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Dance, music, theatre and family share spotlight in L'Illa a Escena this fall

Today the Formentera Office of Culture presented the fall programme of performing arts and music under the banner of L'Illa a Escena. Susana Labrador, councillor of culture and education, explained that the seven-show programme, which runs from 24 September to 11 December, encompasses dance, music, theatre and family-friendly performances for adults, youth and children. Labrador hopes that "islanders enjoy the premier programming that has been prepared to promote culture and offer ideas for leisure activities".

On Saturday 24 September, Trio Bórea will present the concert Alte Liebe. The group's first project features a selection a chamber music interweaving a digital and interactive audiovisual piece showcasing the life and work of three great musicians of the nineteenth century: Robert Schumann, Clara Schumann and Johannes Brahms. The pieces are linked through a narrative based on the featured composers' epistolary documents.

The concert starts at 8.00 pm in the Sala de Cultura (Cinema).

The second show, a family-friendly production titled Soc una nou, is borne under the hands of Lleida-based company Zum Zum Teatre. Marinetti is a relentless and bitter solicitor who has taken almost the entire neighbourhood to court. Everything changes the day Omar, a young refugee, falls from a branch of Marinetti's walnut tree and transforms her life completely.

Winner of the 2021 Feten Awards for Best Direction and Best Choral Performance, the show starts at 6.00pm, Sunday 2 October, in the Sala de Cultura (Cinema).

With Imaginaris Monstruosos, Lioparda Teatre help Formentera commemorate International Day of Action for Trans Depathologisation.

Imaginaris Monstruosos is visual theatre with puppets and prostheses. Youth and adults alike will enjoy its innovation and transgression, which carve out a place for the marginal smack dab in the centre. Succinct and poetic symbolic language is but one feature of a montage that takes audiences from a monster's uncertain depths to the tenderness that awakens when we acknowledge our own vulnerability.

The show starts at 8.30pm, Saturday 22 October, in Sala de Cultura (Cinema).

Olympia Metropolitana and El punt de la i kick off the November programme with El Plan, a black comedy in which the protagonists slowly strip off masks to test the limits of their survival instincts and notions of friendship. Bolstered by shining set design and masterful sound effects, three performers in a state of grace bring to life a brilliant text as they move between hilarity and the very essence of drama.

The show starts at 8.30pm, Saturday 12 November, in Sala de Cultura (Cinema).

The next spot on the November calendar is occupied by DA.TE Danza troupe's family-friendly Natanam, a contemporary dance show in which two performers, or two friends, or two accomplices, meet in a playroom. They discover that water, fire, wind and earth are ordered and at their fingertips. A playroom can be a beach, it can be a desert, it can be the sea. And, when you are alone, it can be many worlds.

Natanam is an exploration of the path to joy. It is a multilevel production whose varying degrees of symbolism reveal themselves based on viewers' age and maturity.

Winner of the 2021 Feten Award for Bringing Dance to Early Childhood, the production starts at 6.00pm, Saturday 26 November, in Sala de Cultura (Cinema).

December begins with Matrimoni per medicina, the new theatrical comedy from Grup de Teatre des Cubells. A wealthy father intends to marry his daughter to the man who most suits his needs. As time goes by, things grow complicated and the father ends up with a taste of his own medicine.

The play starts at 8.30pm, Saturday 10 December, in Sala de Cultura (Cinema).

Tying the bow on L'Illa a Escena, Sunday 11 December, Formentera's youngest will enjoy Shows Ibiza's La màgia dels colors, a magical, lighthearted and educational show where children will learn to name their emotions with colours.

The play starts at 6.00pm, Sunday 11 December, in Sala de Cultura (Cinema).

Children's shows are priced at €4 and shows for adults at €7. Unemployed individuals, underemployed freelancers, retirees, under-25s, single-parent families, large families and people with functional diversity pay half price. In the words of Susana Labrador, the discounts are about ensuring culture reaches everyone.

With the exception of Alte Liebe (Saturday 24 September), which goes on sale Monday 19 September, tickets can be purchased at www.entradesformentera.cat starting Friday the week before each show.

Cultural support
L'Illa a Escena is supported by the Spanish Ministry of Culture's National Institute of Performing Arts and Music (Instituto Nacional de Artes Escénicas y de la Música, INAEM).

16 September 2022
Communications Office
Consell de Formentera

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Formentera remembers El Quiosc de n'Anselmo through the gaze of Robert P. Hawkins

From Wednesday 14 September, Centre Antoni Tur 'Gabrielet' will host "Drawings and paintings of El Quiosc de n'Anselmo" (Dibuixos i pintures del quiosc de n'Anselmo), an exhibition of 14 oil pastel works of the old beach bar at Punta de sa Pedrera by painter Robert P. Hawkins. In 1982, Hawkins (Massachusetts, 1948) exhibited for the first time on Formentera, where he resides for part of the year. Since that time he has participated in numerous group and solo exhibitions on the island.

The exhibition will open at 8.00pm on Wednesday and remain on view 11.00am to 2.00pm and 6.00pm to 9.30pm, Tuesday to Sunday, until 23 September.

12 September 2022
Communications Office
Consell de Formentera

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Next Monday, 'Ajuntament Vell' welcomes Irina Zadek's 'El arte de vivir'

The Formentera Office of Culture is pleased to announce that 13 to 24 September, "Ajuntament Vell" exhibition space will host "El arte de vivir", an exhibition of photography by Irina Zadek.

The exhibition is composed of twenty-three photographs of various sizes, and documents six artists and artisans who live and work on the island. The display reflects subjects' connections with their creations, their work and Formentera. The photographer traces this focus on subjects' working worlds to a desire "to give them greater visibility because they are an important part of our society".

Zadek has been a resident of Formentera since 2006. Two years earlier, she began her career as a photographer. In her work, Zadek explores human beings and their connections and relationships.

"El arte de vivir" opens Monday 12 September. It can be seen at Sala d'Exposicions "Ajuntament Vell" 11.00am to 2.00pm and 7.00pm to 9.00pm, Monday to Saturday.

The gallery is closed Sundays, holidays and Monday mornings.

9 September 2022
Communications Office
Consell de Formentera

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This Tuesday, Sant Ferran Punt de Lectura reopens with story time from "Jully Papallona"

The Formentera Office of Culture is pleased to announce a story time at 5.00pm on Tuesday 13 September at the Sant Ferran Reading Point (Punt de Lectura). The event is the first cultural activity for children as the Punt de Lectura reopens and local pupils return to classrooms.

Attendees will hear the story of Sofia, a five-year-old girl who does not want to go to bed and asks her mother to recount "Jully Papallona", Sofia's favourite story. The inspiring tale highlights the adventurous and determined spirit of children, as well as love and respect for ancient and ancestral trees. Told by Laura Asensio, who plays an array of characters, the story lasts 45 minutes and is for pupils in year four of primary school and up.

Asensio was born in Barcelona in 1978. With a great passion for theatre, she began her first course in 1999, where she learned techniques in body expression. She developed a great interest in gestural, movement and object theatre, finally opting for clown theatre, which she studied at Berty Tovías' theatre school in Barcelona. In 2004 she took part in the European Theatre Festival, part of Barcelona's Tantaranbana theatre programme, with a troupe known as Papinrom. For five years, she worked in Scotland as a hospital clown with Hearts&Minds and created her own shows, including "The clown & the ring". She also leads puppet-making workshops for parents as a method of interaction with children. Back in her hometown, she taught body expression to the elderly, various workshops for babies and mothers and took part in programmes related to theatre and body expression for people with functional diversity. Currently, she works as an actress at the Granja Escola of Palautordera and travels telling stories and leading workshops at libraries and festivals.

8 September 2022
Communications Office
Consell de Formentera

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Marià Villangómez library extends opening hours to Friday afternoons

Today the Formentera Office of Culture presented the new winter schedule at Marià Villangómez library and the reopening of the Sant Ferran Reading Spot (Punt de Lectura).

Monday 12 September, as the school year gets under way, Marià Villangómez library will begin its new winter schedule. This school year, the library will open Monday to Friday mornings 9.30am to 1.00pm and afternoons 4.00pm to 7.30pm. The new hours mark an extension of last year's timetable, which didn't included Friday afternoon/evening.

The expanded hours can be traced to a plenary agreement in which the Consell undertook to study urgently offering service Marià Villangómez library on Friday afternoons and Saturday mornings in response to public demand. "We have retooled staff schedules to open Friday afternoons", explained Susana Labrador, councillor of education and culture. "The current situation does not allow for service on Saturday mornings, but as soon as possible we will implement it."

The Punt de Lectura will also reopen 12 September with its usual schedule: Monday to Friday, 4.30pm to 7.00pm.

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Marià Villangómez library offers check-outs, bibliographic information, photocopies and technical assistance at the computer lab. Seven computers are available for consultation, work and study and one computer is available exclusively for consultation. The study room has also been expanded. It is now equipped with 24 seats for study and personal computer use. Three reading areas have been set up as well.

The children's room is open during the same hours and contains material for reading and entertainment.

The Punt de Lectura offers check-outs, bibliographic information, three computers for visitors, and study stations for adults and children. The Punt de Lectura is located in Sant Ferran's Espai Cultural.

Both Marià Villangómez library and the Punt de Lectura regularly programme recreational, educational and cultural activities for adults and children. They also host writing and photography courses, book presentations, and more.

For further information and inquiries, please send an e-mail to biblioteca@conselldeformentera.cat or call 971 32 33 86.

7 September 2022
Communications Office
Consell de Formentera

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