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Formentera Council picks up tab for locals' diving lessons

Foto conveni vellmariCiF chair Jaume Ferrer and Cristina Ozores, a spokesperson for the Vellmarí company, put their signatures on a deal to create discounts for Formentera residents who study diving. The initiative is aimed at spotlighting Formentera's wealth of undersea life and promoting sport.

Under the agreement, the Council agrees to chip in for a 50% reduction—up to €7,000—for Formentera residents who learn to dive in 2017. An individual can establish her or his residency by presenting a photocopy of legal ID (Spanish DNI) and a proof of residency (certificat de residència) at least one year old.

Promotion of activities under Vellmarí's "Descobreix la Formentera submarina" (“Discover Formentera underwater”) programme must always appear with the Formentera Council listed as partnering sponsor.

Education through art

Foto educartThe Formentera Council's Offices of Youth Services and Education have thrown their support behind Educart, a project of Marc Ferrer secondary school to educate with art. A year in the making, Educart takes place every day this week between 11.00am and 1.30pm at Es Molí social centre located at 88, avinguda Porto-Salè.

The goal of Educart, besides bringing art to Formentera youth, is to put them in the creative driver's seat. Participants hail from all of the island's schools and from every level of schooling, from nursery through secondary. The student-teacher initiative will culminate in an art show at Es Molí.

Sneak peek at Formentera Film Festival

Foto presentacio for film 2017This morning, in the courtyard of Centre “Gabrielet,” the island got a first look at Formentera Film 2017. At a morning presentation of the event, councillors of culture and tourism Susana Labrador and Alejandra Ferrer were joined by the festival's two coordinators, Monica Timperi and Silvio Bandinelli. Now in its fifth year, the showcase of short films, documentaries and video art runs May 18 to 21.

Screenings for Formentera Film are free and begin Thursday, May 18 at 8.30pm in la Mola's central plaza. They pick up the same time next day in Sant Francesc's plaça de la Constitució, which will be their home for the remainder of the festival. Thursday's focus on documentaries will give way Friday and Saturday to a selection encompassing short works of fiction and animation and video art. Twenty-three shorts—of which three were produced in the Balearics—have been entered to compete in this year's contest. The nightly programme kicks off at 8.30pm with performances from a musical duo from Lisbon's Port do Sol. Presenting duties will be covered by Toni Riera and Viviana Carlet.

On Sunday, May 21, in addition to the day's screenings, audiences—an assortment including directors, producers, distributors and festival organisers—will see the crowning of 2017's selected productions. Winners will receive prizes crafted by local artists Enric Majoral, Lorenzo Pepe, Sol Courrèges Boné and Andrés Rodríguez. Also on Sunday, from 10.30pm, spectators will be treated to a premiere of a short film cut over four days by Zero Video.

Youth involvement
On May 19 and 20, Centre “Gabrielet” plays host to a parallel programme of 18 shorts for children. This year, following a workshop on video production, 12 teens from the island's youth centre put together a music video spotlighting local rapper El Puerta. Students at la Mola's primary school congregated for their own workshop, ultimately churning out the video that will open each day's programme. The workshops were headed up by Arturo Bandinelli and CHD Animation, respectively.

The Formentera Film jury, a panel formed by Véronique Landy, chair of the island's summer film series Cinema a la Fresca, Xavi Herrero, head of Eivissa Cinema Fest and Antonio Delgado, coordinator of Madrid's Centro Cultural Pilar Miró, also includes the filmmaker behind last year's award-winning “A lo oscuro más seguro,” David Pantalons.

Throughout the festival, Sant Francesc's main square will be arrayed with works concocted by Atelier frase, a London-based design firm that specialises in one of a kind, site-specific structures. The company's Formentera installation draws inspiration from coastal landscapes and includes a collection of sculptures fashioned from recycled wood.

Save Posidonia Project
Formentera Film Festival is a part of Save Posidonia Project. Among this year's selected productions is an educational film about the outreach initiative aimed at securing sponsors of portions of local posidonia meadows.

The Formentera Council and the island's tourism advisory board work in tandem with the non-profit group FormenteraArt, a band formed by Bandinelli, Timperi, Carlet and Carlo Migotto which is dedicated to steering the organisation of Formentera Film Festival and conjuring human and professional experiences that support the local community. This year's festival received counsel from Balears Film Commission. Full details can be found at http://www.formenterafilm.com/cat/.

Progress check on la Savina port upgrades

Foto visita obres portThe president, vice-president and infrastructure councillor of the Formentera Council accompanied the director of Spain's national ports and the head of the Balearic port authority (APB) on a visit of upgrades under way at la Savina port. Jaume Ferrer, Bartomeu Escandell and Rafael González were joined by José Llorca and Joan Gual de Torrella, who took the opportunity to announce the project's estimated May 31 completion.

In welcoming the representatives of regional and state ports, President Ferrer highlighted the importance of the two officials' Formentera visit, citing several la Savina harbour improvement projects presently afoot, all of which have enjoyed the cooperation of multiple agencies.

The chief of national ports traced his agency's work with the Formentera administration to ordinances which put land use within the domain of local authorities. The head of APB, for his part, described the current upgrades part of a broader effort to “guarantee transport and supply”.

A lighthouse built around culture
Under an agreement between APB and the Formentera Council, la Mola's lighthouse—a cultural heritage site property of the administration of Balearic ports—will be loaned to the Council, which has promised to use the space for cultural programming. President Ferrer indicated his administration is now finalising plans to revamp the space and expressed hope the undertaking be completed by the start of next summer.

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