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Mouffe's “A las cinco de la tarde” prepares for landing at can Senieta

michelmouffe-1-The Formentera Council department of culture reports that at 5.00pm on May 4, Belgian painter Michel Mouffe will pull back the curtain on his latest exhibit, A las cinco de la tarde. On view at Sant Francesc's can Senieta until August 17, the show will open Monday to Saturday from 5.00pm to 8.00pm in May and 6.00pm to 9.00pm from June to August.

The exhibit includes twenty abstract paintings whose range of subjects includes the islanders who were shot down by Franco supporters. Mouffe, born in Brussels in 1957 and residing between la Mola, Belgium and France, is represented by Axel Vervoordt Gallery of Belgium and Hong Kong.

The exhibit will settle in at can Senieta, a Council-owned space currently on loan to the Govern balear. Mouffe asked the Govern to host his show before the traditional ranch home was remodelled into the future headquarters of the Museu de Formentera. The show is being presented by the Formentera Council and the culture, participation and sports ministry of the Govern balear.

April 11, 2019
Àrea de Comunicació
Formentera Council

On May 18, Marnaton returns to Formentera

marnaton-2018-12The sport department of the Formentera Council reports that the Formentera Marnaton will take place May 15 to 18. Also taking place over the same period is Raid Formentera, a three part trial with circuits of up to 17 kilometres, and, on May 18, the third Travessia de Formentera, including 4K and 11K circuits.

David Campà, the Marnaton's managing director, describes the Marnaton as “a one of a kind fixture in a breathtaking setting” and emphasises the goal, as in years past, “is to protect the local ecosystem”.

The Marnaton will once again encompass both the Raid and the standard trial.

Formentera Raid
At the three-day multi-stage event, over the course of which participants crisscross the island covering a total of 6,500 to 17,000 metres, teams of one swimmer and one kayaker will complete three stages selected according to weather conditions.

Third Formentera Marnaton
In sync with the final leg of Raid, another trial is set for Saturday May 18 and will see participants covering distances of 4 and 11 kilometres. Attendance at the exclusive event is limited to 300 distance swimmers, the aim once again being to preserve the island's natural environment.

Some five hundred are expected to turn out for the events, both of which are included under the umbrella of Discover Formentera in May, a Council-backed push to draw visitors at the start and end of the traditional summer season. The campaign covers the Marnaton as well, an eDreams-sponsored event with versions in Barcelona (May 4), on Formentera (May 18), in Begur (June 9), Sant Feliu de Guíxols (June 29) and Cadaqués (September 14).

April 10, 2019
Àrea de Comunicació
Formentera Council

Giorgio Conte and Joan Isaac salute Mediterranean with free concert Saturday at cinema

giorgio-conte-joan-isaac1The Formentera Council office of culture reports that Saturday April 13 at 8.30pm the cinema will host a free concert with Joan Isaac and Giorgio Conte. The show marks the close of the Barnasants cultural initiative's 2019 Formentera programme, part of an artistic partnership with the Formentera Council.

With Dues cultures, un sol mar, singer-songwriters Isaac (who is Catalan) and Conte (who is Italian) invite us into their world of friendship and mutual admiration. It's an admiration that led them to dream up and bring to life an evening of signature music where singing duties aren't the only thing alternating: languages will be switched up, too. Conte's Italian-language singing will trade jabs with Issac's Catalan-language fare in a style that organisers say is not wholly unlike the negotiating banter of Venice merchants. Their performance on Formentera is a way for the singers to pay tribute to the sea that unites the pair's music.

Singing workshop

From 5.30pm to 7.00pm on Friday April 12, Isaac and pianist Antoni Olaf Sabater will offer students of the music and dance school and the Eivissa-Formentera conservatory a clinic on singing. Taking place in the music and dance school and made possible thanks to collaboration between Barnasants and Plataforma per la Llengua, the event is aimed at fortifying a “cultural network” in Catalan-speaking territories through concert-related activities.

Saturday's concert announces the end of the Council and Barnasants' first joint initiative, one which saw a local performance from Roger Mas and Estel Solé on February 16 and a performance at Barcelona's Harlem Jazz Club by local act Maria José Cardona (February 7). The full programme can be found at www.barnasants.com.

April 9, 2019
Àrea de Comunicació
Formentera Council

Council clinches partnership with livestock farmers' group

foto-conveni-ramaders-1-CiF president Jaume Ferrer and Alfonso Ferrer, chairman of the island's “Stockbreeders' Association” (Associació de Ramaders) signed a collaborative agreement to support local farmers around issues of animal health and improving systems of production in 2019.

The Formentera Council will provide €37,000 to finance activities that the association programmes to enhance livestock production and encourage animal health. In turn, in addition to supporting the Council on the two above-mentioned issues, the group pledges assistance on any other matters concerning animal welfare and identification of animals on Agrupació de Defensa Sanitària member farms, plus carry out health-related work agreed upon as part of the yearly “Common Health Programme” (Programa Sanitari comú). The association will also continue educating its member farmers on essential measures at individual farms. The partnership comes up for review once a year.

April 8, 2019
Àrea de Comunicació
Formentera Council

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