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It’s the return of a Formentera summer classic: Cinema a la Fresca

cartell 2021 cinema a la frescaThe Formentera Department of Culture is pleased to present the fifteenth Cinema a la Fresca, an outdoor film series pairing summer nights with classics and hits of contemporary Spanish and world cinema at no charge.

Under the creative direction of Veronique Landy and Espai F_, from July to September, the series will dust off 34 arthouse gems hailing from varying countries and spanning the 1920s to present day, all shown in their original language. The weekly circuit kicks off Tuesdays in Sant Francesc’s Jardí de ses Eres before heading to the Sant Ferran square on Thursdays and La Mola’s Casa del Poble patio on Fridays.

Cinema a la Fresca’s creative team in la Mola, Espai F_, say that during current hard times, they wanted “eclectic”, “international”, “all ages” and “inspiringly optimistic” to be the programme’s guiding stars.

Cinema a la Fresca gets its 2021 start Tuesday 29 June in Sant Francesc, with a film that’s also part of programming around World LGBTQI+ Pride Day. Lucía Puezno’s XXY tells the story of Àlex, an unusual 15 year old who’s hiding a secret. When Àlex was just an infant, her parents left Buenos Aires for a life of isolation in a wooden shack on the beach. They wanted to give their daughter a happy, protected life without prejudice until she could decide for herself which path to follow. Before the film audiences will see Miguel Parra’s Formentera Film Festival winning short (A)NORMAL.

Thursday 1 July, crowds in Sant Francesc’s plaça de l’Església will be treated to In This World, a film that is also included in Formentera’s World Refugee Day programme. The film by Michael Winterbottom traces the stories of two Afghani youth living in a refugee camp in the Peshawar and dreaming of life in the UK.

Friday 2 July, visitors to the Casa del Poble patio space will be able to check out Mihalis Kakogiannis’ Zorba the Greek. Based on the novel by Nikos Kazantzakis, the film chronicles an English writer who travels to Crete to take possession of a small property that he has inherited. On his journey he will meet Zorba, a lively character of primitive customs who will hold enormous sway for him.

The series additionally includes child-friendly fare like Miraï, an extraordinary and unbelievable adventure around the birth of a baby sister; Little Fugitive, in which a young boy runs away from home and finds paradise in Coney Island; Captain Fantastic, which tells the tale of a church-going dad who teaches his children curious ways of thinking and leading their lives, and the Japanese jewel of animation, Wolf Children.

And audiences can see The Conversation and Pickpocket and comedies like La escopeta nacional, In nome del poplo italiano, Hors normes and El viaje a ninguna parte.

Talk turns to love with films like Force majeure (Turist), The Cranes are Flying and Paris, je t’aime, and sci-fi fans will enjoy The Arrival and the mythical Blade Runner.

One of the highlights of the 2021 Cinema a la Fresca comes Tuesday 21 July, when pianist Jota Hidalgo offers the crowd in Sant Francesc’s jardí de ses Eres a live interpretation of the soundtrack to Charlie Chaplin’s Shoulder Arms.

Culture chief Susana Labrador encouraged islanders come out for this year’s programme, touting well-adapted outdoor setups at jardí de ses Eres (Sant Francesc), plaça de l’Església (Sant Ferran) and Casa del Poble (la Mola) and “idyllic backdrops with Covid-19 safety and physical distancing protocol in place”.

23 June 2021
Communications Department
Consell de Formentera

Emilia Brusson and Lola Raya take ‘Life and Essence’ to Centre “Gabrielet”

cartell 2021 vida y esenciaFormentera-based artists Emilia Brusson and Lola Raya share their artistic vision of “Life and Essence” in a show scheduled to open Tuesday 22 June at Centre Antoni Tur ‘Gabrielet’. Brusson and Raya share credit for 20 pieces crafted using a range of techniques, in oil and pastel, spotlighting scenes of local pastimes and faces from not so long ago.

The exhibition also offers a multi-sensory experience, with composer José Manuel Martínez (JM Music Soul) creating a soundtrack inspired by the paintings that guests who scan a QR code at the entrance can enjoy during their visit.

“Life and Essence” will be on view 22 June to 1 July, 11.00am to 2.00pm and 5.00pm to 8.00pm.

18 June 2021
Communications Department
Consell de Formentera

Formentera welcomes Susana Loureda’s ‘inevitable encounter’

cartell 2021 expo louredaThe Formentera Department of Culture is pleased to report that next Monday, 14 June, Susana Loureda will pull back the curtain on “El encuentro inevitable” at Sant Francesc’s “Ajuntament Vell” exhibition space.

The show underscores the artist’s introduction in 2020 to the world of collage, as well as her innovative dialectic based on hats that Loureda pioneered in 1984.

The display is on view 15 to 26 June, 11.00am to 2.00pm and 7.00pm to 9.00pm. Weekly closure on Sunday and Monday mornings.

11 June 2021
Communications Department
Consell de Formentera

‘Poetic break’, a one-two punch of poetry and photography at Centre Gabrielet

cartell 2021 poetic breakOn Thursday 10 June, Centre Antoni Tur ‘Gabrielet’ welcomes Sandra Lorinquer and Muntsa Darné as the pair of artists pull back the curtain on a collaborative exhibition titled “Poetic break”. The show’s roots go back to May 2020. That’s when the creative duo began work on what, nearly a year later, looked like a book. But when Lorinquer, a poet, and Darné, a photographer, unveil their work’s most recent incarnation today, it is “Poetic break” the exhibition. In three languages, French (Lorinquer’s native tongue), English and Castilian Spanish, at the centre of the project are 24 poems which relate the thoughts and encounters that accompany years of travels and experiences. All the while, Darné’s 20 photographs offer interpretations of Lorinquer’s poems, adding a visual layer to the emotions inhabiting the text.

The show is on view 11.00am to 2.00pm and 5.00pm to 8.00pm, every day except Wednesdays and Sundays until 19 June.

8 June 2021
Communications Department
Consell de Formentera

From 7 June, music returns to Formentera plazas with ‘Música a les Places’

cartell 2021 musica a les placesEarlier today the Formentera Department of Culture and Festivals unveiled the summer 2021 programme for Música a les Places (Music in the Squares). In a renewed push to reactivate a crisis-hit sector and fresh off the initiative’s warm reception last year, organisers have put together a Covid-safe slate of concerts in the squares of es Pujols and Sant Francesc and on the promenade in la Savina. From world music and Latin tunes to blues, soul, rock, heavy metal and jazz, an array of musical genres will guarantee a lively mood.

Culture and festivities chief Susana Labrador explained, “The premise remains the same: cultural happenings, concerts, summer nights, islanders, tourists and public, outdoor spaces. The idea is to make music a natural part of the leisure time of Formentera’s summer crowd”. Similar to last year and barring additional rule changes, concerts will have limited capacity and audience members must stay seated and keep a safe distance.

La Savina
La Savina is in for yet another musical summer with Els Dilluns al Port (Mondays at the Port). 7 June to 27 September, live musical performances will liven up the marina promenade from 10.00pm.

Es Pujols
Starting 15 June and continuing till 21 September, Tuesday nights at 10.00pm, es Pujols’ Plaça d’Europa will welcome Música en Viu (Live Music), with acts booked by Formentera Musical.

On Thursdays the very same plaza will play host to World Music, including a performance from Música a les Places veteran, Antena Libre. Performances will start at 10.00pm and run 17 June to 21 October, except during a break in August.

Sant Francesc
19 June to 25 September, get ready a Saturday-night classic in Sant Francesc: 10.00pm performances by Formentera’s most beloved jazz outfit.

Música a les Places’ returning collaborators include Jazz & Co, Formentera Musical, Antena Libre, La Savina Neighbourhood Association, Balearic Port Authority and, considering a recently renewed partnership with the Consell, Estrella Galicia. Local government salutes Estrella Galicia for its longstanding support for musical and cultural initiatives in our country.

3 June 2021
Communications Department
Consell de Formentera

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