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Month-long activities programme puts children and teens in spotlight

dia-universal-infancia-2019 v2The youth department of the Consell de Formentera unveiled its programming for the yearly Universal Children’s Day celebrations on 20 November. All month long there will be activities specially-tuned for children and teens, commemorating sixty years since the adoption of the Universal Declaration of the Rights of the Child and thirty since the passing of the Convention of the Rights of the Child.

The consellera for youth, Vanessa Parellada, pointed out “the convention establishes a series of rights for boys and girls, including inalienable ones concerning life, health, education and protection from violence and discrimination”. “But there are more, and they’re often overlooked: the right to play, to a family, to have one’s opinions heard”, said Parellada. “Each one of us—parents, educational and health professionals, political leaders, businesses, civil society and media—has a key part to play promoting the welfare of children”, she proclaimed, “and wide-ranging programmes like the one we present today are an example”.

The first activity took place last Tuesday, 5 November, when 219 students from Marc Ferrer high school tuned in for the third “Vívete”, an initiative launched by Proyecto Juntos to foster reflections about attitudes, values and emotions. The event featured Miriam Fernández, Juan Pablo Escobar and Irene Villa—three people who have made it through extremely trying experiences and today share their insight about coming out on the other side. The day-long gathering unfolded on the Eivissa fair grounds. The Baleària company picked up the bill for transport.

Next up, on Saturday 9 November, Formentera Dojo is organising Judo sense barreres ("Judo without borders”) at the Poliesportiu Antoni Blanc. The activity runs from 10.00am to 2.00pm.

Also included in the programme is the dance production, later at 6.00pm in the Sala de Cultura, of Malebable. Geared towards children aged zero to five, Malebable is part of the Department of Culture programme Illa a Escena. To attend, contact This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Formentera Marxa
Formentera Marxa is contributing to the activities programme too, first with a workshop for kids aged four to nine at the Sant Ferran Punt de Lectura. On Tuesday 12 November, Cada pollo con su rollo will go from 5.00pm to 7.00pm, using games to teach about the fundamental rights of youth as the world celebrates thirty years since the Declaration of the Rights of the Child.

On Thursday 14 November, the Sant Ferran school playground will be the site of a workshop about childhood and functional diversity. From 5.00pm to 7.00pm, children and youth will learn about functional diversity through traditional games and sport.

Wednesday 13 November comes with a 6.00pm screening of Bend It Like Beckham in the Casal de Joves. Couch and popcorn are provided.

Discussion groups
Another part of the programme aims to offer parents and teaching staff tools and a shared and dedicated space devoted to child rearing—whether the goal is an improved relationship with one’s child, or an answer to a particular question. The first gathering—titled Nens bons i dolents: El perill de les etiquetes (“Good and bad kids: The danger of labels”) and moderated by Alberto Soler, is scheduled for 14 November.

Then, on 28 November, Andreu Alba asks the question Is Fortnite recreation... or an addiction? Both events are organised by Formentera’s offices of education and social welfare at 5.00pm in the Centre de Dia conference room (Sala de Plens). Childcare will be provided.

On 19 November it’s fun for the whole family with Dansa en família. From 4.00pm to 5.00pm at Poliesportiu Antoni Blanc.

Participants of a 20 November discussion will join Belén Alvite in trying to answer the question, Is porn the best sexual education? The talk is presented by Formentera’s equality department and Espai Dones, and takes place at 6.00pm in the administration’s Sala d’Actes.

Parlament infantil
Running parallel to World Children’s Day on 20 November, members of the island’s Youth Participatory Council will visit the regional parliament—the Parlament balear—for the eighth Children’s Parliament. Formentera pupils are in charge of this year’s chairpersonship.

A manifesto will be read at the event to encourage administrations to work together to comply with it. The commemoration is even more special this year because it overlaps with the 30th anniversary of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Children.

Other activities
A calligraphy workshop is scheduled to take place on 20 November as well. The activity will take place in the Sant Ferran Punt de Lectura from 5.00pm, and is included in the activities programme.

On Saturday, the swimming pool of Poliesportiu Antoni Blanc will host an open day. From 10.00am and 1.30pm, there will be water games, aquafitness and diving activities. The day is made possible by Formentera’s sport department and Formentera Divers.

And at 6.00pm that same evening, the Sala de Cultura welcomes Mobil, a children’s circus production that is also part of the culture department’s Illa a Escena programme.

Youth plenary
On 26 November, participants in the Consell’s Youth Participatory Council will hold the group’s full-house assembly. Twice yearly plenaries such as this one are aimed at boosting participation among island children and youth in local policies, taking into full consideration their capacity to form opinions and express themselves.

Fridays for Future
Friday 29 November, youth from the Casal de Joves and Formentera Marxa will head to the beach to learn first-hand about the impacts of climate change.

Poetry contest
Finally, on Saturday 30 November, comes the Art Jove-Salvador Ibarra poetry contest. The event will be held in the Sala de Cultura from 8.30pm. Art Jove is a cultural programme backed by IB-Jove (Balearic Youth Institute) and aimed at promoting free and effective participation among Balearic youth as they develop culture. It aims to boost artistic creativity through different contests, awards and a multiplicity of artistic displays. The poetry finals will be held on Formentera.

7 November 2019
Department of Communication
Consell de Formentera

A look back at summer '19 lifeguard service

foto 2019 socorristes 1The interior department of the Consell de Formentera, whose remit includes the island's beach lifeguard and rescue service, reports that the service's annual halt in summer operations took place last week. The team worked from May 1 to October 31. For six months, a team that numbered as many as 23 lifeguards worked to assure the safety of Formentera's beaches and swimming areas. Department head Josep Marí applauded lifeguards’ efforts, underscoring the “dedication and professionalism” of the team.

Incidents in summer 2019
Lifeguards responded to 2,753 cases involving everything sun burns to spills, cuts, scrapes and bumps. They also assisted in stings by greater weever (a poisonous fish), sea urchins and jellyfish—at 2,264, this last group was the largest.

Thirty-nine individuals were rescued from potentially dangerous situations in the water, a type of rescue most common when the yellow flag flies, which means beachgoers can still swim but are encouraged to apply caution, something some fail to take into account. Likewise, a total of 24 people were taken to hospital in ambulance.

The interior office is saddened to report on loss of life—the victim was struck by a moving vehicle—near Cavall d’en Borràs beach this July. Red-flag days, when swimmers are expressly banned from entering the water, made up for 46 days this summer.

Formentera beaches: accessible and equipped for heart-attack response
Arenals and Es Pujols beaches feature accessible-swimming options for individuals with reduced mobility. The service, available from 12 noon to 5.00pm when the green flag flies, was requested this year by 36 people. All lifeguard posts without exception are fitted with defibrilators to assist in cases of possible cardiopulmonary arrest.

6 November 2019
Department of Communication
Consell de Formentera

Es Pastorells take show to Gran Canaria

colla-es-pastorellsjThis weekend, local dance troupe Es Pastorells took part in a music-themed gathering on Gran Canaria. Joined at the encounter by Canary Islands groups Facaracas and Acataifa, the Formentera dancers demonstrated typical ball pagès footwork, marking the repayment of a visit by the Canarian dancers in March, when they came to attend our island’s second Festival Folklòric.

The Consell de Formentera covered the group’s travel costs to Gran Canaria. Culture department chief Susana Labrador said: “We support cultural exchange among our dance troupes because it’s a way to continue spreading the message and promoting one of Formentera’s most valuable immaterial treasures”.

4 November 2019
Department of Communication
Consell de Formentera

November of book launches and kids’ storytime at Formentera libraries

biblios-nov-19-xarxes-1-Formentera’s culture department has unveiled local libraries’ November activities calendar—a programme replete with four book launches and as many activities specially-tuned for kids.

Book launches
Tomorrow (Wednesday 6 November), Bernat Joan will be on hand to discuss his book Pedagogia per a indígenes. The Obra Cultural Balear-sponsored event is the first of several book launches in November, and will be moderated by Maria Teresa Ferra. Much like the tales of Pere Calders, the book is an assemblage of microstories, inspired in real events that the author weaves into literature. Joan is in it for the critical pleasure of the writing process, and out to share it with audiences.

Friday 8 November comes with a closeup on De qui venim. The book’s authors, Hermínia Gil and Josep Maria Garcia-Borés (Garcia-Borés also directed and coordinated the project), will be on hand for the event, which is hosted by Formentera’s patrimony office together with Biblioteca Marià Villangómez, with moderation duties handled by Jaume Escandell. A work of psychocultural research on traditional Formentera, the book is an expression of oral history, giving the island’s elderly a voice as they recall details of the way our forebears lived and interacted.

Monday 18 November will bring the second of two book launches focused on Història d’Eivissa i Formentera: des de la prehistòria fins al turisme de masses. Felip Cirer, Benjamí Costa, Antoni Ferrer Abárzuza and Joan Lluís Ferrer wrote the book (Ferrer coordinated), and all four will on hand for the event. The book casts its gaze back 4,200 years to the first human settlements in the Pine Islands, continuing on to a fascinating look at the lives of our ancestors, before concluding with the current process of mass tourism. The work marks an unprecedented attempt to set down a comprehensive history of Eivissa and Formentera; it is the collective biography of the two island's peoples.

Lastly, on Wednesday 27 November, Bartomeu Escandell will present his twelfth collection of poetry, Les incapacitats: Proposta d’argument. Moderated by Maria Teresa Ferrer, the event will also feature readings of poetry by the author and Joan Ferrer as well as a performance by students of the Escola de Música. The event is organised by the Formentera chapter of Obra Cultural Balear and Biblioteca Marià Villangómez.

Book launches will take place at 8.00pm at Biblioteca Marià Villangómez

Storytime and activities for kids
Today, Tuesday 5 November, marks the return of a storytime activity perfect for children ages zero to four. Contes per parlar amb la lluna unfolds from 5.30pm at Biblioteca Marià Villangómez on the first Tuesday of the month until December. Families keen to attend should send an email to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it to sign up.

Storytime hits again at the same time and same place on Wednesday 13 November, this time with Myotragus Theatre’s Lluís Valenciano performing El senyor dels contes. “The lord of the tales” is a bookshop owner whose roots in the Balearics run deep: born on Mallorca, he has family on Menorca and lives between Eivissa and Formentera. He recounts the fables, or rondalles, of the Es Vedrà giant (from Eivissa), Mestre Gelabert (Menorca) and Pere festejador (Mallorca), not to mention the legendary tresor de Formentera. Taken together, the stories are a faithful glimpse of the value- and tradition-steeped popular culture of the Balearic Islands. Presented by Biblioteca Marià Villangómez.

On Wednesday 20 November at 5.00pm, the Sant Ferran Punt de Lectura will host a workshop on artistic calligraphy for children aged three to twelve (parents must accompany children under seven). Led by Maria Vila and presented by Biblioteca Marià Villangómez, the event is aimed at spotlighting calligraphy, from composition to expression within the worlds of art and design. In addition to taking part in a theory-based portion, participants will be encouraged to find their own style by trying their hand at a range of calligraphic styles.

The final storytime of the programme, the English-language Goldilocks, comes to Biblioteca Marià Villangómez on Thursday 28 November at 5.30pm. Elàstic Nou Productions’ Mary Ramirez will lead the interactive event, which is geared towards children aged three to eight and presented by Biblioteca Marià Villangómez.

The event features the by-now-familiar Millie Potter, who takes listeners on a trip to the fictional world of Goldilocks. Based on the popular tale, the adventures start when the perhaps too curious Goldilocks steps out for a walk in the woods and stumbles on an enchanting house. Compelled by her obsessive sense of curiosity, Goldilocks barges in and snoops around... and all of a sudden, finds she's not alone. Just who's arrived? A family of bears! The problems are only beginning for our mischievous protagonist.

31 October 2019
Department of Communication
Consell de Formentera

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