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Training for a better coexistence in the classroom

foto 2022xii anar AThe Office of Social Welfare of the Consell de Formentera reports that this week, the Anar Foundation (Fundació Anar) led year-three pupils at CEIP Mestre Lluís Andreu, CEIP Pilar and CEIP Sant Ferran and year-one students of ESO at IES Marc Ferrer in training to promote social harmony.

The training aims to encourage intervention programmes that promote and improve coexistence, or convivència, in the classroom. Participants learned that children and families both can get help on hotlines managed by Fundació Anar, which works to help children and teens (more information).

Fundació Anar facilitates workshops on the island as part of a collaboration agreement with the Office of Social Welfare of the Consell de Formentera.


23 December 2022
Communications Office
Consell de Formentera

Formentera defends night sky and right to starlight

foto 2022xii cel estelThe Office of Tourism of the Consell de Formentera reports that Formentera's support of the "Declaration on the Defence of the Night Sky and the Right to Starlight" has received the backing of the island's plenary assembly. By signing, Formentera pledges to work towards DDNSRS objectives.

According to Alejandra Ferrer, vice president and councillor of tourism, "Low levels of light pollution and unmatched landscapes and nature mean Formentera is the perfect place to discover and enjoy the night sky. Working towards certification as a 'Starlight' destination is a way to draw astronomy experts and amateurs and safeguard our nocturnal environment, land and landscapes – something residents can enjoy, too".

UNESCO and other international organisations are party to the DDNSRS, and backing it is crucial to obtaining "Starlight" certification. Among other commitments, Formentera pledges to support the right to an unpolluted night sky and enjoyment of the firmament, plus protections for a night sky at imminent risk. The DDNSRS urges administrations to join in tackling a challenge that requires not only cultural, technological and scientific innovation, but ongoing rediscovery of the night sky as a living part of our heritage and everyday culture.

According to the DDNSRN, awareness and education are key, and controls on light pollution are crucial to nature conservation policies. Landscape policies must also serve to defend the universal right to enjoy the sky.

Tourism can also be a powerful instrument to shape a new alliance to support quality night skies. Responsible tourism can and must integrate the night skyscape as a resource to be safeguarded and promoted at every destination.

22 December 2022
Communications Office
Consell de Formentera

Consell de Formentera Archive receives 18th-C. map and 19th-C. marriage contract

foto 2022xii arxiuToday Ana Juan, president of the Consell de Formentera, and José María Ortiz, signed into effect the donation of two additions to the historical archives: a nineteenth-century marriage contract and an eighteenth-century map of the island. President Juan and Raquel Guasch, councillor of heritage, who was at the ceremony as well, expressed gratitude for the gift, which will be added to the Consell de Formentera Archive and illuminate a part of local history.

The two-page notorised contract, dated 31 May 1817, codifies an agreement between Francisca Guasch Juan and Josep Riera. The document details the bride's dowry and sets the terms of inheritance on the death of either spouse and future children. The map of Formentera is the work of 18th-century cartographer Joseph Roux. Both documents are in good condition.


22 December 2022
Communications Office
Consell de Formentera

Pop-rock tunes to ring in the new year on Formentera

The Office of Culture of the Consell de Formentera has teed up a New Year's Eve concert courtesy of Bruixa Express. From 1.00am, the Catalan cover band will ring in 2023 with a set-list of pop-rock music at Sa Senieta festival tent in Sant Francesc.

Eight musicians with more than a decade of experience will take the stage and turbo-charge New Year's Eve celebrations.

Bruixa Express
The Lleida-based musicians of Bruixa Express came together in 2006 to form a cover band on the strength of extensive careers in show business. The group have built a repertoire of classics of the Catalan, Spanish and global pop-rock canon, wselections from today's hit parade underwriting wide audience appeal and "an unfailing predilection for stage aesthetics and audiovisual effects to make concerts an unforgettable experience for everyone."

Set list
On the ever-changing Bruixa Express set list, the group confide, "the crowd-pleasers remain unchanged and new numbers keep things fresh." Audiences can expect hits from Sopa de Cabra, Bon Jovi, the Beatles, Sau, Platero y Tú and more.


22 December 2022
Communications Office
Consell de Formentera

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