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Coming to life in 2020 at an array of outdoor locations, Formentera’s runway show goes virtual

foto 2020 passarella Earlier today islanders were treated, courtesy of the Formentera Department of Commerce, to the first details about an event which health and safety concerns surrounding Covid-19 have forced into a new online format: the Passarel·la de la Moda. First vice-president and commerce chief Ana Juan and department staffer Amalia Mora shared the scoop on the runway show’s thirteenth year—a presentation including a promo video which found filmmakers visiting a host of Formentera settings with a crew of local companies and six professional models in tow.

“We didn’t want to deprive our hometown designers of this chance to share their designs”, said Consellera Juan, who described the aim of the virtual catwalk as “an ever-expanding promotion of local businesses and designers”.

According to Ms Mora, filming of the clip was “adapted to the island’s natural characteristics and set in backdrops of stunning natural beauty”. She also promised leading-edge jewellery, apparel, footwear and accessories in a format which Mora assured was designed to “support the creators themselves and promote locally crafted wares worn by locals”.

This year’s Passarel·la will see the participation of Equilibre & Tito Solaris, Ur Joies, Janne Bikinis, Michele Crocitto (Vesti l’Arte), Elena Hurtado&Lorenzo Pepe, Majoral, Macramé & Acho, Ishvara, Kavra de Formentera and Molly Malone. Consellera Juan applauded the work of the hair and style professionals at Aquario, the models who participated in the video, and the video’s director, Alfredo Montero. “Alfredo has managed to capture not just the essence of Formentera fashion, but the island’s natural beauty and treasures as well”, she quipped.

Crews produced both 2- and 12-minute versions of the clip, which will be shown at expos for fashion, tourism and television. The 2020 Passarel·la de la Mola will be broadcast in an array of international expos starting this September.

The organisers of this year’s Passarel·la had €20,713 to pay and find housing for models, produce the video, and cover hair and make-up costs.

Last year’s Passarel·la saw crowds of approximately 1,500 descend upon Sant Francesc to see jewellery, shoes and, above all, Formentera’s characteristic style. The assemblage of top-tier avant-guard creations was inspired in the natural spaces, sea, colours and life of Formentera—a Mediterranean lifestyle which has today become its own style of dress.

“We hope that next year’s Passarel·la returns to its customary format”, confided Consellera Juan. “What better proof that post-pandemic life on the island is back to normal?”

24 August 2020
Department of Communications
Consell de Formentera

Sent home last week as preventive measure, summer school group returns to class

The Consell de Formentera reports that today marks the return to summer school programming for a group of children at the Sant Francesc Escola d’Estiu campus who were sent home Thursday 20 August amid concern over a possible exposure to Covid-19. Families learned yesterday that their children would be able to resume normal attendance at the summer school from today after the test results of the individual in question came back negative.

As for the situation at the municipal sailing school, local government is awaiting results from screenings late last week of approximately eighty students. The second group of Escola de Vela instructors will undergo PCR testing today, the results of which will be available in the coming days.

24 August 2020
Department of Communications
Consell de Formentera

Formentera rules out all activities resembling nightlife and parties

By executive order, the Consell de Formentera is temporarily suspending permits for live music and djs in bars, cafés and restaurants. The order aims to support a Govern balear resolution to modify the Exceptional Measures Plan (Pla de Mesures Excepcionals)—a document which requires the closure of establishments like banquet halls, dance clubs, discotheques, cafés offering musical entertainment and wine bars, as well as the cancelation of any comparable programming.

In addition to a license to operate as either a bar, bar-café or restaurant, most Formentera businesses possess an additional permit for music. Often the permits allow their holder to host live music or djs.

To give force to the guidelines and ensure entertainment equivalent to that typically found in nightlife establishments does not take place, the Consell de Formentera is ordering the suspension not only of secondary permits for bars and bar-cafés but of permits for musical entertainment at restaurants as well. Dinner-time entertainment—limited to musical instruments and voice—may take place, but performances must occur during regular hours and with standard decibel (dB) restrictions in place. Concerts and dj sets are prohibited.

Generally speaking bars, bar-cafés and bar-restaurants are restricted to background music, radios or TVs at low volume (under 70dBs). These must be off by 12 midnight.

Beach bars cannot play music or host any other activity promoting conduct comparable to nightlife. Particular care must be taken to prevent crowds and activities at twilight. Activities considered similar to nightlife will carry associated fines and/or closure of the establishment in question.

Consell de Formentera president Alejandra Ferrer said the measure was about upholding the rules and making them more compatible to the idiosyncrasies of Formentera. “It’s also about helping a sector which this crisis has hit hard. Bar and restaurant operators have first-hand experience with the rules and a very clear understanding of what’s required”.

Under new guidelines no new guests can be seated after 12 midnight and establishments must close by 1.00am. Diners must remain calmly seated and no more than 10 to a table. Among other measures smoking is prohibited unless smokers can maintain a two-metre distance.


21 August 2020
Department of Communications
Consell de Formentera

Emerging Covid-19 cases prompt Consell to keep sailing school closed

The Consell de Formentera reports that the Escola de Vela will remain closed after an announcement from the Eivissa-Formentera Health Department’s Centre for Covid-19 Case Coordination (CCCC) that three students and an instructor at the sailing school had tested positive for Covid-19 after contact with a classmate positively-identified for the disease last week.

The Consell de Formentera coordinated with the CCCC to implement prevention protocol immediately after the infected student’s family reached out to the Escola de Vela on 15 August. Sailing school staff are updating families on the situation today and advising them that activities at the centre will be suspended until further notice.

The Eivissa-Formentera Health Department announced today it would also screen each of the approximately eighty students enrolled at the school.

Summer school group stays home
As a preventive measure amid concern over one suspected case, a cohort of 11 children and 3 instructors at the Sant Francesc Escola d’Estiu are being asked to stay home.

Crews are intensifying the daily sanitising efforts mandated by public health directives.

The potential Covid-19 positive went into self-isolation on Monday after learning of contact with individuals who had contracted the disease.

Seniors’ programming at Casa de Poble cancelled
In another measure aimed at stemming spread of the disease, the Consell has elected to suspend recreational activities under way in recent weeks at the Casa del Poble in La Mola.


20 August 2020
Department of Communications
Consell de Formentera

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