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Calling all organisers—Consell unlocks funding for celebrations and activities that showcase traditions, culture

The Consell de Formentera culture department reports funding requests are now being accepted from cultural and neighbourhood groups and festival committees keen to put on local celebrations and activities with a traditional or cultural bent. The Consell has earmarked €50,000 to this effect.

“This money”, said culture councillor Susana Labrador, “is about giving financial support to non-profit associations and committees engaged in organising festivals or other cultural or traditional activities”. She added, “We also help keep these groups going strong at the same time they help us keep Formentera vibrant culturally and socially, so we're really getting two birds with one stone”.

An evaluating committee will review requests and accompanying documentation as it makes its decisions. Groups and associations must have both their official headquarters and fiscal domicile on Formentera, must be on the Consell's Register of Local Organisations (Registre d'Entitats Ciutadanes) as well as the Balearic government's Register of Associations (Registre d'Associacions). Assistance will be retroactive, covering the period from November 2018 to October 2019.

The deadline for applications is 31 October. Requests can be submitted to the Citizen's Information Office (OAC) and online at the Virtual Citizen's Information Office (OVAC).

24 September 2019
Department of Communication
Consell de Formentera

Closing concert of ‘Música a les Places’ celebrates 25 years of Jazz & Co

jazz and rock cloenda 2019 xar1The Consell de Formentera and the Department of Culture report that at 10.00pm this Friday 27 September, Sant Ferran's town square will be the scene of a special concert to close out the 2019 season of ‘Música a les Places’. Blues Connotation, Jam Factory and Chimichurri will all take the stage in an evening devoted to celebrating Jazz & Co's twenty-five-year trajectory.

Culture councillor Susana Labrador pointed out that “Jazz & Co started in 1999 with the essential objective of preserving and promoting music in all its forms”. “To that end”, she said, “they promote all kinds of musical activities”. The common thread? “Live music”, she said. Labrador seized the occasion to congratulate Jazz & Co on their dedication to Formentera's music and cultural scenes—a commitment that helped earn the association a Sant Jaume award earlier this year.

The point bears repeating: Jazz & Co is about music that is played live. For the last 25 years, the group has organised Jazz a la plaça (“Jazz in the Square”) in the heart of Sant Francesc; the Sant Ferran version started up five years later. Both have become major summertime draws for residents and tourists alike.

‘Música a les Places’ has grown to span the summer months, with concerts on Mondays at la Savina port, Thursdays in es Pujols’ plaça d'Europa, Fridays in the Sant Ferran square and Saturdays at Sant Francesc's plaça de la Constitució.

24 September 2019
Department of Communication
Consell de Formentera

Consell acquires farming equipment for Farmers' Co-op

foto maquinaria coop 1The Consell de Formentera president and councillor of the primary sector, Alejandra Ferrer and Josep Marí, met today with the chairman and acting manager of the island's agricultural co-operative, Jaume Escandell and Carlos Marí, to unveil the new agrarian equipment on loan to the group from the local government. The presentation, at the industrial space of the Cooperativa del Camp (“Farmers' Co-operative”), began at 9.45am.

President Ferrer sat down with Mr Escandell  earlier, at 9.00am, to sign into effect an agreement giving the Co-op permission to use the machinery at no charge for the next four years. Included among the machinery are a tractor (valued at €53,361), tilling equipment (€23,818.85), a hay-bale stacker (€4,232.58) and a mobile refrigeration unit (€24,195.75).

According to President Ferrer, the €105,606 investment—which is in addition to the €115,000 that the Co-op already receives from the Consell de Formentera—makes plain “how seriously our local government takes the recovery of the countryside and the promotion of agriculture”. But she held up another priority as well: “Maintaining Formentera's traditional landscape”.

For his part, Councillor Marí tied the “substantial investment in equipment” to the growing needs of the thriving programme to steward unused rural land. The Fons de Terres de Cultiu, or “Farmland Reserve”, now counts 230 hectares among its supply of land. The councillor said the government was currently waiting on siloes which, together with the refrigeration system, would make it possible to keep grains in optimal conditions—chilled. The siloes are valued at roughly €90,000.

Chairman Escandell heralded the Consell's loan and said it would “enable us to keep working Formentera's rural land and seeing ever more expansive production”.

23 September 2019
Department of Communication
Consell de Formentera

Peace court relocates

jutjat-de-pau1The Consell de Formentera reports that the offices of the Justice of the Peace, or Jutjat de Pau, have been moved to the Department of Social Welfare (Venda des Brolls, 53, Sant Francesc). Regular hours are 9.00am to 1.30pm, though the court offers expanded hours as necessary.

The services historically available at the peace court will remain unchanged, like settlements, handling of notices, citations, requisitions and summons, not to mention delegating specific tasks to third parties, as in the cases of letters rogatory from other courts or tribunals in civil and penal cases. The office also serves as a Civil Registry.

23 September 2019
Department of Communication
Consell de Formentera

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