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To crowds at Fitur, Formentera styles itself as ‘an island of unique experiences’ where ‘“luxury” means preservation’

foto 2020 Esports aquaticsThis Wednesday 22 January, Madrid’s International Tourism Trade Fair —Fitur— christens yet another year. To drum up interest among travellers in traditional markets like mainland Spain, Italy, France, Portugal and Netherlands, emphasis at the five-day event will be placed on Formentera’s sustainability.

Formentera president and tourism councillor Alejandra Ferrer will be joined at the annual travel expo by her counterpart and chief of marketing Carlos Bernús. For three days, the island’s handlers will meet with representatives of online travel agencies and travel reviews. At the weekend, when Fitur opens its doors to the general public, the local spokespeople will spotlight the island’s appeal on the domestic stage and taking the temperature of summer 2020.

The three watchwords as the contingent attempt to court visitors before and after the traditional summer season? “Sustainability, culture and sport”, says President Ferrer.

Presentation
On day two, as focus at the fair turns to islands, local spokespeople will lead a presentation styling Formentera as “a laboratory for sustainability” and “a place for one-of-a-kind experiences, where ‘luxury’ means preserving our natural spaces”. According to Ferrer, attendees will hear about local sustainability strategies past and future like recharge stations for electric cars, Save Posidonia Project and the bid to count and cap in-bound vehicles.

At a space in Fitur’s central hall which Formentera shares with its Balearic neighbours, the island will unveil the most recent addition to its arsenal of marketing material: a “slow food” map spotlighting local growers and homegrown produce and the 2020 events calendar.

Other travel expos
Reps will also be on hand this week at the Salon International de Tourisme in the French city of Nantes (24-26 January), the Quo Vadis travel expo in Geneva, Switzerland (24-26 January) and the Dussëldorf International Boat Show (18-26 January).

The coming months will see the island’s promotors cutting a path through Spanish cities like Barcelona, Madrid, Valencia, Bilbao and Sevilla which boast direct flights to Eivissa.

20 January 2020
Department of Communication
Consell de Formentera

Rain- and windstorm leaves Formentera with 3 fallen trees

foto 2020 temporal 4A cocktail of rain and wind was behind multiple reports of incidents last night on Formentera. At 8.35pm, the call was received that a stray branch and whole pine tree lay blocking Es Cap de Barbaria highway a kilometre from the Can Ramon roundabout. Local police directed traffic while members of the Consell de Formentera fire brigade cleared the road of both obstructions.

An additional tip came through at 7.11am this morning that a fallen tree crosscut Es Cap de Barbaria highway near the transfer station. Local law enforcement again provided support while crews removed it, and by 8.30am the operation was reported complete.

Fire crews were also called to duty last night at 9.30pm to clear the road of construction barriers lying strewn across the thoroughfare in Sant Ferran. Another caller alerted crews to tanks blown into the street from the nearby site of the future home for the elderly. The municipal roads crew responded to the latter incident, not to mention to other reports of road signs blown from the posts.

Felled tree in Es Pujols
In the early hours of the morning another tree fell beside the waterfront promenade in Es Pujols. A cleaning crew on contract from the local government was dispatched to remove it. The works brigade has already begun the task of removing a shade-giving arbour in Es Pujols’ Plaça d’Europa that was snapped in half by strong wind gusts. A similar arbour was cleared from the outdoor area of the municipal swimming pool.

112 emergency response received numerous reports of power outages.

20 January 2020
Department of Communication
Consell de Formentera

Formentera announces aid to equip businesses and homes for solar and micro-wind energy

Formentera’s environment office is calling on residents, businesses and local associations to submit requests to the Balearic government for financial assistance installing solar and micro-wind energy.

Details will be unveiled in the hall of ceremonies next Tuesday 21 January at a 4.00pm presentation where the regional minister of energy transition, Juan Pedro Yllanes, Formentera’s environment councillor Antonio J Sanz, local land councillor Rafael González and Aitor Urresti, who heads the Govern balear’s energy and climate change division, will all be on hand.

Mr Sanz encouraged islanders to come out for Tuesday’s presentation: “This money is one more incentive to incorporate renewable energy and ween ourselves off the conventional power grid”.

Small- and medium-sized businesses, business groups, property owners’ associations and nonprofits can claim rebates on investments in new solar panel infrastructure, not to mention on expansion of existing installations of up to 50 kWp. For private homeowners, the limit is 3 kWp. Installations that exceed the limits are still eligible for assistance corresponding to the first 50 (or 3) kWp.

Small businesses, nonprofits, business groups and individuals that use micro-wind energy installations are eligible for aid corresponding to the first 10 kWp. Windmills must be integrated into surroundings and metallic, lattice-style supports are prohibited.

Eligible investments in lithium ion trapping systems incorporated into new solar and micro-wind installations must have a storage potential of 2 to 12 kwp and a minimum five-year guarantee certified by the manufacturer.

Total funding
For individual islanders, nonprofits and homeowners’ associations, funding will be capped at half the total project cost. It will be capped at 30% of the project cost for small businesses and business groups.

Terms and conditions
Projects be conducted in the Balearic Islands between the day applications are submitted and the date the awarding process is finalised, and no later than 30 September 2020.

The application period started 7 January and concludes 28 March 2020.

The current call for applications is aimed at incentivising the use of renewable energy sources which reduce the strain on the conventional energy grid. Hence, submitted projects must not have begun before the date a funding request for is received. This does not include preparatory work such as permit gathering and preliminary feasibility studies.

Fifty percent of the current round of assistance is funded by the Balearic Islands’ ERDF Operational Programme for 2014-2020.


17 January 2020
Department of Communication
Consell de Formentera

 

Something for everyone in L’Illa a Escena’s culture-forward pupu platter of music and theatre

foto 2020 LIlla a Escena 3Earlier today, the cultural arm of the Consell de Formentera unveiled the performing and musical arts filling out the L’Illa a Escena programme in early 2020. Culture chief Susana Labrador pointed out that, from 25 January to 25 April, “everyone from rug rats to old-timers will get their chance to bone up on culture, as Formentera welcomes eight productions on a spectrum stretching from the theatrical to the symphonic”.

Starting things off at 8.30pm on Saturday 25 January in the cinema is “Cantos de paz y guerra”, an evening of lyricism and choreography devised to bring the best of classical music from mainland Spain. The songs speak to a continent at war, girls and excitement, love and heartbreak. The era may have changed, but this journey across the decades takes us to a place that is still so real. Tickets for the 50-minute performance are priced at €7 for the general public and €5 for viewers under 18.

February
The programme picks up again at 8.30pm on 1 February with a performance in the cinema from Marina Rossell. Part of the Barnasants concert series, Cançons de resistència, or “Songs of resistance”, is living testament to the fact that one of Catalunya’s sweetest voices is far from finished, as Rossell executes a pivot that finds her focusing on songs of struggle. After blockbuster hits and homages to friend and object of admiration Georges Moustaki, Marina Rossell revisits songs that shaped history, and does it as if singing about just one landscape, a single moment in time. The show runs 90 minutes and admission is free.

The programme continues on 15 February with another 8.30pm production in the cinema. “Rostoll cremat” mixes the poetic direction of Oriol Broggi with social justice, irony, humour, truth and doubt in a new original text from Toni Gomila. The allegory of human ambition and greed in modern-day Mallorca is a co-production of Barcelona’s El Grec 2019, Palma’s Teatre Principal and Produccions de Ferro. Admission to the 110-minute show costs €7 for the general public (€5 for viewers under 18).

The programme returns a week later, as the fourth “Cantada pagesa” takes up in the cinema under this year’s banner, Across the generations. Backed by the Traditional Music section of Formentera’s School of Music and Dance, the 100-minute and free-to-attend celebration of traditional hometown song brings together fledgling singers and seasoned crooners.

March
In March the show goes on, commemorating International Women’s Day on the 7th with an 8.30pm performance in the cinema from “Les Kol·lontai”. Sílvia Comes, Meritxell Gené and Ivette Nadal are a collective of female singer-songwriters whose songs stand as feminist hymns to liberty and equality. Since 2017 they’ve performed in Catalan-speaking lands in promotion of their album Cançons Violeta. Admission at the 90-minute show is free.

In an early (6.00pm) show on 14 March, Clownómadas will treat cinema audiences to “Utopía” — the story of a clown who’s travelled the world for years in search of magic. The varied act includes live music, magic, juggling, illusion and —the performer’s innovative specialty— smoke charming. The family-friendly, all-ages production runs 50 minutes.

April
At 8.30pm on 4 April, cinema audiences will be treated to “La Zanja”. After nearly 20 years of on-stage experience, Theatre Titzina present an original work based on anthropological research and investigative journalism. Playwrights-directors-actors Pako Merino and Diego Lorca take a tragicomic look at the civilisational clash between Europe and America and reflect on the shared history of the two. The show runs 80 minutes and tickets cost €7 (€5 for viewers under 18).

L’Illa a Escena’s seasonal run in the cinema concludes on 25 April with another 6.00pm show, this time from Las Moskitas. “Ella balla” traces the true childhood story of choreographer-dancer Gillian Lyne, and the audience watches the lead as she overcomes difficulties (keeping still and quiet) to discover her true gift (dance). With a story that encourages young and old alike to listen to their heart, the show combines live music, movement and lyricism to create an on-stage ambiance that’s fresh and fun. This family-friendly production is for children aged 6 and up. Tickets for kids are priced at €5, and adults get in free.

Support for culture
L’Illa a Escena is made possible by Institut d’Estudis Baleàrics, and the Spanish Institute for the Performing and Musical Arts’s Platea programme in support of the performing arts.

17 January 2020
Department of Communication
Consell de Formentera

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