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12th Illa de Formentera Half-marathon scheduled for 9 October

foto 2021 mitja maratoThe Formentera Departments of Tourism and Sport report that the twelfth editions of the island’s half-marathon (la Mitja Marató) and 8K fun run will be held 9 October. Consell de Formentera chief and tourism office chair Alejandra Ferrer said the FDS, the local business sector and political groups had all played a part in the decision.

Ferrer held that public health previsions were “better in October than May because we’ll be further along in the vaccination process” and highlighted early-season plans for “small-scale programming to pack extra punch into ‘Discover Formentera in May’”. She added that the 2021 campaign to promote pre- and post-season tourism would spill into June and that high-turnout events were being tentatively planned for season’s end.

President Ferrer applauded the loyalty of would-be Mitja Marató participants registered to run since May 2020. The rescheduled event will occur during a national bank holiday and long weekend, an opportunity to plug cultural and gastronomic programming as part of ‘Discover Formentera in October’, said the premiere, pointing up “additional perks for travellers who help us stretch out the season”.

Mitja Marató organisers have praised the schedule change as well as participants’ understanding, and are offering options like hassle-free automatic registration for the new 9 October date. Till 25 April, individuals who signed up to run on the original dates can also opt to postpone participation until May 2022, let someone else take their place, or, if cancellation insurance was contracted, get their money back. Registered athletes should watch their inboxes for a detailed explanation of options from www.unisportconsulting.com .

October, a full month of sport
Ana Juan, deputy premiere of local government and temporary chair of the sport department while Paula Ferrer is on maternity leave, underscored the implication of everyone involved in organising what she called the two “marquee national events”. Juan also underscored the FDS’s work to coordinate and organise sporting fixtures like the triathlon, “Marnató”, “Volta Cicloturista” and mountain-bike challenge in La Mola.

19 February 2021
Communications Department
Consell de Formentera

Pottery students show work

cartell 2021 expo ceramicaThe Formentera Department of Culture reports that on Monday 22 February, participants in Silvini Jobani’s pottery course will pull back the curtain on an exhibition of their work. Ten students in all will display their personal creations in the “Ajuntament Vell” gallery until Saturday 27 February.

With pieces in the display grouped by form rather than by creator, visitors to this year’s show will be able to appreciate the range of techniques that came into play as students worked.

Tribute to Remedios Castillo
Jobani and her students have prepared a tribute to local potter Remedios Castillo, who died on 27 January, with an evolving selection of images programmed for evening projections.

One of pottery’s leading proponents on the island, Castillo had a dedication that stoked a passion for the craft in many Formentera natives. Later, Silvia Jobani, Castillo’s one-time student, would run the workshop alongside her former teacher for many years.

The exhibition is on view Monday to Saturday from 11.00am to 2.00pm and 6.00pm to 8.00pm and closed Sundays and Monday mornings.

19 February 2021
Communications Department
Consell de Formentera

Beni Trutmann photo contest turns 18

cartell 2021 beni trutmannThe Formentera Department of Culture announces that now through 12 April, submissions will be accepted for the Beni Trutmann photography contest, a mythical local rendezvous that celebrates its 18th year in 2021.

The contest is a tribute to the distinguished Swiss photographer who called Formentera home for 44 years and left a library of over 30,000 prints illuminating his love for the island and for its natural beauty. For that very reason and in the spirit of Trutmann’s commitment to the environment, nature in all its forms, from flora and fauna to landscapes and humans’ place in the outdoors, commands the contest’s starring role.

Colour / Black & White
In the Colour and Black & White categories, participants can submit up to three prints (analog or digital) in square, digital, classic and panorama format. Contestants must state which prize —first, second or third, with cash prizes of €500, €300 and €200, respectively— they wish to compete for.

Political engagement
Although a relatively recent addition, the Fotodenúncia category —for photography that is political in nature, seeking to denounce injustices, demand change or encourage reflection on a particular environmental issue— has established itself as a key part of the Beni Trutmann contest. Cash prizes for the first-, second- and third-place winners are €500, €300 and €200, respectively.

Submissions to the Colour, Black & White and Fotodenúncia categories can be made in person at the Citizen’s Information Office (OAC) or by certified mail to Consell Insular de Formentera (Plaça de la Constitució, 1 | 07860 Sant Francesc) until 12 April 2021.

Smart shots
Tuned for youth aged 12 to 18, another category that has become wildly popular is for photographs taken with smartphones. These submissions must be sent before the end of the day on 12 April 2020 to concursfoto@conselldeformentera.cat. Contestants are asked to include no more than three photos taken with their smartphone.

A panel of judges will be made up of a spokesperson from the local chapter of the Balearic Association for Ornithology and the Defence of Nature (GEN-GOB); a representative of the local chapter of Obra Cultural Balear; three individuals renowned for their work in the visual arts; plus a speaker and secretary.

Winning submissions will be included in the Formentera Image and Sound Archive, the AISF, and become property of the Council, which reserves the right to reproduce them as it deems fit (on posters, signs, internet-based campaigns, etc), though not for profit.

In its 18 years, the Beni Trutmann competition has amassed a valuable archive of roughly 1,200 photos from 300 participants. No better proof of the contest's growth can be found than the participation of photographers from as far away as mainland Spain and other countries in Europe.

With the contest’s 2020 edition suspended following the declaration of emergency orders, councillor of culture Susana Labrador encouraged amateurs and pros alike to take part in Beni Trutmann 2021: “Given Covid-related restrictions, it’s been suggested we spend time outside and enjoy the island’s natural spaces, so get out there and show us your best!”

Exhibition and awards ceremony
To crown the contest's 18th edition, from Monday, 4 May, a selection of some fifty photos will be displayed in the Ajuntament Vell municipal gallery, and during a special ceremony selected photographers will receive their prizes. The exhibition will continue through 15 May. For more information and to see submission conditions, visit the Consell de Formentera website.

18 February 2021
Communications Department
Consell de Formentera

Pimef and Consell offer 7 training courses to businesses and working islanders, free of charge

cartell 2021 fent pimefThe Formentera Department of Commerce reports that 2 March marks the return of ‘Fent Pimef’, the local league of entrepreneurs’ programme of free courses to promote capacity building and provide consulting to businesses and employees.

In a year marked by the pandemic, the bulk of classes will be held online, with instruction tuned to offering participants tools to navigate information technologies, cultivate professional expertise and increase the viability of business endeavours. Students will also be familiarised with various management techniques and get tips for overcoming obstacles posed by the Covid-19 crisis.

This year’s courses are as follows:
IT for all. 2, 4, 9 & 17 March, in person, at Pimef.
Tools to help freelancers manage taxes. 3, 5 & 8 March, in person. 10 March, online.
Stop Covid-19. 12 March, online.
Customer service, motivation and sales. 15 & 16 March, online.
The reality of e-commerce. 18 & 19 March, online.
How to crisis-proof my business without having to invest? 22 March, online.
Revenue Management for hotels. 23 & 24 March, online.

“Particularly in a year as difficult as this one, Formentera small businesses have shown a deep commitment to enhancing competitivity and capacity building”, insisted commerce chief Ana Juan, pressing employees and business owners alike to participate in courses. Pimef director Lidia Álvarez underscored the key roles of “professional development and permanent reinvention” in helping businesses overcome obstacles in tough times.

Enrolment is open and can be completed by calling 971 32 25 20 or sending an email to info@pimef.es. Space is limited.

18 February 2021
Communications Department
Consell de Formentera

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