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Formentera Film youth programme, deep-dives on affective-sexual diversity and European Youth Week form core of May calendar at Casal

foto 2021 FF BThe Formentera Department of Youth Services announces the activities programme for this May at the island’s youth drop-in centre. The kick-off came at 8.30pm last Saturday, with screenings in the Casal courtyard from Formentera Film’s youth section. Seven shorts spanned fiction, animation and documentaries, and the crowd enjoyed “extrafest” features and scored a first-ever look at the street dance video shot in April with participants in the Casal de Joves’ dance course.

This week’s programme includes a movie night on Wednesday, TikTok contest on Thursday, table tennis tournament on Friday and talent show on Saturday.

On 12 and 26 May it’s the return of “Xerrades en línea”, a virtual lecture series presented in association with Chrysallis to create a shared space for learning and reflections on respect and affective diversity. And on Saturday 15 May, the International Day of Families will be celebrated with an outing to a trademark Formentera location.

Spring is a time for flowers and plants, so Friday 21 May will come with a workshop on making natural oils. Then on Tuesday 25 May, island youth can catch a talk on Molinet, a local project involving social currency.

European Youth Week
Youth chief Vanessa Parellada took special care to highlight activities related to European Youth Week, which she said were designed to “empower Casal youth, speaking to their interests and requests for deeper connections between Casal staff, the local youth department and island youngsters”. Related activities include a mountain bike ride on Saturday 22 May and a graffiti workshop on Saturday 29 May.

For more information, visit the Casal from 4.00pm to 10.00pm, Tuesday to Saturday, send an email to casal@conselldeformentera.cat, or send a message on Instagram (@casaldejovesformentera). Meanwhile, street dance classes continue 4.30pm to 5.30pm, Tuesday to Friday at the Antoni Blanc sports centre.


3 May 2021
Communications Department
Consell de Formentera

Newly renovated pool reopens Wednesday with activities

foto 2021 piscina AThe Formentera Department of Sport reports that the municipal pool will reopen Wednesday after upgrades were carried out on the facility’s air-conditioning system and waterproofing. Since January, crews have installed a replacement dehumidifier and performed maintenance and waterproofing on the roof, not to mention upgraded changing rooms and instructor spaces, installed energy-saving bulbs in indoor lighting fixtures, repaired the pool bassin, installed new pipes in the boiler room and done general upkeep like painting and cleaning.

One of the primary tasks was replacement of the dehumidifier — a machine that was originally installed fifteen years ago when the pool was still covered, and which had reached the end of its useful life. Installation of the €102,850 replacement machine concluded an administrative process that had started last year and which was blocked for a time by the invocation of emergency orders.

Deputy premiere and temporary FDS chair Ana Juan welcomed news of the completion and apologised to islanders for the wait. The process hasn’t been easy, she insisted. Work suffered setbacks and snags, Juan said, some related to the pandemic, some not. And crews took the opportunity to do other repairs and maintenance in changing rooms and common areas. Juan told islanders to expect “a safer and newly improved indoor pool” and hailed the return of supervised activities, on hold since the start of the pandemic.

Return of supervised activities
Suspended since the onset of the pandemic, supervised activities like aquafitness and gentle gymnastics are also back on the agenda. Appointments and visits can be scheduled from tomorrow by calling 971 321 240.

As per safety protocol now in place, free swims will last forty-five minutes, showers can be used for fifteen minutes, and changing room lockers will remain off limits. Pool equipment may be used and once used, it must be disinfected. Children under the age of 16 must be accompanied and visitors may only remove their masks to exercise.

 
3 May 2021
Communications Department
Consell de Formentera

Formentera cinema’s newest features, “Idò mata’ls” and “Idò remata’ls”, cast island-folk in a gangster saga

cartell 2021 ido matalsThis Friday and Sunday at Formentera’s Sala de Cultura–Cinema, two short films from Ibizan director Javier Riera are part of a saga whose roots stretch back to 2005. That’s when Riera, then a youthful student in audiovisual arts, wrote and filmed Idò mata’l  as a 25-minute send-up of his film noir favourites set against the unmistakeable backdrop of the White Isle. Shot with the help of friends, Riera’s short wins Sant Antoni Short Film Fest’s audience pick, and in one fell swoop secures Idò mata’l an overnight cult following for the filmmaker’s deft combination of surreal humour, cinematic nods and everyday elements of cultura eivissenca.

Fast-forward eleven years. Not only is the saga’s first instalment still fresh in fans’ minds, but a production company is now in the wings, and Riera sets out to make a sequel. Idò remata’ls is filmed with a new set of tools and the familiar shoestring budget. Boosted by financial backing from a GoFundMe initiative and a uniquely spirited social media campaign, the short becomes a breakout hit and instant archetype of Pine Islands humour.

Idò mata’ls and Idò remata’ls will play at the local Sala de Cultura–Cinema from 8.00pm on Friday and Saturday (7 and 9 May). Tickets are available at www.entradesformentera.cat or thirty minutes before showtime at the box office.

3 May 2021
Communications Department
Consell de Formentera

Consell extends grace period on seaside kitesurfing till 15 May

foto 2021 kitesurfThe Formentera Department of Environment has issued a decree setting 15 May as the date the currently suspended kitesurfing ban will be reinstated at Formentera beaches. The ban, which applies to the shoreline and swimming areas, 200 metres from shoreline to sea and 50 metres from shoreline inland, typically takes effect 1 May.

FDE chair Antonio J Sanz explained that, with Covid-19 assuring a slow trickle of beachgoers and following a request from the local kitesurfers’ group to elongate the grace period, the Consell deemed it provided kitesurfing rules are respected. Sanz held up islanders’ growing enthusiasm for the sport in recent times, pointing to Formentera’s October 2020 hosting of Fórmula Kite Spain.

Local government is currently looking at ways to retool the municipal bylaw and define particular areas of the coastline for distinct seasonal activities so kitesurfers and beachgoers can share the seaboard.

1 May 2021
Communications Department
Consell de Formentera

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