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9th Formentera Fotogràfica promises 5 days of reflections on world of the image

foto 2021 formen fotograficaThe Formentera Offices of Tourism and Culture are pleased to report that from 8 to 12 October, Formentera Fotogràfica will welcome renowned professionals like Sofía Moro, Txema Yeste, Lua Ribeira, Ana Esmith/Miss Beige, Nando Esteva, Luis Tato, Cristina de Middel, Jon Cazenave, Paco Gómez, Gloria Oyarzabal, Fernando Maquieira and Ferran Forné of newspaper ARA for five-day festival of thought-provoking reflection on the world of the image.

Organiser Francesc Fàbregas said the festival’s 2021 edition, its ninth, marked a “renewed commitment to diversity in programming”, which he framed as “creating a space to promote and showcase the richness of Spain’s contemporary visual culture”.

Few spots remain, and the Consell de Formentera president and tourism chief Alejandra Ferrer has encouraged any local adepts of photography not yet registered to sign up. Residents of Formentera pay half price.

Ferrer insisted that in terms of idyllic backdrops for photos, it doesn’t get much better than Formentera. Plus she highlighted the “respectful” brand of tourists that the October event draws, asserting that FF attendees “appreciate our idiosyncrasies and do their part to spread the word”.

Sponsored by the Consell de Formentera and brought to life under the direction of Francesc Fàbregas, Formentera Fotogràfica is envisaged as place where collective learning, reflection and creation mobilised through a mix of intimate sessions, both hands-on and theory-driven, led by prominent voices in contemporary photography and visual culture. The event is geared towards professionals, students and amateurs of imaging eager to exchange experiences face to face against a uniquely beautiful natural backdrop.

View the full programme and register at formenterafotografica.com.

17 September 2020
Communications Office
Consell de Formentera

Formentera Zen returns in late September to reconnect participants, body and mind

foto 2021 formentera zenThe Formentera Office of Tourism is pleased to announce that from 24 to 26 September the seventh Formentera Zen will take place on the island. Dedicated to holistic wellness, the programme of master classes, workshops and talks focuses on dermatology, cosmetics, beauty, psychology, psychiatry, science and wellness, nutrition, batch cooking, wellness at home, exercise, yoga and more.

Formentera has hosted the Puro Benestar-organised event seven years, said president and tourism chief Alejandra Ferrer, who insisted the aim was to give residents and visitors “a space to reconnect body and mind”. She also asserted it had become “an end-of-season filip for tourism” and a “natural fit for an island so intimately associated with health and physical and emotional wellness”.

The number of participants at this year’s Formentera Zen will be limited based on Covid constraints in force when the event is held. Capacity has been set at 150, with two-thirds of available spaces already claimed. Signups can be completed at www.formenterazen.es, where visitors can also find complete details on the programme and speakers. Formentera residents get 50% off the normal price.

Organisers say Formentera’s light, tranquility and beauty make it a unique and incomparable backdrop to experience health, wellbeing and happiness. As in 2020, complete health and safety protocol will be enforced at the event.

30 August 2021
Communications Office
Consell de Formentera

Formentera unveils info-packed map of Es Pujols

foto 2021 mapa es pujolsBThe Formentera Office of Tourism has put together an information-enhanced map of the town of Es Pujols, an effort which the island’s president and tourism chief, Alejandra Ferrer, traced to area business owners and their push for a graphic display to highlight new developments like traffic flow changes and other information of interest to visitors.

The map gives prominence to the town’s major tourist draws, such as the dry docks, beach, waterfront promenade with market and Plaça d’Europa, where passersby can enjoy musical entertainment on many summer nights. Other sites of interest include the pharmacy, children’s play area and Tourist Info Point, where the maps will be distributed. They can also be found on the FOT website, www.formentera.es.

In addition to up-to-date general interest information, a special section points up traffic flow changes on Avinguda Miramar, from its junction with Carrer Espalmador to the water, and on Carrer Punta Prima, between Avinguda Miramar and Carrer Xaloc. Both arterials are reserved for pedestrians between 8.00pm and 7.00am.

President Ferrer said that local government hoped changes to the town’s layout would “deliver a boost to business activity and ensure both islanders and visitors can enjoy everything Es Pujols has to offer”.

17 August 2021
Communications Department
Consell de Formentera

In es Pujols, fashion fans hail runway’s ‘return’ as Passarel·la turns 13

foto 2021 passarellaCOn a stage replete with jewellery, handbags, wedding dresses, party dresses and top-shelf avant-garde creations inspired by nature, the sea and the colours of Formentera, the island’s vice-president and commerce councillor, Ana Juan, thanked local designers for making the Passarel·la possible amid such complicated times: “Despite the challenges, the modest local industries of fashion and design are thriving”, she affirmed.

Creators included Janne Bikinis, Hippie Shop Formentera, Kavra de Formentera, Equilibre, Simona Colzi&Le Voyeur Vintage, Vintage Ibiza- Formentera, Macramé&Acho jewellery, Molly Mallone, Michele Crocitto, Elena Hurtado & Lorenzo Pepe “OBI”, Laura López, Eva Cardona, Ur Joies, Flavio Cocho and Majoral.

A duo of hosts, journalist Montse Montsalve and young hometown musician Miquel Tur, presided over events from 9.00pm, though not without help from the professional models at Deva Models of Eivissa. Watch the Passarel·la on the Consell de Formentera YouTube channel, where it was broadcast live.

3 July 2021
Communications Department
Consell de Formentera

Six local shops rep Formentera as spotlight shines on iconic Balearic businesses

foto 2021 emblematicsFormentera is one of 14 municipalities participating in Emblemàtics Balears, an initiative backed by the Balearic government in conjunction with the Formentera Department of Commerce to catalogue the most iconic establishments of the region. Formentera businesses account for six of the 102 establishments featured: Forn Sant Ferran, Forn Can Jeroni, Forn Can Manolo, Llibrería Tur Ferrer, Sa Farinera and Teixits J. Marí Serra.

Earlier today a presentation of the initiative included top-ranking Consell de Formentera official Alejandra Ferrer; deputy first minister and productive sector chief in the Balearics Juan Pedro Yllanes; deputy premiere and commerce and entrepreneurship councillor for Formentera Ana Juan; director of the regional commerce office Miquel Piñol and managing director of the Balearic Institute for Business Innovation Mariona Luís. Shop representatives were on hand as well, and received Emblemàtic Balears decals.

Additional info can be found on a new site, www.emblematicsbalears.es, part of an effort to showcase and strengthen traditional local businesses.

‘What makes Formentera Formentera’
President Ferrer applauded the work of Formentera’s historic shops, which she cast as “true models of social sustainability” in that “these establishments have been passed down from generation to generation”. She went on to tout the celebrated businesses as “exemplars of economic sustainability because they represent circularity and make ripples that cut across the local economy”. “We’re always talking about sustainability and about what makes Formentera Formentera”, offered Ferrer. “Well, you’re it.”

“This is about acknowledging, promoting and strengthening traditional commercial establishments”, explained Mr Yllanes. “These are small businesses with history, establishments with deep roots in our neighbourhoods and villages and, generally speaking, possess attributes that are completely unique and which carry extraordinary added value”.

Councillor Juan said Emblemàtics Balears was “a boost to traditional trade and a chance to highlight the merits and force of a key part of our social fabric”. According to the commerce chief, “Formentera’s recent history has played out in these shops. It’s been shaped by the people who run them, and by the families who’ve kept these businesses alive to present day.”

Emblemàtics Balears arose in a bid to protect historic hometown businesses, with the commemorated iconic establishments viewed as unmatched showcases of the uniqueness of each municipality. Though the focus of the initiative is on particular shops, the prospect of visitors coming from the region and beyond mean other businesses will benefit too.

The Emblemàtics website offers insight about featured shops’ trajectories and principal characteristics in Catalan, Spanish and English, part of an effort to maximise the initiative’s reach. The translated texts will also help ensure iconic shops become tourist draws, and strengthen Formentera’s commercial fabric more broadly.

29 June 2021
Communications Department
Consell de Formentera

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