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Festes de Santa Maria 2021


Through collage, display at ‘Ajuntament Vell’ breathes new life into cabinet of curiosities

cartell 2021 gabinet de curiositatsThe Formentera Department of Culture is pleased to announce the opening, Monday 2 August, of Nancy-born and Eivissa-based Lila Licciardi’s “Gabinet de Curiositats”. True to the Dadaist tradition, the thirty analog “cut & paste” works of conceptual mixed media in Licciardi’s selection of collages at “Ajuntament Vell” make meaning of current issues by relying on concepts like chance and the absurd.

With the show’s fresh, collage-driven take on the cabinet of curiosities, Licciardi, like the collectors of the 18th century, leans in to the perpetual search for graphic archives and the need to create a cabinet of one’s very own. Diversiform objects, baroque colours, underlying humour and teeming antiques, electronic circuits and bits of old encyclopaedias populate a universe where the past meets the future and reflects on the challenges of our present.

“Gabinet de Curiositats” can be seen at the Ajuntament Vell exhibition space 2–14 August, Monday to Saturday from 11.00am to 2.00pm and 7.00pm to 9.00pm. The gallery is closed Sundays and Monday mornings. A 7.00pm opening has been scheduled for Monday 2 August.

29 July 2021
Communications Department
Consell de Formentera

Formentera starts work on local plan for culture

foto 2021 pla de culturaFormentera’s heads of culture and heritage, Susana Labrador and Raquel Guasch, respectively, met earlier today with department staff and representatives of the International University of Catalonia (UIC) and adult learning centres of Menorca to prepare a local masterplan for culture. The initiative was baked into an agreement struck at a one-off full-house assembly, 6 October 2020, and focussed on the state of local affairs.

Councillor Labrador said she hoped the initial planning stage would drive “multilateral diagnosis of the current state of culture on Formentera and, from a place of shared responsibility, define strategic priorities and future avenues to promote culture locally”. “We want to take the temperature of culture on Formentera”, she said, “to set strategic lines for the future based on what we want to maintain and what we want to strengthen and prioritise”. Participants in this initial phase will develop specific objectives in support of each strategic priority, recommendations for targetted actions, and a list of stakeholders, associations and entities which could potentially be involved in each proposal.

Citizen participation
The Consell de Formentera will oversee preparation of the plan, with principal engineers including Jaume Gomila, president of Escoles d’Adults de Menorca; Sergi Sánchez, an expert in the field; Judith Urbano, the dean of UIC’s Faculty of Humanities; Marta Crispí, the director of the Master’s in Cultural Management, and Maria Morer, a researcher. The team spent a week surveying local cultural spaces and considering future facilities. During that time, they also sat down with and heard proposals from organisations and cultural insiders on the island.

The resulting plan will shape the future of cultural events on Formentera and create a pact for culture with the consensus of islanders, institutions, political groups with representation in municipal government and locally based cultural groups. It will also cement an organisational structure to guide implementation of the Culture Plan and its stewardship moving forward.

28 July 2021
Communications Department
Consell de Formentera

Sol Courrèges Boné’s exhibition at Centre “Gabrielet” appeals to sentiment behind recycling

cartell 2021 feelThis Wednesday 28 July at Centre Antoni Tur ‘Gabrielet’, Sol Courrèges Boné will pull the curtain back on “Feel”, an exhibition which cuts to the very core of recycling as a concept. Featured pieces are crafted from doors, windows, wood, metals, plastics, cans, cans, natural waste... anything that can be given a second life. The artist relishes transforming waste into decorative objects which convey, in her words, “the conviction that there are still things we can do to better our world and reduce pollution, simply by recycling”.

Courrèges additionally tapped local creators Bettyna Rivero and Pilar Mena to participate in “Feel” and spread the recycling gospel.

“Feel” is on view at Centre Antoni Tur ‘Gabrielet’ from 10.00am to 2.00pm and 7.00pm to 10.00pm until 7 August.

26 July 2021
Communications Department
Consell de Formentera

With Nit Jove, it’s young people’s turn to celebrate Sant Jaume

cartell 2021 nit jove CThe Formentera Department of Youth is pleased to report that this Friday 23 July, Youth Night (Nit Jove) of the 2021 Sant Jaume celebrations will feature performances from the Miquel Tur Quartet and Donuts Hole.

Together with the group’s namesake (and Formentera-born) frontman, the Catalonia College of Music-trained musicians in Miquel Tur’s four-piece band embrace styles spanning folk and pop to deliver a full-throated, roaring repertoire of original songs and contemporary covers.

For their part, Donuts Hole are a five-piece outfit that occupy the terrain between alternative metal and metal-core. Genres aside, the band wrap forcefulness, melody and ambience into a tempest of emotions.

The shows start at 9.30pm in the courtyard of Sa Senieta in Sant Francesc. Seating will be limited and all Covid health and safety measures will be enforced.

22 July 2021
Communications Department
Consell de Formentera

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