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Formentera jumps aboard push to tackle gender violence

foto presentacio pacteCiF vice-president Susana Labrador, along with social welfare councillor Vanessa Parellada and numerous representatives from local groups and associations, gathered today to hear Pilar Costa and Rosa Cursach speak about the crusade to stamp out domestic abuse. At 11.00am in the administration's plenary hall, the minister of the president's office of the Govern balear and the chair of the Institut Balear de la Dona gave a talk centred on what's being called the “pact against gender violence”.

Under code word ReAcció, the initiative launched by the Palma government and IB-Dona aims to galvanise people around concrete steps to denounce, prevent and eradicate violence against women.

According to the CiF vice-president, the Council will sign on to the ReAcció manifesto and pact at next Friday December 17's plenary gathering. She also highlighted a forthcoming plan for equality and a new framework for taking aim at gender violence locally. The social welfare councillor called the “social covenant” a way to meet the urgent need for active local involvement around the issue.

Visit www.reaccionem.com to read the manifesto and sign on to the conditions. Individuals can take part by pledging to participate in any one of a number of suggested actions. Groups and associations can propose their own ideas for contributing to the social pact.

Diabéticas Aceleradas bring their latest act to Formentera

diabeticasThe Formentera Council's Office of Culture has announced that this Saturday December 10 as part of its Christmas activities programme, Formentera audiences will be able to see Gran Buffet (Ca Ses Brutes), the latest from Majorcan theatre group Diabéticas Aceleradas.

«Gran Buffet (Ca Ses Brutes)»
The piece centres on the story of middle-aged triplet sisters who run a bar in the intensely blue-collar Palma neighbourhood around plaça de ses Columnes. With an active mixing of castes, races, languages and colours, the quarter is, today, a symbol of our pluralistic and globalised society.

Our protagonists, Maria del Calvari, Maria Mateva and Maria Tot Sol suck us in to the sometimes madcap sometimes humdrum existence of triplet sisters. One has been in and out of relationships so often she's lost count, one is a widower and one has yet to ever meet a man. All of them born to a widower, they run a bar that has been in their family for years. To peek into their family-run establishment is to witness as a who's who of characters enters and exits. Some are endearing, some odd, some over-the-top, some obsessive-compulsive. In short, what you'd expect to see peeking into absolutely any house on any street in any town. The often hard but always comically construed reality mixes with the daydreams of the characters that stop in at Ca Ses Brutes.

The production will be staged at Saturday December 10 at 9.00pm in the municipal cinema. Tickets are 6 euros and can be purchased 30 minutes prior to start time.

Format
Presented in a style of theatre that is all-together innovative, Gran Buffet, with all the feel of a grittily real sitcom, showcases a cocktail of commonplace and humorous situations involving the show's more than fifteen characters, who waltz in and out of the bar in a style reminiscent of Siete vidas, Aida or Mossèn Capellà. The play is organised into five episodes, with title sequences and summaries of previous episodes, acted out before the live audience.

Diabéticas Aceleradas
The year 2016 marked Diabéticas Aceleradas' thirtieth in the performing arts. The group's style combines the expressive codes of popular theatre with forays into other formulas that might include everything from cabaret to soliciting audience interaction. The ever-present goal is to provide a reading of our own society that is based in humour and a touch of insanity.

The most important thing that a healthy society can do is know how to laugh at itself. Such was a founding pillar of Diabéticas Aceleradas. Ca Ses Brutes is the troupe's fifteenth production.

Investing in culture
The show receives support from Institut d'Estudis Baleàrics via Talent IB, a programme to promote the performing arts, as well as Fundació Baleària and Trasmapi.

Formentera fire crew tames flames of warehouse fire at industrial park

incendi polígon industrialThe Formentera fire brigade extinguished a blaze in the early hours of the morning at Formentera’s industrial park. Firefighters, who received notice of the fire at 12.02am and arrived on the scene nine minutes later, had the flames under control by 12.55am. The fire was declared fully extinguished at 3.00am. The response team, besides a four-person crew of Council firefighters operating a fire engine, included civil protection volunteers, an ambulance team and employees of the Guardia Civil.

The fire broke out in a garage at the Sant Francesc industrial park. An estimated 250 square metres were reported burned, including equipment, a van, an office space and a storage area located on an upper storey of the warehouse. The fire crew said that a carpenter’s shop and storage space adjacent to the warehouse suffered smoke damage. The cause of the fire is as yet unknown. The Guardia Civil is investigating.

Council extends parting gift to Sevilla team

foto entrega sevilla fcIn a show of appreciation for the team's visit to Formentera, CiF president Jaume Ferrer extended a gift to Sevilla F.C.'s president José Castro. The gesture came on the back of last Wednesday's Copa del Rey round of 32 fixture, held on the island, which saw Castro's Sevillistas facing off against S.D. Formentera. The gift —a carved piece of savin juniper engraved with a silver-embossed image of the island, a compass rose and waves— bears a small plaque that reads marked with the date, November 30, 2016, of the occasion. Crafted by local artisans Jordi Peñaranda and Mamaplata Formentera, the offering will take its place in the Andalusian club's trophy cabinet.

Ferrer voiced thanks to Formentera locals for their warm welcome of the team and its supporters as well as the exemplary conduct of Formenterencs —not to mention fans from places like Eivissa— at a face-off which is already being qualified as historic. Trumpeting reviews qualifying the event's organisation as “excellent,” the Council president commented: “This is our first time hosting a match with a premiere club and I'm extremely proud of the way our residents have carried themselves.”

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