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This Friday, the 13th Passarel·la de Moda takes over es Pujols

foto 2021 passarelaEarlier today the Formentera Department of Commerce unveiled the 2021 programme for Formentera’s Passarel·la de Moda. Eighteen local creators will supply the designs as the hometown runway show turns thirteen at 9.00pm, Friday 2 July in es Pujols’ plaça d’Europa. To talk about it, commerce councillor Ana Juan was joined in press conference by coordinator Amalia Mora and a group of participating designers.

The “returns” invoked by this year’s tagline, ‘Retorno’, are many: a return to normalcy after a year of complications; return to the iconic plaça d’Europa setting and return to the Passarel·la’s trajectory. Ana Juan insisted the word also underscored local government’s faithful support for the island’s designers. For the deputy premiere and commerce chief, the stars of this year’s Passarel·la are the creative minds driving it: “Their work is proof that, 2020’s challenges aside, fashion and design constitute a thriving, if relatively undersized, local industry”. Juan additionally drew attention to the success of last year’s online edition.

Participating creators include Janne Bikinis, Hippie Shop Formentera, Kavra de Formentera, Equilibre, Simona Colzi&le voyeur vintage, Vintage Ibiza-Formentera, Macramé&Acho joyas, Molly Mallone, Michele Crocitto, Elena Hurtado & Lorenzo Pepe “OBI”, Laura López, Eva Cardona, Ur Joies, Flavio Cocho and Majoral.

Amalia Mora insisted plaça d’Europa would prove a “spacious and high visibility” backdrop, besides offering “an added layer of security”. Features will include jewellery, handbags, wedding dresses and party dresses, she said, not to mention top-shelf avant-garde creations inspired by the natural spaces, sea and colours of Formentera. And she told the Passarel·la’s faithful crowd of tourists and islanders to prepare for surprises in this year’s collections, along with some new faces. Among them is Laura Lopez, who completed design studies earlier this year.

The Passarel·la’s professional models are from Eivissa firm Deva Modelos, and the gala will be presented by journalist Montse Montsalve and the young Formentera musician Miquel Tur.

Finally, the Consell applauded the Passarel·la’s sponsors. This year’s event had a budget of €35,000.

28 June 2021
Communications Department
Consell de Formentera

Formentera celebrates International Yoga Day with Xuan Lan

foto 2021 iogaThe Formentera Office of Tourism is pleased to announce that Saturday 19 and Monday 21 June will come with two guided yoga sessions from international guru Xuan Lan. For International Yoga Day on Monday, the Consell de Formentera has teamed up with Puro Bienestar to spotlight a discipline centred on the wellbeing of the body and mind.

Lan is a wellness expert and exponent of myriad yoga styles, and her special demonstration in a unique setting promises a magical mood of detachment in the port of la Savina. The first session, “Brahma sunset yoga: back to the essence”, happens Saturday at 7.30pm, while the second, “108 sun salutations”, will take place at the same time two days later. Each session costs €20 and proceeds benefit conservation of posidonia seagrass through the Save Posidonia Project.

Complete information can be found at https://formenterazen.es/dia-internacional-del-ioga.

14 June 2021
Communications Department
Consell de Formentera

From tomorrow, family-friendly Formentera Astronómica takes initiates on discovery of the stars

cartell 2021 f astronomicaThe Formentera Office of Tourism is pleased to report that tomorrow marks the start of Formentera Astronómica. The event’s inaugural edition will come to an end on 13 June, with some fifty participants registered so far.

Organisers say Formentera Astronómica is a chance for star-loving tourists and local families to enjoy and discover a world of excitement. From 10.00am to 2.00pm tomorrow, children in Sant Francesc’s Jardí de ses Eres are invited to “create the universe” out of recycled material, while the same four-hour block on Saturday and Sunday will see participants of all ages plugging into special monitors and virtual-reality goggles for celestial educational games.

Apart from the family-friendly programme of talks, expert-led stargazing sessions, intergalactic VR journeys, activities and crafts, one of the programme’s standout features is a now fully-booked dinner under the stars on platja Migjorn. The complete Formentera Astronómica programme can be found at https://www.formenteraastronomica.com.

Featured names Aguilar Nàcher (director general, Spanish Foundation for Science and Technology [FECYT]) and Carlos Briones (researcher, CSIC) will share illuminating and candid accounts of personal experiences, while other speakers will consider the existence of extraterrestrial life, the concept of space debris and fact vs. fiction in sci-fi cinema.

Open call for illustrators
Fruits of a face-to-face workshop are at the heart of a social media-powered drawing contest dubbed “El visitant de les estrelles”. Photos of drawings from developing artists can be submitted via email until tomorrow 11 June to concurso@formenteraastronomica.com.

Formentera residents pay half price at Formentera Astronómica. The FOT-organised event is coordinated by Pidelaluna Events, with additional support from the Balearic Islands Tourism Agency (AETIB) and in association with the Astronomical Association of Formentera.

10 June 2021
Communications Department
Consell de Formentera

Consell crowns participation in job seekers’ programme with 7 new SOIB Reactiva positions

foto 2021 soib reactivaThe Formentera Department of Entrepreneurship reports that seven positions were offered as part of the latest round of recruitment through SOIB Reactiva, bringing the total number of jobs created for previously jobless islanders to 22. Individuals hired in this second round began their four-month assignments on 23 April.

Entrepreneurship chief Ana Juan described SOIB Reactiva as “very useful for the formerly unemployed islanders who’ve hired on and improved their skill sets for future career paths”.

Openings in this round of recruitment include four cleaners (over-30s/long-term jobless); two brigade operators and an information assistant (jobless over-30s on SOIB rolls for at least three months, fewer if the individual in question was previously furloughed).

Valued at €225,810, Formentera’s SOIB-backed 2020 Reactiva contracts are made possible by the European Social Fund’s 2014-2020 Operational Programmes for Regional Youth Employment, money from the central government’s Sectoral Conference, and the local fund to promote Supporting Sustainable Tourism (ITS).

1 June 2021
Communications Department
Consell de Formentera

Italian ambassador visits Formentera

foto 2021 visita ambaixadorConsell de Formentera deputy premiere Ana Juan welcomed a visit this afternoon from Riccardo Guariglia, Italy’s ambassador in Spain; Monica Lacalamita, deputy consul on Eivissa and Formentera and Lanfranco Fabbro, vice consul emeritus. Citizen participation chief Vanessa Parellada attended the meeting as well.

During the visit Juan stressed “the close ties binding Formentera and Italy”, and asserted, “Italy isn’t just home for 35% of our visiting tourists. According to 2020 census figures people of Italian origin account for 1,706 of Formentera’s residents, and are a deeply-rooted part of our community.

Meeting participants also discussed the current state of affairs in public health, and the Vice-President Juan out that Formentera “is good to go as a safe destination” and ready to welcome another year of transalpine tourism.

21 May 2021
Communications Department
Consell de Formentera

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