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Beni Trutmann photo contest turns 18

foto 2020 BTrutmannThe Formentera Department of Culture announces that, now through 14 April, submissions will be accepted for the Beni Trutmann photography contest. In 2020, the marquee event on the local photography calendar celebrates its 18th year.

The contest is a tribute to the distinguished Swiss photographer who called Formentera home for 44 years and left a library of over 30,000 prints illuminating his love for the island and for its natural beauty. For that very reason and in the spirit of Trutmann’s commitment to the environment, nature in all its forms, from flora and fauna to landscapes and humans’ place in the outdoors, commands the contest’s starring role.

Colour / Black & White
In the Colour and Black & White categories, participants can submit up to three prints (analog or digital) in square, digital, classic and panorama format. Contestants must also state which prize—first, second or third, with cash prizes of €500, €300 and €200, respectively—they wish to compete for.

Political engagement
Although a relatively recent addition, the Fotodenúncia category —for photography that is political in nature, seeking to denounce injustices, demand change or encourage reflection on a particular environmental issue— has established itself as a key part of the Beni Trutmann contest. Cash prizes for the first-, second- and third-place winners are €500, €300 and €200, respectively.

Submissions to the Colour, Black & White and Fotodenúncia categories can be made in person at the Citizen’s Information Office (OAC) or by certified mail until 14 April 2020.

Smart shots
Tuned for youth aged 12 to 18, another category that has become wildly popular is for photographs taken with smartphones. These submissions must be sent before the end of the day on 14 April 2020 to concursfoto@conselldeformentera.cat. Contestants are asked to include no more than three photos taken with their smartphone.

A panel of judges will be made up of a spokesperson from the local chapter of the Balearic Association for Ornithology and the Defence of Nature (GOB); a representative of the local chapter of Obra Cultural Balear; three individuals renowned for their work in the visual arts; plus a chairperson and secretary.

Winning submissions will be included in the Formentera Image and Sound Archive, the AISF, and become property of the Council, which reserves the right to reproduce them as it deems fit (on posters, signs, internet-based campaigns, etc), though not for profit.

Councillor of Education and Culture Susana Labrador encouraged islanders to thumb through their personal photo collections and make a submission. “Beni Trutmann isn’t just for photo pros, it’s for anyone with even a passing interest in the field. The only real condition is the desire to use photography to bring some part of the island to life”, she said. In its 18 years, the competition has amassed a valuable archive of roughly 2,000 photos from 700 participants. No better proof of the contest's growth can be found than the participation of photographers from as far away as mainland Spain and other countries in Europe.

Exhibition and awards ceremony
To crown the contest's sixteenth edition, from Monday, 4 May, a selection of some fifty photos will be displayed in the municipal gallery, the Sala d'Exposicions, and during a special ceremony selected photographers will receive their prizes. The exhibition will continue through 16 May. For more information and to see submission conditions, visit the Consell de Formentera website:


5 March 2020
Department of Communications
Consell de Formentera

This Saturday at cinema, Les Kol·lontai perform free show for International Women’s Day revellers

LES KOLLONTAIJThe Formentera Office of Culture reports that at 8.30pm this Saturday, the Sala de Cultura (Cinema) will be the scene of a free concert for International Women’s Day. The trio of Catalan singer-songwriters made up of Sílvia Comes, Meritxell Gené and Ivette Nadal form a united behind feminist songs about freedom and equality (the group’s name, Les Kol·lontai, is a nod to the Soviet feminist and politician Alessandra Kol·lontai). The band has played to Catalan-speaking crowds since 2017 to promote their album Cançons Violeta.

Les Kol·lontai’s 90-minute performance on 7 March is the second of two very special Barnasants concerts scheduled to take place on Formentera this year. The first was Marina Rossell — the unmistakable, saccharine voice of the new popular Catalan musical tradition whose emotion-heavy performance brought down the packed cinema on 1 February in Sant Francesc.

For 25 years, Barnasants has made eclectically-sourced cultural initiatives its stock in trade, building a reputation across the European continent for top-quality independent music. After a renewal of a collaborative agreement between festival organisers and the island government, 2020 marks the festival’s second year bringing concerts to the island.

Cultural exchange
The pact between Barnasants and the Consell de Formentera extends beyond Barnasants concerts on Formentera to invest in promoting local Formentera acts off the island. A case in point were thirty-year music scene veterans, Aires formenterencs, who plugged their latest record to a crowd of Barnasants festivalgoers at Barcelona’s Centre Artesà Tradicionàrius (CAT) on Sunday 16 February performing. And, hometown singer-songwriter Maria José Cardona, will follow up her 2019 Barnasants date at the Harlem Jazz Club with two performances this weekend on Menorca. She’ll be at Ciutadella’s Espai Sant Josep at 7.30pm on Friday 6 March and Saturday at Es Nou Bar from 10.30pm. Both shows are free.

Workshop at the school of music
Les Kol·lontai’s Ivette Nadal will be at the Formentera Escola de Música Friday afternoon for a clinic on the voice as an instrument of music. Culture chief Susana Labrador acknowledged she was “just as thrilled about seeing indy Catalan music’s crème de la crème back on the island as I am about sharing our hometown sounds with the rest of the islands and other corners of the country. It’s a great way to promote this aspect of our culture.”

4 March 2020
Department of Communications
Consell de Formentera

Consell and OCB make deal

foto 2020 conveni ocbConsell de Formentera president Alejandra Ferrer sat down with Joan Francesc Ferrer, treasurer of the Formentera chapter of Obra Cultura Balear, and local culture chief Susana Labrador to sign a collaborative agreement on culture and heritage for the year 2020.

The Formentera government will sponsor up to €9,000 of the OCB’s programming, which this year will include ‘Primavera de Cultura’ (Cultural Spring) and publication releases, lectures, round-table discussions, poetry readings and other events for the feast day of Sant Jordi. As a respected cultural entity, the group will also publish work designed to foment culture and the island’s historical and natural heritage, plus offer consulting and oversee research as required.

2 March 2020
Department of Communications
Consell de Formentera

Women’s Day exhibition: ‘Women working for women’

foto 2020 Expo dia de la donaLast night, the municipal art gallery Sala d’Exposicions ‘Ajuntament Vell’ hosted the opening of an exhibition turning the spotlight on the struggle of women, past and present. Titled “Mujeres trabajando por mujeres” [Women working for women], the show is by María María Acha-Kutscher, a Peru-born feminist and visual artist living in Spain. Her work will be on display from 11.00am to 2.00pm and 6.00pm to 8.00pm, Monday through Saturday until 14 March. The gallery is closed Sundays and Monday mornings.

3 March 2020
Department of Communications
Consell de Formentera

Consell and Espai Frumentària join forces to promote cultural programming

foto-signatura-conveni-espai-f1Chief of the Formentera government Alejandra Ferrer was joined by Espai Frumentària president Miquel Costa in signing into a effect a collaborative agreement to promote and expand the reach of cultural programming in 2020. Councillor of culture Susana Labrador was also on hand for the signing.

The deal is aimed at cultivating the local offering of cultural events in 2020. Under the agreement Espai Frumentària promises to organise cultural and artistic programming such as “El 7 a les 6”, screenings of arthouse cinema, concerts, exhibits and a theatre workshop on design and production. The Formentera government will offer up to €7,000 to support the group’s programming.

28 February 2020
Department of Communication
Consell de Formentera

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