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Joana Frigolé unpacks ‘the power of emotions' in latest ‘xerrada’

cartell 2021 xerrades 15 abrilThe Formentera Department of Social Welfare reports that this Thursday 15 April the “Xerrades per a famílies” lecture series returns with a talk from psychologist Joana Frigolé. The event will be broadcast live on the Consell de Formentera Facebook page.

Frigolé, an emotional and couples’ coach, will give a lecture called “The power of emotions: living with the present to create the future”. “These raw, complicated times have shown us our resilience and capacity to face up to reality; the lecture will address things we can do to make life easier and use emotions to our benefit”,  she says.

12 April 2021
Communications Department
Consell de Formentera

Consell tracks incoming and outgoing water levels at Estany Pudent to deal with sanitary issues and create conditions for bird nesting

foto 2021 nidificacio ausThe Formentera Department of Environment reports that an array of measures in recent months designed to guarantee appropriate water flow in Estany Pudent have the twofold objective of ensuring sanitary conditions and enabling bird nesting.

With the blessing of Ses Salines nature reserve management and the national coastal authority, municipal personnel positioned bags of gravel to reduce the incoming flow of water. The stopgap measure has so far proven effective, with Estany Pudent registering water levels far below normal levels, circumstances which are conducive to nesting birds. While authority on species preservation lies with the Govern balear, Formentera’s government collaborates with the regional administration on such issues.

The Consell maintains constant communication with the firm contracted to manage Formentera’s salt pans in order to ensure an coordinated monitoring of water levels. FDE staff insist that though many birds vie for nearby nesting sites, current physical limitations mean the number of couples the pond can accommodate is limited.

The current measure is viewed as a Band-aid until a permanent lock-gate is installed. The Consell has begun related legwork and brought in an outside firm to draft a project so reproductions of the original Sa Sequi lock-gates can be made. The salt-mining firm has proposed its own strategy, however, given the area in question is classified as a cultural interest site (BIC) and a briefing from the Regional Environmental Commission requires permits to be issued before action is taken, that proposal is currently under review.

Illegal construction in a protected space
On 6 March, the Consell ordered crews to halt works which the contract holder had commissioned unilaterally, without permits and without the go-ahead of the coastal authority or the Balearic natural spaces office. The project, for which the company had also failed to draft a highway impact study, involved installation of three lock-gates under PM 820-2. Given features protruding into the highway, the installation appeared dangerous, particularly for motorists. Agents of the national coastal authority, FDE and local inspection service stopped the operation so it could first be assessed and requests issued for related permits, and to guarantee the safety of individuals traveling on the highway.

10 April 2021
Communications Department
Consell de Formentera

With Barnasants, Pau Riba returns to celebrate 50 years since made-on-Formentera recording

foto pau ribasConsell de Formentera and Barnasants renew partnership to bring independent singer-songwriters to the island and promote hometown talent offshore

Pau Riba tops bill on 17 April with 50th anniversary tribute to locally-recorded Jo, la Donya i el gripau

Under Barnasants banner, local act Imaràntia take latest album to Barcelona and Palma

The Formentera Department of Culture reports that half a century after performer Pau Ribas cut Jo, la Donya i el gripau on the island, on Saturday 17 April, Formentera will welcome the singer back for an 8.00pm concert at the Sant Francesc cinema (Sala de Cultura). Attendees are asked to pay what they can, and email bookings are open till 10.00am the Friday before the function (reserves@conselldeformentera.cat). Over a decade since the singer’s last local show, Riba returns this time under the aegis of Barnasants, ready to dazzle crowds with his poetic universe. And let fans be advised: old-time favourites and, in these times of pandemic, reconciliation with the natural world are expected.

Three years into the Formentera-Barnasants collaboration and amid hard times for musicians in particular and cultural productions in general, Susana Labrador said organisers had shown “an unwavering will” to push ahead with festival plans. The culture chief asserted Formentera was “thrilled to be part of it still”, confiding, “We’re also looking forward to the concert from Pau Riba, and seeing hometown acts get their voices heard off the island”.

Clara Fiol and Joan Vallbona
When Clara Fiol and Joan Vallbona play to Centre Gabrielet at 8.00pm on 1 May, it will be the pair’s second local performance. It’s three years since the two began sharing their boundary-pushing brand of music and lyrics, the fusion of Vallbona’s electric guitar soundscape and Fiol’s tradition-steeped crooning. After releasing Silueta in 2018 on the Ona Musical label, the duo return with Petiteses, an ode to simplicity built around an admixture of originals and covers. Their Barnasants performance is co-presented by the Formentera chapter of Obra Cultural Balear, first-time sponsors at this year’s festival. Capacity is limited to thirty spectators.

Barnasants and Formentera, a strategic alliance
Considering the festival’s mission of connecting and promoting independent singer-songwriters, the decision to extend the Barnasants-Formentera alliance a third straight year owes much to Formentera’s primacy on the cultural map.

Round-trip journey
Barnasants has always been about forging a network where artists from the Catalan-speaking territories can share their work with non-local audiences. So, in due form, the festival won’t just be the occasion for Formentera to greet visiting acts, it will also find Formentera musicians performing on Mallorca and in Catalunya. In that spirit, with frontwoman Maria José Cardona, Imaràntia will present their latest effort to audiences in Palma and Barcelona.

FORMENTERA ACTS
Imaràntia
Friday 9 April – Teatre Mar i Terra [Palma, Mallorca] – 7.00pm
Thursday 15 April – Harlem Jazz Club [Barcelona] – 7.45pm
The local trio’s Formentera-inspired sophomore effort aims for emotional resonance without sacrificing 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.

9 April 2021
Communications Department
Consell de Formentera

Upgrades at children’s play area in Ses Bardetes

foto 2021 parc ses bardetes BThe Formentera Department of Island Services is taking the lead on various improvements and upkeep at children’s play areas across the island. This week, in response to petitions from nearby residents, crews will put up a safety fence around the perimeter of Ses Bardetes park. The operations, which carry an estimated cost of €4,864.13, will also enable access by people with reduced mobility and involve replacement of the previous entry gate, which was prone to frequent breakdown. Rubber will also be refitted at Illes Pitiüses park in La Savina and, opposite Marc Ferrer secondary school, at Frank Jackson park in Sant Francesc.

8 April 2021
Communications Department
Consell de Formentera

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