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Formentera in spotlight for new Consell-backed edition of Pine Islands’ folk songbook

foto OCFThe Formentera Heritage Department has partnered with editor Jaume Escandell Guasch to publish a Formentera-specific volume of a folk song repertory whose story stretches back to 1928, when Baltasar Samper i Ramon Morey put out the original Obra del Cançoner Popular de Catalunya (“Popular Catalan Songbook”).

After close-ups on Sant Josep de sa Talaia (dir: Isidor Marí) and Sant Antoni de Portmany (Cati Marí Serra), the third installation in the “Pine Islands Songbook—1928” series features Isidor Marí’s return to coordinating duties and turns the spotlight on Formentera.

Heritage councillor Raquel Guasch congratulated Cançoner’s authors on their “exhaustive cataloguing of island culture at its most essential” and asserted, “This brings us closer to our roots through popular hometown music”.

In addition to an extensive collection of song lyrics documented by Baltasar Samper on Formentera between 15 and 18 September 1928, the volume also contains musical annotations by the author as well as thirty original photos of interview subjects and sites which struck Samper as eye-catching.

The physical documentation produced by Samper’s original 1928 mission in the Pine Islands is today kept at the Biblioteca de Montserrat. The Catalan government’s CDCPT holds the documents in their digital format.

Volume 10 of the “Popular Catalan Songbook”, put out in 2000 by Abadia de Montserrat Publishing, included a limited selection of texts and photographs, but the current edition constitutes the first-ever exhaustive release of Samper’s collected research.

The Formentera edition of the “Pine Islands Songbook” cost approximately €3,500 to put together and will be available in book stores. As ever, the edition had the support of the Consell de Formentera, Consell d’Eivissa, the town councils of Eivissa and the Balearic government.

21 December 2020
Communications Department
Consell de Formentera

Consell studies showcasing researchers’ findings at Cap de Barbaria II dig site

foto 2020 jaciment es cap 2The Formentera Heritage Department reports that plans currently under review for museum-style displays at the dig site known as Cap de Barbaria II where archaeologists have worked since November.

Heritage councillor Raquel Guasch said operations at Cap de Barbaria II and “Cave 127” in La Mola started 2012, and revealed local government was looking into the archaeologists’ suggestion that Formentera mark the undertaking and showcase local history by fitting the site with informational displays.

The project springs from a partnership between Consell de Formentera and Cantabrian International Institute of Prehistoric Research (IIIPC) for R&D+i aimed at promoting local work on prehistoric archaeology. Researchers are studying the “archaeology of death” and the paleogenetics of Formentera’s prehistoric inhabitants compared with other western Mediterranean peoples of the Bronze Age.

“Incredibly successful” operation
Dr Pau Sureda, a leader of the research team and researcher for the High Council of Scientific Research’s Institute of Heritage Sciences, described the Cap de Barbaria II dig as “incredibly successful” and highlighted the full restoration of a naviform chamber, the southern entrance of the settlement and part of the surrounding wall. “Work has involved restoring and consolidating structures at the settlement, and continue to uncover valuable insight into what life was like for Formentera’s Bronze Age peoples”, said the archaeologist.

In the short term, the team hopes to continue restoration efforts and put the final touches on a plan to present findings in an on-site exhibit fully accessible to islanders.

On 20 November, the archaeologists gave an overview of recent efforts at a talk at Centre d’Esports Nàutics. The project has enjoyed additional collaboration from the Museu Arqueològic d’Eivissa i Formentera, Trasmapi, the Abel Matutes foundation and Sea Experience.

4 December 2020
Communications Department
Consell de Formentera

Archaeologists share findings from dig in La Mola

foto 2020 campanya arqueo la molaAt 7.00pm on Friday 20 November, the Formentera Heritage Department invites islanders to the Centre d’Esports Nàutics (CENF) for a presentation of findings from the archaeological dig currently under way at “Cova 127” in La Mola.

Lead scientists Edgard Camarós and Pau Sureda will report on research performed at a site they say dates back the Bronze Age. The endeavour, which extends to a site in Es Cap de Barbaria, is part of a partnership between the Consell de Formentera and Cantabria’s International Institute of Pre-historic Research (IIRPC).

Space is limited and reservations required (patrimoni@conselldeformentera.cat).

12 November 2020
Communications Department
Consell de Formentera

Winter hours take effect at Formentera’s heritage sites

foto 2020 moli vell la molaThe Formentera Patrimony Department announces new winter hours in place for public visits at local heritage sites. Visiting hours will also resume from November to May at the “Old La Mola Windmill” (molí Vell de la Mola) — a landmark over which the Consell reclaims control in 2020 in an effort to guarantee year-round access.

The following hours will be kept from November to May:

Molí Vell de la Mola: Saturday and Sunday from 10.00am to 2.00pm. Free admission.

Formentera Ethnographic Collection: Tuesday to Friday from 9.00am to 2.00pm. Free admission.

Torre des Pi des Català: Visits must be scheduled in advance by emailing patrimoni@conselldeformentera.cat. Free admission.

Restoration work
Work is currently being done to restore assorted parts of the windmill apparatus. Since pine pieces deteriorate naturally when exposed to the elements and the wind’s mechanical force, upgrades and maintenance were deemed necessary on two poorly preserved wooden sweeps.

In the interest of visitor safety and to determine necessary repairs, crews disassembled the monument’s interior wholesale before beginning restoration work.

In 2020 the Consell reached a rental agreement with the windmill’s owner, the Balearic Islands Foundation, giving local government control over the premises and opening hours for six Local councilmembers passed a measure at the November full-house assembly classing the monument as a cultural interest site.

11 November 2020
Communications Department
Consell de Formentera

Consell de Formentera adds voice to European Day of Languages

foto 2020 dia europeu llenguesThe Formentera Department of Language Normalisation reports that, aside from adhering to the European Day of Languages on Saturday 26 September, the department has added its name to a proclamation by the Govern balear favouring diversity of European languages and cultures and efforts to foment and protect them.

“This day is crucial to securing the official status of Catalan in Europe”, said FDCN chief Raquel Guasch. “Keep in mind, in Spain and in the Catalan-speaking lands in particular, there are still milestones of linguistic normalisation that we’ve yet to reach”, she continued. “Catalan still doesn’t benefit from the prestige and presence of its status as an official language. This is about highlighting the importance of language policies within public administrations”, she insisted.

Guasch said preserving the Catalan language was key, and remarked the Consell’s adoption earlier this year of revised nomenclature for towns, roads and public spaces in urban areas on the island was “essential...the visibility of toponyms means our attention to this subject is crucial”.

Promoted by the Balearic divisions of exterior relations and language policies, week-long celebrations around the European Day of Languages were joined by different island councils in the Balearics, the Federation of Local Entities in the Balearic Islands (FELIB), the Palma municipal government and Europe’s Network to Promote Linguistic Diversity.

The keynote act is a 7.00pm lecture tomorrow (Friday) at the Balearic parliament by Antoni Llabrés. The doctor and professor of law at the UIB will speak about the legal aspects of multilingual regions and language rights. The talk will be livecast at diaeuropeullengues.caib.cat.

24 September 2020
Department of Communications
Consell de Formentera

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