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Father Christmas pops down from Lapland to offer Formentera kids a show and collect wish lists

foto 2021 Pare noelThe Formentera Office of Culture is pleased to announce that next Tuesday 21 December will bring one of local children's most anticipated events of the year: a visit from Santa Claus. Youngsters at the event will enjoy entertainment from ShowsIbiza.com and, afterwards, a visit from Father Christmas.

Attendees can choose from two sessions, 5.00pm and 7.00pm, at Formentera's Sala de Cultura (Cinema). Interested islanders must book tickets in advance on www.entradesformentera.cat and present an associated QR code at the door. The show is free of charge.

Susana Labrador, Councillor of Culture and Education, encouraged young ones not to miss the event, "which this Christmas is even more special after COVID-19 forced last year's show online".

Health and safety measures in place at the function mean children will not be able to go on stage to sit on Saint Nick's lap, but they will be able to pass along wish lists and letters through a mailbox at the entrance of the hall.


14 December 2021
Communications Office
Consell de Formentera

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15th Christmas Window Dressing Contest awards prizes celebrates four island businesses

foto 2021 aparadorisme 2Today the Chamber of Commerce and Consell de Formentera presented the awards of the 15th Christmas Window Dressing Contest that rewards local shops Formentera that encourage and promote a festive spirit during the Christmas season. This year, the Chamber raised the total number of award categories to four, and the panel of judges honoured, from among twelve participating businesses:

Pescaderia Ntra Sra del Carmen, for Best Christmas Ambiance.
Atelier Kentia, for Best Commercial Display.
Pinturas Cabezuelo, for Most Original.
Wecobol, for Most Eco-Creativity.

Ana Juan, President of the Consell and Councillor of Commerce, and Lina Tur, from the Chamber of Commerce, presented winners with their prizes: a commemorative plaque and €150 cash.

President Juan praised the "businesses that took part in an initiative that energises the holiday season," and "the originality, imagination and creativity" of winners. "We will continue to work to hand in hand with trade associations on capacity building and strengthening the identity of hometown businesses", she signalled.
 
The panel of judges included artists Enric Riera and Álvaro Mendoza and staff specialists Santi Mampel and José Manuel Alcaraz.


13 December 2021
Communications Office
Consell de Formentera

This Christmas, Ebri Knight will play at Formentera's Nit de Concerts

The Formentera Office of Culture is pleased to report that on Saturday 18 December, islanders can enjoy one of the highlights of the Christmas holidays with a concert from the Catalan group Ebri Knight in the festival tent of Sa Senieta car park in Sant Francesc. The free limited-capacity concert will start at 11.00pm, and reservations are not required.

Ebri Knight have a reputation for energetic live performances, political commitment and punk rocks ideals which come to life in the unusual combination of Mediterranean and Celtic musical traditions. The band have proven their performing chops at an array of venues including Razzmatazz, Madrid's Sala But and L'Aquelarre in Cervera.

Looking ahead to their stint on Formentera, Susana Labrador, Councillor of Culture and Festivals, encouraged islanders to come out for what promises to be a lively performance. Current COVID-19 regulations will be in place at Ebri Knight's concert and at every function on the holiday programme: attendees must wear masks at all times and may dance but not drink. Indeed, there will be no bar service, "but we hope to see a great deal of animation", said Councillor Labrador.

'Street'

Ebri Knight's fifth studio album, Carrer ("street"), was released in early 2021. After the EPLa voz dormida, the band continues to explore sounds and styles with the help of Valencian producer Mark Dasousa. Carrer is undoubtedly the band's most diverse work to date.

"The album is the result of the context in which we live; hence the title. The street is where we develop our lives, our relationships and our daily struggles; where we want to recover after months of lockdowns and social constraints", say representatives for the band.

Carrer cements the work started with the previous album and is the result of a year of production and painstaking work on the songs, eleven tracks that represent the ultimate distillation of Ebri Knight's trademark brand of folk.


13 December 2021
Communications Office
Consell de Formentera

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Theatre and music on the agenda this Christmas at the Sala de Cultura (Cinema)

Saturday 11 December: La Fornal d'Espectacles regales Formentera with "Tina, la bruixa fina", a funny musical for children 3 and up

The Formentera Office of Culture is pleased to report that next Saturday 11 December, crowds at Formentera's Sala de Cultura (Cinema) can enjoy "Tina, la bruixa fina", a musical puppet show starring a very clever witch who is dead set on learning the secrets of her craft. To do this, she has the help of her uncle, Tomassot, an older, experienced witch who makes balms for sick animals.

"Tina, la bruixa fina" is a poetic story about the youthful desire to fly and grow up, tempered with the voice of experience demanding prudence and learning. In addition to puppetry and songs, the family-friendly production incorporates black light theatre, shadow play, colourful costumes and excellent dramatic composition.

"Tina, la bruixa fina" is recommended for ages three and up. The show is directed by Xavier Company and features Marina Nicolás Domínguez, Joan Gomila Gayà and Albert Martínez Artiaga.

Formentera crowds can catch it from 6.00pm on Saturday 11 December at the Sala de Cultura (Cinema). Tickets are €4 and go on sale tomorrow, Friday 3 December at www.entradesformentera.cat or at the box office thirty minutes before the show.

Sunday 12 December: Úrsula Pomar and Jota Hidalgo present Formentera with an evening of flute and piano

Next Sunday 12 December, crowds at Formentera's Sala de Cultura (Cinema) can enjoy an evening of flute and piano performances of C. P. E. Bach, Tchaikovsky, Liszt, Mozart and more from two musicians who crossed paths as teachers at the School of Music and Dance of Formentera (Escola de Música i Dansa de Formentera, EMDF): EMDF director and teacher Úrsula Pomar and former local teacher José Jaime Hidalgo.

Pomar and Hidalgo are two classically trained artists who exude virtuosity and passion for their instruments.

Pomar is a young flautist from Sóller (Mallorca) who peers place among the most promising flute players today. She has been admitted to several masters and postgraduate programmes to work with the most prestigious flutists in the world. She is also a member of the Jove Orquestra Nacional de Catalunya. She currently combines her career as a soloist with her position as director of the EMDF, where she teaches the flute.

Valencian José Jaime Hidalgo began his extensive artistic career as a operatic and ballet pianist at a very young age. His work as an improviser, composer and educator also stands out. A national concert pianist, he has also played in Paris, and his work as an opera repertoire player has taken him to Italian and Spanish theatres like Teatro di Roma, La Fenice in Venice, Palacio de las Artes in Valencia, Ópera de Tenerife and more.

Formentera crowds can catch it from 8.30pm on Saturday 12 December at the Sala de Cultura (Cinema). Tickets cost €7 (€5 for under 25s) and go on sale from tomorrow, Friday 3 December, at www.entradesformentera.cat or at the box office half an hour before the show.

Tickets to both functions will be free for unemployed people and under-employed freelancers. Current health and safety protocol will be enforced.

2 December 2021
Communications Office
Consell de Formentera

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Holiday programme heralds the return of Christmas magic to Formentera

foto 2021 programacio nadalToday the Formentera Office of Culture presented the programme of activities for the Christmas holiday season. On the docket are various all-ages activities including family shows, exhibitions, concerts, visits from Father Christmas and the Three Wise Men among other functions designed to instil the Christmas spirit. Once more this year events will continue to be adapted to new public health regulations following the COVID-19 crisis.

Consell de Formentera President Ana Juan wished islanders "very happy holidays...surely this year we can celebrate better than last". President Juan insisted that responsibility would be key to being able to enjoy the holidays, and praised the collaboration and commitment "of all those who make this possible, from the Three Kings Association to all the groups, businesses and restaurant owners involved in the activities".

For her part, Susana Labrador, Councillor of Culture and Education, said the island's government had made an effort "to organise an extensive programme with activities aimed at all audiences" and added that "as is normal at this time of year, the youngest members of the family will often be the stars of the show". Councillor Labrador also applauded collaborating associations for their help bringing the magic of Christmas to young and old.

Children's activities

Wednesday 1 December at the Sant Ferran library connection (Punt de Lectura) Maria Vila will lead workshop participants in decorating Christmas cards with watercolors and special lettering. This workshop is for children from three to ten years old.

Saturday 11 December marks the arrival on Formentera of "Tina, la bruixa fina". The main character in this musical puppet show is a very clever little witch keen to learn the secrets of her trade. To do this, she has the help of Tomassot, an older, experienced witch. It is a fun musical where children will have a great time. Islanders can catch "Tina, la bruixa fina" at 6.00pm Saturday 11 December and tickets can be purchased at www.entradesformentera.cat.

On Friday 17 December children can connect to the Facebook page of the Marià Villangómez Library (Biblioteca Marià Villangómez) to take part in Maristela Campana's online recycling workshop.

Children are invited to log in again on Wednesday 22 December for a story time session from Xènia Fuertes.

Casal de Joves

On Friday 17 December the youth drop-in centre will host an evening of games. Six to sixteen year olds can come from 5.00pm to 7.00pm and over-16s are welcome from 7.30pm to 9.30pm. At 5.00pm on Saturday 18 December the Casal will stage a Christmas decoration workshop. 21 and 22 December, the Formentera Office of Youth presents a visit of the royal pages to schools. From 5.00pm that Wednesday 22 December the Casal will host a Christmas greetings workshop and from 6.00pm on Thursday 30 December the Casal bids farewell to 2021.

Traditional cooking workshop

On 1 December (7.00pm) and 21 December (5.00pm) respectively, at the IES Marc Ferrer, the Es Forn Association will offer some traditional cooking workshops. Participants in the first session will learn how to cook a good arroç de matances and, on the second, the traditional salsa de Nadal.

Concerts

Music will also be at the forefront during the Christmas holidays. From 11.00pm on Saturday 18 December, the Catalan group Ebri Knight promise a rollicking performance in the Sa Senieta festival tent. Admission is free and capacity limited.

On Sunday 12 December, the Sala de Cultura (Cinema) will host flute and piano performances from Úrsula Pomar and José Jaime Hidalgo. This concert will take place at 8.30pm and tickets can be purchased at www.entradesformentera.cat.

In addition, the Children's Choir of the School of Music and the Polyphonic Choir of Formentera will offer a concert of Christmas carols in the Church of Sant Francesc from 8.00pm on Tuesday 21 December. Admission is free and capacity limited.

Father Christmas

Saint Nick returns to Formentera to bring all the magic of Christmas to the children of the island. This year's visit happens Tuesday 21 December in the Sala de Cultura (Cinema) during a 5.00pm and 7.00pm session. Admission is free, but attendees must reserve seats on www.entradesformentera.cat.

New Year's Eve

For New Year's Eve the Consell presents special music in a public playlist called Nadal 2021. The selection has been curated by Formentera Musical and the list will be available on Spotify.

The Three Wise Men visit Formentera

The Consell de Formentera and the Three Kings Association are working to host a safe visit to the island from the Three Kings of the East. A detailed poster will be available in days ahead.

Cultural programming

On Monday 13 December the "Ajuntament Vell" exhibition space welcomes the classic Christmas Exhibition with assorted local artists. The display will open Monday to Saturday from 11.00am to 2.00pm and from 6.00pm to 8.00pm. Contributing artists will be on hand for the 6.00pm opening on Monday 13 December and the show will continue until 8 January 2022.

Christmas Market

Opening Friday 3 December and running parallel with the annual Festes de Sant Francesc is the 2021-2022 Christmas Market. Retail stalls will once again be located in Plaça de la Constitució, opening from 10.30am to 1.30pm and 5.00pm to 8.00pm, Monday to Saturday. (They will be closed in the evening from Monday to Wednesday in the second and third week of the month [13-15 and 20-22 December].) Food and drinks stalls will open 12 noon to 3.30pm and 6.00pm to 10.00pm until 6 January 2022.

3 December will also feature a 6.00pm lighting ceremony. This year's decorations include a new Christmas tree, as well as lights at roundabouts and on local streets. Roughly 225 units of Christmas decorations have been installed on lampposts, building façades and trees, while posters have gone up streetside, in squares and at roundabouts of the various towns of the island. One hundred percent of the devices used are high-efficiency LED lights.

Prize for best shop window

In a bid to promote a festive holiday atmosphere at local shops, the Chamber of Commerce of Eivissa and Formentera and the Consell de Formentera have teamed up to host the annual Christmas Window Dressing Contest. First prize be awarded 13 Monday December.

Additional support

This year's holiday programme was made possible thanks to support from Three Kings Association, Es Forn Association, Trasmapi, Institut d'Estudis Baleàrics, Formentera Musical.


1 December 2021
Communications Office
Consell de Formentera

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