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‘Now more than ever, practise emotional self-care’ send-off comes as island exits enhanced tier 4 protocol

cartell 2021 ara mes que mai CaIn the fourth and final video instalment of “Ara més que mai, cuidem les nostres emocions” (Now more than ever, practise emotional self-care) out today, viewers meet Bartolo, Mari, Elma and Adel. Though the pandemic has robbed this Formentera family of many things, it has given them something extremely precious: family time! Pictured below, two associated posters will be shared today on Consell de Formentera social media accounts.

Local premiere Alejandra Ferrer applauded the stars of the campaign, insisting their participation “has helped us to offer islanders messages of hope, and to look on the bright side even as Formentera was subject to the severe limitations of enhanced tier 4 public health orders”. “Everyone on the island could have starred in one of these videos, because the pandemic has affected all of us”, asserted Ferrer, who also had this to ask of islanders: “Though ‘Now more than ever’ has concluded, we need for its spirit to live on, for public health and economic crises continue, and sacrifice will be a crucial part of guaranteeing public health safety. Emotional self-care will remain every bit as important in the days ahead.”

The first ‘Now more than ever’ instalment coincided with introduction of tier 4 public health protocol on 3 February. Today, 26 February, islanders will see the campaign’s conclusion.

Juanjo Escandell became the first star of the ‘Now more than ever’ video vignettes when the Formentera native let camera crews in on his pandemic-survival secret (jogging), urging islanders to hang in there and take advantage of Formentera’s treasure trove of hidden opportunities.

Featured in the second video was Elena Lisbona, a local nurse with her own tips for trouncing Covid-19: walks on the beach, talks with loved ones and support from friends.

The third instalment in the series introduced viewers to Pep de n’Andreu, a native islander born during the Spanish Civil War who said his pandemic-survival strategy was the product of a life’s experience. Pep sees the vaccine as offering a path to normality, and, until we get there, finds solace in fieldwork!

“May all of us find that unique trick to making it through these unusual times”, offered Ferrer. “Soon these memories will only serve to remind us to appreciate the big little things”, concluded Ferrer.

The four videos and nine posters of ‘Now more than ever, practise emotional self-care’ are available here.

26 February 2021
Communications Department
Consell de Formentera

Formentera enters tier 3, with outdoor seating at 50% capacity and six-person groups OK to gather from 2 March

foto 2021 noves mesuresConsell de Formentera chief Alejandra Ferrer sat down today with Balearic health and consumption minister Patricia Gómez to assess the state of covid-19-related affairs and gauge the impact of preventive measures to date. Deputy chiefs Ana Juan, Susana Labrador and Rafael Ramírez were on hand as well, together with Balearic Health Department assistant director of hospital care, Francesc Albertí, and Eivissa-Formentera Health Office manager, Carmen Santos.

Later in press conference Ferrer and Gómez announced plans to introduce tier 3 public health orders from Tuesday 2 March, with the local premiere contrasting the island’s 170 active cases at the start of February to the seven-person case count today (“all have received primary care and no one is currently hospitalised”, she pointed out). The figures mean Formentera can loosen restrictions, said the premiere, “but we’re far from a place where we can forget about public health protocol”.

Tier 3 rules from 2 March
Social and family get-togethers limited to six individuals from no more than two distinct households
Until 6.00pm bars and restaurants can offer outdoor seating at half capacity, max. four to a table and two households
“Sealing off” of entry and exit points continues
10.00pm-to-6.00am curfew remains

Building awareness
President Ferrer asked islanders to be mindful that in the previous seven days Covid-19 had claimed yet another local victim, pushing the pandemic-wide total to six on Formentera, 691 across the Balearics and 68,468 nationwide. “We can hide behind excuses like age and pre-existing conditions, but many of these people would still be here with us if not for this disease .”

“As the island prepares to take restrictions down a notch, it’s important to note that we’ll do it with respect, responsibility, solidarity and, not least, experience”, said Ferrer. “Today’s step forward mustn’t be cause for tomorrow’s step back.”

Ferrer insisted the de-escalation of Covid-19 control measures had to be gradual — “so we don’t get caught in a fourth wave that jeopardises our health, the summer tourist season and a broad push for vaccination. Our priority is an immunity rate that lets us reopen and regain freedom of movement, for the sake of our everyday freedoms and for the sake of economic recovery”.

Vaccination push
Ferrer said government and health authorities were collaborating at every level to execute the essential vaccination push, insisting “regular islanders” would get their turn after vulnerable people, health workers, seniors and key workers. “But we need vaccines to get here”, she continued, “and for production and distribution to be fast.”

The premiere called on “all corners of government to do what’s needed to get vaccines delivered”, insisting the heavily tourism-dependent nature of the Balearic economy made the matter even more pressing. “Twelve months into the pandemic, uncertainty has pushed business to the brink and hospital workers to physical exhaustion, and the rest of us are worn-out and scared too”, she said. “Getting this vaccine here and organising its rollout will take teamwork and compliance with safety protocol.”

25 February 2021
Communications Department
Consell de Formentera

‘Uncover yourself’: Int’l Women’s Day exhibition encourages islanders to ditch taboos

cartell 2021 desobreix-teThe Formentera Department of Culture and the Formentera Department of Equality and LGTBI Affairs join Espai Dones to celebrate International Women’s Day with presentation of Descobreix-te sense tabús (Uncover yourself, taboo-free) at “Ajuntament Vell” gallery from Monday 1 March.

Photographer/designer Llorco Llorenç and model/poet Nadine Marina join forces to give voice to the women of Descobreix-te: extravagant, irreverent, critical, bold, provocative and with a style and voice all their own. Each of the show’s fifteen images is built around a particular theme, with each theme further explored in bite-size texts specially tuned for those less familiar with feminism.

Themes include “Feminism doesn’t mean helping me iron”, “Fight like a woman”, “Uncover yourself, taboo-free”, “Not hysterical, historical” and “Love songs bore me”.

The project’s origins date back to late 2017, when a chance encounter on the streets of Barcelona laid bare Llorenç and Marina’s searing creative chemistry. By injecting objects traditionally seen as ‘feminine’ with a sense of protagonism and critique, Llorenç and Marina push us to shift our perspective and explore the many ways we can uproot the stereotypes binding women to specific roles.

Creator bios
Llorco Llorenç has long since paid his dues as an artist. Bold, enthusiastic, self taught, multifaceted and principled, he has taken on the visual universe from a virtually endless array of perspectives. He learned the ropes alongside artists like Ouka Leele, Sam Haskins and América Sánchez, earning recognition in the form of numerous awards and showing his work at Arco, Fundació Miró, Sephora and Sala Blanquerna. Llorenç has a particular predilection for portraits, no doubt linked to his knack for capturing his subjects’ emotions.

Anthropologist, primary school teacher, poet, feminist, show-runner for the Lola Lolita Nolola art project and writer of No vull ser mare... Nadine Marina holds many titles. Influenced by Martha Rosler, Marina Abramovic, Marguerite Duras, Sylvia Plath and Lucía Berín, Marina trains her attention on the perpetuation of gender roles and inequalities. Through prose, dance and performance, she stimulates critical and boundary-pushing thought and offers silenced heroines —grandmothers, mothers, the upstairs neighbour, the suicided poetesses— a voice.

Visiting hours
Descobreix-te sense tabús is on view at “Ajuntament Vell” exhibition space Monday 1 March to Saturday 13 March from 11.00am to 2.00pm and 6.00pm to 8.00pm (Sundays and Monday mornings closed). The exhibition is included in the Espai Dones and Consell de Formentera-backed programme of events for International Women’s Day, 8 March. Complete programme details are forthcoming.

25 February 2021
Communications Department
Consell de Formentera

Formentera adds voice to Platform for Vaccines, Health and Economy

foto 2021 plataformaConsell de Formentera chief Alejandra Ferrer participated in a video conference today with the Platform for Vaccines, Health and Economy (Plataforma Vacunas, Salud y Economía). Other participants included deputy chief and commerce chair Ana Juan, together with business leaders, the island’s league of small- and medium-sized business, Eivissa-Formentera Association of Hotels, Pine Islands Chamber of Commerce, Confederation of Balearic Business Groups and General Union of Workers (UGT) and Workers’ Commissions (CCOO) trade unions.

Dr Miquel Munar, one of the movement’s backers, described the platform as “government institutions, businesses, regular people and health workers organising to overcome pandemic-era polarisation and promote mass vaccination so things can return to normal and economic recovery can come in time for the summer tourist season”.

“We’re pressing government agencies to cooperate so that as soon as possible we can achieve group immunity”, said Ferrer, calling the issue “critical for our wellbeing and for an economic turnaround this summer.” Video conference participants saw data from platform meetings on EU vaccine production and distribution, and they implored government institutions to do everything in their power to ensure deliveries were on schedule. Platform members also promised the Formentera government organisational and logistical support to guarantee the success of the local vaccination effort.

“We can get through this if we work together and refuse to let demagoguery knock us off the path to safe corridors, free movement and a new tourist season.”

24 February 2021
Communications Department
Consell de Formentera

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