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2017 calendar has Formentera casting gaze at prehistory

foto calendari 2017The Formentera Council's office of language services has released its 2017 calendar, centred on the island's prehistoric past. Two-thousand copies will be made freely available at the Citizens' Information Office (OAC), offices of Formentera Local Police, the Office of Social Welfare and the Formentera hospital. Each month comes marked by a photo and a brief, prehistorically-themed text, an aspect of the initiative which received contribution from doctors of archaeology Pau Sureda and Mira Bofill.

Last year's edition brought together 12 varieties of figs. Published annually since 2011 in an effort to disseminate Formentera's history and popular culture, the calendars also serve another function: to promote the use of certain words. Past editions, listed here in chronological order, have had the following themes: Formentera Trivia (a special edition in question and answer format), Chronology of the 20th Century, local poet Marià Villangómez, Tools of the Countryside, Fishing Tackle, Figs and now Prehistory. This year's calendar cost roughly four thousand euros to publish.

“The New Tremendos” bring best in pop music to Sant Ferran's New Years Eve festival tent

tremendos2The Formentera Council's Office of Local Holidays has announced that “The New Tremendos” will spearhead celebratory efforts this New Years Eve. From 1.00am, the Catalan cover band, known for its frenetic spins on Spain's top radio hits, will rock us into 2017.

The seasoned six-member band has got a repertoire that bursts with cross-generational hymns and the best of the eighties, nineties and today. From well-known Spanish classics (Los Secretos, La Guardia, Tequila, Ramoncín, Seguridad Social, El Último de la Fila, Fito y los Fitipaldis, Morat [Como te atreves], Celtas Cortos, Efecto Pasillo...) and favourites of Catalan-language music (Sopa de Cabra, Txarango, Els Catarres, La Pegatina...) to planetary smash hits like AC/DC's 'Highway to Hell' and Guns'N'Roses' take on 'Knocking on Heaven's Door'...

The group, a gold standard among young music fans today, is also one of the most sought-after in Catalunya. Their fresh and highly varied performances are perfect for celebrations like this one. Moreover, they snagged the Musicat association of Catalan musicians' 'Música 100% en directe' seal of quality and, in 2011, the Arc award for best cover band from the region's guild of music representatives, promotors and managers.

Selection of children's theatre aims to make holidays merry for kids too

volen volen2This Christmas season the Office of Culture of the Formentera Council is overseeing coordination of the island's tenth annual selection of children's theatre. With performances scheduled December 18 and 28 and January 5, 7 and 8, the programme aims to give Formentera's young ones a diverse range of options for celebrating this year's winter holidays.

'Volen Volen'
One for the youngsters, the Mariantònia Oliver company's Volen Volen will kick off the 2017 programme Sunday December 18 at 5.30pm in the Sala de Cultura (Cinema). The actors use dance and circus to create a non-verbal language that hinges on movement and the manipulation of objects. Volen Volen is a choreography-based game that is both fun and familiar to children, fading afterwards like a nursery rhyme, an eruption of poetic images aimed at one thing: providing young children with a jolt of emotion.

Volen Volen... isn't a window for observing. It's a window through which kids are invited to jump, come inside, participate. With more than 20 years interpreting dance, Mariantònia Oliver is both Cia Mariantònia Oliver's director and choreographer and teacher at the superior conservatory of the Balearic Islands for music.

'Quina Pescada'
The programme continues with Quina Pescada!, a clown show for the young and old from Menorca's DOSNOUDOSMIL company. It is a family-friendly production in which careful attention to detail is infused into the set design and lighting. The show's craft-theatre feel is palpable and Quina Pescada! is both fun and participation-based. Two fun-loving clowns invite the whole family —ages 4 to 99— on a journey across the seas. The show takes place Wednesday December 28 at 5.30pm in Sala de Cultura (Cinema).

Percussion show
The afternoon of January 5, the eve of Three Kings Day, Formentera will welcome the Royal Cavalcade of the Three Wise Men of the East. As in years past, the Kings will be joined by their royal committee and decorated floats stocked with gifts for the children of the island. Taxeks Celrà will also be in tow, taking their percussion show to every town on the cavalcade's route.

In their more than six years of experience, Taxeks Celrà have honed the afro-latin influenced rhythms, songs, choreography, and performance style that have earned them numerous awards and accolades.

January 7 the Marià Villangómez library will host Tots iguals però diferents, a fabulous storytelling session brought to Formentera's youngsters by David and Monma.

Finishing out the theatrical selection, Sunday January 8 at 12 noon in Sala de Cultura (Cinema), is Teatre Mòbil's Cösmix. A pair of travellers, extravagant and indefatigable, take the stage with one goal: to leave audiences in stitches. Like two one-man-bands, they employ a vast array of techniques: improbable music, “recyclassic” theatrics, animal imitations and even a bit of time travel, live and in-person!

Teatre Mòbil has an experience that spans more than 30 years. Since the group's début, when their focus centred on family-friendly comedic productions, they learned to adapt their own particular parlance to the theatre. The result is a combination of humour and argumentative discourse which strives to never lose its connection with their audience.

Performance series
Formentera's selection of children's theatre is organised jointly by Sa Xerxa, a youth theatre group based in the Balearics, and the Formentera Council, with additional support from Institut d'Estudis Baleàrics. In its ten years of history, the series has also received indispensable support from Trasmapi and Fundació Baleària.

Sa Xerxa
Culture as a fundamental human right is a concept that has accompanied Sa Xerxa through their more than fifteen years of existence. It is also the main driver behind every one of the activities they promote. It all started with FIET, a festival of children's theatre in the Balearics. This year, FIET, in Vilafranca, was attended by nearly eighteen thousand. It has become one of the preeminent gatherings of its kind in Spain, for industry experts and families alike.

Thanks to help from sponsors, public institutions and the group's own members, FIET has taken part in joint efforts with Barruguet festival in Santa Eulària des Riu and Festival per a Piets i Fietes de Maó, in addition to Formentera's winter series. New events are also anticipated for Sa Xerxa's 2017 calendar, all in order to bring quality children's and youth theatre to audiences everywhere. That is the crux of the idea behind TAP (Teatre als Pobles, or “theatre in small towns”), a longstanding initiative to bring theatre to children and teenagers in the Balearics by decentralising the performance arts to benefit local cultural institutions.

Projecte Mut, Strombers and Voice & Sense hold down bill for evening of concerts

foto projecte mutToday brought the announcement of one of the main draws of the Office of Culture's Christmas 2017 programme, an evening of concerts in Sant Ferran. Performances, staged inside the festival tent at plaça de Sant Ferran, will kick into action at 10.00pm with homegrown songsmith Marí (formerly Pez Limón) opening the way for Ibiza-based heavyhitters Projecte Mut. Strombers will close out the bill with a show that promises to continue into the morning.

Local talent
Tasked with heading up the round of evening performances is hometown act Marí. In addition to receiving an education at the local school of music and the conservatory that serves the two Pitiüsa islands, Joan Marí trained as an actor in Juan Carlos Corazza school in Madrid. After playing in groups like Pez Limón in the capital and Endèmicks on Formentera, Marí cast his bid as a solo act in 2016. He is currently wrapping up production on his first album, Fénix, alongside Eivissa producer Joan Barbé (Projecte Mut, Ressonadors, Statuas d Sal...). Marí has had to cancel his performance due to a case of pharyngitis. Voice & Sense will perform in his place.

Projecte Mut
Just shy of midnight, Projecte Mut will take the stage to share with Formentera 10 Anys i Bons, a disc that celebrates the group's ten years of history through some of the their essential tracks, which include collaborations with La Pegatina, Els Catarres, Els Amics de les Arts, Gerard Quintana, Gossos, Maria del Mar Bonet, Blaumut, Quimi Portet, Cris Juanico, Cesk Freixas, Sanjosex and Miquel Gil. Now, as Projecte Mut prepares to perform before Formentera crowds, the group packs more punch than ever.

Closing out the evening's rollicking festivities, the band led by Cardona Strombers will get folks dancing with their mix of ska, Latin rhythms, reggae, rock and country. With ten years of performing under their belts and still every ounce their original youthful, partygoing attitude, Strombers are well on their way to becoming one of the strongest musical groups in the region.

Diabéticas Aceleradas bring their latest act to Formentera

diabeticasThe Formentera Council's Office of Culture has announced that this Saturday December 10 as part of its Christmas activities programme, Formentera audiences will be able to see Gran Buffet (Ca Ses Brutes), the latest from Majorcan theatre group Diabéticas Aceleradas.

«Gran Buffet (Ca Ses Brutes)»
The piece centres on the story of middle-aged triplet sisters who run a bar in the intensely blue-collar Palma neighbourhood around plaça de ses Columnes. With an active mixing of castes, races, languages and colours, the quarter is, today, a symbol of our pluralistic and globalised society.

Our protagonists, Maria del Calvari, Maria Mateva and Maria Tot Sol suck us in to the sometimes madcap sometimes humdrum existence of triplet sisters. One has been in and out of relationships so often she's lost count, one is a widower and one has yet to ever meet a man. All of them born to a widower, they run a bar that has been in their family for years. To peek into their family-run establishment is to witness as a who's who of characters enters and exits. Some are endearing, some odd, some over-the-top, some obsessive-compulsive. In short, what you'd expect to see peeking into absolutely any house on any street in any town. The often hard but always comically construed reality mixes with the daydreams of the characters that stop in at Ca Ses Brutes.

The production will be staged at Saturday December 10 at 9.00pm in the municipal cinema. Tickets are 6 euros and can be purchased 30 minutes prior to start time.

Presented in a style of theatre that is all-together innovative, Gran Buffet, with all the feel of a grittily real sitcom, showcases a cocktail of commonplace and humorous situations involving the show's more than fifteen characters, who waltz in and out of the bar in a style reminiscent of Siete vidas, Aida or Mossèn Capellà. The play is organised into five episodes, with title sequences and summaries of previous episodes, acted out before the live audience.

Diabéticas Aceleradas
The year 2016 marked Diabéticas Aceleradas' thirtieth in the performing arts. The group's style combines the expressive codes of popular theatre with forays into other formulas that might include everything from cabaret to soliciting audience interaction. The ever-present goal is to provide a reading of our own society that is based in humour and a touch of insanity.

The most important thing that a healthy society can do is know how to laugh at itself. Such was a founding pillar of Diabéticas Aceleradas. Ca Ses Brutes is the troupe's fifteenth production.

Investing in culture
The show receives support from Institut d'Estudis Baleàrics via Talent IB, a programme to promote the performing arts, as well as Fundació Baleària and Trasmapi.

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