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Ferrer and Yllanes meet to shape strategy around Formentera’s energy situation

reunioenergiaj1Formentera president Alejandra Ferrer met at the seat of local government today with the deputy first minister and minister of energy and manufacturing in the Balearics, Juan Pedro Yllanes. Other participants included Formentera’s councillors of land and environment, Antonio J Sanz and Rafael González, respectively, and Aitor Urresti, who heads the regional government’s energy and climate change division.

Among the numerous points of key importance for Formentera that came up for discussion at the gathering, energy was the common thread. The deputy first minister described plans to instal a third electric cable linking Eivissa and Formentera, highlighting continued progress and environmental studies of the project now under way.

Talk also focused on the response to problems faced by islanders living near the Es Ca Marí substation, with Ferrer pleading for “urgent action” to alleviate the situation.

Energy facilities
Ferrer said work had already begun on Formentera’s special renewable energy plan to regulate and mandate the energetic, environmental and aesthetic sustainability of power stations on the island.

Conseller Yllanes reminded islanders about an info session set to take place this afternoon on money that the regional government in Palma is offering people who instal solar panels. President Ferrer called on the entire island to join the renewable energy cause—a prospect which, according to Yllanes, “Formentera’s size and consumption patterns make a whole lot easier”.

27 January 2020
Department of Communication
Consell de Formentera

Marina Rossell tops lineup at Barnasants Formentera with concert this Saturday

foto 2020 barnasants 1Susana Labrador, Formentera’s vice-president and councillor of education and culture, stood in Palma’s Teatre Principal today to unveil the lineup of performing artists at this year’s jointly-organised —and two-time visitor to Formentera— Barnasants festival of independent songwriters. Labrador gave a press conference with Bel Búsquets, her opposite number on Mallorca, plus Teatre Principal boss Josep Ramón Cerdà, Barnasants director Pere Camps and the head of the Manacor city government’s culture division, Mateu Marcé, where all eyes were glued to the scheduled list of contributors—this year even on Menorca and Mallorca. Artists at the gathering included Quico Pi de la Serra, Tomeu Penya, Clara Fiol, Joan Muntaner “Xanguito” and Marcel Pic.

Susana Labrador pointed out the two very special Formentera concerts included on the Barnasants 2020 programme, along with another key component of the festival’s formula: promoting Formentera acts further afield. Labrador identified the success of last year’s Barnasants as the main driver behind the decision to go for it again in 2020. “We chose once again to partner with Barnasants in their promotion of independent music because it’s a way to connect islanders with cultural programming”. Labrador called the effort “particularly important with regard to younger generations and local artists, not to mention everything it does to make sure people in the other places Catalan is spoken have access to these cultural expressions”.

Topping the lineup is Marina Rossell, who performs to Formentera audiences at an 8.30pm show on Saturday 1 February in the Sala de Cultura. Cançons de resistència —“Songs of resistance”— showcases the sweet, unmistakable voice of new Catalan standards. Admission is free.

Rossell’s visit to the island is preceded by forty-plus years performing, more than twenty albums and a laundry list of awards and accolades earned by the artist. After blockbuster hits and homages to friend and object of admiration Georges Moustaki, Rossell revisits songs that shaped history, and does it as if singing about just one landscape, a single moment in time. She’ll sing songs-turned-hymns like “Bella Ciao”, the collaboration she cut with Manel that was later rocketed into stratosphere by an Italian group, or “Lili Marleen”, the mythical ballad that proved the gap between the German and Allied standards was all in our heads.

Attempting to squeeze Rossell’s career into the space of a few lines is a fool’s errand, but near endless tours of Europe, the Iberian Peninsula and North Africa surely merit mention. Among her many other distinctions, in 2017 she nabbed Barnasants’ own “Best Live Show” award.

7 March, Les Kol·lontai
On 7 March, Meritxell Gené, Ivette Nadal and Sílvia Comas, AKA Les Kol·lontai, will commemorate International Women’s Day (8 March) with a spread of feminist ballads. The free show starts at 8.30pm in the Sala de Cultura.

Cultural exchange
Formentera’s partnership with Barnasants means more than just programming concerts here on the island; it’s also about drumming up interest in Formentera acts away from local shores. In that spirit, having recently celebrating thirty years making music, hometown outfit Aires Formenterencs will present their latest effort before crowds at Barcelona’s Centre Artesà Tradicionàrius on Sunday 16 February. Then there’s Maria José Cardona. Barnasants 2019 saw her performing at the Harlem Jazz Club in Barcelona, and now the Formentera native is back for round-two, this time with a pair of recitals on Menorca: on Friday 6 March (Ciutadella) and Saturday the 7th (Maó).

Other acts on Mallorca and Menorca include Guiem Soldevila, who plays to the Manacor conservatory on Saturday 1 February, and Maria Jaume Martorell, performing in the Ciutadella bookshop Va de llibres on Friday 13 March.

Twenty-five this year, Barnasants’ independent music venture is unlike any other in Europe. The 2019 edition of the festival—when audiences saw duets from Roger Mas and Estel Solé alongside the pairing of Giorgio Conte and Joan Isaac—was the first where the Balearic Islands were represented.


27 January 2020
Department of Communication
Consell de Formentera

A nod to basketball’s local proponents

homenatge-ba--squet--3-2In celebration of Emilio Martínez and Toni Terrasa —two men considered the original pioneers of local basketball in the eighties— Formentera’s department of sport has announced that two new basketball hoops have been put up in children’s parks in La Savina and next to Marc Ferrer high school in Sant Francesc.

‘Hoops in the street’ is the name of an initiative backed by the Balearic Islands Federation of Basketball (FEBIB) and their foundation, FEBIB 1935, with support from Trasmapi Formentera basketball club and the Formentera government. The hoops were donated by Hotels Sirenis and feature a plaque commemorating the two players.

Sports councillor Paula Ferrer remarked on the two men’s “crucial work in the 1980s, when the resources to practice the sport were a long way from what we’re used to today”. Ferrer hailed the efforts of FEBIB 1935 as critical, adding: “I hope the whole island enjoys these two basketball hoops”.

 The spearhead of another project known as ‘Hoops from the past’, FEBIB 1935 chair Jacinto Real says ‘Hoops in the street’ “is about reclaiming our story and tying it to the present, so we can protect the future of basketball in the islands”. First vice-president Ana Juan and citizen participation councillor Vanessa Parellada were also at the event, along with families and friends of Martínez and Terrasa.

League play and summer camp
Three decades ago, Martínez and Terrasa’s support of the sport took the form of summer camps and a local league—two wildly successful initiatives among local athletes (the league eventually grew to encompass more than ten men’s and women’s teams).

The two men were honoured by FEBIB 1935 at last year’s closing ceremonies for the island’s first-ever basketball summer camp. FEBIB 1935 has also put out a short film that traces the history of Formentera basketball through the accounts of some of its pioneers. FEBIB 1935 joined forces with the Miraprim production team and put out similar films across the archipelago.


24 January 2020
Department of Communication
Consell de Formentera

Vehicle testing centre slashes wait time, hires new mechanic, expands hours in 2020

itvjj-1-Formentera’s Department of Inspection Services reports the addition of a new mechanic to the staff of the island’s roadworthiness testing site, or ITV. In recent months, the time drivers wait for a vehicle to be inspected has also shrunk; motorists who request an appointment today are given options in the first week of February.

Inspection services councillor Antonio J Sanz said the expanded staff and a reorganisation of work were both driving improved experiences among motorists on visits to the ITV. According to Sanz, meetings to establish a calendar of inspections and build increased coordination are in the works between the  administration, the local small- and medium-sized business association and car hire companies. The inspections will begin in March, but the councillor insisted they would have no impact on how appointments are scheduled with drivers.

The latest hire brings the total number of personnel at the ITV to three mechanics and two administrative assistants. Business hours —normally Monday to Friday from 7.30am to 2.00pm— have been expanded this year to include Thursday service until 8.30pm.

Appointments can be scheduled by calling 971 32 31 30 or by emailing This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .


24 January 2020
Department of Communication
Consell de Formentera

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