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Photographers celebrated and showcased at opening of Beni Trutmann Photo Contest exhibition

foto 2022 beni trutmann guanyadors CThe Formentera Office of Culture is pleased to report that today winners of the 19th Beni Trutmann Photo Contest received recognition for their submissions. A total of 40 participants shared 108 photographs across the distinct categories. Twenty-four participants were responsible for 69 snapshots in the three categories of Black and White, Colour and Social Justice. Sixteen youth photographers sent in a total of 39 photos in the Junior category.

Susana Labrador, Councillor of Education and Culture, praised the broad participation in the contest and congratulated the winners on continuing to pass on the spirit of Beni Trutmann, a Swiss photographer in love with Formentera, who lived for forty-four years and left more than thirty thousand photographs that show his love for the island and its nature. Labrador promised that the objective of "committing to defending the environment" continues to be fulfilled.


First prize in the Colour category went to Adrián Pinilla Ballester for his portrait of Joan at the door of his house on Camí Vell de Cala Saona. Javi Parejo, who won the second prize, captured a characteristic sight in the local landscape: a goat under a fig tree. The third-prize photo, Jaime Franch Rojo's shot of Estany des Peix, captures the tentacles of sea anemones near Sa Boca.

Black and White

The first-prize in the Black and White category went to Jaime Franch Rojo for a snapshot taken in La Mola in 2013 entitled "Déjà Vu" and featuring the nearby lighthouse standing in the background. The second-place winner was Wolfgang Wicher for a photo that dates back to 1965. On his first trip to Formentera, the then 14-year-old photographer, captured his prize-winning shot of three women sat next to the Fonda Pepe in Sant Ferran. Lea Chave's "Dutxa en llauna", taken at Camí des Torrent, earned the third prize.

Social Justice

Iria Sánchez Rodríguez won first prize in the Social Justice category with an image that decries Formentera's housing problem. With "Graffiti d'interès cultural" (2022), Lea Chave captures a work of graffiti on the wall of Es Campament. The third prize went to Josep López Vaño for a snapshot of an abandoned car in the Tramuntana area of Formentera.

First-, second- and third-place prizes in the Colour, Black and White and Social Justice categories are €500, €300 and €200, respectively.


Eduard Marian Teofil Negru's nocturnal landscape came out on top of the category for young people aged 12 to 18. The second prize went to Ester Bordoy Riera for her photo titled "Llibertat marina", a staged image with posidonia seagrass. And the third prize was awarded to Marina Tur Escandell, for her close-up of a goat. Prizes included: a Canon Ixus 185 Z digital compact camera (first place), a Fuji Instax Mini 11 instant digital camera (second place) and a Polaroid Cube sports camera (third place).

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The exhibition that showcases winning photographs and a selection of other submissions from this year's contest can be visited at the Ajuntament Vell exhibition space, from tomorrow 3 May until 14 May. The gallery opens from 11.00am to 2.00pm and 6.00pm to 8.00pm, and closes on Monday mornings and Sundays.

2 May 2022
Communications Office
Consell de Formentera


Knut Terjung's abstract gaze on display at Centre Antoni Tur 'Gabrielet'

From Tuesday 3 May, Centre Antoni Tur 'Gabrielet' will host 'Luz de Formentera', an exhibition of paintings by German-born Formentera resident Knut Terjung. The artist's abstract work –canvas paintings in which sand is occasionally employed as well– is inspired by the light of the island.

The exhibition opens at 7.00pm on 3 May and will remain on view until 12 May, 11.00am to 2.00pm and 5.00pm to 8.00pm, Monday to Sunday.

28 April 2022
Communications Office
Consell de Formentera

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"Millie Potter goes to the circus", English-language story time at Sant Ferran's Punt de Lectura

The Formentera Office of Culture is pleased to announce that the Reading Point [Punt de Lectura] in Sant Ferran Cultural Space [Espai Cultural] has scheduled a storytelling in English at 5.00pm on Wednesday 27 April. Admission is free and reservations are not required.

Elàstic Nou Productions presents "Millie Potter goes to the circus", an English-language story time for children ages four to nine.

"Millie Potter goes to the circus" is an educational activity that is inspired by the world of the circus and the figures inhabit it. Based on the adventures of the unpredictable Millie Potter, the company hopes to promote English language learning by facilitating oral expression and comprehension. The interactive show combines distinct theatrical genres, including aspects of gestural theatre and clowns, as well as the Teresina sisters. The protagonist promises the audience new adventures, adapting to their level of English.

In "Millie Potter goes to the circus", the protagonist dreams of going to her town's visiting circus. Everything is ready; the keys, the snack, the tickets... Millie Potter's curiosity is unpredictable, and everything she does is a surprise-filled adventure.

Elàstic Nou Productions started in 1995 and, in their 20-plus years of on-stage experience, have brought to life national and international works of contemporary literature from the likes of Claudio Lizza, Danilo Macri, Miriam Formisano, Marco Tulipano, Israel Horovitz, Rodolfo Sirera, Joaquín Faidella, Raymond Cousse, AR Gurney, Michael Frayn, Federico Garcia Lorca and Alfred Jarry. The company has also performed original works by Enric de la Heras, Juan Yago, Enric Ases, Mary Ramírez and Aina M. Gimeno.

25 April 2022
Communications Office
Consell de Formentera

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Formentera sees winning work from Antoni Tur "Gabrielet" Bookmark Contest and "Robert Lewis Baldon" Children's Literary Award

From Monday to Saturday, 25-30 April, Centre Antoni Tur "Gabrielet" will display winning work from the Antoni Tur "Gabrielet" Bookmark Contest and "Robert Lewis Baldon" Children's Literary Award. The exhibition opens 10.00am to 2.00pm and 5.00pm to 7.00pm, and is closed on Sundays. This display showcases works by pupils in the early-childhood and primary school programmes of Sant Ferran, Mestre Lluís Andreu, El Pilar de la Mola and Virgen Milagrosa.

23 April 2022
Communications Office
Consell de Formentera


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For Diada de Sant Jordi, Marià Villangómez Library programmes day of children's activities in Plaça de la Constitució

The Formentera Office of Culture is pleased to report that Marià Villangómez Library has scheduled a day of children's activities in Plaça de la Constitució next Saturday 23 April, Diada de Sant Jordi.

First, author Elisabet Fàbregas will offer a reading of L'euga negra i el pou de n'Aubarqueta at 11.30am. This is a children's book consisting of two stories -"L'euga negra i la torre des Molar" and the second is "El petit Xiu Xiu i el pou de n'Aubarqueta"- strung together by a swallow. With this book, Fàbregas wanted to preserve the simplicity in the telling of the two stories without losing the musicality of the words and images.

Second, Justin Hindley, the illustrator of L'egua negra..., will conduct a workshop on recognising the fauna and flora of Eivissa and Formentera in order to draw them afterwards. Space will be available for up to 20 children and participants must be accompanied by an adult. Marià Villangómez Library will provide participants with all necessary material.

13 April 2022
Communications Office
Consell de Formentera

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