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26-29 May, Formentera Fotogràfica celebrates tenth anniversary with outsize line-up of image pros

foto 2022 ff AThe Formentera Office of Tourism is pleased to report that the Formentera Fotogràfica festival will celebrate its tenth year from 26 to 29 May with a programme of more than 20 professionals from the world of the image. Over four days, professionals and amateurs of contemporary visual culture, photographers, filmmakers, curators, editors, journalists, writers, booksellers and professionals of the still and moving image will converge on our island.

Alejandra Ferrer, Vice President and Councillor of Tourism, pointed up the outstanding speakers scheduled to participate in the event's tenth edition, which includes a very special exhibition to run mid-May to late June in Es Pujols' Plaça Europa. "Once again this year, this festival of photography will place Formentera at the fore of the national photography scene", said Councillor Ferrer, who pointed out that organisers had lined up "a first-class sampling of photography for the enjoyment of islanders and tourists, who we hope this off-season event can draw".  

Exhibition

Formentera Fotogràfica also brings with it an exhibition, "50 Photographs with History", in which curators José María Díaz-Maroto and Gonzalo Revidiego retrace the history of photography in Spain over the last eighty years. The open-air group exhibition looks at photography in Spain through fifty nationally- and internally-acclaimed photographers, from the masters of the early twentieth century to contemporary names in the craft. The exhibition is organised by Acción Cultural Española (AC/E), the Consell de Formentera and Formentera Fotogràfica. Seventeen national award winners feature among the selection of photographers. The exhibition offers visitors the opportunity to use their mobile phones to take a guided tour by scanning QR codes located on each photograph.

Programme

At the Sala de Cultura-Cinema in Sant Francesc, the epicentre of the festival, participants will enjoy lectures, talks and screenings on topics such as war conflicts, human rights, the situation of women, migratory movements and the environment, among others. Participants will include photojournalists like Emilio Morenatti (Pulitzer Prize, 2021) and Santi Palacios (National Photojournalism Award, 2015 and 2016). In addition to the ten scheduled talks and presentations, festival attendees will be able to participate in hands-on sessions in assorted indoor and outdoor locations on the island.

To register and view the complete programme, visit https://www.formenterafotografica.com. Residents of Formentera receive a 50 % discount.

Tribute to Ramon Masats

Among the activities will be a tribute to Ramon Masats (National Photography Award, 2004) offered by journalist Chema Conesa, recently awarded the Ministry of Culture's Gold Medal for Fine Arts Merit. Both will be on hand to review Masats' trajectory as a human being and his professional career, revisiting past work as well as his personal archive and writings.

Formentera Fotogràfica is a festival promoted by the Consell de Formentera and directed by Francesc Fàbregas. It is a space for knowledge, reflection and collective creation through intimately-sized practical and theoretical sessions led by leading names in photography and contemporary visual culture. The festival is for professionals, students and amateurs of the image who share a desire to exchange experiences with peers in an ideal environment such as Formentera.

5 April 2022
Communications Office
Consell de Formentera

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Calling all stargazers: Formentera Astronòmica turns two

foto 2022 f astronomica BThe Formentera Office of Tourism is pleased to present the second Formentera Astronòmica, which this year will take place between May 6 and 8. Formentera Astronòmica is intended for the general public, residents and tourists who wish to discover part of this exciting world with their families, partners or friends.

"After the success of last year's edition, and conscious of Formentera's privileged position for stargazing, the Consell is promoting Formentera Astronòmica once again", explained Alejandra Ferrer, Vice President and Councillor of Tourism, who pointed out, "The event is organised right at the beginning of the season to attract visitors with a one of a kind programme centred on astronomy".

Alessia Comis, director of Formentera Astronòmica, confided, "We have put together a very complete programme that will allow visitors to enjoy the event as a romantic getaway or a several-day outing with the family". Comis said that she hoped that this angle would be taken up by journalists covering Formentera Astronòmica to give it more visibility. The goal is to reach one hundred participants.

Programme

The daytime part of the event will be held in Sant Francesc, with talks playing out in a hotel and the workshops in Plaça de la Constitució. Children's workshops will again be included as well and will be open to residents. They will take place from 10.00am to 2.00pm Friday, Saturday and Sunday so that Formentera families and schools can participate. Children aged zero to fourteen are additionally invited to take part in a drawing contest; this year's theme is "The Star Tourist". Drawings can be submitted until 6 May to concurso@formenteraastronomica.com.

The nocturnal part of Formentera Astronòmica, set in various natural spaces with scant light pollution, will fuse with gastronomy. Two themed stargazing dinners mean participants will be able to travel into space with telescopes and take part a workshop on night photography.

Speakers specialised in astronomy include Luisella Giulicchi, president of Women in Aerospace; Carlos Briones, researcher at the Spanish National Research Council; Manuel González, astronomer; Eva Ramírez, expert at INECO; Asier Arranz, disseminator of AI and astronomy at Nvidia; Dalila Dawid, expert in night photography; Miguel Ángel Molina, director of GMV's space division; Rosa Rodríguez, from the Balearic Islands Coastal Observing and Forecasting System (SOCIB), and Guillermo De Haro, writer at Jotdown and professor at IE Business School.

The Astronomical Association of Formentera will again collaborate in the event. With the help of AAF's new telescopes, two night sky observation sessions will be staged and open to all, by reservation. AAF will share the best spots for stargazing on the island.

To find out all the details about activities and speakers, see the complete programme and sign up, visit https://www.formenteraastronomica.com/es. Registration is €100 for adults and €50 for children. Residents of Formentera receive a 50% discount. Residents may also choose to register for observation sessions only. Participants who register before 15 April are eligible for an additional discount.

29 March 2022
Communications Office
Consell de Formentera

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Formentera presents promotional activities in Portugal and Barcelona

The Formentera Office of Tourism is pleased to report on the promotional activities it is carrying out this week in Portugal and Barcelona. Between tomorrow, Tuesday 29 March, and Thursday 31 March, Formentera will participate in three promotional roadshows in the Portuguese cities of Lisbon, Porto and Coimbra.

"At these events, travel agents, tour operators and professionals will be able to see the destination at a stand and get all the necessary information so that they know first-hand everything from how to make reservations and get here, to cultural and sporting events in the pre and post season", explained Alejandra Ferrer, Vice-President and Councillor of Tourism. Also on display will be Formentera's ornithological and heritage routes as well as details about steps that the island has taken "to be a more sustainable destination where travellers have a unique experience in contact with nature", added Councillor Ferrer.

These actions reinforce other efforts to promote Formentera, like at the BTL travel expo in Lisbon, 16 to 20 March. Councillor Ferrer described Portugal as "a market that in the last two seasons has increased its presence on our island".

Promotion in Spain

Between 29 March and 3 April Formentera will participate in two promotional fairs in Barcelona. On the one hand, from 29 to 31 March, local representatives will join the diving sector at the Mediterranean Diving Show. In this sense, Councillor Ferrer confided, "We want to take advantage of our transparent waters to promote Formentera as an ideal destination for diving and at the same time raise awareness about the need to protect our waters in order to continue enjoying them".

Lastly, between 1 and 3 April, the island will be promoted at the BTravel fair in Barcelona. As in Portugal, there, Formentera will tout off-season events and its credentials as a sustainable island that seeks a respectful brand of tourism.

28 March 2022
Communications Office
Consell de Formentera

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Formentera unveils Employment and Enterprise Fair

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Formentera unveils Employment and Enterprise Fair
This 7 April, the Formentera Office of Entrepreneurship will host the island's first Employment and Enterprise Fair (Fira d'Ocupació i Emprenedoria). The Fira was at the centre of a presentation given today by Ana Juan, President of the Consell de Formentera and Councillor of Entrepreneurship, together with co-organisers Dolors Roig, Island Director of the Eivissa-Formentera arm of the Balearic Employment Office (SOIB), and Pepe Salvador Puig, Director of the vocational training programme and the Entrepreneurship Classroom at Marc Ferrer Secondary School (IES Marc Ferrer). The Fira will be held at Jardí de ses Eres and Centre Antoni Tur 'Gabrielet' from 9.00am to 3.00pm and will have assorted spaces, from information tables staffed by representatives of companies presenting job offers, to training workshops for youth interested in starting a business.

President Juan expressed her satisfaction at seeing the initiative's inaugural edition come to life: "Our local administration is aware of the needs on both sides: of businesses, to find employees, and of workers, to find jobs that fit their skills, so the Office of Entrepreneurship promotes this fair in the hope it creates a space for synergies between companies and islanders without jobs". Juan confided that this Fira "comes from a desire to deliver continuity and a boost to every sector of the local job market", and encouraged workers and companies alike to participate.

Eight companies from the tourism and transportation sectors and a human resources company have signed up to offer jobs and conduct interviews, and the application period remains open. Collaborating entities also on hand will share information on employment and training.

The Director of SOIB Eivissa-Formentera applauded the Consell's impulse in the initiative, which she asserted would "strengthen connections between companies and workers", and said that SOIB representatives at a dedicated stand would "be there to inform, guide and advise people who need it".

Mr Salvador, for his part, welcomed the chance to "publicise the Entrepreneurship Classroom, which we believe is a basic tool for the economic and social growth of the island". He cast the Fira as "a great opportunity to showcase the educational offer at IES Marc Ferrer". Students of the basic vocational training course in cooking and catering will also be at the fair to provide catering.

Activities programme
(Time / Activity)
9.30am Opening: Employment and Enterprise Fair of Formentera 2022

10.00am Talk: "SOIB: Tools for Training and Employment", with Iván Zamora, Employment and Labour Market technician (SOIB)

11.00am Talk: "Nimble Methodologies: How to Turn an Idea into a Real Business", with Javier González Martínez, consultant and trainer for business growth at IES Marc Ferrer

11.45am Break

12.15pm Talk: "Resources and Aid for Entrepreneurship", with Pere Jiménez Creis, Head of the Business Information and Training Service (R&D&I)
1.15pm
Workshop: "Create your Business Model with Mind Maps", with Pere Jiménez Creis, Head of the Business Information and Training Service (R&D&I)

2.15pm Round-table: "Training, Employment and Entrepreneurship"

Want to attend or participate in the Fira d'Ocupació i Emprenedoria?

Registration/participation form: https://forms.gle/S7afj2EX6E8SMH8j8

e-mail: aodl@conselldeformentera.com

Phone: 971 073 887


24 March 2022
Communications Office
Consell de Formentera

National Geographic promotes Formentera to UK travellers

foto 2022 national geoThe Formentera Office of Tourism is pleased to report that yesterday National Geographic gave an online conference entitled "The other side of the Balearics" that was backed by Formentera. This presentation was aimed at travel reporters from the United Kingdom and hosted by the National Geographic magazine and website. In the words of Carlos Bernús, Director of Promotion, who participated, "this event allows us to reach a type of visitor with purchasing power who is keen on outdoor activities and conscious of sustainability, including environmental sustainability, at the destination they visit".

The presentation highlighted the advantages of visiting Formentera –an environment where one can be in near constant contact with nature– outside the months of summer, and touted the island's low-season offer of culture, sports, heritage and gastronomy. Participants also found out about initiatives like formentera.eco for a sustainable mobility and Save Posidonia Project to preserve posidonia seagrass and the local coastline, "as well as other actions being taken on our island to ensure that our visitors' experiences are unique", explained Bernús.

This presentation is included in Formentera's Strategic Promotion Plan, in which more promotional actions will be piloted in collaboration with a PR firm specialised in tourism and publicising Formentera to UK travellers. Bernús pointed out that the multitude of travel connections between the UK and the Balearic Islands, together with increasingly loose Covid travel restrictions, "has meant a spike in reservations to come to our destination".


23 March 2022
Communications Office
Consell de Formentera

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