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Multimedia workshop puts school children at centre stage of Formentera Film initiative

Foto FFtaller3Today through Wednesday, April 12, Formentera Arte will lead a multimedia workshop in which participants will produce the opening video for Formentera Film, an international festival of shorts, documentaries and video art.

Filming is under way mornings this week at la Mola's primary school and pupils are taking an active role in the process. Some of the participants will make up part of the festival's youth jury as well, whose official selection will be screened the final day of the festival, which runs May 18-21, 2017.

Organisers saw the workshop as a chance to engage children in the making of an audiovisual production. More than a simple cartoon, stop-motion films encapsulate the entire journey that video production represents.

Eduard Arnalot takes clown act to streets

Foto El Niu2This Saturday at 6.00pm, Sant Francesc's plaça de la Constitució will play host to a work of children's street theatre, according to a report from the Council's Office of Culture. “El Niu” is being billed as a production that reinvents itself at every turn of the corner.

Unencumbered by dialogue or rules, the show is driven by constant crowd interaction of the kind that cuts new paths to creativity. It is a road that surprises and laughs descend hand in hand.

Described as “a clown with the soul of a bird,” the show's protagonist captivates by virtue of his ingenuity, perspicacity and knack for whipping up joyous commotion everywhere he goes.

The show runs 40 minutes and is free.

Actor EDUARD ARNALOT, “DUDU,” began clowning around quite naturally at an early age. It wasn't until later, in an effort to bestow his inventiveness with form, that he trained among clown and mime experts like Eric de Bont, John Davidson, Moshe Cohen, Johnny Melvine and David Gol. From 1995 he wore two hats, as a clown and actor, for theatre, clown and circus performances like Cous Cous Clown, Discípulos de Morales, La Fura dels Baus, S’arruga, Essència de Nit and Unicornis.

In 2005 he presented his first individual show, “Dudadas,” a gestural clown affair that he took to numerous theatres in Spain and abroad.

In 2010 he unveiled “Calma,” an indoor show he performed until receiving the call in 2011 to play Purple Clown in Cirque du Soleil's “Alegria”. For two seasons he criss-crossed Europe until returning in 2013 with his current piece of street theatre, “El Niu”.

For more information visit http://duduarnalot.com

Crews turn to 'consolidation' phase of work at Es Cap de Barbaria II

Foto pollegueraPatrimony councillor Susana Labrador gave a joint press conference today with several of the team members on the Es Cap de Barbaria II dig site. Margalida Munar, Antoni Puig and Pau Sureda joined the CiF councillor in taking stock of archaeological efforts since March 20.

Now in its fourth year, the €14,000 initiative, backed by the Council's Office of Culture and Patrimony and staffed by a cohort of experts, is aimed at filling in blanks regarding Formentera's past.

According to Sureda, the project's ten plus specialists are tasked with “consolidating and restoring” the remains. Though he said excavating work had been completed, “the task of consolidating still remains”. Sureda described that part as “instrumental to ensuring the team's work lasts in the long run” and said it would also help analyse the information the team retrieves.

During its work so far, the group has unearthed a door hinge, one of the first of its kind in the Balearics that dates to the Bronze Age. The pre-historic site was populated by a group of individuals some 3,200 years ago.

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At 8.00pm today the team of researchers will host an explanation of the Es Cap de Barbaria II restoration effort in the conference hall of the Office of Culture.

Formentera remembers Antoni Tur Costa, `Gabrielet´

gabrielet2On March 12, 2017, Antoni Tur Costa (nicknamed “Gabrielet”) would have turned one hundred. Here on Formentera, we would like to seize the opportunity to celebrate the first centennial of Gabrielet's birth.

Months ago, a committee was created to plan a series of events over the course of 2017 to pay homage to Gabrielet, not only the artist, but also and in especial the human being. As a member of the committee, the Formentera Island Council is a stakeholder in the celebrations.

March 31 (Friday), la Mola's Casa del Poble will play host to commemoration of the artist. Co-presented by Espai_F and OCB Formentera with additional support from the CiF, it will be a moment to share stories and memories of the milestones that marked Gabrielet's drawn-out, impassioned time on our island.

In 2017, two children's contests organised under the banner of the Sant Jordi holiday turn 18 — the first, for bookmark designs, and the second, for literature penned by kids. Named for Gabrielet and Robert Lewis Baldon, respectively, both encounters are included among this year's centennial celebrations of the illustrator and ceramicist. Entrants in the writing contest are invited to speak about “the art all around them”.

Another hat tip to the artist will come in the form of a documentary on his life, replete with interviews, images and samples of his work. Filmmaker Alfredo Montero, a Formentera native, is currently helming production of the film.

Formentera's centennial programme will resume in September with an exhibition at Centre Gabrielet in Sant Francesc. The show will focus primarily on the Eivissa-grown artist's drawings.

Educational concert for Formentera school children

Escola de musica festivalThe Formentera Council's Office of Education and Culture has announced plans, this Wednesday and Friday at 12.30pm, to stage two educational concerts for students of Sant Francesc and Sant Ferran's public primary schools.

The concerts, held in the cinema, are part of a pilot programme which uses storytelling to familiarise children with musical instruments and dance. Chief of education and culture Susana Labrador voiced her hope that kids get a sense of the music and dance initiatives available on the island. She thanked the teaching staff of the municipal music and dance centre for organising the event.

Labrador said leaflets with signup information would be passed out after each concert to ensure any would-be musicians and dancers get their chance to take part. Enrolment runs from April 3 to June 25 and can be done in person at the OAC or on-line at the OVAC. The music and dance school's entire catalogue can be found here: http://escolamusica.conselldeformentera.cat/cursos-i-tallers/

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