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With “L'etern mecanoscrit”, audiences see reading get raves

foto letern mecanoscrit 2The Formentera Council has announced that this Saturday, February 11 at 9.00pm, theatre troupe La Impaciència will perform 'L'etern mecanoscrit' before Formentera audiences. Recommended for adults and young theatregoers over eight, the sixty-minute show turns on the importance of reading and preserving the world heritage it represents. Admission to the production, to take place in the cinema (Sala de Cultura), is five euros for adults and three euros for those under 25.

Using Salvador Oliva's 4.000 anys després de l'eternitat and Manuel de Pedrolo's Mecanoscrit del segon origen as a starting point, La Impaciència provides a reflection for the young and old on the importance of books and reading and the need to conserve and appreciate this global heritage.

Two characters taken from de Pedrolo's work, buttressed against the theatrics present in both Mecanoscrit del segon origen and 4.000 anys després de la eternitat, symbolise the world as it exists in L'etern mecanoscrit. To the bemusement of spectators, the two characters actually drape their own reflections on their surroundings in an explanation of de Pedrolo's novel. Those reflections, together with the characters' own lived experiences, present a critical review of the world and social relations. With performances by renowned actors Rodo Gener and Luca Bonadei, L'etern mecanoscrit picked up the Bòtil 2012 prize at Vilafranca's child and youth theatre festival.

Theatre company
Brought up on the shores of the Mediterranean, La Impaciència is a professional troupe founded by Luca Bonadei, Rodo Gener and Salvador Oliva, three renowned actors who share not only a history on the Balearic theatre scene, but also similar artistic inclinations. They have been behind big productions like Una nit vaig somiar que mon pare era Déu (2004), Radiografies (2006) and In-conciencia (2009) and have, over the course of their professional career, snagged numerous accolades.

Signups open as Formentera Fotogràfica contest slides into fifth year

foto x  flayer petitaThe Formentera Council's Office of Tourism has announced details about this spring's Formentera Fotogràfica, now in its fifth year. From April 28 to May 1, photo and video fans from Spain and further afield will descend upon the island for conferences, workshops, documentary screenings, portfolio reviews and shot-scouting outings across Formentera.

To date some 40 people have registered and signups are being held through April 20 at the local tourism board (Patronat Municipal de Turisme; carrer Mallorca, 15, in Sant Ferran) or the following link:

Tourism councillor Alejandra Ferrer framed the early season event as a magnet for visitors and a way encourage snapshots showcasing the island's natural beauty. She urged all photo lovers, locals included, to come out strong for the premiere festival.

Participating speakers include Joan Fontcuberta, a photographer who is recognised as Spanish photography's "great renovator" and the winner of the 2013 Hasselblad award (photography's Nobel prize). Travel photographer Gonzalo Azumendi will be there to shed light on his day-to-day and share some of his own personal tricks. Txema Salvans will chat with festival participants about his projects and give details about the production, concept and design that go into publishing a book. Besides welcoming José Benito Ruiz, Spain's most renowned nature photographer ever, this year's Formentera Fotogràfica will also play host to a special guest: Manu San Félix, a specialist in underwater photography and long-time resident on the island.

Work under way at can Ramon

inici actuacions can ramon fotoThe Formentera Council has started work on the plot of land called “can Ramon” in order to verify the existent construction and surrounding land are in line with requirements. Patrimony councillor Susana Labrador said that the outside agency Tragsa had been tasked with clearing the land of overgrowth and rubbish, cleaning the building inside and out, overseeing structural preparations and cordoning off the site, a €29,990.82 effort that should allow for safe access to the site and ensure subsequent studies could be carried out effectively.

Future ethnographic museum
The councillor recalled how can Ramon —and the house and historical well included on the property— was acquired by the Formentera Council on the premise that the restored building be used to house “Formentera's store of public and privately-held museographic collections on ethnography”.

Figuring on Formentera's catalogue of cultural heritage sites, can Ramon is given protection level C. It is a traditional rural home, albeit with larger than normal dimensions, where the scale of farming and livestock operations could almost be classified as industrial. The current catalogue details that can Ramon's operators even made wine on site. The adjacent well is also catalogued for its traditional architecture and possesses protection level A.

Precise chronological records for the house have yet to be defined. More modern estimates put its construction in the mid to late 1800s, though certain features of the property could come from the eighteenth century.

Turning to Universitat Politècnica de València and an archaeological specialist, the Formentera Island Council has today commissioned studies to obtain a more complete understanding of the building's current condition, including imperfections, past structural changes and general history. According to Councillor Labrador, such crucial information will give restoration crews a basis from which to direct their efforts.

Formentera Council turns ten

The president's office of the Formentera Council wishes to remind residents that this 2017 marks 10 years since the administration's creation. To commemorate the event, in addition to adding the words “10 years” to the CiF logo on official stationery and the CiF website from March 1, the administration is organising events around the most relevant dates, March 1 and July 10.

On March 1, 2007 the Statute of Autonomy of the Balearic Islands was published in the official bulletin of the Spanish state, creating the Formentera Council alongside the Eivissa Council. That differed from the region's 1983 statute, which recognised one single council for both the Pityusic islands. The second important date is July 10, 2007, forty-five days after the May 27 elections that established the Formentera Council.

Towards 2017's 'participatory budgets'

Foto consell entitats febrer 2017Yesterday evening Formentera's league of associations, the “Consell d'Entitats” (literally, “Council of Entities”), convened its regular gathering at Casal d'Entitats, the group's rendezvous point. Not just the occasion to inform association reps on the projects included in 2016's so-called “participatory budgets”, the meeting also served to lay the groundwork for a new set of funding directives in 2017.

Community involvement councillor Sònia Cardona said the current effort was about “taking a step forward with respect to last year's spending” and pointed out that it would be up to the league “to suggest new projects and decide which ones receive funding”. Attendants at last night's meeting also decided on a time line for proposals and were briefed on application protocol.

2016 spending
Additionally, the gathering was a chance for attendants to learn about betterment initiatives carried out in 2016. Rafael González, the administration's councillor of infrastructure, held up playground improvements at four local schools and upgrades to children's parks. He also referred to works to make the island's urban centres more accessible.

Tax office councillor Bartomeu Escandell spoke about the Council's 2017 budget, €23,815,000. For the second year in a row, the decision on how to allocate ten per cent, or €325,000, of the administration's budget will fall to the Consell d'Entitats. That money represents a €75K increase on 2016's figure (€250K).

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