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'Tales for moon-talking'—kids' storytime scheduled for Sant Francesc library

cartell contes rgb-1-The Formentera Council's culture department reports that at 5.30 pm, Friday February 15, Biblioteca Marià Villangómez will host a family-friendly storytelling session with families and the librarian Joana L. Guirado from Biblioteca Vicent Serra Orvay on Eivissa. Formentera families are encouraged to come out for the event too, which will also feature artist Xènia Fuertes.

Similar to what's already been done on Eivissa, the goal is to form a local group of parents of young children from zero to four and meet at 6.00pm on the first Friday of the month “to get-together and show the magic of storytelling to young ones”, said chief librarian Lilián Heinrichs. Xènia Fuertes will also be on hand for the thirty-minute sessions.

“Friday February 15 parents from Eivissa will come to our library to show us what their storytime is like”, the librarian added. The initiative is about creating a gathering place for families where tots can cosy up to books and oral storytelling. The goal is to use the magic of stories to awaken an appetite for reading in children's youngest months.

Interested parents can sign up by sending an email to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

La Mola lighthouse, open for visitors weekends in February

cartell a2 far la mola def-1-The Formentera Council reports that tomorrow marks the start of open days at the lighthouse in la Mola. Saturdays and Sundays in February from 10.00am to 3.00pm the building's doors will be opened to the public so that, in the words of CiF culture councillor Susana Labrador, “all of Formentera, and any curious visitors, can come check out the remodelled la Mola lighthouse”.

Admission is free and informational brochures have been prepared so visitors can learn about the structure's history and recent rehabilitation as well as forthcoming plans to convert the space into a cultural centre. The councillor said “no one will be disappointed” with a site that “people have seen countless times from the outside, but whose inside is new to most”.

New cultural space
Work on the far (“lighthouse”), a valuable heritage site, entailed revamping the ground floor and façade, all the while striving to assure their proper preservation, so the monument can be used a cultural venue.

This March the space will be fitted with a museum that is expected to open before the start of summer. The ground floor will house an interpretative centre encompassing the island's other lighthouses as well as a focus on the island's relationship with the sea, fishing and migratory movements, not to mention audio, video and images that explore the island's maritime history.

A multi-purpose space will host cultural programming like exhibits, concerts, conferences, recitals and small-scale theatre productions. The outdoor front patio has been readied for open-air cultural and educational events too.

This season's L'Illa a Escena comes with third Cantada Pagesa, singer-songwriters and theatre

gemma-humet-estel-sole---21The Formentera Council's culture department unveiled the programme of music and performing arts behind this year's “L'Illa a Escena”. Department chief Susana Labrador said six assorted events scheduled for the cinema (Sala de Cultura) were about “highlighting and developing the local cultural scene. There will be plenty of artistic expression on display—theatre, music, children's entertainment”.

The programme kicks off with the third “Cantada Pagesa” piloted by the traditional music section of Formentera's Escola de Música i Dansa. Performing are roughly fifteen singers from younger generations to veterans of the homespun traditional song-crafts of glosat and redoblat.

The free show starts at 8.30pm in the Sala de Cultura (Cinema) on Saturday February 2.

Then, on February 16 as part of Barnasants' international festival of independent music, Gemma Humet and Estel Solé will be on the island to present “A cau de les paraules”. The pair of artists take crowds on a poetry- and music-filled emotional roller coaster ride in which Solé serves up poetry and Humet dishes out original compositions.

The pair's concert is also free, and starts at 8.30pm in the Sala de Cultura (Cultura).

Local act Maria José Cardona will take her act to Barcelona's Harlem Jazz Club next Tuesday February 7 as part of another Barnasants event.

At the end of the month the Javier Aranda troupe share Vida with the island. Geared towards audiences ten and up and fusing tenderness with elegant humour, Vida has earned an array of distinctions, like Best production awards from the international theatre festival in Huesca and Lleida's Fira de Titelles, not to mention Feten's accolade for small-scale productions.

Tickets to Vida cost three euros, and the show is Saturday February 23.

Eivissa's own Clownidoscopio embarks this March with Refugi. David Novell and Monma Mingot work with what they dominate—lyricism, wit and joy—in a silent all-ages production showcasing the twosome's painstaking devotion to the clown craft. The take they offer on human relations shows sharpness, grace and depth.

The Sala de Cultura hosts the production at 6.00pm on March 9, and tickets cost three euros.

Theatregoers in late March can see El Somni productions present La Classe, which traces two teenage classmates' journeys through life, while speaking to a range of issues that are universal.

La Classe is at the Sala de Cultra (Cinema) from 8.30pm on Saturday March 30, and admission costs five euros.

The second concert of the Barnasants cultural initiative will take place in April, when Giorgio Conte and Joan Isaac present “Dues cultures, un sol mar”. Conte and Isaac join together in song for these special concerts—tributes to Italian and Catalan singer-songwriters. The show finds the two in the roles of Venice merchants whose stocks in trade—their songs—are eminently valuable. The Mediterranean unites them and reunites them. They are united, and reunited, by the Mediterranean.

The concert happens Saturday April 13 at the Sala de Cultura (Cinema). Free entry.

Supporting culture
The councillor thanked Institut d'Estudis Baleàrics for making the programme possible and “helping to create spaces for the performing arts and performances. Let's hope it's a lot of fun for islanders”.

Music, theatre and storytelling for Formentera kids with 12th children's programming fest

zum-zum31The Formentera Council's culture office presents the twelfth annual Mostra d'Espectacles Infantils (“Children's Theatre Festival”), a selection of shows set to arrive Friday January 18 with a musical production for children under three. Formentera's own Xènia Fuertes will put on Engrunes musicals from 6.00pm at the island's cinema (Sala de Cultura, €3, reservations via email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ).

More entertainment options are in store at the weekend. On Saturday January 19, the Zum-Zum company presents Formentera audiences with La gallina dels ous d'or, a fable-ish production in which two farmers will see how what starts as a stroke of luck finding the hen that lays golden eggs turns into misfortune. Admission for the show, which begins at 6.00pm and is for children four and up, is €3.

The Mostra d'Espectacles Infantils' final act hits Monday January 21 with David and Monma's Nous contes de Conta'm el Món, a show full of laughs, music and slapstick theatre that takes us on a journey around the globe, where we'll discover the universal values of traditional lore. The free storytime session starts at 6.00pm at Sant Francesc's Biblioteca Marià Villangómez.

On Monday David and Monma will take their storytelling down the road to the seniors and assorted users of the dependent care facility (Centre de Dia).

Mostra d'Espectacles Infantils
Culture councillor Susana Labrador said Mostra events are about “promoting our local offering of kid-focused cultural fare, and transmitting universal values that children can learn while having fun”.

The Mostra is organised jointly by Sa Xerxa, a youth theatre group based in the Balearics, and the Formentera Council, with additional support from the Spanish ministry of education and culture, Trasmapi, Obra Cultura La Caixa and Balèaria.

Now in its twelfth year, the current series of children's programming began December 29 with Minúcia Teatre's Tatanka and Campi Qui Pugui's Rats!, which offered extra entertainment for crowds awaiting the arrival of the Three Kings on January 5.

«40 anys... » art exhibit stops in on Formentera

foto-enric-grup-expo-40-anys1The Formentera Council's culture office reports that yesterday marked the first day islanders could visit 40 anys, quaranta poetes, XL artistes, a travelling art show put on by the Universitat de les Illes Balears. Culture councillor Susana Labrador; Balearic minister of culture Fanny Tur; deputy chancellor of cultural projection and universities Joana Maria Seguí; and the show's curator, Antoni Torres; were all on hand for the opening.

The exhibit marks forty years of UIB operations with an assemblage of forty poems and forty paintings by eighty artists from Catalan-speaking territories. Among the show's contributing artists is local painter Enric Riera, who was also at the opening event. The show has already made stops across the rest of the Balearics, and an accompanying catalogue has been put together as well.

The exhibit stays at the Sala d'Exposicions (Ajuntament Vell) until February 2 and is open from 11.00am to 2.00pm and 6.00pm to 8.00pm, Tuesday through Saturday and on Monday evenings.

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