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'Simply Formentera'—runway show turns twelve on Friday 5 July in Sant Francesc

foto-presentacio---passarel--l1The first vice-president and trade councillor Ana Juan was joined by department staffer Amalia Mora in unveiling details today about the island's twelfth fashion runway show—or passarel·la de moda—scheduled to take place at 10.00pm in Sant Francesc's Constitució square on Friday 5 July.

Councillor Juan described the message behind this year's event—“Simply Formentera” (Senzillament Formentera)—as being about “the importance of conserving our heritage and culture if we want to preserve our lifestyle”. Which explains why organisers chose Sant Francesc's church-front plaza, or plaça, as the backdrop. “It's a heritage site”, said the councillor, “set against designs from another part of our culture: fashion...which has been many local women's livelihood”.

Amalia Mora pointed out that the presenter of this year's Passarel·la not only has deep ties to the Pityusic Islands, but is a bonafide Formentera fan, as well. Maria Moya is the former Eivissa reporter for the Balearic Islands' radio and television service, IB3, and is currently among the faces on La Sexta's morning programme “Arusitys”.

Promoting local fashion
The idea behind the Passarel·la, according to Vice-president Juan, is to “promote the efforts of our textile tradespeople and designers”. Participating names in 2019 include Te doy la  Luna, Macrame&Andrés Rodriguez, Molly Mallone, Janne bikinis, Tito Solari&FK, Ur Joies, Ishvara, Elena Hurtado&Lorenzo Pepe (Obi), Equilibre, Kavra de Formentera, Hippie Shop Formentera, Flavio Cocho, Vesti l'Arte, Eva Cardona and Majoral.

Eivissa firm Deva Models will supply the modelling talent, said Mora, and they will be sporting everything from jewellery and bags to wedding gowns, cocktail dresses and high-level vanguard creations inspired by nature, the sea and the Formentera colour-scape. The one common thread in all the pieces? “There are always titillating surprises”, intimated Mora. “Whether you are a visiting tourist or one of the dyed-in-the-wool Passarel·la fan and Formentera resident”.

Reaching out
Also on hand at the presentation was Cintia Llaquet of Fundación Conciencia, who spoke about the runway event's connection to charitable initiatives. The Formentera Council paid €1,300 for 100 copies of the foundation's self-published book, “Moshi”; it will handed out among the children participating in the fashion show. Money raised will go to the children's oncology unit of Can Misses hospital.

The children's book is based on the true story of the bond established between Eivissa and Africa when a charitable initiative was hatched to gather donated bicycles for children of Tanzania's Moshi orphanage. Just a stone's throw from reaching its destination, the lorry bearing the gifted bikes was stopped in its tracks by an enormous troupe of migrating elephants. Copies of “Moshi” can be purchased at bookshops of the island.


28 June 2019
Office of Communication
Formentera Council

Formentera welcomes return of Cinema a la Fresca

foto-1-The Formentera Council Office of Culture presents the thirteenth Cinema a la Fresca, a series which, according to CiF culture councillor Susana Labrador, is aimed at bringing the classics and contemporary hits of Spanish and global cinema to local audiences.

A 34-film programme of selections—independent, un-dubbed and produced in a wide range of countries between the fifties and today—will be screened from July to September. The gatherings will be staged Tuesdays in Sant Francesc, Thursdays in Sant Ferran and Fridays in la Mola.

Programme

Cinema a la Fresca starts 28 June in la Mola with Atraco a las tres. In this mythical production, José María Forqué succeeded in skirting censors and delivering a biting critique of Spanish society of the day—its shortcomings, miseries and hierarchy—cloaked in black humor and crowned with a sickly-sweet and naïve climax that is very much a product of the times.

Tuesday 2 July, as part of the activities calendar in support of World Pride Day, Transamerica will be screened at jardí de ses Eres. The film spotlights a transgender woman whose life takes an unexpected turn when she learns that she had fathered a son prior to gender reassignment surgery—a boy who whiles away his days roaming the streets of New York. The film kicks off the Sant Francesc cycle of Cinema a la Fresca.

Thursday 4 July in Sant Ferran's church-side square, film fans can catch Ohayo (Buenos días). Through the story of the relationship between neighbours, Japanese director Ozu shines a light on the perils, kindness, and everything in between, that words can carry. Enveloped in a customarily unhurried pace and breathtaking landscapes, a subtle brand of humour takes root—that of two children who decide to go on a hunger strike until they get what they want: a television set. Warm, unique and appropriate for all audiences.

Young ones have plenty to choose from in this year's programme, like Isla de perros, Mary y la flor de la bruja (Mary and the Witch's Flower) and Bienvenidos a Belleville (The Triplets of Belleville). Set for a 18 July screening in Sant Ferran, Isla de perros is the latest gemstone from Wes Anderson: a stop-motion feature with voices from a cast that includes Bryan Cranston, Edward Norton and Bill Murray. At the screening of Mary y la flor de la bruja (Mary and the Witch's Flower) on 13 August, audiences can see the big-screen version of Mary Stewart's The Little Broomstick, a British classic of youth literature that traces Mary Smith's departure on an unforgettable adventure. Then on Friday 23 August, it's Bienvenidos a Belleville (The Triplets of Belleville), Sylvain Chome's surprising darkly humourous animated feature.

Spectators can enjoy all these films, together with outstanding selections like Tres anuncios en las afueras (Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri), Green Book, Mi obra maestra and Un funeral de muerte (Death at a Funeral), in the open, natural spaces of jardí de ses Eres, the Sant Ferran square and the front steps of la Mola's Casa del Poble. Councillor Labrador calls them “ideal sites to enjoy an initiative which, under the artistic direction of Veronique Landy and Espai F, is all about connecting tourists and islanders with cinema”.


27 June 2019
Office of Communication
Formentera Council

Music and dance school reaches out to day centre users on pathbreaking 'dance therapy' project

actuacio---centrededia escolad1A group of students from the Formentera Escola de Música i Dansa headed a year-end celebration including users of the dependent care facility, or “Day Centre”. Artists-in-training put on a show which not only spanned classical and modern dance and flamenco and included traditional musical performances; it also received a healthy dose of audience applause. The end of the gathering came with a group dance—“dance therapy”—in which students, Day Centre service users, teachers and monitors all took part.

The performance and workshop marked the culmination of a pilot project in dance therapy, launched two months ago, which saw the involvement of the 36 seniors and individuals with disabilities that make up the service users of the Formentera Day Centre. At weekly sessions with EMD teachers and a physical therapist from the Day Centre, participants set out to fine tune mobility and boost their “sensory enrichment” with, among other things, music.

The project came together thanks to collaboration between the EMD and the Day Centre—two arms of the Formentera Council. The results will now be studied and, if positive, the project will continue next year.

26 June 2019
Office of Communication
Formentera Council

Council starts handing out keys to postbox holders in Sant Ferran

The Formentera Council reports that islanders who requested a postbox through the new mail pickup service in Sant Ferran (carrer Mallorca, 15) can now pick up their keys at the Sant Ferran location or the Citizen Information Office (OAC).

Forty-eight requests came in from islanders residing in remote areas of Sant Ferran, la Savina and es Caló; they will now receive mail at the new post office location. Anyone interested in obtaining a postbox, whether in Sant Ferran, es Cap or la Mola, can fill out the request form (instància genèrica) at the OAC, or online on the OVAC.

26 June 2019
Office of Communication
Formentera Council

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