and Maria del Mar Joan Marí, the former a doctor of cognitive sciences and language, the latter holder of a bachelor's in translation and interpretation. The pair were awarded the Formentera Council's 2016 research grant for “Trets en canvi en el català de Formentera: una aproximació al parlar de la gent jove”.
  • Glenda Graziani Echávarri and Antoni Ferrer Abárzuza, an archaeologist and doctor of history, respectively, and the researchers behind the Can Ramon historical archaeological study.
  • Martí Serra Riera is a graduate in history and the researcher/author behind La Segona República a Formentera 1931-1936.
  • Miquel Mayordomo and Antoni Manonelles, researchers/authors behind Ball pagès: orígens.

The series will take place as follows:

Monday 1 Exhumaciones de fosas de la Guerra Civil en la España del siglo XXI. El caso de Sant Ferran, Formentera (“Exhuming the unmarked graves of the Civil War in 21st-century Spain. The case of Sant Ferran, Formentera”)
Almudena García-Rubio Ruiz

Tuesday 2 Actituds lingüístiques entre els jóvens formenterers i canvi lingüístic (“Attitudes about language: How young people on Formentera think about language and 'the linguistic pivot'”)
Francesc Josep Torres Tamarit and Maria del Mar Joan Marí

Wednesday 3 Can Ramon: estudi històric i arqueològic (“Can Ramon, a historical and archaeological study”)
Glenda Graziani Echávarri and Antoni Ferrer Abárzuza

Thursday 4 Una societat en transició: la Formentera de la II República (“A society in transition, Formentera during the Second Spanish Republic”)
Martí Serra Riera

Friday 5 Ball pagès: orígens (“The origins of Formentera's homespun dance forms”)
Miquel Mayordomo and Antoni Manonelles

Since the lecture series is part of the educational catalogue of CEP, Formentera's resource centre for teachers, the Balearic ministry of education will provide recognition for it to individuals who attend.

As L'Illa a Escena gears up for another season, Formentera gets ready for more theatre and dance

foto illa a escena 2018 tatankaThe Formentera Council's department of culture is unveiling the first part of winter 2018's L'Illa a Escena. Theatregoers of all stripes will find something to enjoy as the culture-affirming musical and performing arts initiative takes over the island's cinema. Architects of the initiative, whose title in Catalan means “the island on stage”, have made it their mission to accommodate artforms and styles of all sorts. This year, then, is no different. Theatre, dance and family-friendly performances will once again find their place as the cultural initiative hits the island this winter.

The wheels of the L'Illa a Escena wagon will set in motion the last weekend in September with Es Cubells theatre troupe's Formentera début of Sa Carai de Caputxeta. In the lead is Catalineta, a courageous, lucky and highly sollicited young woman who finds herself in the middle of a curious turn of events.

The show starts at 8.30pm in the cinema (Sala de Cultura) on Saturday September 29.

This October, dance-loving young ones will go wild for Ambulantes Danza's Por unos pasitos de ná. Using the languages of flamenco and contemporary dance, the characters in this performance use shapes to help show what respect for all identities looks like. Nominated for a Premio Max in Best New Production, the show is included in the Spanish cultural ministry's Platea programme.

Por unos pasitos de ná will be at the cinema at 6.00pm on October 6.

As part of the Institut d'Estudis Baleàrics' TalentIB programme, Formentera is also gearing up for As Marias theatre troupe's Las 2 en punto. A tragicomedy and winner of the 2016 edition of Creació Teatral d'Art Jove, Las 2 en punto tells the story of two well-known anarchists from Santiago de Compostela, who, faced with abuses of power, become outlandish and charismatic characters in a loony world marked by revolution and conviction.

On November 10, as part of programming in support of an LGTBI awareness week that month, Formentera will welcome CROTCH. This mix of dance, theatre and performance by Majorcan troupe Baal sets out unpacking gender identity with a question: What would happen if every one of us could be a woman, a man and everything else on the continuum...without even changing bodies?

The production is part of IEB's TalentIB and is scheduled for Saturday November 10 at 8.30pm in the cinema.

Also up this November and to the guaranteed delight of fans of new theatre, it's Marcel·lí Antúnez Roca, the cofounder of Fura dels Baus and one of Spain's most acclaimed artists in tech-infused performance.

Some time ago Francesca Carol started an initiative known as Collective Signatures as a home for Formentera artists. That project, which turns two this year, now welcomes Antúnez as he presents Conferència mecatrònica—Systematurgy. Accions, dispositius i dibuixos. Antúnez uses his production's interactive system to trace his own career from its beginnings in the nineties to today.

The programme also includes a screening of the short film Signum. Produced for VestAndPage as part of Collective Signatures' inaugural year, Signum came into being with help from Francesca Carola Rolla and international artists' troupe La Pocha Nostra.

Finally, on November 24, the Platea programme presents Safari, a kids' production by La Baldufa that uses puppets to get to the subject of school bullying. Pinyot and Carabassot will shine a light on their current conflict in the savannah, where they wound up after the mysterious disappearance of the lion.

Safari will hit the cinema at 6.00pm on Saturday November 24.

In December it's time for Travelling, by theatre troupe Baal, a blend of dance and interactive tech.

The 8.30pm show is part of El 7 a les 6, and can be seen Thursday (September 13) and Friday (September 14) in la Mola's Casa del Poble.

Closing out the month is the fun-filled Tatanka, a family show directed by Montse Bonet that uses the language of clowns to narrate the adventures of Suli and Monyaco as they cross over to another world. This all-ages production reads as a deep-dive into the culture and civilisation of American Indians.

The production hits Formentera's cinema at 6.00pm on Saturday November 29.

Productions for adults are priced at five euros except for the second Collective Signatures show, which is free, and Travelling, where admission is “pay what you can”. Admission to children's productions and activities is three euros.

Promoting culture
L'Illa a Escena benefits from the support of the IEB's TalentIB programme for the performing arts and the Spanish culture ministry's Platea, an initiative to support partnerships between professional dance, theatre and circus troupes and foment and provide access to culture.

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