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This Saturday at cinema, Les Kol·lontai perform free show for International Women’s Day revellers

LES KOLLONTAIJThe Formentera Office of Culture reports that at 8.30pm this Saturday, the Sala de Cultura (Cinema) will be the scene of a free concert for International Women’s Day. The trio of Catalan singer-songwriters made up of Sílvia Comes, Meritxell Gené and Ivette Nadal form a united behind feminist songs about freedom and equality (the group’s name, Les Kol·lontai, is a nod to the Soviet feminist and politician Alessandra Kol·lontai). The band has played to Catalan-speaking crowds since 2017 to promote their album Cançons Violeta.

Les Kol·lontai’s 90-minute performance on 7 March is the second of two very special Barnasants concerts scheduled to take place on Formentera this year. The first was Marina Rossell — the unmistakable, saccharine voice of the new popular Catalan musical tradition whose emotion-heavy performance brought down the packed cinema on 1 February in Sant Francesc.

For 25 years, Barnasants has made eclectically-sourced cultural initiatives its stock in trade, building a reputation across the European continent for top-quality independent music. After a renewal of a collaborative agreement between festival organisers and the island government, 2020 marks the festival’s second year bringing concerts to the island.

Cultural exchange
The pact between Barnasants and the Consell de Formentera extends beyond Barnasants concerts on Formentera to invest in promoting local Formentera acts off the island. A case in point were thirty-year music scene veterans, Aires formenterencs, who plugged their latest record to a crowd of Barnasants festivalgoers at Barcelona’s Centre Artesà Tradicionàrius (CAT) on Sunday 16 February performing. And, hometown singer-songwriter Maria José Cardona, will follow up her 2019 Barnasants date at the Harlem Jazz Club with two performances this weekend on Menorca. She’ll be at Ciutadella’s Espai Sant Josep at 7.30pm on Friday 6 March and Saturday at Es Nou Bar from 10.30pm. Both shows are free.

Workshop at the school of music
Les Kol·lontai’s Ivette Nadal will be at the Formentera Escola de Música Friday afternoon for a clinic on the voice as an instrument of music. Culture chief Susana Labrador acknowledged she was “just as thrilled about seeing indy Catalan music’s crème de la crème back on the island as I am about sharing our hometown sounds with the rest of the islands and other corners of the country. It’s a great way to promote this aspect of our culture.”

4 March 2020
Department of Communications
Consell de Formentera

Formentera and Espai Dones team up to further equality and tackle gender violence

foto 2020 conveni Espai DoneThe president and equality chief of the Consell de Formentera, Alejandra Ferrer and Vanessa Parellada, respectively, were joined today by Maria Dolores Fernández Tamargo, director of the group Espai Dones, in putting their signatures on a collaborative agreement unlocking €3,000 to promote equality and prevent gender violence on the island in 2020.

Espai Dones pledges to develop programming to promote and enrich the struggle to win gender equality and prevent gender violence. To get there, the group will pilot educational programmes concentrating on equality and women’s rights.

3 March 2020
Department of Communications
Consell de Formentera

Women’s Day exhibition: ‘Women working for women’

foto 2020 Expo dia de la donaLast night, the municipal art gallery Sala d’Exposicions ‘Ajuntament Vell’ hosted the opening of an exhibition turning the spotlight on the struggle of women, past and present. Titled “Mujeres trabajando por mujeres” [Women working for women], the show is by María María Acha-Kutscher, a Peru-born feminist and visual artist living in Spain. Her work will be on display from 11.00am to 2.00pm and 6.00pm to 8.00pm, Monday through Saturday until 14 March. The gallery is closed Sundays and Monday mornings.

3 March 2020
Department of Communications
Consell de Formentera

Ground campaign to stamp out pine processionary concludes with removal of 4,641 nests

campanya-processiona--ria-20201The Formentera Department of Environment reports that the effort to control numbers of the pine processionary caterpillar on the island resulted in the removal of nearly five thousand of the pest’s nests. The February campaign, which came with a €4,436 price-tag, was carried out jointly by the regional department of healthy forests and the Balearic Nature Institute, or Ibanat. The ground treatment lasted 17 days and saw forest crews covering over 132 kilometres in areas like Es Ca Marí, Es Carnatge, Punta Prima, Es Cap, Cala en Baster, Ses Bardetes, Camí vell de la Mola, Sant Ferran and Migjorn. The nests were incinerated at the treatment plant.

3 March 2020
Department of Communications
Consell de Formentera

Formentera announces tender of 16 seasonal taxi permits for 2020/2021

Taxi FormenteraJThe Formentera Department of Mobility reports that the application period for seasonal chauffeurs’ licences began last Saturday and extends through Tuesday 10 March.

Individuals with permanent licences and salaried employees that can provide proof of at least five months’ worth of work in the sector over the last two years. Sixteen seasonal permits be available in 2020 and 2021, up from 10 in 2018/2019.

This year and next, eight seasonal drivers will provide service from 1 June to 31 August and the remaining eight from 1 July to 30 September, meaning a total of 16 seasonal cabs will be on the road in July and August, plus 25 vehicles driven by chauffeurs who operate year round.

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In July and August, when the scheme to count and cap incoming vehicles is enforced, a total of 41 taxis will be in service. Last year the number was 35 — a 17% increase in twelve months.

“This 17% uptick, plus the 18% surge in bus rides on public transport, means more sustainable mobility alternatives for tourists and islanders”, said mobility chief Rafael González. “The upshot is that hitting our 2020 target of 4% fewer in-bound vehicles is going to be that much easier.”

Sustainable vehicles (hybrids)
The assignment of new seasonal taxis will be decided by public tender. Sustainable (hybrid) and new vehicles will receive higher ratings. According to González, “this time around we opted to give preference to hybrid vehicles, which are easier on the environment, and help push us closer to our final goal: making mobility sustainable on Formentera”.

Interested parties can review the terms and conditions here.

3 March 2020
Department of Communications
Consell de Formentera

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