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Formentera Film youth programme, deep-dives on affective-sexual diversity and European Youth Week form core of May calendar at Casal

foto 2021 FF BThe Formentera Department of Youth Services announces the activities programme for this May at the island’s youth drop-in centre. The kick-off came at 8.30pm last Saturday, with screenings in the Casal courtyard from Formentera Film’s youth section. Seven shorts spanned fiction, animation and documentaries, and the crowd enjoyed “extrafest” features and scored a first-ever look at the street dance video shot in April with participants in the Casal de Joves’ dance course.

This week’s programme includes a movie night on Wednesday, TikTok contest on Thursday, table tennis tournament on Friday and talent show on Saturday.

On 12 and 26 May it’s the return of “Xerrades en línea”, a virtual lecture series presented in association with Chrysallis to create a shared space for learning and reflections on respect and affective diversity. And on Saturday 15 May, the International Day of Families will be celebrated with an outing to a trademark Formentera location.

Spring is a time for flowers and plants, so Friday 21 May will come with a workshop on making natural oils. Then on Tuesday 25 May, island youth can catch a talk on Molinet, a local project involving social currency.

European Youth Week
Youth chief Vanessa Parellada took special care to highlight activities related to European Youth Week, which she said were designed to “empower Casal youth, speaking to their interests and requests for deeper connections between Casal staff, the local youth department and island youngsters”. Related activities include a mountain bike ride on Saturday 22 May and a graffiti workshop on Saturday 29 May.

For more information, visit the Casal from 4.00pm to 10.00pm, Tuesday to Saturday, send an email to casal@conselldeformentera.cat, or send a message on Instagram (@casaldejovesformentera). Meanwhile, street dance classes continue 4.30pm to 5.30pm, Tuesday to Friday at the Antoni Blanc sports centre.

3 May 2021
Communications Department
Consell de Formentera

Formentera Film hosts workshop with youth from Casal de Joves

foto 2021 film joves BSol, María, Kiara, Mirela, Alba, Dina and Isa —seven participants in Imma Vidal’s course on street-dancing at the island’s youth drop-in centre, el Casal de Joves— have wrapped a video with Monica Timperi and Silvio Bandinelli, the two heads of Formentera Film.

Past workshop veterans Yerap Jiménez and Camilio Puerta directed the clip, and special thanks are in order for Pilar Aldea and Alben Albendea for producing.

Arturo Bandinelli will tend to editing duties, and the film itself will get its big-screen début on 1 May, at a special screening especially for the youth of Formentera Film 2021. Formentera Film is expected to happen 12 to 16 May. Details will be forthcoming.

14 April 2021
Communications Department
Consell de Formentera

On the Casal de Joves programme this April: dance, Sant Jordi celebrations and educational activities

cartell 2021 casal abrilThe Formentera Department of Youth Services announces the April activities bill at the drop-in centre for young islanders. The programme kicks off with an all-new initiative, Xerrades en Línia (Online Lectures), with an inaugural 6 April edition focused on transgender visibility in a nod to Transgender Visibility Day (31 March). Presented by Chrysallis, the talks will take place on the 6th and 16th at 6.30pm and the 28th at 5.00pm and may be attended person-to-person at the Casal.

Next up, 7–10 April, youngsters can take part in Formentera Film Project. Borne of collaboration between Formentera Film and the Casal de Joves, FFP will find youth producing a video chronicle of classes on street dance. On Wednesday the 14th the centre will screen the documentary Madre Tierra and on Thursday the 15th youth can catch No t’ofeguis en l’alcohol (Don’t drown in alcohol), an exhibition on display until the 30th.

A skateboarding-themed “gymkhana”, or field day, will take shape outside the Casal on Wednesday 21 April; a top-secret craft project for the feast day of Sant Jordi on Friday the 23rd, and a blacklight demonstration on Saturday the 24th. Activities will continue on Thursday the 29th with a viewing party to fete World Dance Day. The April programme draws to a close on Friday the 30th, when youth are invited to come and help decorate the centre.

“Whether it’s an exhibition on alcohol use, a documentary about the environment or a lecture about transgender issues, education and awareness about other realities have always been key to programming at the Casal”, insisted department chief Vanessa Parellada, “The spotlight might be on dance; or maybe it’s an event that deals with crafts or science. Whatever the focus, we do our best to accommodate creativity in all shapes and sizes”, adding, “Naturally, it wouldn’t be April without a little something for Sant Jordi”.

6 April 2021
Communications Department
Consell de Formentera

Children’s play area in Sant Ferran to become reality this summer

foto 2021 parc infantilThe Formentera offices of infrastructure and youth services report that work has begun on a new park for children at the juncture of Sant Ferran arterials Carrer Guillem de Montgrí and Carrer Major. The €249,288 project is expected to take four months, with completion scheduled for late June.

Youth services and citizen participation chief Vanessa Parellada welcomed the news that the highly-anticipated play area would soon become a reality, saying, “This is something that kids across the island will be able to enjoy”. The councillor pointed out that the park had received funding after the Consell d’Entitats voted to back the idea as part of Formentera’s Participatory Spending initiative. The original idea came to the league of civic organisations by way of the Sant Ferran Association of Students’ Parents (APIMA), which also took part in the design. “Thanks are in order for all who took part and took time out for the community”, said Parellada.

The 295-square-metre park will include an astroturfed resting area; four freshly planted trees; a wooden platform, pergola and bench, and a play area with rubber flooring. The play area will feature play equipment, a swing set and seasaw. The park will be encircled with blocks of composite cement and a wooden gate and equipped with a drinking fountain and dustbin.

17 March 2021
Communications Department
Consell de Formentera

March Casal de Joves programme kicks off with celebration of Int’l Women’s Day

cartell 2021 iii casalThe Formentera Department of Youth Affairs has unveiled the run of activities it has lined up this March at the island’s youth drop-in centre. Chair of the equality and youth department Vanessa Parellada highlighted the programming surrounding International Women’s Day, 8 March. “We wanted this to serve as a reminder to young people that equality is something we have to fight for. Youth are vital to the struggle, because they represent both our present and our future”, she said.

The activities bill kicks off Wednesday 3 March with “Miss Escaparate”, a documentary that focuses on the absence of females in positions of power and questions the narrow and stigmatised image presented by the media. More in the same vein comes 6 March, when island youth are invited to take part in programming around the Vikingfader-made “mural of the woman” located outside the Casal.

Artistic activities
Also on the bill are artistic activities, like sticker-making 5 and 12 March, a spin art clinic on 10 March, and more spin art fun and freestyle creation with an “Evening of Art” on 13 March.

On 19 March there will be a callisthenics workshop.

On Saturday 20 March, young people can get the run-down on the Beni Trutmann photo contest and find out why they should take part in the smart-phone category.

Interested in online activities? Tune in 17 March for a series of tips about tailoring everyday routines for improved health. Then catch a virtual workshop on make-up 27 March.

And finally, online street dancing classes continue in March from Tuesday to Saturday, 4.30pm to 5.30pm.

3 March 2021
Communications Department
Consell de Formentera

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