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Formentera Day Centre turns five

Foto aniversari centre diaThe Formentera Council Office of Social Welfare is pleased to celebrate five years of operations at the island's day centre. More than a hundred people took part in the various events commemorating the Formentera Day Centre's fifth year. Local group Aires Formenterencs took on the task of providing music for the celebration, where users, families and friends were all welcome.

After the concert, guests were treated to drinks and hors-d'oeuvres prepared by students of the cooking and restaurant programme at Marc Ferrer secondary school. Celebratory activities will carry on Wednesday April 27, as the hall of ceremonies in the day centre hosts the opening of an exhibition of old Formentera photos, Fotos antigues de Formentera: Ses Salines. The exhibit is part of the bank la Caixa's initiative for the elderly, programa 3.0. On Thursday April 28, organisers have scheduled a talk about Alzheimer's and other forms of dementia and, on Friday April 29, the week-long celebration will wind down with an open-house day of activities for the centre's users and their family members.

Beni Trutmann honours nine of 87 participants

1e Premi Blanc i negre Entre Lineas. Jose TomasYesterday at eight in the evening, not only did jurors name the winners of the 14th Beni Trutmann photo contest, the Formentera Council Office of Culture pulled up the curtain on an exhibition of prints from this year's competition. The showing will remain on display from Monday through Friday, 10.00am to 2.00pm, until May 7 at the municipal gallery (Sala d'Exposicions) of the Ajuntament Vell.

Since its inception, the Trutmann competition has focused on Formentera nature in all of its forms —landscapes, flora and fauna, humans in nature— as the reflection of an unwavering environmental commitment. When he died, Trutmann bequeathed more than 30,000 photos to Formentera, all of which show the photograph's deep love for the natural beauty of the island. The idea of a photo competition came about as a way to pay tribute to Trutmann, said CiF culture councillor Susana Labrador.

New category, smart phone

To teach Formentera's youth about this important local figure, this year, organisers of the competition decided to propose a new category to participants: photos taken on smart phones. The category is open to anyone between 12 and 18 and, according to organisers, participants have already taken a shine to it. The Polaroid company signed on to participate as well, offering photo material as prizes for this year's contest.

Eighty-seven people participated in the 2016 Beni Trutmann competition. In black-and-white and colour, 48 photographers submitted a total of 131 prints. In the new smart phone category, 39 individuals sent in 109 photos. All submissions will now become part of the Council's photo archives.

The jury for the competition was formed by a representative from the Formentera branch of the Balearic birdwatching and nature group, a representative from the local arm of Obra Cultural Balear, two individuals with experience in visual arts and one staff member from the Council's Office of Youth Services.

Councillor Labrador congratulated all of this year's winners, listed as follows:

First prize: €500, José Tomás Rojas
Second prize: €300, Federic Vicent Marí Held
Third prize: €200, Ricardo Lamín

First prize: €500, David Hernández Martin
Second prize: €300, Sergi Torres Costa
Third prize: €200, Aleksandra Maria Rozej

Smart phone
First prize: Polaroid SNAP instant camera, Victoria Jiménez García
Second prize: Polaroid Cube action camera, Julia Tur Mayans
Third prize: IF045 sports camera, Randa Ben Hamza Shaim Abja

Certificates of completion for students of quality tourism courses

Entrega diplomes PimefToday in the plenary hall of the Formentera Council, councillor of commerce Alejandra Ferrer and Pep Mayans, president of the Formentera small and medium-sized business association (PIMEEF), handed out certificates of achievement to students of the PIMEEF's Council-sponsored courses. Some 130 individuals participated in the training sessions, which spanned ten days and were designed to improve students' skills in retail work settings, leadership and tourist customer service. Additional courses were focused on traditional Formentera pastry-making and cocktails.

According to Councillor Ferrer, the courses were aimed at “providing workers and tradesmen training opportunities to improve the services offered to visitors and residents.” In the councillor's words, the initiative is “less about infrastructural improvements and more about bettering the quality of services provided.” The PIMEEF president thanked participants for taking part in the training and stressed the importance of promoting such opportunities on the island. The Council has provided €15,000 in funding for the courses. 

Special afternoon of 'La Ventana' in Formentera

Carles Francino fotoWith nearly one million listeners tuning in to hear Cadena SER's radio programme La Ventana, the show, hosted by Carles Francino, has got higher ratings than any other in its slot. Next Friday, Francino and the show's crew are packing their bags and setting sail for Formentera. From 4.00 to 8.00pm, the crew will broadcast a special episode, live, from plaça de la Constitució in Sant Francesc.

Seeing the event as an unparalleled opportunity, Formentera's tourism advisory board (el Patronat de Turisme) has decided to back the show by bankrolling its 13,000-euro production costs. Securing such promotion, says CiF tourism councillor Alejandra Ferrer, is one of the board's duties. “The Patronat's work involves collaborating with local, family-themed programmes that place importance on the things that make us unique,” she said. According to Ferrer, the fact a programme is broadcast in the off-season makes it even more liable to attract the board's attention. Such programmes are more likely to appeal to tourists coming from the Spanish mainland, which, the councillor added, “have got the most connections to Formentera and constitute the island's biggest low-season market.”

On the day of the programme an audience area will be set up on the Sant Francesc square and all of Formentera is invited to come out to see the show recorded live. Ferrer, suggesting other audiovisual collaborations might be in store, said the Council was currently in talks to programme more events like this one.


Formentera renews partnership with local cultural institute

Signatura conveni OCB FormenteraFormentera Council (CiF) president Jaume Ferrer sat down today with Maria Teresa Ferrer, president of the Formentera-branch of the cultural institute Obra Cultural Balear (OCB), to renew a partnership agreement in place between the two entities since 2011. The pact is valued at 7,000 euros, money which is intended to “complement the offer of cultural programming, fund Catalan language classes and provide consulting for the administration,” according to the CiF president.

The Obra Cultural Balear chief thanked the CiF for the show of support and seized the opportunity to speak about one of the institute's most challenging projects at present: a catalogue of all the public and private roads on the island of Formentera, an initial version of which will be ready this year.

Also at the signing was CiF councillor of culture Susana Labrador. Both Council officials took the opportunity to congratulate the new OCB president on her recent appointment to the post.

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