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Saint Cecilia celebrations back with live music

The School of Music and Dance of Formentera (Escola de Música i Dansa) will celebrate the feast day of Saint Cecilia next Sunday 21 November with a special concert. The show will take place at 12 noon in the courtyard of Sant Ferran's Espai Cultural (the former school, Carrer Tarragona, 26). The event is free and open to the public as long as attendees stay a safe distance apart and wear masks for the duration.

Held on a day that is dedicated to musicians, performances will feature students in some of the school's most popular courses, like Traditional Music, the Children's Choir (director: Rosa Mago), the island's Polyphonic Choir (director: Juan Francisco Ballesteros) and the Municipal Band (director: Santiago Ramirez).

"The School of Music and Dance of Formentera celebrates Saint Cecilia's Day by bringing music to the community. Last year we had to do things digitally, so this year we are very excited that the public will be able to enjoy in-the-flesh performances again", signalled Councillor of Culture Susana Labrador, who encouraged students' families and all music lovers "to come enjoy this special celebration.”

12 November 2021
Communications Office
Consell de Formentera

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Sitting down with artist Stella Rahola

cartell 2021 expo fig juiceThe Formentera Office of Culture is pleased to report that at 7.00pm this Friday, the Casa del Poble will host a talk with Stella Rahola, an architect and sculptor and the artist behind "Fig Juice", an installation which opened recently in the Far de la Mola cultural and educational space.


Stella Rahola Matutes completed studies at the Barcelona School of Architecture and Goldsmiths at University of London, and received a degree in sculpture from Escola Massana. Rahola's solo shows include "Fig Juice " (Espai Micus, Eivissa, 2020-2021), "Babelia & Other Stories " (Can Mario Museum, Palafrugell, 2019) i"The other landscape" (Carles Taché Gallery, Barcelona, 2014). Among numerous collective exhibitions are "Politics of Translation, The Stone Space" (London, 2019) and "Syntonic State" at the TULCA Festival of Visual Arts (Galway, 2018).

Recently the artist was awarded the Vila Casas Foundation's Sculpture Prize.


Rahola's latest exhibition, "Fig Juice", is currently on view at Far de la Mola. In the installation, the three material bodies establish structures that are free to intertwine extemporaneously, without repetition, establishing tensions at different, decentralised points and occasionally breaking with the concept of humans as observers.

The title "Fig Juice" alludes to the unstable liquid state which nearly makes it possible for us to be ingested and embody ourselves. Islanders can catch the exhibition at the Far de la Mola gallery Tuesday to Saturday from 10.00am to 2.00pm.

10 November 2021
Communications Office
Consell de Formentera

Book presentation: 'Eivissa i Formentera. Sargantanes i illes'

cartell 2021 sargantanesThis Wednesday 10 November at 8.00pm in the Marià Villangómez Library, author Antònia Cirer will tell crowds about her book "Eivissa i Formentera. Sargantanes i illes" . Cirer will discuss Eivissa and Formentera's characteristic lizard, Podarcis pityusensis, and describe the most peculiar features of its biology. She will trace the origins of the current configuration of islets and islands in the Pine Islands archipelago, given those origins have a bearing on the living things that call the archipelago home today.

For lizards, Eivissa and Formentera possess a diversity of factors known as ecological conditionners, which explains their profusion of colours. Humans often regard Formentera as being marked by a certain degree of ecological uniformity, but the vastly diverse ecological conditionners have a direct bearing on the lives, body shape and, above all, colour of lizards. Cirer will devote particular attention to the lizards of Formentera, focusing on the distinct populations that live at three ends of the island, their varying types of coloration, and how the colours on lizards' backs vary as observers travel from north to south.

8 November 2021
Communications Office
Consell de Formentera

Formentera celebrates World Children's Day with cultural, fitness and educational activities through November

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Today the Formentera Office of Youth (Conselleria de Juventut) unveiled its programme of activities to celebrate World Children's Day on 20 November. All month long special activities will help children and young people to celebrate their day, a commemoration of adoption of the Universal Declaration of the Rights of the Child (1959) and the Convention on the Rights of the Child (1989).

Councillor of Youth Affairs Vanessa Parellada described the programme as "extremely varied" and insisted, "We want all kids and teens on the island to celebrate their day in one way or another, but we want all islanders, no matter their age, to participate was well". "Protecting children and young people and defending their rights are cross-cutting issues, and diverse activities bills such as the one we are presenting today are a testament to that".

Skate park activities

For the first time ever, the Casal de Joves has put together a day of activities at the Sant Francesc skate park. The event will take place Saturday 6 November between 5.00pm and 8.30pm. Experienced skaters will face off in a tricks contest with a prize for the two finalists. There will also be an exhibition by ten-year-old Leonardo Vinicius Cuervo and Naia Laso, Spain's 12-year-old champion of park skateboarding.

Monday 10 November at 3.00pm Xènia Fuertes will post a storytelling session to the Facebook page of the Marià Villangómez Library. Friday 26 November will be a day for the environment. From 3.00pm islanders can connect to Marià Villangómez Library's Facebook page again to see Maristela Bell host an activity on recycling.


On Tuesday 11 November, as part of the Formentera Office of Social Welfare's lecture series for parents and teachers, islanders are invited to attend Lydia Micó's “Intentional Eating: The art of being present while at the table". The talk starts at 5.00pm in the Sala de Plens (next to the Formentera Day Centre). Thursday 25 November, Cristina Costa will give a presentation called "With positive education, everyone's a winner!", also in the Sala de Plens from 5.00pm. Interested parties must reserve space in advance by calling 971 321 271 or emailing educaciosocial@conselldeformentera.cat.

Friday 12 November at 6.00pm, the Casal de Joves invites youth to an evening of star gazing where activity leaders will lead participants on a walk to the Molí d'en Mateu windmill to observe stars and constellations.

Fitness day

On Saturday 13 November, the Formentera Office of Sport has put together a day of fitness at the Antoni Blanc sports centre. From 9.00am to 2.00pm there will be kids' circuits, guided classes, a demonstration of flow dance and demonstrations by local sport clubs.

Clown show

The cultural part of the programme kicks off Saturday 13 November with clown extraordinaire Marcel Gros's production “Contes Amagats”. The show is organised by the Formentera Office of Culture and will start at 6.00pm in the Sala de Cultura (Cinema). Tickets cost €4 and can be purchased at www.entradesformentera.cat .

World Alcohol-Free Day on Monday 15 November will come with games and dynamic activities hosted by Formentera Marxa. The event will take place from 5.00pm in the courtyard of Sant Ferran's new Espai Cultural (formerly the Sant Ferran school).

Children's Parliament

Friday 19 November will be the occasion for the tenth Balearic Children's Parliament. Representatives from Children's and Youth Councils across the archipelago will appear before the Balearic Parliament to present a manifesto regarding their efforts around Sustainable Development Goal number 11 of the UN's 2030 Agenda: "Sustainable Cities and Communities: Is our municipality sustainable?". The presentation happens with support from the regional chapter of UNICEF and the Balearic Office of Children and Adolescents (Oficina Balear de la Infància i l'Adolescència/OBIA). All Formentera schools will participate in the event.

On the morning of Friday 19 November, the Sala de Cultura (Cinema) will play host to Vívete. It will be the first time the conference is held in an in-person format on Formentera. Geared toward young people in general and students of Marc Ferrer High School in particular, the idea behind Vívete is to reflect on attitudes, values and emotions with speakers who share their own personal experience. Vívete seeks to promote human values and tools for sound, conscious personal development.

World Children's Day

For young people Saturday 20 November will be a day of reflection. From 5.00pm, under the banner "Universal Children's Day: Know your rights!", the Casal de Joves team will discuss the rights enshrined in the Convention on the Rights of the Child. The convention establishes the civil, political, economic, social and cultural rights of children and was adopted by the UN General Assembly on 20 November 1989.

Also on Friday 26 November, from 5.00pm, Formentera Marxa will present a workshop on alcohol-free cocktails at the Sant Francesc skate park. And lastly, Tuesday 30 November from 10.00am, the Formentera Children's and Youth Participatory Council will meet for the group's full-house virtual assembly.

Full public health protocol will be enforced at all activities per current regulations.

5 November 2021
Communications Office
Consell de Formentera

Formentera hails return of clown extraordinaire Marcel Gros

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The Formentera Office of Culture is pleased to report that next Saturday 13 November Marcel Gros will perform “Contes Amagats”. Humour and imagination go hand in hand as the storyteller-cum-clown takes audiences on a journey down imaginary pathways teeming with shapes, papers, sounds and colours…in search of the stories not yet in books. Gros will go wherever it takes to find these "hidden tales", and he realises that stories are everywhere; the trick is catching them. Though sometimes, if we stand still, the stories catch us.

"Contes Amagats" and other quality productions come to Formentera as part of the PLATEA programme of the Spanish Ministry of Education, Culture and Sport's National Institute of Performing Arts and Music (INAEM). It is also part of programming for L'Illa a Escena.

Back story

Marcel Gros made his street theatre debut four decades ago and was a founding member of the troupe Teatre Mòbil. In 1991, after training in circus and clown techniques with masters such as Willi Colombaioni, Pierre Byland and Philippe Gaullier, Gros, keen to grow his solo career, embarked on a career of self-made productions that has earned him numerous honours. Among them was the 2019 Fetén Prize, for "Contes Amagats".

Islanders can catch "Contes Amagats" Saturday 13 November at 6.00pm in the Sala de Cultura (Cinema). The show is recommended for viewers three and up. Tickets are €4 and are available from tomorrow Friday 5 November at www.entradesformentera.cat or thirty minutes before the function at the box office.

4 November 2021
Communications Office
Consell de Formentera

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