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Tenth year of course on integration

Foto curs integracio 2018Yesterday marked the end of the tenth edition of a course on social and cultural integration. Eleven students successfully completed the twenty-hour course.


The classes are mainly geared towards immigrants, particularly those wishing to renew their residence permit, prepare for the CCSE citizenship test or demonstrate integration during the early phases of their stay in Spain. Topics covered will include Spain's constitutional values, human rights and civil liberties, the Balearic Statute of Autonomy, the European Union and gender equality, among others. Aimed at familiarising students with the various subjects and helping them obtain the associated accreditation.

Formentera's Festa Intercultural is back

Foto interculturalFormentera's Office of Social Welfare unveiled today the programme of the sixteenth Festa Intercultural. The gathering was attended by Vanessa Parellada, Maribel Jiménez, and Marta Clavelo, the island's social welfare secretary, the organiser of the event, and the chairwoman of one organising body known as Associació Intercultural.

With a title meaning “Multicultural Party” in Catalan, the Festa will take place Sunday, April 8. This year organisers have opted to hold the event in es Pujols's plaça d'Europa, where some twenty countries and Spanish provinces will have representation. In the words of Councillor Parellada, “the idea is to experience, feel and thoroughly enjoy the cultures here that make us richer”. Indeed, a handful of associated activities (regional dance classes and world storytelling, for example) have already provided islanders a taste of some of that cultural richness.

Ticket sales
With the Festa's move this year to plaça Europa, an open venue, admission to the event will remain open as well. Tickets, which can be purchased for four euros at two different vending stands, permit their holder to enjoy five sample dishes. Children under 12 will be offered a free ticket entitling them to three sample dishes.

Gastronomy
From 2.00pm to 3.30pm, attendees will be treated to an assortment of fine-dining flavours from the event's various stands. Among the signature world dishes expected to make appearances are asado, paella, couscous and nasi goreng.

Cuba, Chile, Italy, Colombia, Dominican Republic, Morocco, Argentina, Bolivia, Indonesia, Paraguay, Germany, Ecuador and Venezuela, plus Catalunya, Galicia, the Valencian country, Asturias, Castilla la Mancha, Andalusia and Formentera, are some of the twenty nations and peoples whose cuisines and cultures will be represented at the event.

Games for children
The Festa Intercultural begins at 12.30pm. Then, at 1.00pm, island youth will find a dizzying array of kid-friendly activities like workshops, inflatable toys, traditional games and even a pint-size gymkhana. Boots on the ground for the event will be provided by youth workers from s'Espurna on Eivissa and support from Fundació Obra Social “La Caixa”.

Musical performances
Many countries and regions will also stage musical performances at the event. There will be African dance, Formentera's own ball pagès, salsa, performer Ricardito (alias “el sabor de Cuba”), Venezuelan folk music, Galician gaiters, bachata, merengue, cumbia and a show-closing set by DJ Pharma.

Green practices and event security
Hoping once again to place special emphasis on being earth smart, the Festa's organisers are asking attendees this year's event to bring their own reusable plates and glasses (glass no, please—help avoid potentially dangerous accidents). Recycling bins and ashtrays will be arrayed around the grounds.

Organisers are also calling on islanders to participate by volunteering at this year's Festa. Interested parties can click here or visit the social welfare office (àrea de Benestar Social) for more information about volunteering at this and other events.

Newest wave of PIMEF training courses

curs jornades formatives fent pimefPIMEF, Formentera's coalition of small and medium-sized business owners, is putting on a new round of day-long training sessions called “Fent Pimef”.

The seven associated courses will be held at the group's head office from April 4-30. Paid for by the Formentera Council, the classes are free and open to the public. The training is provided for in an agreement, signed by PIMEF and Formentera Council representatives, for business-related training and consultancy.

TRAINING PROGRAMMES
April 4 Selecting staff. Who's choosing who? 4.00pm to 8.00pm. PIMEF headquarters

April 9 Preventing drug and alcohol consumption. 4.00pm to 8.00pm. PIMEF headquarters

April 10 Sell more with the Internet (without setting up your own website). 4.00pm to 8.00pm. PIMEF headquarters

April 12 Communication and social skills. 4.00pm to 8.00pm. PIMEF headquarters

April 24, 26 and 30 Semi-automatic defibrillators. 4.30pm to 8.00pm. PIMEF headquarters

April 11 and 13 Burnout. Mindfulness for stressful work. 4.00pm to 7.00pm. PIMEF headquarters

April 16, 18 and 23 Photography for businesses. 6.00pm to 8.00pm. PIMEF headquarters

Registration is open now. Call 971 32 25 20 or send an email to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Formentera offers courses in traditional world dances

curs de ballMarch 19-27, the Formentera Council's Office of Social Welfare will offer a course on dances of the world. The free classes are part of programming for the island's sixteenth Festa Intercultural scheduled to take place Sunday, April 8.

Department head Vanessa Parellada highlighted the importance of offering classes to “push dance—whether from far-off lands or right here at home—into the consciousness of islanders”and, in so doing, create a kind of “cultural synergy” among attendees.

Classes will be held afternoons from Monday the 19th to Friday the 23rd and pick up again on Monday the 26th and Tuesday the 27th. Iris Palomo will teach attendees the local blend of dance known as ball pagès (literally “farmers' dancing”) while Jassmin Londoño is scheduled to head up instruction on Dominican bachata, Cuban salsa and cumbia, a dance popularised in Argentina and Colombia.

Participants will have a chance to show their moves on a dedicated stage during the Festa Intercultural.

Here and now: Formentera welcomes expo's 'transformative look' at volunteer work

expo fest intercultural 018Formentera's Office of Social Welfare reports on the opening this Wednesday of a photo display in Sant Francesc's central plaza. In El voluntariat: una mirada transformadora, Yago Soria shares the reflective take on volunteer work that earned him the Art Jove prize in a recent contest of young photographers.

The travelling, twelve-piece display of 1.2-metre wide prints and accompanying texts is presented by the regional minister of culture, participation and sport. Part of Soria's quest to provide visibility to volunteering in the Balearics, the show has already made stops in Palma and at the Universitat de les Illes Balears and plans are afoot for more on Eivissa and Menorca.

Volunteer on Formentera
Formentera currently possesses a strategy to coordinate local volunteer work. Islanders keen to join the Council's catalogue of registered volunteers can sign up via the Agenda Cultural linked to the Formentera Council website. There, hopeful volunteer workers can access the registry, details, a link to the explicative text posted on the Balearic Islands' official gazette, informational brochures and the form to register. (https://goo.gl/nwCpw2)

Volunteer workers for April 8's Festa Intercultural
The Council wishes to launch a call to all islanders interested in volunteering to assist the organisation of the sixteenth Festa Intercultural, Sunday, April 8 at Mestre Lluís Andreu primary school. Volunteers can register for that and other events by following the above link or visiting the Office of Social Welfare (àrea de Benestar Social).

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