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In es Pujols, fashion fans hail runway’s ‘return’ as Passarel·la turns 13

foto 2021 passarellaCOn a stage replete with jewellery, handbags, wedding dresses, party dresses and top-shelf avant-garde creations inspired by nature, the sea and the colours of Formentera, the island’s vice-president and commerce councillor, Ana Juan, thanked local designers for making the Passarel·la possible amid such complicated times: “Despite the challenges, the modest local industries of fashion and design are thriving”, she affirmed.

Creators included Janne Bikinis, Hippie Shop Formentera, Kavra de Formentera, Equilibre, Simona Colzi&Le Voyeur Vintage, Vintage Ibiza- Formentera, Macramé&Acho jewellery, Molly Mallone, Michele Crocitto, Elena Hurtado & Lorenzo Pepe “OBI”, Laura López, Eva Cardona, Ur Joies, Flavio Cocho and Majoral.

A duo of hosts, journalist Montse Montsalve and young hometown musician Miquel Tur, presided over events from 9.00pm, though not without help from the professional models at Deva Models of Eivissa. Watch the Passarel·la on the Consell de Formentera YouTube channel, where it was broadcast live.

3 July 2021
Communications Department
Consell de Formentera

Six local shops rep Formentera as spotlight shines on iconic Balearic businesses

foto 2021 emblematicsFormentera is one of 14 municipalities participating in Emblemàtics Balears, an initiative backed by the Balearic government in conjunction with the Formentera Department of Commerce to catalogue the most iconic establishments of the region. Formentera businesses account for six of the 102 establishments featured: Forn Sant Ferran, Forn Can Jeroni, Forn Can Manolo, Llibrería Tur Ferrer, Sa Farinera and Teixits J. Marí Serra.

Earlier today a presentation of the initiative included top-ranking Consell de Formentera official Alejandra Ferrer; deputy first minister and productive sector chief in the Balearics Juan Pedro Yllanes; deputy premiere and commerce and entrepreneurship councillor for Formentera Ana Juan; director of the regional commerce office Miquel Piñol and managing director of the Balearic Institute for Business Innovation Mariona Luís. Shop representatives were on hand as well, and received Emblemàtic Balears decals.

Additional info can be found on a new site, www.emblematicsbalears.es, part of an effort to showcase and strengthen traditional local businesses.

‘What makes Formentera Formentera’
President Ferrer applauded the work of Formentera’s historic shops, which she cast as “true models of social sustainability” in that “these establishments have been passed down from generation to generation”. She went on to tout the celebrated businesses as “exemplars of economic sustainability because they represent circularity and make ripples that cut across the local economy”. “We’re always talking about sustainability and about what makes Formentera Formentera”, offered Ferrer. “Well, you’re it.”

“This is about acknowledging, promoting and strengthening traditional commercial establishments”, explained Mr Yllanes. “These are small businesses with history, establishments with deep roots in our neighbourhoods and villages and, generally speaking, possess attributes that are completely unique and which carry extraordinary added value”.

Councillor Juan said Emblemàtics Balears was “a boost to traditional trade and a chance to highlight the merits and force of a key part of our social fabric”. According to the commerce chief, “Formentera’s recent history has played out in these shops. It’s been shaped by the people who run them, and by the families who’ve kept these businesses alive to present day.”

Emblemàtics Balears arose in a bid to protect historic hometown businesses, with the commemorated iconic establishments viewed as unmatched showcases of the uniqueness of each municipality. Though the focus of the initiative is on particular shops, the prospect of visitors coming from the region and beyond mean other businesses will benefit too.

The Emblemàtics website offers insight about featured shops’ trajectories and principal characteristics in Catalan, Spanish and English, part of an effort to maximise the initiative’s reach. The translated texts will also help ensure iconic shops become tourist draws, and strengthen Formentera’s commercial fabric more broadly.

29 June 2021
Communications Department
Consell de Formentera

This Friday, the 13th Passarel·la de Moda takes over es Pujols

foto 2021 passarelaEarlier today the Formentera Department of Commerce unveiled the 2021 programme for Formentera’s Passarel·la de Moda. Eighteen local creators will supply the designs as the hometown runway show turns thirteen at 9.00pm, Friday 2 July in es Pujols’ plaça d’Europa. To talk about it, commerce councillor Ana Juan was joined in press conference by coordinator Amalia Mora and a group of participating designers.

The “returns” invoked by this year’s tagline, ‘Retorno’, are many: a return to normalcy after a year of complications; return to the iconic plaça d’Europa setting and return to the Passarel·la’s trajectory. Ana Juan insisted the word also underscored local government’s faithful support for the island’s designers. For the deputy premiere and commerce chief, the stars of this year’s Passarel·la are the creative minds driving it: “Their work is proof that, 2020’s challenges aside, fashion and design constitute a thriving, if relatively undersized, local industry”. Juan additionally drew attention to the success of last year’s online edition.

Participating creators include Janne Bikinis, Hippie Shop Formentera, Kavra de Formentera, Equilibre, Simona Colzi&le voyeur vintage, Vintage Ibiza-Formentera, Macramé&Acho joyas, Molly Mallone, Michele Crocitto, Elena Hurtado & Lorenzo Pepe “OBI”, Laura López, Eva Cardona, Ur Joies, Flavio Cocho and Majoral.

Amalia Mora insisted plaça d’Europa would prove a “spacious and high visibility” backdrop, besides offering “an added layer of security”. Features will include jewellery, handbags, wedding dresses and party dresses, she said, not to mention top-shelf avant-garde creations inspired by the natural spaces, sea and colours of Formentera. And she told the Passarel·la’s faithful crowd of tourists and islanders to prepare for surprises in this year’s collections, along with some new faces. Among them is Laura Lopez, who completed design studies earlier this year.

The Passarel·la’s professional models are from Eivissa firm Deva Modelos, and the gala will be presented by journalist Montse Montsalve and the young Formentera musician Miquel Tur.

Finally, the Consell applauded the Passarel·la’s sponsors. This year’s event had a budget of €35,000.

28 June 2021
Communications Department
Consell de Formentera

Formentera celebrates International Yoga Day with Xuan Lan

foto 2021 iogaThe Formentera Office of Tourism is pleased to announce that Saturday 19 and Monday 21 June will come with two guided yoga sessions from international guru Xuan Lan. For International Yoga Day on Monday, the Consell de Formentera has teamed up with Puro Bienestar to spotlight a discipline centred on the wellbeing of the body and mind.

Lan is a wellness expert and exponent of myriad yoga styles, and her special demonstration in a unique setting promises a magical mood of detachment in the port of la Savina. The first session, “Brahma sunset yoga: back to the essence”, happens Saturday at 7.30pm, while the second, “108 sun salutations”, will take place at the same time two days later. Each session costs €20 and proceeds benefit conservation of posidonia seagrass through the Save Posidonia Project.

Complete information can be found at https://formenterazen.es/dia-internacional-del-ioga.

14 June 2021
Communications Department
Consell de Formentera

From tomorrow, family-friendly Formentera Astronómica takes initiates on discovery of the stars

cartell 2021 f astronomicaThe Formentera Office of Tourism is pleased to report that tomorrow marks the start of Formentera Astronómica. The event’s inaugural edition will come to an end on 13 June, with some fifty participants registered so far.

Organisers say Formentera Astronómica is a chance for star-loving tourists and local families to enjoy and discover a world of excitement. From 10.00am to 2.00pm tomorrow, children in Sant Francesc’s Jardí de ses Eres are invited to “create the universe” out of recycled material, while the same four-hour block on Saturday and Sunday will see participants of all ages plugging into special monitors and virtual-reality goggles for celestial educational games.

Apart from the family-friendly programme of talks, expert-led stargazing sessions, intergalactic VR journeys, activities and crafts, one of the programme’s standout features is a now fully-booked dinner under the stars on platja Migjorn. The complete Formentera Astronómica programme can be found at https://www.formenteraastronomica.com.

Featured names Aguilar Nàcher (director general, Spanish Foundation for Science and Technology [FECYT]) and Carlos Briones (researcher, CSIC) will share illuminating and candid accounts of personal experiences, while other speakers will consider the existence of extraterrestrial life, the concept of space debris and fact vs. fiction in sci-fi cinema.

Open call for illustrators
Fruits of a face-to-face workshop are at the heart of a social media-powered drawing contest dubbed “El visitant de les estrelles”. Photos of drawings from developing artists can be submitted via email until tomorrow 11 June to concurso@formenteraastronomica.com.

Formentera residents pay half price at Formentera Astronómica. The FOT-organised event is coordinated by Pidelaluna Events, with additional support from the Balearic Islands Tourism Agency (AETIB) and in association with the Astronomical Association of Formentera.

10 June 2021
Communications Department
Consell de Formentera

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