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Apneef benefit concert

cartell 2020 concert apneef 2The Eivissa-Formentera Association for People with Special Needs (Apneef) will host a fundraising gala Saturday 21 November. The event will take place at the Formentera Sala de Cultura (Cinema) at 8.00pm. Reservations may be made by calling 971.31.73.60, with tickets priced at €12 in advance or €15 at the box office a half hour before the function. Space is limited.

13 November 2020
Communications Department
Consell de Formentera

Photo tribute to rural women of Formentera settles into La Mola lighthouse

cartell 2020 dona rural far molaThe photo exhibit Homenatge a la dona de Formentera en el món rural (Tribute to Formentera’s rural woman) has taken up residence in the Far de la Mola gallery space, a location that will open for visits 10.00am to 2.00pm from this Thursday (Tuesdays to Saturdays). The display was previously on view in the inner courtyard of Sant Francesc’s Centre Antoni Tur “Gabrielet”.

Dated between 1950 and present day and kept at the Consell’s image and sound archive, Arxiu d’Imatge i So, the 25 prints in the selection capture rural Formentera women in an array of situations. Credited photographers include Pere Català i Roca, Helga Sittl, Melba Levick, Rafael Bataller i Giralt and individuals that have contributed prints to past editions of the Beni Trutmann photo contest.

Backed by the Formentera Agriculture Department, the exhibit explores the full range of occupations tended to by rural women of the island — part of a bid to commemorate Rural Women’s Day on 15 October. Culture councillor Susana Labrador said the move to the La Mola lighthouse was “for those who hadn’t yet had a chance to check out the display”, and encouraged visitors to “stop in at the exhibit on the island’s maritime past”.

10 November 2020
Department of Communications
Consell de Formentera

Pine Islands crowds gear up for “Soñando a Pinocho”, a puppet show for the whole family

foto 2020 sonando a Pinocho2Youngsters will have a ball with Soñando a Pinocho, the latest family-friendly production from La Tartana Teatro that narrates the imagined run-up to the classic story of Pinocchio. The magic-steeped tale, which explores the beginnings of Pinocchio even before Gepetto conjures him into existence, as well as themes such as solitude and persevering to reach one’s goals, was nominated for the 2018 Max Award for best children’s production.

Pinocchio’s creation story
Gepetto toils in solitude as a stoker on an old steamboat, firewood and flames his only source of companionship.

The logs with which the boiler room brims will soon be consumed by the roaring flames... well, most of them! Handy with a knife, Gepetto uses some of the wood to carve figurines of all shapes and sizes.

He has a particular recipient in mind for the pint-size box he’s fashioning at the moment. Indeed, Gepetto is no longer alone: one sound keeps him company... the incessant chirping of his newest friend.

Is there something innately magical about the boiler room, or is the magic that surrounds the boilerman the product of his own solitude? Together, Gepetto and his friend the cricket embark an adventure that will lead them to discover a companion inside a simple block of wood.

The company
La Tartana débuted in 1977 with Polichinela, a hand-puppet classic that immediately made evident the troupe’s fascination with the world of puppetry.

Since then, the Juan Muñoz-directed troupe has put out nearly forty productions, racking up accolades and performing in big-name festivals around the globe. Winners of the 1998 Max Award for the Performing Arts and role models to more than a few generations of peers, La Tartana have experimented with every species of puppet, cutting productions with technical prowess, a keen eye for aesthetics and a commitment to education. La Tartana’s work has earned the troupe a place in the performing arts PARTHENON, and in the memories of many.

Designed for children three and up, Soñando a Pinocho takes place at 6.00pm Saturday 14 November at the Sala de Cultura (Cinema). Admission is €5 for children, and free for adults. Tickets may be reserved until 10.00am (13 October) by emailing reserves@conselldeformentera.cat.

Soñando a Pinocho comes to Formentera as part of PLATEA, a programme of the Spanish education, culture and sport ministry’s National Institute of Performing Arts and Music (INAEM) which has given island audiences access to top-notch national theatre.

The day after their Formentera show, the troupe will offer a free performance of Soñando a Pinocho on Sunday 15 November (12.30pm) in Sant Josep’s Can Jeroni Cultural Centre. Tickets, which were initially available on cultura.santjosep.org, are now sold out.

9 November 2020
Communications Department
Consell de Formentera

Simona Colzi unveils “La memòria de les fulles”

cartell 2020 simona colziAt 6.00pm on Monday 9 November, the “Ajuntament Vell” exhibition space will begin welcoming visitors to Simona Colzi’s La memòria de les fulles—a selection of work which will remain on view, save for closures on Sundays and Monday mornings, until 21 November.

La memòria de les fulles (“The Memory of Leaves”) is a tribute to nature and Formentera. A stroll across the island with an eye trained on the textures of its plants — its leaves, its flowers, its barks. It is an invitation to drink in the untamed spaces of Formentera.

Simona Colzi says her lively textures blossom upon blank canvasses and give life to pieces which are as unique as nature itself. The textures are transported from the earth to fabric, and combine pigments and natural tannins with creativity and artistic experimentation, marking a convergence of art and ecology in the most perfect of alchemies, between aestheticism and sustainability. One might speak of fabrics as living art — art we must breathe, feel and experience in communion with the natural life of the island.

Simona Colzi
Born in Florence, Italy in 1978, Simona Colzi grew up in a Tuscan village, learning early on the fundamentals of the textile trade from her mother, grandparents and her parents’ family business.

At 20 and without any formal training, she began creating and selling her own collection of fabric fashion accessories and homeware, ultimately receiving training as part of a course in bag design and creation at Escola S . Colombano in 2001.

She took her first trip to Formentera in 2004, and was fascinated. She opted to stay, developing in succeeding years a project in textile design.

In 2005 she launched the Tr3s Fils space, an association of Barcelona artists and artisans, and after completing a university degree in textile art at Barcelona’s Escola Massana, she began her career as a textile artist.

In 2016 Colzi teamed up with two colleagues to found a designers’ collective, the Gaia space, on Formentera. 2018, 2019 and 2020 found her studying assorted natural dying techniques alongside artists like Índia Flint and Irt Dulman.

6 November 2020
Communications Department
Consell de Formentera

Sala de Cultura resumes weekly programme of films

cartell 2020 cinema xiThe Formentera Department of Culture reports that the Sala de Cultura will soon welcome islanders back for its programme of cinema. Two weekly sessions —Fridays at 8.30pm and Sundays at 8.00pm— will take place from 6 November. This month’s programme can be found at agendaformentera.cat and on the Facebook page of Cinema Formentera.

Culture consellera Susana Labrador highlighted recent programming like the summer outdoor film series Cinema a la Fresca, as well as stage productions which were scheduled pre-pandemia. “We’re in a position to fully comply with public health orders from the regional government, so we’ve opted to resume screenings at the cinema”, Labrador said, adding that officials would be “watching rules changes closely and retooling cultural programming accordingly”.

Cinema capacity is currently 104, masks are mandatory at all times and moviegoers will be asked to sanitise hands and maintain a safe distance. Food and drinks will not be permitted. Advance reservations will not be taken, rather, tickets can be purchased at the box office before every session.

2 November 2020
Department of Communications
Consell de Formentera

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