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In 2016, Formentera fashion show turns nine

Foto presentació passarella moda 2016Alejandra Ferrer, the trade and tourism councillor of the Formentera Council, reported earlier today on the details of 2016 Formentera Catwalk, a fashion runway show that will take over plaça d'Europa in Es Pujols this Friday at 10.00pm. Also present at the morning press conference were the local designers whose work will be on display at the event.

In the words of Councillor Ferrer, the show will be the chance for participating designers “to transport audiences straight to the countryside, sea and sky of the islands.” She added, “here's hoping that all the locals and tourists who attend enjoy the ride”. To Ferrer, fashion is always an expression of culture. The fact that the designs at Formentera Catwalk will carry the special stamp of the place they were created, Ferrer says, means the island is sure to be firmly in the spotlight at Friday night's runway show.

This is the event's ninth year, and the decision to host it in Es Pujols was based both on ample space available at plaça d'Europa and the possibility it provided for a minimal environmental footprint. With a long history under her belt as presenter for local television station TEF, Nuria Arias is a shoe-in in her role as emcee.

Said Ferrer, “the Council is thrilled to put on Formentera Catwalk because it's an opportunity to showcase the fabulous work done by our local textile workers and designers.” This year's show will include Te Doy la Luna (children's ware), Ibimoda (guest designer), Macramé, Eva Cardona, Vanitaly, B-7&Acho, Kavra Formentera, Alena Tur Torres (a young Formentera native who will use the evening to exhibit her end of term project), Elena Hurtado (OBI), Ur-Joies (jeweller) and Lorenzo Pepe (jeweller).

Sixteen professional models from Eivissa agency Deva Models will take on the task of presenting the designs. Featured products will include jewellery, wedding dresses and avant-garde creations inspired by the nature, sea and colours of the island. As always, everything is sure to dazzle first-time tourists and long-time local followers alike.

Councillor Ferrer was sure to thank CiF staff and sponsors like Carbonicas Tur, Proauto Rent-a-car, Autos Isla Blanca, Hotel Blanco, Hotel Levante, Hotel Rosales and Hernan Raffo for their support.

Pupils awarded certificates for school swimming classes

Diplomes piscinaThe Formentera Council Office of Sport has announced that tomorrow, June 22, report cards and medals will be handed out to island students for participation in swimming classes during the 2015-2016 school year. Three hundred pupils, from primary schools Mestre Lluís Andreu, Virgen Milagrosa and El Pilar de la Mola, got swimming instruction under the programme. Others, Mestre Lluís and IES Marc Ferrer students who participated in adapted swimming, have received their awards over the last few days.

The classes went all year, from September to June, in once-a-week 30-minute sessions at the municipal pool. Organisers are hoping to push forward next year with even higher quality instruction; with an eye to expanding work on basic motor skills, classes will be lengthened 15 minutes. Swimming instruction is offered to early-learning students in stages of motor skill development, a process which is underpinned by movement both on land and in water.

Council and sailing school operators scrap partnership

foto windsurfThe Formentera Council and 4 nómadas, the company that held the contract to operate Formentera's municipal sailing school, have reached a mutual agreement to dissolve the concessions contract in place until today. Though the four-year pact wasn't set to expire until January 2017, CiF sports councillor Jordi Vidal invoked “a split over the funding terms laid out in the contract which was originally signed by both parties”. The agreement came with provisions for 90 thousand euros in funding, VAT included.

The sports councillor lamented the break with the school's director Asier Fernández and its staff. He assured the Council would continue offering municipal sailing instruction, but added that “whether the Council will assure the service directly or contract it out to a third party remains to be seen.” The current change is only temporary, and the Council has already taken steps to build a new sailing school. Construction of a forthcoming nautical sports centre is being planned 50 metres from the site of the old school, on a wood platform at the start of carrer Almadrava. What's more, this winter the administration acquired windsurf gear for use in competitive meets, and is currently awaiting delivery of sailing and windsurf material for beginners.

Council puts money behind diving courses

Foto ajudes cursos busseigSports councillor Jordi Vidal reported today on a partnership agreement between Vellmarí diving school and the administration to fund diving instruction for Formentera residents. Vidal used a morning press conference, attended by school director Manu Sán Felix and CiF environment councillor, as the forum for the announcement.

Councillor Vidal laid out the Council's plan to foot 50 per cent —up to 7,000 euros— of residents' diving course costs. Residents under 17 will not only qualify for the Council's 50-per cent subsidy, they will have the opportunity to benefit from an additional 25 per cent reduction thanks to Vellmarí. In all, locals above 17 will pay 100 euros and younger students will pay 75. The aim, as Vidal pointed out, is to encourage diving among locals.

The partnership has been in place between Vellmarí and the Council for more than a decade. Thanks to the initiative, more than 650 Formentera locals have been introduced to the world of diving. According to Sán Felix, an additional 50 to 80 will be able to discover diving thanks to this year's reduced fees. The councillor of environment underscored the importance of “educating and instructing Formentera residents about the vast wealth contained in our underwater world and the nearby posidonia seagrass prairies”.

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