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Formentera Astronòmica is for stargazers

foto 2021 ASTRO CEarlier today Alejandra Ferrer attended a presentation of Formentera Astronòmica, a first-time event whose participants, in the words of the Consell de Formentera premiere and tourism chief, “can take advantage of Formentera’s low light pollution to gaze at the stars from the privileged position our island affords us”. Also on hand at the presentation was Alessia Comis, organiser for Formentera Astronòmica, along with Santiago Jiménez, who heads collaborating group Astronomical Association of Formentera and AAF treasurer Jordi Alemany.

President Ferrer said Formentera Astronòmica would happen in the island’s low season, 11–13 June. She described it as “a chance for star-loving tourists and local families to enjoy and discover a world of excitement”.

Alessia Comis outlined the family-friendly programme of lectures, night-time expert-led stargazing sessions, VR intergalactic journeys, activities and crafts. She also highlighted a theme dinner under the stars in a special, soon-to-be revealed location.

Organisers have also announced renowned speakers like Imma Aguilar Nàcher, director-general of the Spanish Foundation for Science and Technology (FECYT), and Carlos Briones, researcher at the Spanish National Research Council (CSIC), both of whom will be on hand sharing experiences in an informative and accessible way. Speakers will explore questions about the existence of extraterrestrial life, the nature of space debris and fact and fiction in Sci-Fi films. Comis also touted “El visitant de les estrelles”, an online drawing contest for children and young people under 20 due to play out on social media.

Santiago Jiménez, for his part, hailed the freshly-created event and the promise of new opportunities it holds for AAF. “We’ll basically try to use the two days we have to explain what makes Formentera’s sky wonderful”.

Details about activities, speakers and signups, as well as the complete Formentera Astronòmica programme, can be found at https://www.formenteraastronomica.com. Formentera residents benefit from a 50 % discount. Formentera Astronòmica is organised by the Formentera Office of Tourism in association with the Tourist Agency of the Balearic Islands (AETIB).

14 May 2021
Communications Department
Consell de Formentera

Formentera Jazz Festival to take place 23–26 September

cartell 2021 formentera jazzThe Formentera Office of Tourism reports that this year’s Formentera Jazz Festival will be held from 23 to 26 September. After the covid-19 crisis forced organisers of the 2020 festival to opt for an all-virtual format, the 2021 edition will combine in-person events with virtual activities.

Consell de Formentera premiere and tourism chief Alejandra Ferrer praised FJF organisers for putting nature and signature local sites at the centre of this year’s festival, insisting events like FJF offered visitors and residents of the island “an ever richer and varied cultural scene”.

After seven years, organisers say FJF is “more committed than ever” to using music to connect people with nature and the magic of Formentera, unveiling a new hybrid format for the festival that combines livestreaming technology with live-audience performances in iconic venues.

Sonically, FJF will continue to showcase diverse musical genres’ convergence in jazz, delivering the festival’s perennial boost to national and regional talent and using talks and workshops to reflect on the challenges in sustainability that face the island and the music industry.

FJF has received support from the Consell de Formentera since Formentera native Maxwell Moya launched the festival in 2015.

More information on the #FJF2021 programme will soon be available at www.formenterajazzfestival.info.

11 May 2021
Communications Department
Consell de Formentera

October dates and early details unveiled for Formentera Fotogràfica 2021

foto 2021 formentera fotografica CThe Formentera Office of Tourism reports that the ninth edition of Formentera Fotogràfica, the local photography festival initially scheduled to take place in May, will be held 8–12 October 2021.

Cristina de Middel, Miss Beige, Sofía Moro and Fernando Maquieira will share the stage on Formentera with other leading figures of contemporary photography and visual culture. Organisers announced the names of six of the festival’s speakers today and said additional details about the programme, registration period, prices and promotions, including resident discounts, would come in the days ahead.

Consell de Formentera premiere and tourism chief Alejandra Ferrer hailed “another year of visits from brilliant professionals and photography enthusiasts revelling in the island’s unbeatable backdrop for photos”.

Spanish photographer Cristina De Middel has been an associate of the Magnum agency since 2017. She investigates photography’s ambiguous relationship with truth and questions the stereotypes that lead to a blurring of the line between reality and fiction. After 10 years as a photojournalist and humanitarian photographer, De Middel published the acclaimed The Afronauts in 2012, following the series with more than 13 projects and publications and winning accolades like the ICP’s Infinity Award in 2012 (New York City) and the National Photography Award in 2017. De Middel’s work has been shown in over 50 exhibitions internationally and features in collections such as the Tate Modern and the National Gallery of Victoria.

Ana Esmith is a journalist, performer and Instagram artist known by the pseudonym Miss Beige. The Madrid native studied drama in London, where she lived and worked in stage productions as a creator and director for over 15 years. With Miss Beige, Esmith’s years in journalism and art find a new outlet in performance, her first exploration of non-verbal work. Rituals of appearance, aesthetics of artifice and reflection on gender form part of the conceptual background as the artist liberates the image of femininity understood as a cultural construction based on arbitrary conventions, imposed over the centuries.

Freelance photographer Sofía Moro specialises in editorial portraiture. She contributes regularly to Vanity Fair and El País Semanal magazines, where she has published over a hundred portraits and more than 20 cover stories. Other more personal projects centre on human rights, such as the book ¿Quién merece morir? (2018) and the exhibition Cuidadoras (PhotoEspaña 2020). In 2010 she won first prize for portraiture in the Foto-Nikon contest, and in 2019 she was named finalist in the international LensCulture Portrait Awards.

Fernando Maquieira is a Spanish musician and photographer specialising in art and architecture photography. His many publications include the Guía Nocturna de Museos, which offers a new look at museums under the influence of night and the absence of light. Maquieira built 2018’s breakthrough Alucinosis around rediscovered travel slides which years in cardboard boxes had left caked in mould and bacteria. In 2019, Alucinosis’s colours, psychedelic shapes and built-in study of chance and time’s passage could be seen at the Revela’t festival.

Jon Cazenave is an economist and visual artist. He sees photography as an intimate exercise in anthropology and enlists his personal language of ancestral signs and symbols in contemporary creation. Cazenave is an austere, silent, intense and synthetic author, and follows a quest for knowledge based on introspective questioning in an effort to better understand broader contexts. After thirteen years of preparation, Cazenave’s Galerna was published in 2020 by the iconic publishing house Éditions Xavier Barral i Dalpine.

The professional endeavours of Gloria Oyarzabal are split between film, photography and education. A visual artist, photographer, fine arts graduate, programmer and co-founder of the Madrid arthouse cinema La Enana Marrón (1999-2009), Oyarzabal used a three-year sojourn in Mali to hone her study of the African imaginary, processes of colonisation/decolonisation, new colonialisms and the diverse voices around African feminisms. In 2017, the artistic residency “Ranchito Matadero Nigeria” between South Africa and Madrid and “Art House Foundation Lagos” in Nigeria helped Oyarzabal advance her research on the colonising of the concept of woman. Of the many awards she has received, the Aperture Paris Photo’s Best Photobook of the Year (2020) stands out.

Formentera Fotogràfica is “fotografia en família”. Great names in contemporary photography piloting intimate hands-on and theory-based sessions in the service of knowledge, reflection and collective creation. An invitation to professionals, students and image enthusiasts to exchange experiences face to face with a varied group of industry players against the incomparable backdrop of Formentera.

Since 2013, Formentera Fotogràfica has welcomed 75 leading photographers such as Alberto García Alix, Martin Parr, Joan Fontcuberta, Isabel Muñoz, Donna Ferrato, Eugenio Recuenco, Chema Madoz, Joana Biarnés, Colita, Manuel Outumuro, Samuel Aranda, Gervasio Sánchez, Antoine d’Agata, Manel Esclusa, Tino Soriano, Carlos Pérez Siquier and Cristina García Rodero.

5 May 2021
Communications Department
Consell de Formentera

Gradual reopening of Formentera’s craft and art markets starts Saturday

foto 2021 mercatsThe Formentera Department of Commerce reports that Saturday 1 May marks the start of the season for vendors at local craft and art markets, with merchants returning to stalls in Sant Francesc and Es Pujols as soon as tomorrow. Elsewhere the yearly kick-off has been set for the 15th (La Mola) and 29th of May (Sant Ferran). The mercat in La Savina is expected to reopen in early June, exact date yet to be confirmed.

“An island-wide launch was initially scheduled for 15 May”, confided commerce chief Ana Juan, “but we listened to artisans who pressed to get things going a little earlier. Although footfall is low at this stage of the season, it’s important to be able to open and start work”.

The markets will continue until October, and this year like last, the Consell de Formentera will subsidise one hundred percent of fees paid by vendors in stalls on the public thoroughfare, said Juan.

Hours will be adapted to public health protocol and curfew rules. From tomorrow, the Mercat des Pujols opens Monday to Sunday, 7pm to 10pm. The Mercat de Sant Francesc, meanwhile, will keep regular hours: Monday to Saturday, 10am to 2pm.

30 April 2021
Communications Department
Consell de Formentera

Calling all whizzes of marketing, communications and creativity: FORMENTERA20 is back

foto 2021 f 2.0The Formentera office of tourism reports that from 27 to 30 May, Formentera20 will celebrate its ninth year as a forum where authorities on digital culture mingle and share ideas and talent. Scheduled to play out in an array of local settings, the four-day event will embody the Formentera20 hashtag #DesconnectarPerConnectar [DisconnectToConnect].

Consell premiere and tourism chief Alejandra Ferrer shared her satisfaction at seeing plans move forward for the local gathering of industry pros. “It’s more than a just boost to our off-season numbers”, she insisted, “because attendees actually help promote Formentera while they’re here”. That extra help is particularly important now amid the pandemic, she added, “because Formentera20 participants will be able to enjoy the island and tell the world about our wealth of outdoor spaces on social media”.

In the words of Formentera20 director Rosa Castells, the event is “a chance to network, share ideas, get inspired, spend time with industry leaders and learn about what’s happening in the digital world”. As in years past, celebrated prodigies of marketing, communications and creative industries will be on hand to share expertise and ideas and see the latest trends in digital culture. Castells told attendees to expect “a lineup of world-class speakers”, with organisers covering the worldly-wise quotient with guests like HBO vice-president Patricia Reis and @isabelitavirtual, a creative chief whom Webby Awards celebrated for Best Content in Art and Culture.

Expert speakers:
Patricia Reis, VP Marketing, HBO
Mónica Moro, Managing Director of Creativity, McCann Espanya
Elena Bule, Communications Chief, Twitter Espanya
Carlos Fernández Guerra, Digital Chief & Social Media Manager, Iberdrola
Miquel Martí, CEO, Barcelona Tech City | www.barcelonatechcity.com
Mar Abad, Director and Co-founder, El Extraordinario podcast [Former Yoroboku founder and Brands & Roses producer]
Soraya Castellanos, Spain Lead, TiK ToK
Isabel Martínez, Creative Director, @isabelitavirtual
Javier Piedrahita, Director, Marketingdirecto.com [moderator]

Who is Formentera20's target audience? Formentera20 is for passionate professionals of the digital world—for communicators, marketing lovers and individuals who want to be in the know to better articulate their project or business proposal.

Discussion will centre on communications, marketing, creativity, branding, content, social media and how to use the ever present resource more proficiently. Participants also share space, and that closeness makes it possible for real networking to take place and ideas to be exchanged, often the catalysts for new projects. Castells says this is what makes Formentera20 truly unique.

Interested parties can find out more and sign up at www.formentera20.com, but spaces are going fast. To encourage participation, organisers have implemented a 50% discount for Formentera residents.

28 April 2021
Communications Department
Consell de Formentera

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