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Next Saturday, Toni Gomila and Oriol Broggi join forces and breathe life into “Rostoll Cremat”

foto-rostoll-cremat-j1The Formentera Department of Culture reports that Saturday 15 February from 8.30pm in the Sala de Cultura (Cinema), local audiences will get their chance to see Rostoll Cremat. The stage performance sees two of the Balearic and Catalan theatre scenes’ shining stars —Toni Gomila and Oriol Broggi— as they team up to breathe life into Rostoll Cremat, an allegory of human ambition and greed refracted in Mallorca today.

Directed by Broggi, the work is based on a text by Gomila, who also acts. The production reflects on contemporary society across popular and universal works of literature —local fairytale figurehead Joanet de sa gerra and George Sand provide the narrative through-lines, which also contain glimpses of Shakespeare, Chekov and Ibsen— and paints a picture of tourism in the region and the upheaval that islanders themselves are going through, underscoring the contradictory ambition lying beneath it all.

Gomila made early inroads into the world of theatre with works like Acorar, Infinir and Peccatum, though Rostoll Cremat is his first outsize production as a playwright, and we see him here in his element: not only as an actor, but also in his use of Catalan. Department head Susana Labrador encouraged islanders to “save Saturday for theatre, and prepare to reflect on the transformation of the Balearic Islands, and islanders, under tourism”.

Rostoll Cremat is a co-production of the Barcelona theatre festival Grec 2019, Palma’s Teatre Principal and Produccions de Ferro. The 110’-show starts Saturday 15 February at 8.30pm in the Sala de Cultura (Cinema). Admission is €7 for adults and €5 for viewers under 18.


10 February 2020
Department of Communication
Consell de Formentera

On 29 March, 18th Festa Intercultural takes over Plaça Europa in Es Pujols

foto-festa-intercultural1Formentera’s social welfare department announces efforts are already under way to prepare for the 18th birthday bash of the Festa Intercultural — an event that will descend upon Es Pujols’ Plaça Europa on Sunday 29 March.

Department chief Rafael Ramírez described the ode to cultural exchange as “a deeply-rooted feature of the local landscape”, and one that has reflected, from the very start, “the multicultural reality of Formentera today”. Councillor Ramírez encouraged islanders to “come have a ball and relish the richness of this cultural marketplace”, pointing out that in years past as many as twenty countries and regions have been represented at the shindig.

12 February organising session with volunteers

The Department of Social Welfare reports that a planning meeting will take place in the Casal d’Entitats at 8.00pm on 12 February. The powwow is open to the general public and the Consell encourages anyone who might be interested to attend. For more details, interested parties can phone 971 321 271 or send an email to intercultural@conselldeformentera.cat.

The encounter brings together hundreds of Formentera residents representing a range of nationalities and regional identities. The all-ages day-long event comes with activities tuned specially for children, samples of signature food and drink from the distinct regions, musical performances and demos of homegrown dance. Delegates from roughly fifteen countries and regions have already confirmed they will participate, and sign ups are still open. Participants have previously included Cuba, Chile, Bolivia, Dominican Republic, Argentina, Colombia, Indonesia, Brazil, Italy, Ecuador, Morocco, Germany, Paraguay, Andalucia, Galicia, Extremadura, València and Catalunya.

7 February 2020
Department of Communication
Consell de Formentera

Formentera gets ready for “Baleàrics”, a travelling showcase of ten Mediterranean artists

photo-2020-02-03-19-02-48-1-Formentera’s culture department announces that this evening at 8.00pm, the island’s municipal gallery, the Sala d’Exposicions ‘Ajuntament Vell’, will pull the curtain back on Baleàrics, 10 Mediterranean artists.

With contributing artists hailing from Formentera, Eivissa, Mallorca, Menorca, Dénia and València, Baleàrics is testament to the fact that, technical and stylistic differences aside, the showcased work embodies a distinctly Mediterranean character. Each one of the Balearic Islands is represented, whether by Enric Riera of Formentera, Paca Florit of Menorca, Carles Guasch of Eivissa, or Mariano Mayol, Tomeu Canyelles, Miquel Planes and Joan Costa of Mallorca (Imma Mengual, Joan Castejón and Ramón Pérez Carrió appear on behalf the Valencian region).

A travelling exhibition, Baleàrics was borne of a collaborative agreement between the Baleària Foundation and the regional ministry of culture, and, on Formentera, it is hosted by the local office of culture. Department chief Susana Labrador said the local government’s support for the event was about “spreading the artistic values of the Mediterranean, and reminding islanders of our shared heritage, particularly those places with ties to the sea”. The show is open to the public 11.00am to 2.00pm and 6.00pm to 8.00pm, 3–15 February (Monday through Saturday; closed Sundays and Monday mornings).

3 February 2020
Department of Communication
Consell de Formentera

New books, kids’ entertainment and chalk talk at heart of Formentera libraries’ February calendar

biblio ii 020 cartell 1Formentera’s culture department unveiled details today about the activities scheduled to enliven local libraries this February. One the star features —a book launch centred on Rebecca torna a Manderley— is set to take place at 8.00pm this Thursday 6 February in the Marià Villangómez library.

Toni Roca says his latest collection of poems is inspired in the universe of famed filmmaker Alfred Hitchcock. Born in Palma de Mallorca in 1944, the veteran poet has called Eivissa home since age 23, writing for an array of media outlets, contributing prologs, producing catalogues, emceeing various cultural events and founding the cultural initiative known as Anem al cine. Previous works include Les noies de Kansas City, Dóna’m la pau and La dona zebra. Publisher Ramón Mayol of Edicions Aïllades will oversee presenting duties at the event.

Kids’ activities
The family storytime “Contes per parlar amb la lluna” will once again take over Marià Villangómez library from 5.30pm on Tuesday 4 February. The Xènia Fuertes-coordinated event happens on the first Tuesday of the month and is intended to serve as a gathering point for families eager to get children under four excited about reading and storytelling. The goal is to use the magic of tale-telling to help infants discover the joy of reading.

From 5.00pm to 7.00pm on Wednesday 18 February, children aged 4 to 12 are invited to come craft Carnival masks at the Sant Ferran library connection (Punt de Lectura).

Book club
 At 8.00pm on Tuesday 25 February, “Llegeix i gaudeix” meets at Marià Villangómez library for the library book club’s monthly rendezvous. Participants speak about the week’s selection and exchange ideas. For more information visit the library during normal hours or send an email to biblioteca@conselldeformentera.cat.

Lecture
At 8.00pm on Thursday 27 February, Antonio José Viñarás y Domingo (Burgos, 1972) will unpack the autonomy of the Balearic Islands under the second Spanish republic, exploring the possibility of a statute of autonomy for Eivissa and Formentera. Viñarás holds a Ph.D in history from the University of the Balearic Islands, an undergraduate degree in law from the Universidad Complutense de Madrid and a master’s in business management for consulting firms in protocol and communication from the Miguel Hernández University of Elche. Viñarás is a registered attorney and worked as team leader at the Spanish Institute of Statistics and head of protocol and public relations for the Sant Josep de sa Talaia town council on Eivissa. He has published multiple articles in periodicals, is co-author of Segona República a Eivissa i Formentera (2016) and author of Prensa y radio en la Ibiza de la Segunda República. He is currently a heritage and culture consultant for the Sant Josep town council.

Pine Islands Cooperation Fund’s mobile library
All February long, Marià Villangómez library will have the Pine Islands Cooperation Fund’s mobile library on loan. A yearly endeavour, the temporary display encompasses books, films and documentary (topics run the gamut from alternative economy; environment, energy and climate change); peace and violence/disarmament; gender equality; conscious consumption; food sovereignty; youth library).


4 February 2020
Department of Communication
Consell de Formentera

Marina Rossell tops lineup at Barnasants Formentera with concert this Saturday

foto 2020 barnasants 1Susana Labrador, Formentera’s vice-president and councillor of education and culture, stood in Palma’s Teatre Principal today to unveil the lineup of performing artists at this year’s jointly-organised —and two-time visitor to Formentera— Barnasants festival of independent songwriters. Labrador gave a press conference with Bel Búsquets, her opposite number on Mallorca, plus Teatre Principal boss Josep Ramón Cerdà, Barnasants director Pere Camps and the head of the Manacor city government’s culture division, Mateu Marcé, where all eyes were glued to the scheduled list of contributors—this year even on Menorca and Mallorca. Artists at the gathering included Quico Pi de la Serra, Tomeu Penya, Clara Fiol, Joan Muntaner “Xanguito” and Marcel Pic.

Susana Labrador pointed out the two very special Formentera concerts included on the Barnasants 2020 programme, along with another key component of the festival’s formula: promoting Formentera acts further afield. Labrador identified the success of last year’s Barnasants as the main driver behind the decision to go for it again in 2020. “We chose once again to partner with Barnasants in their promotion of independent music because it’s a way to connect islanders with cultural programming”. Labrador called the effort “particularly important with regard to younger generations and local artists, not to mention everything it does to make sure people in the other places Catalan is spoken have access to these cultural expressions”.

Topping the lineup is Marina Rossell, who performs to Formentera audiences at an 8.30pm show on Saturday 1 February in the Sala de Cultura. Cançons de resistència —“Songs of resistance”— showcases the sweet, unmistakable voice of new Catalan standards. Admission is free.

Rossell’s visit to the island is preceded by forty-plus years performing, more than twenty albums and a laundry list of awards and accolades earned by the artist. After blockbuster hits and homages to friend and object of admiration Georges Moustaki, Rossell revisits songs that shaped history, and does it as if singing about just one landscape, a single moment in time. She’ll sing songs-turned-hymns like “Bella Ciao”, the collaboration she cut with Manel that was later rocketed into stratosphere by an Italian group, or “Lili Marleen”, the mythical ballad that proved the gap between the German and Allied standards was all in our heads.

Attempting to squeeze Rossell’s career into the space of a few lines is a fool’s errand, but near endless tours of Europe, the Iberian Peninsula and North Africa surely merit mention. Among her many other distinctions, in 2017 she nabbed Barnasants’ own “Best Live Show” award.

7 March, Les Kol·lontai
On 7 March, Meritxell Gené, Ivette Nadal and Sílvia Comas, AKA Les Kol·lontai, will commemorate International Women’s Day (8 March) with a spread of feminist ballads. The free show starts at 8.30pm in the Sala de Cultura.

Cultural exchange
Formentera’s partnership with Barnasants means more than just programming concerts here on the island; it’s also about drumming up interest in Formentera acts away from local shores. In that spirit, having recently celebrating thirty years making music, hometown outfit Aires Formenterencs will present their latest effort before crowds at Barcelona’s Centre Artesà Tradicionàrius on Sunday 16 February. Then there’s Maria José Cardona. Barnasants 2019 saw her performing at the Harlem Jazz Club in Barcelona, and now the Formentera native is back for round-two, this time with a pair of recitals on Menorca: on Friday 6 March (Ciutadella) and Saturday the 7th (Maó).

Other acts on Mallorca and Menorca include Guiem Soldevila, who plays to the Manacor conservatory on Saturday 1 February, and Maria Jaume Martorell, performing in the Ciutadella bookshop Va de llibres on Friday 13 March.

Twenty-five this year, Barnasants’ independent music venture is unlike any other in Europe. The 2019 edition of the festival—when audiences saw duets from Roger Mas and Estel Solé alongside the pairing of Giorgio Conte and Joan Isaac—was the first where the Balearic Islands were represented.


27 January 2020
Department of Communication
Consell de Formentera

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