• Català
  • Castellano
  • English

Culture and Historical heritage

This weekend, Formentera welcomes thirteenth Festival of Children’s Entertainment

2019 mostra infantil 3Formentera’s office of culture reports that in the coming days islanders will be treated to the latest round of a 13-year-old tradition, the Mostra d’Espectacles Infantils, or “Festival of Children’s Entertainment”. With productions scheduled for Friday the 17th, Saturday the 18th and Monday the 20th, education and culture councillor Susana Labrador described it as “a wide-ranging slate of cultural programming for the island’s theatregoers in training”.

A story of personal triumph, Theatre Festuc’s Carretó de Contes unfolds from 6.00pm at Marià Villangómez library in Sant Francesc. The Lleida-based theatre troupe promises magic and fun for all those willing to climb aboard and set off on a journey to the land of dreams. With a mixed bag of touch, sight and sound, the local production titillates the senses of viewers (two and up) and admission is free.

Theatre Festuc is also behind the second show, Adéu Peter Pan, which takes shape at the Sala de Cultura the following day at 6.00pm. From the jump, the part-puppet part-human cast of this fun, sensitive production will win the hearts of audience members young and old. Adults get in free to this timeless tale for the whole family. Admission for kids is €5.

Adéu Peter Pan snagged the 2019 Fetén Award for Best Stage Design and the 21st Castile-León Theatre Fair’s award for Best Production. The show has also been celebrated with a 2019 Max Awards nomination for the performing arts, and was a finalist for the Xarxa Alcover Prize of the 2018 Igualada Children’s and Youth Theatre Fair.

On Monday 20 January, La Impaciència will present the 2019 Bòtil Award-winning La minyonia d’un infant orat. Penned by the Mallorca-born playwright Llorenç Riber, La minyonia d’un infant orat is more than something to see; it is an experience, and one that will have audience members feeling like kids again. The show won the Bòtil Award’s “The Balearics do theatre and literature” prize.

Theatre Festuc
In 2003, a natural inclination toward the arts and the desire to turn passion into a lifestyle pushed Íngrid Teixidó and Pere Pàmpols to form Festuc Teatre. Still today, “Theatre Festuc” embodies two overarching goals: that showgoers enjoy themselves, while reflecting on the values discussed in any given play.

La Impaciència
Borne of the union of Luca Bonadei, Rodo Gener and Salvador Oliva, the three theatrical veterans of “The Impatience” have earned many honours in the years since they began performing, and scored big hits with 2004’s Una nit vaig somiar que mon pare era Déu, 2006’s Radiografies, and 2009’s In-consciència.

Sa Xerxa
The Festival of Children’s Entertainment is organised by Sa Xerxa for children’s and youth theatre in the Balearic Islands, and by the Consell de Formentera.

The idea that culture is a fundamental right hasn’t just shaped Sa Xerxa’s 15-year professional trajectory, it is the driving force behind every activity they organise. It all started at the Children’s and Youth Theatre Fair of the Balearic Islands, or FIET. Drawing almost eighteen thousand theatre fans, both professionals and families alike, to its 2019 stage in Vilafranca, FIET has recently become one of the biggest theatre-related events in Spain.


14 January 2019
Department of Communication
Consell de Formentera

Three Kings to tour Formentera towns Sunday 5 January

cavalcada reis 2019The festivities department of the Consell de Formentera has announced that their Majesties the Three Kings of the East will tie up their ship, as every year, at the commercial wharf of La Savina port (in front of the Nueva Formentera harbourmaster’s tower [Passeig de la Marina]) at 6.00pm on Sunday 5 January. 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 their circuit up the highway in time for an estimated 7.00pm arrival in Sant Francesc. The party will take Carrer de Santa Maria into town 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 Consell de Formentera balcony, greeting the town from their perch and taking part in the administration's official reception of the travelling entourage.

At approximately 8.00pm, 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 tent which holds watch over the church plaza, where boys and girls from Sant Ferran will also be able to pick up gifts.

Near 8.30pm, 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 the town’s church, where gifts will be distributed to the eagerly awaiting children of that town.

Kids in Sant Francesc must wait until Monday 6 January to receive their gifts from the Wise Men. That ceremony will take place at Colegio Virgen Milagrosa —“Ca ses Monges”— on the heels of the Epiphany Mass scheduled for 11.30am at the Sant Francesc Xavier church.

Entertainment
While youngsters await the Three Kings and company, they’ll be treated to Bover Circus’s Or, encens, mirra i CIRC. Chock full of magic, theatrics, humour and Yuletide charm, “Gold, incense, myrrh and CIRCUS” spotlights, under the hand of an M.C. who promises to titillate and tickle the funny bones of crowds young and old, the myriad members of the circus team.
The show starts at 5.00pm on La Savina’s waterfront promenade.

Organised by the Three Kings’ Association in conjunction with the Consell de Formentera, the Magi’s epic annual journey brings joy and magic to our streets and gifts to our people. The Formentera government wishes to thank those who have made the cavalcade’s 2020 stopover possible: youth volunteers, the Formentera Three Kings’ Association, the local farmers’ cooperative, Quintanilla and Formentera carpenter’s shops, Mediterranea Pitiusa, Pitiüsa Sud, Sa Xerxa network of children’s and youth theatre in the Balearics, La Mola Neighbourhood Association, Port Authority and the civil protection corps, firefighters and law enforcement.

Underscoring the “eager anticipation and keen sense of joy” with which Formentera awaits the Wise Men, Consell president Alejandra Ferrer highlighted the individual efforts —of the Three Kings’ Association, of volunteers and of other collaborating organisations— that make the moment possible.

3 January 2020
Department of Communication
Consell de Formentera

Father Christmas brings party to Formentera

festa-pare-noel-2019p-1-This Thursday, 19 December, comes the arrival of one of Formentera kids’ most closely watched festivities of the year: the visit from Father Christmas. Little ones will be treated to an afternoon of entertainment from ShowsIbiza.com and the chance to give letters to Father Christmas and have their picture taken with him, too.

The party starts at 5.30pm in the Sa Senieta tent in Sant Francesc. Gluten- and lactose-free hot chocolate plus coca dolça and other sweets will be served. Culture and festivities councillor Susana Labrador encouraged youngsters across the island to come out for the extra-special event.

18 December 2019
Department of Communication
Consell de Formentera

Live tunes to ring in 2020 on Formentera

cartell nit de cap-danyj1Formentera’s bureau of culture reports that a special night of concerts is in the works to help islanders ring in the new year on Tuesday 31 December. Culture and festivities councillor Susana Labrador encouraged the entire island to “meet at the tent in Sa Senieta car park to celebrate New Year’s Eve with a rollicking party”.

Two performers are on schedule to offer free shows on the big night. The first —a cover band known as Dalton Bang— will take to the stage at one a.m., before rocking the crowd and turning things over to French record-spinner Tom Costino.

The musicians of Dalton Bang are as at home in world’s metropolises as in the quietest town square...and the party is no different. Dancing, fun and above all great tunes, from seventies hits to current club bangers.

Next up it’s the turn of titan of the night, d.j. Tom Costino, who has peddled his delicious blend of subtly electrified disco, funk and happy pop to some of the biggest hubs in the world: Boston, New York, Istanbul, Marrakesh, London, Valencia, Eivissa, Formentera...

27 December 2019
Department of Communication
Consell de Formentera

Christmas carols at Centre de Dia

nadales-al-centre-de-diaThe Mestre Lluís Andreu primary school choir, composed of roughly thirty pupils between years four and six and the group’s director, music teacher Santi Ramírez, performed four Christmas carols to Formentera residents at the island’s day centre. The crowd of seniors gave the boys and girls a rollicking applause, and had as much fun at the intimate performance as the singers themselves.

16 December 2019
Department of Communication
Consell de Formentera

More Articles...

Page 6 of 59

6