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"Ajuntament Vell" welcomes group exhibition "Els ODS dels Baleàrics"

The Formentera Office of Culture is pleased to announce that 7 to 19 February, the Sala d'Exposicions "Ajuntament Vell" will host the group exhibition Els ODS dels Baleàrics.

This year work will be shown by 18 Mediterranean artists – 17 drew inspiration from the sustainable development goals (ODS derives from objectius de desenvolupament sostenible), and one, Francesc Ramis, presents a synthesis of all the goals. The goals are part of the 2030 agenda for a better world.

This exhibition is the third in the series Els Baleàrics, which is curated by Antonio Torres Martorell and sponsored by the regional ministry of European funding, Universities and Culture and Balearia Foundation. The idea is to disseminate the work of Formentera artists; Enric Riera participated in 2018, Mar Ample joins the initiative in 2022. Featured artists also include Ibizan artists Bonet Vallribera, Julia Fragua and Miguel Ángel García López.

Els ODS dels Baleàrics has already been displayed elsewhere in the Balearic Islands and the Valencian Community. After Formentera, the show will conclude with a stop in Barcelona.

Doors open at 6.00pm on Monday 7 February. The "Ajuntament Vell" gallery is open 11.00am to 2.00pm and 6.00pm to 8.00pm, Monday to Saturday. The gallery closes on Sundays, Monday mornings and holidays.


4 February 2022
Communications Office
Consell de Formentera

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The second instalment of L'Illa a Escena 2022: "Aión"

The Formentera Office of Culture is pleased to report that Formentera will soon welcome the second act of L'Illa a Escena 2022: Aión. This dance piece from Fils Roulants will be performed at 8.30pm next Saturday 12 January in the Sala de Cultura (Cinema).

The play was created and directed by Valeria Del Vecchio, who shares the stage with Pablo Arias. The performance is anchored by movement and is backed by an original soundtrack by Diego León Arias.

Aión represents a place outside of time where there is a multitude of possibilities, experimentations, games, fluctuations. It is a kind of open window on the origin of all things.

Citing a fragment from author Lorenzo Alessandro Pepe served as a source of inspiration in the play's creation, Del Vecchio explains the setting: "Before kronos (time) dragged the universe into a free fall towards the end of all things, when the gods, still children, played in Aión their cruel games - games of life and death, love and hate, attraction and repulsion, innocent and merciless games that experience all the possibilities of the real, interpolating every possible permutation in infinite combinations".

In 2017 Del Vecchio and Arias began collaborating on local improvisational performances of live music and movement, as well as assorted intensive courses. From these experiences grew the idea of creating a new project together: a piece that can be tailored to distinct places and spaces. In 2021 a version of Aión premiered at Eivissa's Territori Festival.

Del Vecchio has lived on Formentera since 2009. Her schooling in ballet and dedication as a contemporary dance teacher began in Del Vecchio's native Italy. There she worked in the dance and theatre company Moto Mimètic. She has since created several dance works and performed movement pieces like Perdius i Paries. The interest and passion for the body and movement have led Del Vecchio to develop her own method based on a technique known as Body Weather. She currently teaches regular classes and intensive courses.

Pablo Arias' assorted projects in dance, corporal expression, performance and musical composition date back to 2016. He is a singer, musician, composer in the collective Negritos, of which he is also the co-founder. He has also performed with the collective on various stages in Europe and Latin America, and collaborated with musicians as varied as Manu Chao and Alice Cooper. He currently collaborates with the Nius project for the aesthetic stimulation of children from zero to eighteen months old.

Admission and tickets

Tickets are available from tomorrow, Friday 4 February, at www.entradesformentera.cat for €7. A 50% discount applies for unemployed people, under-employed freelancers, retirees, under-25s, and single-parent and large families.

Health and safety protocol and current regulations will be enforced at all times.


3 February 2022
Communications Office
Consell de Formentera

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Formentera suspends Carnaval 2022 for public health reasons

The Consell de Formentera reports that this year Carnaval celebrations 26 February will be suspended due to the public health situation on the island, which entered tier 4 of alert Monday 31 January.

When a territory is at tier 3 or higher, controls must be placed on access to events outdoors and in open spaces, namely, in the case of popular festivities. For local celebrations of Carnaval, a social and festive occasion, such measures could not be guaranteed. Additional challenges were envisioned to enforcing safe physical distancing measures.

2 February 2022
Communications Office
Consell de Formentera

Catalan rock legends Brams to give Formentera concert complete with five-star guests

Next Saturday, 5 February, the Sala de Cultura (Cinema) will host the legendary Catalan rock and ska band Brams, along with guest performers like Gerard Quintana (Sopa de Cabra); singer-songwriter (and former member of Ibizan folk group UC) Isidor Marí; the mythical Aires Formenterencs; local singer-songwriters Maria José Cardona (Imaràntia) and Genís Campillo (Santgenís) and Valencian rapper Tesa. Festival organisers described the aim of the Barnasants concerts as "paying tribute to three generations of Catalan music and to all the singer-songwriters of territories where Catalan is spoken and where Catalan culture lives and breathes". This is the second of ten Barnasants concerts scheduled and the first of this quarter's L'Illa a Escena programme.

Susana Labrador, Councillor of Culture, pointed out that this year, Barnasants "will offer a very special tribute concert to kick off Formentera's hosting of the independent music festival. After the high turnout and warm response met by past editions, Barnasants' festival of indie music once more appeared as the perfect chance to offer islanders cultural programming and share Formentera's cultural exports with the rest of the Catalan-speaking territories", she said.

"Baula Rere Baula"

A Barnasants original production, "Baula Rere Baula" pays tribute to the group fronted by Francesc "Titot" Ribera and David Rosell and their more than 13 album career. The event has been timed to coincide with the 30th anniversary of the Bram's first album, a generational key piece between the Nova Cançó movement of Catalan-language performers and the unabashedly political groups which have emerged in recent decades.

With 1992's Amb el rock a la faixa, Brams arrived ready and willing to pick up where protest singers had left off, giving audiences dance tunes as well as food for thought and political struggle…and that same combative spirit remains intact today. The concert leads crowds through three decades of music, history and collective struggle, and the band are joined in the endeavour by very special guests and symbols of three generations of Catalan song: Nova Cançó's forefathers, Brams' contemporaries and the most recent line of musical combatants.

Cultural exchange

Beyond programming on the island, the agreement between the Consell de Formentera and Barnasants' organisers includes a commitment to promoting hometown acts offshore. In 2022, Formentera singer-songwriter Santgenís (Genís Campillo) will present his new album Empelt to audiences in Barcelona, Valencia, Mallorca and Menorca as part of the festival.

Now in its 27th year and with a reputation which is firmly cemented across Europe as a promoter of independent acts, Barnasants comes to Formentera for the fourth straight year thanks to a freshly renewed agreement between festival organisers and local government.

In addition to the concert, Formentera crowds will also enjoy the launch of Formentera singer-songwriter Caïm Riba's newest album. Riba performs 11 June thanks to a collaborative arrangement between the Formentera chapter of Obra Cultural Balear. Riba's show will close out the 2022 edition of Barnasants Formentera.

Admission and tickets

Brams perform next Saturday 5 February at 8.30pm at the Sala de Cultura (Cinema) and tickets are available now at www.entradesformentera.cat for €7. This is the first show where the unemployed and under-employed, retirees, under25s and members of single-parent and large families get half off the ticket price.

The concert will be held in accordance with health and safety protocol and in compliance with current rules.

28 January 2022
Communications Office
Consell de Formentera

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Art students of IES Marc Ferrer exhibit work at Sala d'Exposicions "Ajuntament Vell"

The Formentera Office of Culture is pleased to report that from 31 January to 5 February the Sala d'Exposicions "Ajuntament Vell" will host a exhibition of work from first and second year art students in non-compulsory secondary studies at IES Marc Ferrer. The batxillerat programme has been offered in art since 2020.

This year, five students will show some twenty pieces from the first quarter of Artistic Drawing and Techniques of Graphic and Plastic Expression. The pieces were fashioned on an array of media, such as canvas, wood, cardboard and paper. Students employed techniques in painting, mixed media and more, and incorporated collage, frottage, transfers, charcoal and engraving.

An assortment of themes are touched on in the exhibition, which stems from students' work on natural and artificial forms and represents their interpretation of local architectural heritage with varying degrees of iconocity.

The exhibition will open on Monday 31 January at 6.00pm. The exhibition will be on view at Sala d'Exposicions "Ajuntament Vell" from Tuesday to Saturday, 11.00am to 2.00pm and 6.00pm to 8.00pm.


27 January 2022
Communications Office
Consell de Formentera

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