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Sant Jordi is back: book launches, vending stalls, theatre, concerts and exhibitions

cartell 2021 sant jordiEarlier today the Formentera Department of Culture and Education presented the activities bill for Sant Jordi 2021, with department chair Susana Labrador hailing the return of “a wide range of activities to bring literature and culture to our kids, teens and adults”.

Diada de Sant Jordi
The morning of the feast day of Sant Jordi, Friday 23 April, vending stalls will dot the central square in Sant Francesc and writer Vicent Ferrer Mayans will be on hand to sign copies of his book Carnatge l’últim Nibelung. Written between 2003 and 2006 and published recently by Lleonard Montaner, this dramatic work comes to life around a confluence of plots related to the violence of a contemporary war.

23 April also marks the release of the second issue of ADN, a local fanzine rising from the ashes in recent years to enter a new era of publication. The latest issue finds the usual cast of writers, cartoonists and creators welcoming new faces as they blaze ahead creating an expressive platform for regional talent and its devotees.

Project coordinator Vicent Ferrer and Miquel Costa, from ADN publishers Espai_F, will be on hand to present the fanzine 23 April as part of Sant Jordi 2021 celebrations in Plaça de la Constitució.

Youth programme
Activities for children and teens kick off at 5.00pm Friday 23 April with La veritable història del drac i la rosa (The true story of the dragon and the rose), a storytelling session in which Eva Lluch traces the origins of the Sant Jordi legend. Prehistoric women and men pinned creation of life on earth on an eminently powerful goddess from the sea. That was thousands of years ago. Over the aeons, the strength of the goddess would gradually come to be described as an evil that had to be fought. The feminine figure became a snake or dragon, and the tale grew to accommodate a god or hero who slew her. But though robbed of her story, the goddess and her force remained so awesome that, when killed, her blood left us with a parting rose.

Story time takes place in the courtyard of Centre Tur “Gabrielet” and reservations must be made before 10.00am on 22 April by contacting reserves@conselldeformentera.cat. Next day, an array of Sant Jordi-themed workshops will be held from 5.00pm at the Casal de Joves.

The programme continues on Saturday 24 April with a clown and magic show by Clownómadas. Utopía retraces the tale of a globetrotting clown whose longstanding mission has been to seek magic in all that surrounds him. The eclectic 50-minute production includes live music, magic, juggling, sleight of hand tricks, and show-stopping “smoke charming”.

Utopía is a family-friendly production and is appropriate for all ages. Sala de Cultura-Cinema, 6.00pm, Saturday 24 April. Reservations are required and can be made from today, Friday 16 April at www.entradesformentera.cat.

Saturday 17 April, Formentera welcomes back musician Pau Riba as he commemorates 50 years since Jo, la Donya i el gripau was recorded here on the island. Over a decade since his last Formentera show, Riba returns, this time under the aegis of Barnasants, and ready to dazzle crowds with his poetic universe. Old-time favourites and, in these times of pandemic, reconciliation with the natural world are expected. The concert is part of the Barnasants cultural initiative and will take place at 8.00pm in the Sala de Cultura-Cinema. Tickets are already sold out.

Sunday 25 April, local trio Imaràntia will play in support their Formentera-inspired sophomore effort, which they say strives for emotional resonance while firmly resolved not to sacrifice one drop of spirit. 4 de Copes founder Maria José Cardona started Imaràntia as a duo with producer/musician Miquel Brunet. The two released Imaràntia on Ona Edicions in 2013, and recent performances find them disseminating the island spirit with help from violinist and percussionist Eduard Riera. The show starts at 8.00pm in the Sala de Cultura-Cinema. Reservations are required and can be made from today, Friday 16 April at www.entradesformentera.cat.

From Friday 23 April until Tuesday 27 April, with a Sunday break in between, Centre Antoni Tur “Gabrielet” will host a show of entries from the yearly Antoni Tur “Gabrielet” bookmark design contest, which turns 21 this year. The exhibition can be visited 10.00am to 1.00pm and 5.00pm to 7.00pm.

Book launches
At 8.00pm on Friday 30 April, Eva Tur will present her book Planeta tigre to crowds at Centre Antoni Tur “Gabrielet”. The event is organised by the Formentera chapter of Obra Cultural Balear.

16 April 2021
Communications Department
Consell de Formentera

Formentera launches online sales portal for tickets to cinema and cultural events

foto 2021 entrades cineThe Formentera Department of Culture reports that www.entradesformentera.cat, a online ticket sales hub, went online earlier today. Islanders can visit the site to purchase tickets for stage performances, cultural events and cinema sessions scheduled from Friday 23 April at the Sala de Cultura-Cinema.

Culture chair Susana Labrador explained, “This weekend, as in the past, film fans can get their movie tickets at the box office thirty minutes before the show. Next weekend, online ticket sales will also be possible. We’re embracing new technologies and offering this resource to respond to growing attendance at cultural programming”.

The website will also simplify the task of organising bookings for theatrical productions, Labrador said, pointing out that Covid-19 restrictions have required capacity at such events to be limited. Face-to-face service at the box office will continue until events are sold out.

State of the art and intuitive, the Entrades Formentera site allows islanders to get their entrades, or tickets, quickly and easily. In a step forward for the environment, the paperless option lets cinemagoers enter the cinema by presenting a QR code figuring on digital tickets. The portal also gives up-to-date details about current films and other featured events, not to mention special offers and a wide range of other information.

Islanders can also reach the portal from the agendaformentera.cat website, which also underwent renovation earlier this year. According to Labrador, Entrades Formentera, the link from the Agenda Formentera website and the new weekly bulletin highlighting the island’s cultural programming all boil down to “making accessing Formentera’s cultural scene quick and easy”.

16 April 2021
Communications Department
Consell de Formentera

Firefighters learn to respond in traffic accidents

foto 2021 formacio bombers12 to 14 April, the Formentera fire brigade invited specialist firm Emergency Staff to train firefighters to respond in traffic accidents.

The course was part of the brigade’s ongoing capacity building and trained participants in new techniques removing trapped occupants from damaged vehicles.

The Consell paid €3,750 for the training programme.

15 April 2021
Communications Department
Consell de Formentera

Formentera joins ‘WeDemandTransEquality’ hashtag movement

Formentera will join a nationwide campaign to champion equality for trans people. #ExigimosLaIgualdadTrans (‘WeDemandTransEquality’) has been backed by the Federación Estatal de Lesbianas, Gais, Trans y Bisexuales in association with local and regional partners like Fundación Triángulo and Chrysallis, an association of families of trans youth.

The initiative, whose campaigners hope to bring visibility to the cause and mobilise supporters, will see a trans flag appearing in towns across Spain from April to June, as well as municipal events and other demonstrations backing the push for equal rights for trans people before the law.

The initiative seeks the nationwide recognition of trans rights, not least the right to determine one’s gender (recognition before the law has historically been contingent on trans people’s securing support from a third party). With popular backing and support from local and regional authorities, campaigners hope to restart currently stalled debate around national legislation which would guarantee full trans rights — legislation which won cross-party favour among local decision-makers at the island’s full-house assembly this March.

“Formentera’s government has always backed initiatives that seek awareness around sexual and gender diversity and a better quality of life for all, with support for youth holding a particularly central role”, said equality and LGTBIQ+ chair Vanessa Parellada.

This April, the island’s youth drop-in centre, el Casal de Joves, has programmed a series of online discussions on trans-related issues. They will be led by Chrysallis.

15 April 2021
Communications Department
Consell de Formentera

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