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Formentera celebrates All Saints’ Day with screenings of fantasy and terror shorts

cartell 2020 curtmetratgesThe Formentera Department of Culture reports that on Friday 30 October, islanders are invited to an evening of fantasy- and terror-themed short films organised by the Barcelona International and Short Animation Film Festival (Mecal) in association with the Formentera Film Festival.

Screenings will start at 7.30pm in the Sala de Cultura (Cinema). Admission is free, but reservations are required to attend (email requests may be sent to reserves@conselldeformentera.cat). Public health measures will be observed.

Shorts in the special evening of terror will be screened from Spain, Switzerland, Netherlands, Norway, Peru, United Kingdom and France.

Films include:

El Juego - The Game (Peru, 2019)
Swipe (Netherlands, 2019)
The Dreamer (Norway, 2019)
Who’s that at the back of the bus? (UK, 2018)
Cerdita (Spain, 2018) Youth Jury Prize, Formentera Film 2019
The girl in the snow (Switzerland, 2017)
Le crayon (Belgium-France-Switzerland, 2017)
9 pasos (Spain, 2018)
Horrorscope (Spain, 2019)
A little taste (Spain, 2019)

Mecal is regarded as one of the most firmly-rooted of Spain’s film festivals, with quality, diversity and originality considered trademark characteristics. The All Saints’ Day evening of screenings has been put together in association with Formentera Film Festival, whose organisers have actively sought collaborative projects with distinct festivals since the very start of FFF. From 25 to 27 November, the organising arm of FFF will join forces with Espai F to host Cinema als quatre vents, where guests of La Mola’s Casa del Poble can catch jury favourites from the 21st Soria International Short Film Fest.

23 October 2020
Department of Communications
Consell de Formentera

Winter hours in effect at La Mola lighthouse

foto 2020 far de la molaThe Formentera Department of Culture reports that low-season hours will henceforth be observed at El Far de la Mola. The lighthouse will be open for visits 10.00am to 2.00pm, Tuesday to Saturday, with weekly closures Sundays and Mondays.

A monument to civil engineering, La Mola’s lighthouse was designed by Emili Pou Bonet and completed in 1861. Today the building houses a space which is devoted to culture and to showcasing the island’s maritime heritage. It is divided into two clearly distinct exhibition spaces. The permanent exhibition explores its main focus —the sea— from a variety of angles: the marine environment, natural resources management, navigation and light signals. A second space is dedicated to temporary art exhibits.

General admission is €4.50, though residents of the Balearic Islands, youth under 18 and unemployed individuals enter free (pensioners and students get in at a reduced rate of €2.50).

20 October 2020
Department of Communications
Consell de Formentera

Consell offers courses and workshops for adults

cartell 2020 cursos 2The Department of Culture and Education and Department of Commerce of the Consell de Formentera present the autumn and winter catalogue of adult courses and workshops. The covid-19 crisis, new sanitary and safety protocol and capacity restrictions mean a number of offerings —Teresa Matilla’s craft and painting clinic, Aaron Keydar’s woodcutting course and Silvia Jobani’s pottery workshop— will only be able to accommodate previously enrolled students.

Enrolment is still open for the beginners’ course on digital photography by Jose Antonio Arribas. Eight hours of instruction will be spread across two units, 23–28 November and 14–19 December. Classes will blend theory with hands-on learning so students can learn a range of photo techniques inside the classroom and out. This course is for anyone who wants to get the most out of their camera or to dive deep into an array of photographic disciplines. Tuition is €60, with a 30% reduction available for students under 30 and retirees.

Signing up
Registration can be completed at the Oficina d’Atenció al Ciutadà (“Citizen Information Office”/ OAC) or online on the OVAC.

19 October 2020
Department of Communications
Consell de Formentera

“Árboles y tal...”, the newest exhibit from Robert P. Hawkins, takes up residence at Centre ‘Gabrielet’

cartell 2020 arboles y talBack on the island that the artist has called home part of every year and where he has exhibited work since the eighties, Robert P. Hawkins (Boston, 1948) today prepares to share a selection of recent pieces at Centre Antoni Tur ‘Gabrielet’. With Árboles y tal..., Hawkins presents variously sized oil canvasses inspired by Formentera landscapes and offering particular prominence to trees and plants.

Beginning its run this Saturday 17 October at 7.00pm, the exhibit will be open 11.00am to 2.00pm and 6.00pm to 8.00pm until 26 October. Closed Sundays and Mondays.

15 October 2020
Department of Communications
Consell de Formentera

Sala de Cultura (Cinema) and Palau de Congressos host “La Zanja”, an exploration of clashing civilisations and conflicting life visions

cartell 2020 la zanjaTitzina Teatro are back in the Pine Islands to present their latest production: La Zanja. Fruit of the research and anthropological journalism of the troupe’s two members, playwrights/directors/actors Pako Merino and Diego Lorca, the production finds the pair taking a tragicomic look at the clash of European and American civilisations and the two continents’ shared history. Crowds can catch the 8.30pm show on 22 October at the Eivissa Palau de Congressos (Santa Eulària) and two days later, Saturday 24 October, at Formentera’s Sala de Cultura (Cinema).

La Zanja tells the story of Miguel, an employee of a multinational mining firm, as he arrives on assignment in South America. Awaiting the “discoverer” are the mayor and community in the town where the mine is located. What follows Miguel’s arrival is a meeting of two worlds and of two world visions. The ambitions, opportunities and consequences of the newly launched mine will mark the future of the town and relations between neighbours.

Diego Lorca and Pako Merino’s fifth creation is the product of an unhurried and deliberate process. As with the pair’s other projects, La Zanja springs from sweeping research in anthropological journalism, as well as interviews and time spent living with the story’s protagonists. The appeal of Titzina Teatro’s tragicomic and minimalist productions is universal: Sueños de psiquiátrico dealt with insanity; Entrañas wrestled with war; and Exitus came to terms with death.

For Merino and Lorca, making La Zanja meant moving to Peru to research a community polarised by the extractive economy and picking apart the entangled stories of Francisco Pizarro and Atahualpa in 1532. The work led to the trailhead of the relationship between two worlds hitherto unknown to one another: Europe and America.

La Zanja is part of PLATEA, a programme for the dissemination of the performing arts organised by the Spanish Ministry of Culture’s Insitute of Performing Arts and Music (INAEM).

Tickets for the 22 October show at the Palau de Congressos can be purchased for €15 (plus handling costs) at www.santaeulariadesriu.com and www.festivalbarruguet.com, or €20 at the box office an hour before showtime. Tickets for the 24 October show at Formentera’s Sala de Cultura (Cinema) are €7 for viewers over 25, €5 for youth and free for the unemployed or self-employed individuals currently out of work. Space is limited and reservations must be made before 10.00am on Friday 23 October by emailing reserves@conselldeformentera.cat.

The troupe
Diego Lorca and Pako Merino met at Paris’s Jacques Lecoq International School of Theatre in 1999. After studying and working in a multitude of global troupes, Lorca and Merino launched Titzina in Cerdanyola del Vallès (Barcelona).

Over the years, Titzina have cemented their status as a creative troupe with a style all their own (some refer to the “Titzina Quality Seal”). Anthropological journalism, as Titzina refer to their stock in trade, entails interviews and cohabitation with subjects. The research finds Lorca and Merino exploring the lives of others and often unknown realities in a bid to present humans’ most remarkable aspects, from a place of humour, a place of irony, and at the same time, a place of tragedy.

Titzina’s productions strive to get viewers to ask questions and reflect on the most common —and at the same time, the most profound— issues that we as humans face. By essentialising aspects of play, and with razor-sharp attention to detail, they create a final product that is flawless.

14 October 2020
Department of Communications
Consell de Formentera

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