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Anna Ametller’s “Juliol” takes up residence tomorrow at Centre ‘Gabrielet’

cartell 2020 juliolTomorrow at Centre Antoni Tur ‘Gabrielet’, the artist Anna Ametller will pull the curtain back on “Juliol”. The exhibition of recycled artefacts, repurposed by Ametller as sculptures, invites visitors to feel summer as a visual experience. “It’s a feeling that’s pleasant, fresh, poetic and child-like”, offers the artist.

Ametller points out that she plucked many of the materials that made it into the show —driftwood, scrap metal, plastic and rocks— from the Formentera shoreline. For the artist, each one signifies a distinct emotion: wood embodies warmth, for example, while plastics recall the opposite end of the spectrum.

The show opens tomorrow 1 July at 5.00pm, and is scheduled to run Monday to Saturday, 10.30am to 2.00pm and 6.00pm to 8.00pm, until 10 July.

30 June 2020
Department of Communications
Consell de Formentera

Compra a Casa returns this summer with perks for shoppers who support small business

Cartell 2020 campana veranoThe Formentera department of commerce reports that together with the local association for small- and medium-sized businesses, Pimef, the island’s government is leading the charge on the latest Compra a Casa — an initiative created to promote local small businesses and reward islanders who patronise them. What is typically a wintertime campaign will be developed this year in July, August and September using a similar system, but with bigger prizes. Purchases of €20 or more in participating Compra a Casa businesses enter shoppers in monthly drawings for €100 gift cards (twice their value in winter).

According to commerce consellera Ana Juan, the push is first about “encouraging and incentivising islanders who patronise small Formentera business — among the sectors that the current crisis has thrown onto shaky ground”. “But it’s also about reminding islanders about the strengths of Formentera-based businesses: they are premier quality establishments, they are local, and they are at the core of our society”.

Juan additionally noted that this year came with the launch of the Compra a Casa website, where visitors can find out about participating establishments and discounts and where, in the words of the consellera, “a single click can bring islanders and island businesses that much closer together”.

More initiatives
The campaign is one of several initiatives promoted by the commerce department during the state of emergency. Another, titled ‘Formentera stays home and shops local’, aimed to give traditional, local shops increased visibility, and underscore why supporting them and consuming locally sourced fare is important. In videos launched simultaneously as part of a campaign bringing together the councils of Formentera, Mallorca and Menorca, representatives of the productive sectors offered messages of thanks to local shoppers.

The commerce chief also pointed to efforts under way with Formentera shop-owners around new marketing initiatives for this summer.

29 June 2020
Department of Communications
Consell de Formentera

With LLUN3S series, music is at core of Far de la Mola’s full moon parties

cartell 2020 LLUN3SEarlier today the Formentera office of culture unveiled details surrounding the latest from cultural collective Espai F_: a series of music-driven shindigs set in the patio of La Mola’s lighthouse cultural centre and showcasing the three full moons of summer.

Starting as the first moonbeams illuminate the cliffs of El Pilar de la Mola, the evenings bring together an array of musical duos.

Formentera’s own Maria José Cardona and Majorcan Miquel Brunet —a musical foray the pair have christened Imaràntia— top the bill of LLUN3S’s inaugural night, from 9.58pm on 5 July. From 9.21pm on 3 August, Txabi Ábrego lends a hand as Lleida-born singer-songwriter Meritxell Gené presents her most recent effort, Sa Tanca d'Allà dins. And, crowning the series at 8.57 on 2 September are the specialists of Majorcan traditional tunes, singer Júlia Colom and pianist Toni Vaquer.

In line with safety protocol, capacity will be limited to one hundred individuals. Additional considerations have involved assuring a certain measure of harmony with natural surroundings. Ticket requests should be emailed to info.espaifrumentaria@gmail.com and include name of guests and the locations desired. Audiences are asked to arrive thirty minutes before each show, while payment will be conducted after each event, with organisers opting for a pay-what-you-can system as spectators exit.

Designed specifically with the lighthouse patio space in mind, LLUN3S was envisaged as a respectful homage to the full moon parties that became legendary in the La Mola of the seventies and eighties. A joint production of Espai F_ and the cultural arm of the Consell de Formentera, LLUN3S receives additional support from Ports de Balears and Ràdio Illa.

29 June 2020
Department of Communications
Consell de Formentera

Summer camp programme admits 100% of children on enrolment registry

The Formentera office of youth reports that the island’s summer programme for school-aged children, the Escola d'Estiu, has admitted all 180 children for whom a registration form was filled out. The 2020 Escola d'Estiu will accommodate 99 children at the location in Sant Francesc, 57 in Sant Ferran and 24 in La Mola. Organisers will start placing calls this Monday to schedule meetings with families and prepare for the start of school.

Staggered drop-off and pick-up
The Escola d'Estiu daily programme runs from 8.00am to 2.30pm, and this year, parents and guardians are asked to choose from one of several drop-off and pick-up times. The main theme of the 2020 programme is health, while the watchword —“Ens cuidam”— aims to encourage personal care. Highlighting efforts by local government to satisfy demand for the summer programme, youth department consellera Vanessa Parellada described the Escola d'Estiu as a crucial resource for working families and underscored the positive impact that educational recreation has on child development.

Special safety protocol
Special protocol will be in place to prevent the spread of covid-19. Group size will be reduced and counsellors will interact exclusively with their assigned groups, abstaining from contact with other children to keep transmission risks to a minimum and forgoing trips outside the centre for the same. Cleaning and disinfecting measures mandated by the authorities will likewise be respected.

For more information, call 971 21 10 87 or email joventut@conselldeformentera.cat.

26 June 2020
Department of Communications
Consell de Formentera

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