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School of music and dance hosts year-end festival

The Formentera Council's centre for music and dance will hold its eighteenth “Festival de música i dansa” this Saturday, June 10. At 8.30pm in the municipal cinema, 130 students of dance, instruments, traditional music, band and polyphonic choir will offer audiences a taste of their work in 2016-2017.

Squares across Formentera welcome back summer music programme

Musica jorge fernandezIn an announcement today, the Formentera Council's Offices of Culture and Local Holidays unveiled the 2017 programme for Música a les Places (Music in the Squares), a yearly concert series synonymous with the return of summer and swelling temperatures. Fashioned for tourists and residents alike, the season-long do aims to energise Formentera's cultural catalogue and boost community use of public spaces. “This is a concert series with a long history on the island,” quipped Susana Labrador, head of Formentera's Office of Culture.

Es Pujols's premier square, plaça d'Europa, will get a dose of world music every Thursday with performances from Antena Libre at 11.00pm in July and August (shows in June and September start an hour earlier). On Tuesdays at 10.00pm, La 22 will serve up an ample helping of latin fusion. Then, on Fridays at 10.00pm at Sant Ferran's prime gathering spot, plaça de l'esglesia, watch out for Música en viu (literally, “live music”). Saturday nights are for jazz, when Formentera's most charming jazz outfit will be called upon to supply the tunes from 10.00pm. According to Labrador, it is Música a les Places's programme (“chock full of celebrated artists from Spain and further afield”) that explains the event's steadily-growing crowds of faithfuls.

Collaborative efforts
Fuelled from the start by support from Antena Libre and the association Jazz & Co, Música a les Places is, at its core, about conserving and fomenting music of all kinds, including live improv performances.

This year's bill is, once again, sponsored by Estrella Galicia. A driving force of music in Spain, the company is right at home backing Música a les Places, an event that spotlights an array of musical styles in one of a kind settings. With a self-proclaimed affinity for independent, alternative festivals, every year Estrella Galicia hosts 150 concerts in venues across Spain. That dedication to music was behind the company's founding of SON Records, a label that has made a name for itself producing indie acts from around the country. The Formentera Council wishes to thank Estrella Galicia for its long-standing commitment to music and culture in our country.

Sneak peek at Formentera Film Festival

Foto presentacio for film 2017This morning, in the courtyard of Centre “Gabrielet,” the island got a first look at Formentera Film 2017. At a morning presentation of the event, councillors of culture and tourism Susana Labrador and Alejandra Ferrer were joined by the festival's two coordinators, Monica Timperi and Silvio Bandinelli. Now in its fifth year, the showcase of short films, documentaries and video art runs May 18 to 21.

Screenings for Formentera Film are free and begin Thursday, May 18 at 8.30pm in la Mola's central plaza. They pick up the same time next day in Sant Francesc's plaça de la Constitució, which will be their home for the remainder of the festival. Thursday's focus on documentaries will give way Friday and Saturday to a selection encompassing short works of fiction and animation and video art. Twenty-three shorts—of which three were produced in the Balearics—have been entered to compete in this year's contest. The nightly programme kicks off at 8.30pm with performances from a musical duo from Lisbon's Port do Sol. Presenting duties will be covered by Toni Riera and Viviana Carlet.

On Sunday, May 21, in addition to the day's screenings, audiences—an assortment including directors, producers, distributors and festival organisers—will see the crowning of 2017's selected productions. Winners will receive prizes crafted by local artists Enric Majoral, Lorenzo Pepe, Sol Courrèges Boné and Andrés Rodríguez. Also on Sunday, from 10.30pm, spectators will be treated to a premiere of a short film cut over four days by Zero Video.

Youth involvement
On May 19 and 20, Centre “Gabrielet” plays host to a parallel programme of 18 shorts for children. This year, following a workshop on video production, 12 teens from the island's youth centre put together a music video spotlighting local rapper El Puerta. Students at la Mola's primary school congregated for their own workshop, ultimately churning out the video that will open each day's programme. The workshops were headed up by Arturo Bandinelli and CHD Animation, respectively.

The Formentera Film jury, a panel formed by Véronique Landy, chair of the island's summer film series Cinema a la Fresca, Xavi Herrero, head of Eivissa Cinema Fest and Antonio Delgado, coordinator of Madrid's Centro Cultural Pilar Miró, also includes the filmmaker behind last year's award-winning “A lo oscuro más seguro,” David Pantalons.

Throughout the festival, Sant Francesc's main square will be arrayed with works concocted by Atelier frase, a London-based design firm that specialises in one of a kind, site-specific structures. The company's Formentera installation draws inspiration from coastal landscapes and includes a collection of sculptures fashioned from recycled wood.

Save Posidonia Project
Formentera Film Festival is a part of Save Posidonia Project. Among this year's selected productions is an educational film about the outreach initiative aimed at securing sponsors of portions of local posidonia meadows.

The Formentera Council and the island's tourism advisory board work in tandem with the non-profit group FormenteraArt, a band formed by Bandinelli, Timperi, Carlet and Carlo Migotto which is dedicated to steering the organisation of Formentera Film Festival and conjuring human and professional experiences that support the local community. This year's festival received counsel from Balears Film Commission. Full details can be found at http://www.formenterafilm.com/cat/.

Formentera joins International Dance Day's list of backers

Foto actuacio de dansaThe Formentera Council's education and culture departments have announced plans by students of the municipal school of music and dance to stage a performance on Friday, April 28 at 6.30pm, in observance of International Dance Day. As part of the special day, which was officially proclaimed April 29, the young performers will tackle contemporary and Spanish dance routines and pronounce a short reading on Sant Francesc's plaça de la Constitució.

By focusing on dance in unconventional places, the performance's organisers hope to take the art form to the streets and give it visibility. The aim, they say, is to engage both young and old in dance appreciation. It will perhaps give way to an entire plaza of young people dancing in sync, even if only for a few minutes.

Nature, landscapes and people all in sharp focus at 15th Beni Trutmann contest

Foto Btrutmann 1 er bn jose antonio arribasA selection of photos from the fifteenth Beni Trutmann contest went on display today, Monday, April 24 at 8.00pm, in the municipal gallery of Sant Francesc's old town hall building. The evening also included prizes for this year's winners. The exhibition runs through next Friday, May 5, with weekday hours from 11.00am to 2.00pm and again from 6.00 to 8.00pm.

From the outset, the Beni Trutmann competition has leveraged Formentera's natural surroundings—landscapes, flora and fauna, humans in nature—as a way to promote a commitment to the environment. The competition, according to culture councillor Susana Labrador, “was initially conceived as an homage to Beni Trutmann himself, who was absolutely instrumental for Formentera”. The photographer left the island with an archive of more than thirty thousand prints reflecting a deep love of Formentera's natural beauty.

Thirty-nine people took part in this year's competition, with the 92 submitted prints spread across two categories: black and white and colour. The category for smartphone snapshots, restricted to youth aged 12 to 18, had 10 hopefuls with 28 submissions in the running. The following prize winners were unanimously selected by a panel of judges.

Black and white photos

First prize: €500 for Jose Antonio Arribas
Second prize: €300 Jaime Franch Rojo
Third Prize: €200 for Álvaro Raúl Mendoza

Colour photos

First prize: €500 for Natalia Iglesias Diez
Second prize: €300 for José López Vañó
Third prize: €200 for Maurizio Lamberti

Smartphone snapshots (names are pseudonyms)

First prize: Polaroid SNAP for Maia
Second prize: Polaroid Cube for El ocaso
Third prize: IF045 sport camera for Rotfort

Councillor Parellada saluted all participants for their efforts and noted the high quality of this year's submissions had made the jury's task of choosing winners  particularly difficult.

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