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De-escalation: another 3 cultural spaces open on Formentera

foto 2020 c.biblio oberturaThe Formentera Department of Culture is reopening three more cultural centres between today and Monday 1 June. The Marià Villangómez library and La Mola’s Casa del Poble both open their doors tomorrow (Thursday 28 May) and the municipal exhibition space (Sala d’Exposicions ‘Ajuntament Vell’) is scheduled to open Monday 1 June. Visitors will notice reductions in capacity at the spaces and Covid-19 safety protocol in place.

Biblioteca Marià Villangómez, open again
The library will open Monday, Tuesday and Thursday from 4.30pm to 7.30pm and Wednesday/Friday from 10.30am to 1.30pm

-Printing service
Library users can perform copy and print jobs by appointment—or cita prèvia—which can be requested by sending an email to reprografia@conselldeformentera.cat. Be sure to attach the document to be printed and to specify the number of copies and whether you wish to have them in black and white or colour.

Eight consultation stations will be set up for 20-minute sessions. All consulted material will be kept in quarantine for 14 days.

-Computer lab
Four computers will be made available for 20-minute turns, only in afternoons. An appointment is recommended (reprografia@conselldeformentera.cat).

Visitors to the library must maintain a two-metre distance between each other and library personnel. Hands must be sanitised and a mask must be worn, and use of gloves is recommended.

Both the children’s space and library collections will remain closed to the public. Donations, inter-library lending and in-person cultural activities are all temporarily suspended as well. The Sant Ferran library connection remains closed too.

Lending service, which began 14 May, continues by appointment (biblioteca@conselldeformentera.cat; 971 32 33 86 [4.30pm-7.30pm, Monday-Friday]). Inquiries regarding library holdings and the rest of the catalogue can be made at www.cabib.uib.es. Questions about bibliographical information and the lending service can also be directed at the front desk.

The returns box is operational during library hours. All returned material is held in 14-day quarantine before being reincorporated into the catalogue.

Casa del Poble, La Mola
When La Mola’s Casa del Poble reopens tomorrow (Thursday), visitors will find the satellite library (punt de lectura), computer lab and bar-cafeteria, all operated in line with safety and hygiene protocol. Hours are Monday to Friday, 6.00pm to 9.00pm. Seniors’ club gatherings are not yet permitted.

-Satellite library
Material can be checked out and dropped off by appointment only. Contact casadelpobledelamola@gmail.com.

-Computer lab
Five computers can be used by appointment (casadelpobledelamola@gmail.com).

The interior and terrace can accommodate half of normal capacity if distance and other safety protocol are observed.
Minimum two metres between tables or table groups.
No more than 15 per table or table group.

-Multipurpose room
To remain below 30% normal capacity, cultural events may be attended by no more than 12 individuals, seated two metres apart.

Sala d’Exposicions ‘Ajuntament Vell’
Opening doors anew on Monday 1 June, the municipal gallery welcomes a fresh exhibition from Mar Ample titled “L’ombra del temps”. The artist presents a series of oversize paper creations where the true stars of the show are the white of the paper and the shadows traced by light.

Visiting hours are 11.00am to 2.00pm and 6.00pm to 8.00pm. The gallery is closed Sundays and Monday mornings, and the show ends Saturday 13 June.

Safety and hygiene protocol will be in effect at the Sala d’Exposicions and maximum capacity is set at five. Visits will be individual (not limited to individual persons, but individual groups of up to six). Larger group visits are not allowed. Visitors must wait and maintain physical distancing outside the gallery until notified it is time to enter. Visits will be conducted in one direction only, respecting the established entry and exit points.

Safety protocol at Casa del Poble and Sala d’Exposicions
Masks must be worn whenever the safe two-metre distance between individuals cannot be respected. Hand sanitiser will be available.

28 May 2020
Department of Communications
Consell de Formentera

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.

cartell visiblesfest
22 April 2020
Department of Communications
Consell de Formentera

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