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Marià Villangómez library resumes lending and returns

cartell covid biblio CATStarting tomorrow, Thursday 14 May, the Formentera Department of Culture will once again offer islanders the possibility of borrowing and returning material at Biblioteca Marià Villangómez. Individuals wishing to check out documents must schedule an appointment by sending an email to biblioteca@conselldeformentera.cat or telephoning 971 32 33 86 between 4.15pm and 7.15pm, Monday to Friday. Catalogue inquiries will also be tended by email or over the phone. The lending service will be open weekdays from 5.00pm to 7.00pm.

Education and culture chief Susana Labrador called it “the first step towards the island’s cultural and educational reboot” and insisted the goal was to “give islanders access to as many public services as possible, including cultural programming off-line”. “Preventing the spread of Covid-19 means a maximum level of safety must be involved”, she said, “so the process will take some time”.

A box will be set up at the door of the library building for drop-offs made between 11.00am and 1.00pm or 4.00pm and 5.00pm, Monday to Friday. Librarygoers can also drop off documents they’ve borrowed when they go in for an appointment. Returned material will be placed in quarantine for a fortnight.

Whether checking something out or making a return, library visitors must respect two-metre physical distancing requirements and apply hand sanitiser. Face masks will also be recommended.

The library will not be available for document review or studying. And in addition to the computer lab remaining closed, neither the printing and photocopy service nor Wi-Fi will be available for the time being. No in-person activities will take place during confinement de-escalation.

13 May 2020
Department of Communications
Consell de Formentera

International Dance Day

Cartell 2020 Dia de la DansaTomorrow, the Consell de Formentera will celebrate International Dance Day by hosting a projection of several very special videos made by students of the School of Music and Dance and the youth drop-in centre’s Dansa Urbana course. Recent years have seen dancers giving public demonstrations to mark the day. While this year they were unable to congregate, at least physically, the event unfolded virtually instead.

Tomorrow, Wednesday, International Dance Day, the “Formentera es queda a casa” (Formentera is staying home) Facebook page will host a video mashup of local celebrations in years past, plus a demo shot during confinement by students of the School of Music and Dance and Casal de Joves.

28 April 2020
Department of Communications
Consell de Formentera

Consell backs revival of “ADN” comic, 20 years in the making

foto 2020 ADNThe Formentera Departments of Culture and Language Policies are supporting publication of the fanzine ADN, the first comic in the Balearic Islands and from today, a returning feature on bookstore shelves on Formentera and in participating Eivissa locations.

In commemoration of Sant Jordi Day, Col·lectiu ADN and Espai F are unveiling the first in what they are calling a new era for the comic. A product of the digital revolution, today’s issue comes with the notable addition, for the first time in the comic’s history, of colour. The Consell covered layout costs and purchased fifty copies which will be kept at local libraries and be donated to the island’s primary and secondary schools.

The issue offers up collaborations in varying genres, especially comic, but readers will also find short narrations, illustrations, poetry, critical review and history. In addition to new talent like Guillem Marí, Joan Escandell, Lluís Ferrer Ferrer, Paula Tikas, Jan Ribas, Pilar Mena, Xico Mayans and Cecília Lemoine on the comic’s 16-strong team of collaborators, veteran followers will find that other faces —Juan Moreno, Vicent Ferrer, Jordi Soldevila, Joan Torres, Neus Costa, Santiago Colomar, Joan Francesc Ferrer and Alfredo Boto— are familiar.

Col·lectiu ADN was the name used to promote a motley crew of illustrators, screenwriters, poets, painters and other artisans whose efforts stretched from 1985 into present day. The artists and writers—mostly from Formentera, though some hailed from Barcelona, Eivissa and places outside Spain—published their efforts in two fanzines: ADN and Cosmos Factory.

First Catalan-language comics in the Balearics
In the 1980s, Col·lectiu ADN’s publications appeared amid Spain’s comic boom and the subsequent rise of fanzines. A fanzine itself, Catalan-language ADN was a regional forerunner, even predating the 1986 adoption of Balearic legislation to normalise Catalan’s place in society.

Frequent contributors were Juan Moreno, Pep Morna, Vicent Escandell and Vicent Ferrer, though ADN and Cosmos Factory had other help as well. Vicent Roig-Francolí, Juanjo Sarto, Luis Alberto Maldonado, Alfredo Boto, Georges Bess, Enric Riera, Antoni Tur “Gabrielet” and Joan Marí de la Fuente are just some of the creators who, along with Juan Moreno, would ultimately earn recognition outside Formentera and cultivate celebrated careers in painting, illustration, literature and communication.

In commemoration of the group’s thirty-year anniversary, five years ago, the local Department of Culture reprinted a 400-plus-page volume containing the 11 issues of ADN and Cosmos Factory that Col·lectiu ADN put out between 1985 to 1998. More than the occasion for the group’s members to catch up, the publication would be the driving impulse behind ADN’s return.

23 April 2020
Department of Communications
Consell de Formentera


The LGTBI arm of the Consell de Formentera announces that the island’s government will add its name to an initiative included in the “V for visible” campaign of the National Federation of Lesbians, Gays, Bisexuals and Transsexuals’s (FELGTB) working group for policies affecting lesbians. The aim of the initiative is to increase the visibility of lesbians during confinement and offer a window of support to lesbian women.

A virtual exhibit dubbed “Lesbianes visibles” will be staged on Sunday 26 April, a day which has been dedicated to lesbian visibility. Anyone interested in participating is encouraged to send a selfie with a message of support for the group and to forward it to lallavedelarmario@gmail.com. Entries will be posted to the @FELGTB Instagram account between 12 noon and 2.00pm on the Sunday of the event.

Discussions are being organised to invite reflection about the role and visibility of lesbian women in areas like education, sport, culture and feminism.

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22 April 2020
Department of Communications
Consell de Formentera

Something for everyone as Formentera’s Sant Jordi Day celebrations go virtual

cartell 2020 st jordiThe island’s Department of Culture, libraries and Language Advisory Service have come up with a virtual activities programme to celebrate Sant Jordi Day (St George’s Day) on Thursday 23 April. The programme can be seen on the Sant Francesc library’s new Facebook page, “Biblioteca Marià Villangómez”, which launches today, Monday 20 April, marking the holiday when people offer books and roses as gifts. Details about the programme will be posted on 23 April to the “Formentera es queda a casa” page on Facebook, which will also contain content shared as the week progresses on the library’s new social media page.

As education and culture consellera Susana Labrador put it, “for a special day like this one, we knew it was worth doing a confinement-friendly version”, directing islanders to social media to find “loads of all-ages activities about reading, books and fantasy”. Labrador said the idea behind this year’s catchphrase, “Llegeix i viatjaràs” (Read and you’ll travel), was to remind people that “when we read we can travel without leaving the house—a proposition that’s likely to appeal to an increasingly wide audience these days”.

The programme kicks off at 12 noon, when organisers are planning to take to Facebook to launch a daily game of literature-themed questions called “Superlectors” (Superreaders). Each day that follows will come with the answer to the previous day’s query as well as a new question. At 3pm from Monday to Friday, a reading recommendation will be posted as well.

At 5.00pm Xènia Fuertes will serve up her own thoughts and recommendations for Sant Jordi, while two hours later, writer Josep Rubio, who is best known to formenterencs as the presenter of the island’s daily radio broadcast, Ràdio Illa’s De Far a Far, will dish on his book “Formentera: Una mirada enrere”.

At 5.00pm artist Maristela Campana will guide children through a creative workshop to make Sant Jordi roses. Two hours later, writer and Eivissa native Nora Albert will browse through the newest edition of her book “Mots i brases” as well as other publications as she curates a Sant Jordi Day recommendation of her own.

At 5.00pm artist Célia Ruiz will share with Formentera youngsters a clip of a made-for-kids clown show, and at 7.00pm, Lluís Ferrer will discuss the comics he created with illustrator Jaume Escandell.

Thursday, Sant Jordi Day
Formentera’s Language Advisory Service has signed on to “Per Sant Jordi, una paraula” (For Sant Jordi, a word)—the regional government’s initiative to encourage youth in the island’s to think about their favourite word in Catalan and share it. Like the sound of tomata? How about atzavara? Fonoll is a good one. Or maybe you’d pick robapàgines. Decide which Catalan word makes your ears tingle and on 23 April, post it on social media under the hashtag #parauladesantjordi. You can share thoughts on the word, a text containing it, an explanation of why you chose it... You be the judge of how to customise your contribution: write it, record a video, take a picture... Mull it over, pin down a word and share it. And remember to include “#parauladesantjordi”!

At 12 noon, a group from the local chapter of Obra Cultural formed by poets Maria Teresa Ferrer, Esteve Portas, Mireia Bernabeu and Neus Costa will offer up their own tailor-made and filmed-at-home poetry recital.

At 5.00pm, specialist Maira Vila will lead participants through a Sant Jordi-themed online mini clinic on lettering.

And what would the day be without the Sant Jordi dragon? At 6.00pm, artist and storyteller Xènia Fuertes will perform “El Drac refredat”, sharing with youngsters one of the most important parts of Sant Jordi: the magic of storytelling.

At 7.00pm, Eivissa author-turned-Formentera resident Carles Torres will close out the programme with a presentation of his novel “Els Cossos elèctics”.

Last up, Friday will see a 5.00pm post with snapshots of the Sant Jordi roses made at Tuesday’s workshop, followed by a literary recommendation from Ramon Mayol at 7.00pm.

The wide-ranging Sant Jordi Day programme marks the launch of the library’s Facebook page, which, for the duration of confinement, will serve as a showcase for weekly reading recommendations and questions put to readers. At the end of confinement, the page will promote and disseminate details about local libraries’ monthly lineups of activities.

20 April 2020
Department of Communications
Consell de Formentera

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