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On cultural tour, a stop at Formentera

Foto visita actefIn an announcement issued this morning by the Office of Culture, the Formentera Council reported that participants of ACTEF, an Eivissa/Formentera gifted students programme, had made a cultural visit to the island as part of an initiative called Erasmus +. After a first stop at Formentera's ethnological museum, the students visited several other local heritage sites, like the dry docks of Es Caló de Sant Agustí and la Mola's “old windmill” (el Molí Vell). The Council contributed logistical support and coordinated transport for the group.

On the island and in concert: Manel

manel 1The Formentera Council Office of Culture has announced a fast-approaching concert from music group Manel. The band is scheduled to perform in the Sant Ferran square (plaça de l'Església) this Sunday September 4 at ten in the evening. Having topped the charts with hits penned in Catalan, Manel will plug their latest disc, Jo competeixo, and give a run-through of their most beloved songs from the past.

Unlike the group's first three albums, recorded in strict intimacy, the fourth offering from the Barcelona foursome marks their first experience working with a producer, North American Jake Aron. Besides collaborating with artists like Grizzly Bear, Jamie Lidell, tUnE-yArDs and Chairlift, Aron also produced rapper Le1f's debut effort.

When Guillem Gisbert, Roger Padilla, Martí Maymó and Arnau Vallvé take to the stage in Sant Ferran, there is little doubt about their ability to shake up the Formentera crowd. The show, from one of the most celebrated names in Catalan-language music in particular —and in Spanish music more generally—, will be free.

Formentera jumps on board push for sensible drinking

AF Infodrogues CARTELL 2016The Formentera Council has signed on to the campaign No siguis ase. Beu amb responsabilitat (Don't be dumb. Drink responsibly), part of the regional plan on addiction and drug dependency that is implemented by the Balearic Islands' bureau of public health and community involvement.

The bid is aimed at sending a preventive, risk-reducing message to 18-and-up youth who, now on summer holiday, might find themselves deciding whether or not to consume alcohol during the season's many festive occasions and holidays.

The CiF's Office of Culture and Local Holidays will push the No siguis ase campaign among associations that operate drink stands at the Sant Jaume patron saint festivities and other summertime events. The Council will also post information about the campaign on its website.

Another project, Formentera Marxa, which is being driven by the CiF youth services office, aims to educate young residents about the dangers associated with drug and alcohol abuse via information booths at the most well-attended local functions. Booths will also be stocked with graphic material created for the campaign.

Seniors get collective nod with Formentera's gold medal honour

ple distincions 2016Earlier today CiF councillors convened in a one-off plenary that was aimed at choosing recipients of the Council's series of honorary accolades. Councillors selected winners of the Medalla d'Or, Premis Sant Jaume 2016, and the Fill Adoptiu, a title awarded yearly to Formentera's so-called “adoptive child”. The prizes will be handed out next Sunday, July 24, as part of the city's commemorative act marking the Diada de Formentera. The ceremony gets under way at 8.00pm in the cinema.

Members of the plenary agreed unanimously to award Formentera's golden honour to elderly residents of the island. The Medalla d'Or is a commendation for Formentera seniors' actively disseminating and protecting intangible homegrown cultural traditions through participation in a year-long schedule of activities.

Premis Sant Jaume
The Sant Jaume prize this year goes to Ràdio Illa, and is a nod to the thirty years of work carried out by everyone who participated in creating the island's first radio station, in 1986. In a process where young people were the key players, Ràdio Illa become a trusted source for news, culture and entertainment.

An additional Premi Sant Jaume will be awarded to Can Jeroni bakery in recognition for more than eighty years of service. Passed down from generation to generation, the family business continues today, and workers use traditional craft methods to produce the bread, desserts and sweets that make up part of the island's gastronomy.

The third Premi Sant Jaume will go to Fòrum per la memòria d'Eivissa i Formentera, a forum to protect historical memory. An intensely dedicated and volunteer-based operation, the forum exists to defend the memory of all those that were violently persecuted for ideological, political or religious reasons and victims of the Spanish Civil War under Franco. It is aimed at working towards reconciliation, understanding and justice, as well as respecting pluralism and a peaceful defence of ideas.

Fill adoptiu
Plenary members agreed to bestow the honour of adoptive son (fill adoptiu) on Jacques Leon Laurent (Belgium, 1930). The distinction is a salute to Laurent's pioneering work, both bringing sailing and windsurfing to Formentera, and promoting the sports long term, by organising sporting events that are important still today, like the Volta a Formentera windsurf competition. Laurent is recognised as having planted the seed of dedicated practice among many of those that form the sport's local elite today.

The prizes the Council awards are meant to provide public recognition of noble acts that are an asset for the local community. The Council values individuals and groups that have endeavoured to protect the traditions, interests and identity of Formentera's people.

CiF takes Sant Jaume 2016 programme to people

roda premsa sanjaumeToday in press conference, CiF culture councillor Susana Labrador unveiled the festivities programme the Council is organising to ring in this year's Sant Jaume commemoration. Formentera's annual holiday will be marked by a programme extending from July 18 to 29. According to the councillor, organisers “strived to combine homegrown customs —like traditional dance in the church square the day of Sant Jaume— with activities that appeal to all audiences; residents and tourists, young and old.”

Cultural activities:
Sant Francesc will don its finest garb as it plays host to a flurry of special events on and around the Sant Jaume holiday. The programme kicks off on Tuesday July 19 with the opening of Formentera-resident Isabel Echarri's exhibition, Vida y Muerte II, on display at the gallery of the old town hall (Ajuntament Vell) and sa Tanca Vella. Also on Tuesday, at 10.00pm in jardi de ses Eres, the 1933 version of King Kong will be screened as part of Open-Air Cinema (Cinema a la Fresca). Thursday July 21, the symphonic orchestra of the Balearic Islands will present Cornogràfics, a concert interpreted by a trumpet quartet. Tuesday July 26, the theatre group Espai_F will once again put on Perdius.

Official ceremony, July 24:
The Council's official commemoration of Formentera's patron saint will take place at the local cinema, July 24 at 8.00pm. At the ceremony, honorary awards will be delivered to the island's best and brightest, to be chosen at next Monday's extraordinary plenary session.

Activities for kids and teens:
Organisers were sure to include plenty of events for young people in this year's celebration, and first among them is Mr. Parfum, a children's stage production by Festuc Teatre. There will also be a prep session at the library ahead of the Youth Flower Party and a special kids' space set up at jardí de ses Eres (July 23) with a fitness area, face-painting, video games and more.

This year, young music fans are in for a treat with an evening dedicated to rap music. Dacara, Juan Vidal and Jazz will be on hand to oversee the event. According to Councillor Labrador, “the 2016 Sant Jaume programme includes requests made by Formentera youth at the most recent youth participatory council.”

Sports activities:
Sports are on the agenda too, on Sant Jaume. The councillor highlighted tennis and paddleball tournaments next week and a youth synchronised swim exhibition as well.

Music and concerts (July 22-25):
The four central days of Sant Jaume will be marked by musical performances, starting with Formentera's much-loved evening of jazz. That week only, Jazz in the Square (Jazz a la Plaça) will take place on Sunday July 24 in lieu of its customary Saturday slot, making room for the hotly-anticipated Flower Formentera on Saturday July 23. Rounding out the events calendar will be performances by the legendary group of Pitiüsa-natives, Uc, on Friday, and on Monday (the eve of Sant Jaume), concerts by Kiko Veneno and Catarres.

Labrador wished all of Formentera a fun-filled week of Sant Jaume celebrations. Organisation for the event cost 50,000 euros.

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