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Classes back in session at music and dance school

Foto actuacio de dansaFormentera's school of music and dance began the 2017-2018 academic year last week with roughly 320 students. Courses at the centre, overseen by a 13-person staff of ten music and three dance instructors, take place at both the basic, or “elementary,” and non-standardised professional level.

The school offers a certificate programme at the elementary level in transverse flute, guitar, piano, clarinet and trumpet. Other courses of study do not lead to certification (called no reglats) and include introduction to music for five- to seven-year-olds and traditional music workshops, while professional training is also available for students as they move beyond the basic level. Similar non-certificate classes are offered for students learning band instruments like piccolo, saxophone, French horn and tuba.

Novice dancers aged three to seven can hone their skills with introductory classes. The Escola de Dansa, or "School of Dance," also offers certificate-track learning (elementary dance, devised for children eight and up considering professional careers in dance). They also offer non-certificate classes in modern dance, flamenco and, a first this year, classical dance.

Culture and education secretary Susana Labrador called it “a way for Formentera residents of all ages to discover music and dance, whether pro or just for fun”.

Choir and musical band
The Escola accommodates two particularly large  groups that are open to the public. The longest running to date is the island's polyphonic choir, which comprises some sixty people. This free activity, while designed for people with an interest in music, does not require previous study. The choir meets 90 minutes once weekly.

The sixty-person Formentera band, now in its second year, is composed mostly of wind-instrument players. Weekly classes include one hour of group lessons in the chosen instrument, an hour of music theory if no previous study has been done, and 90 minutes of band practice.

Santa Cecilia
On November 22, the music and dance school celebrates Saint Cecilia in the Sant Francesc church. Attendees will get a look at the instruments that can be studied at the school, as well as performances from the polyphonic choir, the music band and students of dance.


Puleva adopts 11K square metres of posidonia

PulevaThis afternoon at Molí de Sal, the director of Puleva, Ignacio Elola, handed over to the administration's environment secretary, Daisee Aguilera, and tourism advisory chief, Carlos Bernús, a cheque for €11,000 to adopt 11,000 square metres (m2) of posidonia oceanica, making Puleva the Save Posidonia Project's largest private donator to date.

Secretary Aguilera thanked the company for its contribution, which she said would “drive projects that safeguard Formentera's uniquely important underwater plant”. Posidonia, she explained, is crucial because it acts as a buffer for local beaches and landscapes. “At the end of the day, it's what makes our island into the paradise it is”.

For his part, the director of the Lactalis Puleva group said that the company is "committed so much more than food” and pledged sensitivity to those ecosystems in place where the Puleva company treads.

This year, Puleva held its annual convention on Eivissa and Formentera, bringing some 140 workers to the islands. Today, the company's employees got a close-up look at Formentera's undersea riches on a boat ride with Secretary Aguilera through Ses Salines nature preserve.

Eighty-four thousand square metres sponsored so far
More than 84,000m2 have already been adopted through private and business donations. Money collected to November 1 will go to fund projects aimed at protecting posidonia. Donations are still being accepted—one euro per square metre—at https://www.saveposidoniaproject.org.

Conditions for project proposals can be found on three websites: the Balearic Islands employment office (BOIB), the Formentera Council and the Save Posidonia Project. Proposals will be accepted over two months starting November 1, when donations have closed.

The Save Posidonia Project Festival is set to begin next week, October 12-15.

This Saturday, Formentera welcomes fifth Formentera triathlon, site of Balearic championship for olympic triathlon format

Foto presentacio v triatloToday in the conference hall of the Antoni Blanc sport centre, CiF sports secretary Jordi Vidal unveiled details about an event set to descend on the island this Saturday, October 7: the fifth Triatló Illa de Formentera, or “Formentera Triathlon”. Unisportconsulting is putting on the event, and the company's chief, Manuel Hernández, plus Núria de la Torre, head of marketing of sponsoring company Trasmapi, joined Vidal for the presentation.

Vidal highlighted something special about this year's event: the Balearic Islands triathlon federation wants it to double as the regional olympic triathlon championship. Whoever walks way victorious from this Saturday's contest will also be named Balearic champion of olympic triathlon competing. In addition, Vidal welcomed the projected participation of Ana Caseres, author of “Mamá Triatleta,” a book which every participant will receive for free.

According to Hernández, roughly 300 athletes will take part in the event, with an even split between those in the sprint and olympic formats. About 230 have signed up so far. Sprint and group participants will set off at 2.30pm, first swimming 750 metres (m) in Es Pujols bay before covering 20K on bicycle and the final five on foot. The starting shot of the olympic trial is scheduled for 4.15pm. Those athletes will start by swimming 1,500m, switch to two wheels for 40K and then finish up with a 10K run.

Signups are open through tomorrow morning on the elitechip website, or can be done in person the day of the event, 9.30am to 1.00pm in Es Pujols's plaça d'Europa, during which time participants are asked to come pick up numbers.

Road closures
The road linking Es Pujols and la Savina will be closed to vehicle traffic near the Rosa Mar entrance from 2.20pm to 7.00pm. It will reopen for roughly thirty minutes at 3.30pm, then remain closed until cyclists pass at approximately 7.00pm. Vidal apologised to residents, who will need to take alternate routes, for the inconvenience caused.

In addition, Secretary Vidal thanked Trasmapi for its fifth straight year of support for the event. The Formentera Triathlon is part of Discover Formentera in October, an initiative aimed at boosting off-season visits to the island. The Balearic tax office has also provided help for the event, along with local sponsors like Viatges Es Freus, Carbónicas Tur, Frufor, Pro-auto, Autos La Mola, Formotor, Motorent Pujols and Blue Bar. Vidal also gave thanks to the Guardia Civil, the civil protection service, Formentera's local police and other volunteers for making the triathlon possible.

Formentera schoolchildren hear case for recycling glass

Campanya ecovidrio fotoEnvironment secretary Daisee Aguilera was joined by Iván Tolsà, a spokesman for Ecovidrio, at a presentation of a recycling campaign hitting local schools this week. Pupils from two of the island's schools—in La Mola and Sant Francesc's Mestre Lluís Andreu—will participate in activities related to “Suma vidre, a l'escola!” (or, translated literally into English, “Adding glass, at school!”), which began September 28 and is scheduled to conclude October 6.

The glass-object recycling bins popping up in recent weeks at island schools are part of a double effort, first, to raise awareness about the importance of recycling glass and the direct environmental impact of doing so, and second, to encourage consumers to buy glass-packaged products, which, considering their 100% rate of recapture, represent of the cleanest options. Educators have attempted to shine a light on the different kinds of glass that can be recycled, part of a wider effort to prevent non-recyclable objects from winding up in recycling bins.

All the recyclables brought in so far will be picked up tomorrow. Whichever school manages to generate the most kilos of glass per pupil will take part in a special arts and crafts workshop on Friday. The fruits of participants' labours will be donated to the Save Posidonia Project. Secretary Daisee Aguilera highlighted the importance of educating children about recycling and hailed the initiative's related activities.

The nonprofit group Ecovidrio has been responsible for glass recycling in Spain since 1998. The company oversees the recycling process from start to finish, including differentiated collection, transport, processing of glass receptacles and their successive transformation into objects of commercial value.

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