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17th Festa Intercultural to take over es Pujols plaza April 7

foto-2019 festa interculturalAt 11.00am this morning in the Formentera Council's Sala d'Actes, CiF social welfare councillor Vanessa Parellada met with the organiser of the Festa Intercultural, Maribel Jiménez Tur, and Adan Gimena, who chairs the organising group, to unveil details about Formentera's 17th Festa Intercultural, an event scheduled for April 7 in es Pujols' plaça d'Europa.

The yearly gathering encompasses a diverse array of countries and Spanish autonomous communities represented on the island (twelve and six, respectively). Chile, Bolivia, Dominican Republic, Argentina, Colombia, Venezuela, Indonesia, Brazil, Italy, Ecuador, Morocco, Paraguay, plus Andalusia, Galicia, Valencia, Catalunya, Asturias, Castilla la Mancha, Andalusia and Formentera, are some of the twenty nations and peoples whose cuisines and cultures will be represented at the event.

Games for children
Activities from 1.00pm to 6.00pm will include mural painting, a pint-size field day or “gymkhana” and games from around the world. Children at the Festa Intercultural will also be able to enjoy inflatable bouncy toys and take part in other kid-friendly activities.

World cuisine
From 2.00pm to 3.30pm, attendees will be treated to an assortment of fine-dining flavours from the event's various stands. Among the signature world dishes expected to make appearances are Moroccan couscous, Argentinian roast meat (asado) and an Indonesian dish, not to mention more traditional fare like Valencian paella and arròs negre.

Musical performances
Music, including a selection from participating countries and regions, is on the programme from 2.00pm to 7.00pm. Islanders will enjoy a sonada pagesa (a local signature), Brazilian dance, Argentinian folklore, merengue from the Dominican Republic and more. Paco Romero together with Claudio Sabor and Gabriel Guitar will be there with more music later, and La 22 will help wrap things up with a closing concert.

Four-euro adult tickets permit their holder to enjoy five sample dishes, while admission for children under 12 is €2 and includes three sample dishes. Islanders are asked to do their part for the environment by bringing their own plates and cutlery. Those who can't will be provided biodegradable utensils with everything they need. The 2019 Festa Intercultural is, for the first time ever, 100 per cent plastics-free. The officials also took the opportunity to applaud hard work of this year's 100-person team of volunteers.

Formentera Council
Àrea de Comunicació
March 26, 2019

Workshops on pregnancy, infants and families

cartel jornada embarassades bi1The Formentera Council's culture office reports that Tuesday April 2 and Wednesday April 3, Biblioteca Marià Villangómez will host day-long learning events about pregnancy, newborns and families.

The sessions are divided into three parts: pregnancy, a newborn's first months and parents. Instruction will be given by Marta Català Toran.

Taking place Tuesday April 2 at 6.00pm, the first session is for pregnant women and partners who are ready for the chance to use music to start building a bond with their child.

The second session, on Wednesday April 3 at 11.00, is a workshop for parents of babies up to six months old. It is envisioned as a space to breathe and stock up on musical tools to share with their children.

Space is limited at both events and all those interested in participating are asked to register in advance via email at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Marta Català got her education and professional training at Fundació Esplai, where she directed cooperation projects —always firmly rooted in education— with Bosnia and Guinea Bissau. Her passion for communication and education propelled her to storytelling with storyteller Numancia Rojas. With that experience under her belt, and nurturing a love of music, Català took up two-tone accordion and traditional song, a pivot which has shaped a more than ten year trajectory performing stories, romances and songs for newborns, children and adults.

A special 6.00pm storytime for newborns (zero to six months old) will crown the educational sessions on Wednesday April 3. In «Bosquim Boscam», Català's accordion will provide the melodies for a stroll (or crawl) reviewing the assorted musical adventures of the previous days.

Formentera Council
Àrea de Comunicació
March 25, 2019

Partnership with OCB Formentera

foto-conveni-ocb premsa1CiF president Jaume Ferrer sat down with Joan Francesc Ferrer, a representative of Obra Cultural Balear's Formentera chapter, and signed into effect a partnership with OCBF on cultural and heritage.

The partnership is designed to promote new cultural fare in 2019. OCBF can receive assistance for putting on events like:

1. Primavera de cultura. Annual programming in celebration of the Diada de Sant Jordi (April 23) including literary presentations, conferences, round-table discussions, poetry readings and more.

2. Publications aimed at fomenting culture and the island's historic and natural heritage.

3. Consulting and research assistance drawing on the OCBF's expertise as one of the island's leading cultural groups.

The Formentera Council pledges up to €8,000 to support OCBF.

The partnership deal was signed Thursday March 7 at Formentera Council headquarters.

Consell de Formentera
Àrea de Comunicació
18 de març de 2019

May 16-19, Formentera Film Festival offers all-ages selection of shorts

foto-fff-2019-1The Formentera Council's office of culture reports that from May 16 to 19, islanders can see short films, documentaries and video art as part of the sixth Formentera Film Festival. Festival screenings, which are free to attend, kick off at 8.30pm on Thursday May 16 in la Mola's plaça del Pilar and continue the next three days in Constitució square in Sant Francesc.

Fiction, animation and documentaries from around the world, Spain and the Balearic Islands
Sixty-six shorts have been submitted to this year's contest, with 26 competing in the official international contest, 21 in the children's category and 19 in a special selection of films presented in collaboration with the City of Soria's International Contest of Short Films and tailored to primary and secondary school students of the island.

Playing funk and soul, Hot Hissi's Paul Powell will be on hand to get the party going from 8.00pm on May 17 and 18. The Balearic Islands symphonic orchestra will take over on Sunday and perform “Palma Brass Movie Themes”, a selection of featured songs from film soundtracks to open the awards ceremony and film screenings.

Formentera Film welcomes directors, producers, distributors and heads of other festivals. The panel of jurors includes Belén E. Rodríguez, Francesca Carol Rolla, Juanjo Giménenez and Pascual Fernández Palermo. Local artists Enric Majoral, Lorenzo Pepe, Sol Courreges Boné and Andrés Rodríguez have been brought in to come up with prizes. Winning short films will be announced at Italy's Lago Film Fest in July 2019. Formentera Film Festival's presenters are Xènia Fuertes and Viviana Carlet.

Extra Fest
On May 19 islanders will have a chance to see this year's off-festival material: two short films shot on the island as part of the first two Collective Signatures (a local cultural initiative commissioned by Francesca Carol Rolla), Arturo Bandinelli's Walls of Limerick and, written and directed by Gonçalo Almeida, Thursday Night.

Independent productions
An Italian collective made up Alessandro Grespanm, Stefano De Marco and Niccolò Falsetti, ZERO are back on the island fresh from their praise from 48 Hour Film Project (USA). After Clichè, which the team produced as part of last year's festival, they are ready for their latest challenge: write, shoot and edit a short film in 48 hours...and screen it in plaça de la Constitució the closing night.

Exhibit and workshop
From May 13 to 19, the Sala d'Exposicions will host Pilar Aldea's Semblen Cordes, a selection of Aldea's photography from 2010 to 2018. Then, on Thursday May 16, a video fashioned as part of workshops with the children of la Mola's primary school will be screened in la Mola's el Pilar plaza.

This year's poster was concocted by young Italian illustrator Marta Pantaleo. Pantaleo's work finds her collaborating with big-name magazines and publishing houses and during the festival she will mastermind a live production that, when complete, will remain on the island.

Festa Formentera Film
The festival's signature party—this year a tribute to Fritz Lang's Metropolis, will take place in plaça de la Constitució on Saturday May 18. Kicking things off is a blend of electronic music and video images from Alterphase (aka Formentera native León Convalia), followed by Ibizan DJ Ángeles Blanes Noguera (Lost Angeles) and Toni Planells (Untaltoni Dj set).

CiF support
Formentera Film Festival, a project of FormenteraArt (a nonprofit formed by Silvio Bandinelli, Monica Timperi, Viviana Carlet and Carlo Migotto), is supported by the Formentera Council and receives additional assistance from the Govern balear's Institut d'Estudis Baleàrics and local business owners.

For up-to-date information on the festival, visit: http://www.formenterafilm.com/eng/

Àrea de comunicació
Formentera Council
March 21, 2019

Council and Espai Frumentària formalise partnership

foto frumentaria conveni.jpgFormentera Council president Jaume Ferrer has met with Miquel Costa, president of Espai Frumentària, to sign into effect the two entities' partnership to promote and disseminate culture in 2019.

The Council pledges support so the association can produce cultural and art programming (“El 7 a les 6”, Filmoteca, concerts and exhibits, for example), organise the “Aula de Teatre” theatre workshop and sponsor individual stage production initiatives. The Council promises to give Espai Frumentària up to €6,000 to help meet the costs of such efforts.

The partnership deal was signed Thursday March 7 in the CiF's central offices.

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