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Formentera unveils 'Proud to fight for equality' theme of LGTBI events programme

presentacio---lgtbi-20191Formentera Council president Alejandra Ferrer, equality and LGTBI councillor Vanessa Parellada, and department specialist Azuzena Carrasco gathered today in press conference to spotlight the bill of activities to celebrate World Pride Day. This year's LGTBIQ+ event will be celebrated 28 June under the banner “Proud to fight for equality”.

From Wednesday 26 June to Tuesday 2 July, the administration has lined up a series of cultural activities which are aimed, explained President Ferrer, at “defending everyone's right to diversity, here, and all over the world”.

Senior staff member Carrasco gave an overview of the what's on the programme. At 8.30pm on Wednesday 26 June, a film forum at Centre Gabrielet around 80 egunean (80 days), a Basque romance by José Marí Goenag and Jon Garaño about homosexual love later in life. Kathrine Wenham will present and moderate.

On Thursday 27 June, a look at Mots i Brases, a collection of poetry by Nora Albert. The Obra Cultural Balear-sponsored event will be moderated by Maria Teresa Ferrer from 8.00pm at Centre Gabrielet.

At 8.00pm on Friday 28 June, Pride Day, a talk colloquium about LGTBI representation in culture will be held at Centre Gabrielet. The gathering will feature the participation of Nora Albert, Alejandra Melero and Michel Garcia Cruz. Emeritus professor of Catalan language and literature, Albert is also a translator, award-winning poetess and literary critic. Melero is a playwright, essayist and professor of Spanish cinema. His academic work has centred on the links between film and homosexuality. Garcia, an anthologist, worked on and compiled Mañana hablarán de nosotros, an anthology of Cuban storytelling dealing with LGTBI-related issues. Espai Frumentària's Miquel Costa will present and moderate.

Rounding out the calendar is the opening session of Cinema a la fresca. The outdoor film series kicks off at 10.00pm, Tuesday 2 July 2019, with a screening of Duncan Tucker's Transamèrica, a drama about transsexuality.

Councillor Vanessa Parellada said that with this year's culture-heavy activities programme organisers were gunning to see more islanders than ever getting involved. She trumpeted the now three-year-old tradition of starting off Cinema a la fresca with a LGTBI film as proof “that diversity's in good shape here on the island”. “Unfortunately there's still work to be done to make sure each person has the right to diversity—of gender, of sexual orientation and of self. So expect the fight for equality to continue”, she said.

The three women seized the opportunity to applaud the involvement of local groups in Pride Day. Formentera's chapter of OCB, Espai Frumentària, Eivissa-based sa Clau de s'Armari and additional collaborators all helped make the activities programme a reality.

19 June 2019
Office of Communication
Formentera Council

Introducing incoming Formentera Council leadership

visita-nou-equip-de-governv31The Formentera Council president's office reports that the days ahead will come with key appointments within the new administration. Alejandra Ferrer, who was appointed president on Saturday, 15 June, will also head the offices of planning and tourism. Ana Juan, for her part, will assume the first vice president's office, as well as the departments of housing, seniors, trade and entrepreneurialship.

Aside from her assignment as the second vice president, Susana Labrador will also oversee culture and education. Rafael Ramírez will be third vice president, while also taking on social welfare, operations and transparency.

Rafael González is councillor of mobility and land; Raquel Guasch the councillor of patrimony, language policies and training; Pep Mari infrastructure, primary sector and interior; Antonio Sanz environment and inspections; Vanessa Parellada youth, civic engagement, new technologies, equality and LGTBI; Paula Ferrer sport, human resources and island services; and Bartomeu Escandell, tax office, economy and general services.

On a visit this morning of the departments (conselleries), chiefs met and exchanged a few words with personnel.

Trusted, government-appointed posts
Isabel Juan will be appointed secretary of the president's office, Elena Trinidad press chief and Carlos Bernús tourism chief.

As a shared presidency, the senior post will be occupied the first 28 months of the legislative term (until 15 October 2021) by Alejandra Ferrer. Ana Juan will take over duties for the final twenty months.

18 June 2019
Office of Communication
Formentera Council

CiF equips public schools with water fountains

foto-escola-de-la-mola premsa1The Formentera Council's Office of Environment reports that, as part of the participatory spending initiative of the Consell d'Entitats, seven water fountains have been installed across the island's three public primary schools: four at Mestre Lluís Andreu (Sant Francesc), two at CEIP Sant Ferran and one at CEIP de la Mola.

Acting environment councillor Daisee Aguilera said she was extremely pleased with the initiative—a proposal that the Island Residents' Association (AVIF) hoped would “help kids cut back on the plastics they use and the processed drinks they drink”.

The fountains themselves cost €10,000 and were put in by the Formentera Council works brigade. An additional five will be set up in the coming days between the high school and the fitness centre as part of the same initiative.

The idea started at the Consell d'Entitats, which convened last night for a special session. The 8pm gathering served to sign off on the the most recent meeting minutes of the group and other sectorial subcommittees.

13 June 2019
Office of Communication
Formentera Council

Special full-house assembly

DSCN1072The Formentera Council convened today for its final plenary assembly of the 2015-2019 legislative session. The one-off gathering served to submit for review the minutes of the full-house assembly that was held on 23 May 2019, the last of the current legislative term. Pictured in the photo are the members of the political parties present at the day's gathering.

12 June 2019
Office of Communication
Formentera Council

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