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Lina Roig, Compra a Casa’s August gift card winner

foto 2020 lina roig compra a casaThe Formentera Department of Commerce reports that a winner was announced today for the August iteration of a push to encourage islanders to support hometown business. This month’s winner and recipient of a €100 gift card is Lina Roig Escandell—a cardholding participant of Compra a Casa since 2018.

Organised by the Consell and the island’s small- and medium-sized business group, Pimef, ‘Compra a Casa a l’estiu’ (Shop Local in Summer) is a spin-off of Compra a Casa—the campaign that has become a regular feature of the the wintertime calendar, this time with even bigger prizes. Cardholders who spend €20 or more at participating establishments this September will be automatically entered to win a €100 gift card—twice the standard wintertime value.

4 September 2020
Department of Communications
Consell de Formentera

Consell offers health dept. two contact tracers and asks for better info on public health protocol

In a letter today from the Consell de Formentera president to Balearic health minister Patrícia Gómez, Alejandra Ferrer proposed local government’s assistance, in the form of two dedicated contact tracing staff, to contend with outbreaks of covid-19 popping up in the islands. Said Ferrer in her note, “We’re suggesting that these two individuals, hired by the Consell, receive protocol training from the health department and that they interface with department chiefs on a day-to-day basis to optimise coordination. It’s our feeling that the presence of people familiar with the on-the-ground realities of Formentera can go a long way to streamline and improve the work”.

President Ferrer asked Ms Gómez for “good inter-government communication so that Formentera’s policymakers can be clear on Govern directives at all times and keep islanders in the know accordingly”. “It’s crucial that the information we receive come quickly and from official sources”, said Ferrer, “especially when protocol changes and criteria or information updates are involved”. The only way people will follow isolation protocol is if they are informed, said the president, who reiterated a request for transmission data on an island-by-island basis, saying such individualised updates on new infections were essential to understanding the impact of transmissions and the measures being taken to contain them.

Ferrer concluded her letter by highlighting what she called “the overarching end-game”: “whatever form of collaboration helps us stop transmission and uphold public health protocol in the best way possible, particularly as we face the start of school and related activities”.

4 September 2020
Department of Communications
Consell de Formentera

Muntsabee’s “Vida Morta” takes up at Centre ‘Gabrielet’

foto 2020 vida morta 1Today through 8 September, Centre Antoni Tur ‘Gabrielet’ will host Vida Morta, an exhibit by the Barcelona-born and Formentera-based photographer Muntsa Darné, alias Muntsabee.

Vida Morta at its core is a reckoning with death”, confides the artist. “It’s about my uneasiness with regard to things that have ceased to exist or simply transformed into something else. Loss is a profound feeling at times difficult to express”, she asserts.

Darné insists each of her pieces is a creative process meant to transfer an emotion, and to share it she uses words and symbols of beings that are no longer here: a butterfly, a coded letter in a book...

The exhibit will be on view 11.00am to 2.00pm and 6.00pm to 10.00pm until 8 September (closed Wednesdays and Sundays).

31 August 2020
Department of Communications
Consell de Formentera

Laura Maresc’s “Preludi”

cartell 2020 laura marescDoors at the ‘Ajuntament Vell’ exhibition space open this Monday 31 August at 7.00pm for Laura Maresc’s Preludi. All week long save for Sundays and Monday mornings, islanders can see the show from 11.00am to 2.00pm and 7.00pm to 9.00pm until 12 September.

A reflection on the fragility of landscapes that works by turning the spotlight on nature, Preludi is an ensemble of sculpted work largely fashioned from objects in dialogue with their natural surroundings at the moment Maresc collects them. The artist’s compositions occupy a playing field in perpetual, if fragile, equilibrium, and the concept of the nest —a recurring theme in Maresc’s work— transports the beholder to place at once original and primitive. It is, according to the artist, a jumping-off point.

28 August 2020
Department of Communications
Consell de Formentera

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