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Formentera celebrates Sant Jordi with book stands, activities for children and youth and a music recital

Today the Formentera Office of Culture and Education presented the activities programme for Diada de Sant Jordi 2022. Susana Labrador, Councillor of Culture and Education, explained, "We have organised a very complete programme of activities to celebrate Sant Jordi", she said, highlighting plans for "the traditional stands with books for sale, but also various activities for children and young people and a flute and piano performance". She added that the year's Sant Jordi programme would by "rounded out by book presentations, more children's entertainment and a made-for-kids exhibition".

Diada de Sant Jordi

From 10.00am to 1.00pm on Saturday 23 April, the Diada de Sant Jordi, Sant Francesc's Plaça de la Constitució will welcome the classic stands where islanders can find books to buy and exchange. This event takes place with the collaboration of the Formentera chapter of Obra Cultural Balear and local libraries.

Visitors at the stands will find bookmarks with sayings from the Valencian writer Joan Fuster. This Balearic Government initiative commemorates the declaration of 2022 as Joan Fuster Year, an event that is promoted by the Generalitat Valenciana and Generalitat de Catalunya and which marks the centenary of Fuster's birth.

One of the book stands will also have the fourth issue of the revisited local fanzine ADN. The newest issue continues the mission of creating a platform of expression for Balearic talent and its fans.

As part of Sant Jordi celebrations, from 11.30am, author Elisabet Fàbregas will be on hand for a presentation of her children's book L'euga negra i el pou de n'Aubarqueta as well as a reading.

Immediately after, at 12 noon, the illustrator Justin Hindley will give a children's workshop on illustrating the characteristic flora and fauna of the Pine Islands.

Later, at 5.30pm, the Casal de Joves will host a Sant Jordi workshop.

Sant Jordi Concert

On Saturday 23 April, music lovers will enjoy transverse flute and piano performances of works by Bach, Tchaikovsky, Liszt, Mozart and more. Performers Úrsula Pomar, director and instructor at the Formentera School of Music and Dance (EDMF), and José Jaime Hidalgo, a pianist and former local teacher, first crossed paths while teaching at EDMF. The two classically-trained artists exude virtuosity and passion for their instruments.

The concert will be held at the Sala de Cultura (Cinema) on Saturday 23 April at 8.30pm. Tickets go on sale Wednesday 15 April at www.entradesformentera.cat.

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Activities for children and youth

On Saturday 9 April, audiences can enjoy the circus/clown show Téntol from the theatre troupe Manipulats.

Téntol, a circus show for family audiences, is based on play and the spontaneous movements it brings about. In this show audiences will watch as the two protagonists string together ideas and games and embody a wide range of emotions. With Téntol, Manipulats articulate a plea for leisure and leisure time as a way of promoting culture, uniqueness, communities and personalities. Téntol marks the 50th anniversary of the Institute of Balearic Studies (Institut d'Estudis Balearics, IEB).

This 50 minute show will be performed at 12 noon on Saturday 9 April in Plaça de l'Església of Sant Ferran.

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Book presentations

At 7.30pm on Tuesday 19 April, translator Nora Albert will be at Marià Villangómez library to present Alda Merini's poetry collection Buidor d'amor.

Then, at the same time and place two days later (Thursday 21 April), library visitors can catch a presentation of the book Cómics y censura:  De Wonder Woman a Charlie Hebdo. The presentation will be given by Maite Ferrer and will include the author, Lluís Ferrer.

Exhibition

As every year, from Monday to Saturday (25-30 April) at Centre Antoni Tur "Gabrielet", islanders can visit the exhibition of the 22nd Antoni Tur "Gabrielet" Bookmark Contest and "Robert Lewis Baldon" Children's Literature Award. The exhibition is open from 10.00am to 2.00pm and 5.00pm to 7.00pm. The exhibition space is closed Sundays. This exhibition features creations from pupils at Sant Ferran, Mestre Lluís Andreu, Pilar de la Mola and Verge Miraculosa primary schools.

4 April 2022
Communications Office
Consell de Formentera

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Students in drawing and painting course show work at "Ajuntament Vell"

The Formentera Office of Culture is pleased to report that from 4 to 9 April, the Sala d'Exposicions "Ajuntament Vell" will host work from students in a drawing and painting course taught by Teresa Matilla.

The exhibition showcases students' work using various approaches, including oil and acrylics and combinations of impasto, recycling and volumetric techniques. In the words of Matilla, "the art of creation mobilises the experiences that have nourished the artist and must come from an inner impulse". She added that students were free to decide on which path of study they followed in the creation of their pieces. Themes featured in the display will therefore be varied, with techniques and styles proposed by the students themselves.

The opening is scheduled for Monday 4 April at 6.00pm. The exhibition will be open Tuesday to Saturday, 11.00am to 2.00pm and 6.00pm to 8.00pm.


31 March 2022
Communications Office
Consell de Formentera

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Traditional cooking workshop centres on flaó

The Formentera Office of Heritage and the local association Es Forn have put flaó at the centre of a traditional cooking workshop at 6.30pm, 5 April, in the kitchen of Marc Ferrer Secondary Shool (IES Marc Ferrer). This is the third cooking class organised jointly by the Consell de Formentera and Es Forn, after two December workshops featured arroç de matances and salsa de Nadal.

The class is free of charge and space is limited. Interested parties should send an email to coneixpatrimoni@conselldeformentera.cat. Participants will receive a confirmation email once registration is complete.

28 March 2022
Communications Office
Consell de Formentera

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"Sabates Noves" is object theatre for young children and families

The Formentera Office of Culture is pleased to report that next Saturday 26 March, Formentera will welcome Sabates Noves, the final instalment of the first four-month period of L'Illa a Escena 2022. Tian Gombau and the L'Home Dibuixat troupe will perform their offering of object theatre at 6.00pm in the Sala de Cultura (Cinema).

Sabates Noves is a 35-minute production for children three and up and families. After the show, the troupe will speak about their creative process and shine a light on the techniques employed in handling objects and puppets.

This show was written and directed by Jordi Palet i Puig. Tian Gombau is the actor-handler who brings to life boxes and shoes. The production is simple and minimalist, but it conveys a valuable message: we all grow. Kids will discover the world around them as a boy, new shoes in hand, recounts his adventure, growing up as he and his shoes accumulate experiences. Adults will relive their childhood through popular songs, the passing of time and the connection with nature.

Tian Gombau and L'Home Dibuixat

The L'Home Dibuixat theatre troupe was founded in Castelló de la Plana in 1992. Their history on the stage spans over 3,600 performances, forty-seven countries, four continents and ten languages. He has received twenty-five awards from prestigious organisations and festivals in Spain and around the world. In 2020 they won the Max award for the best show for children and family audiences.

Currently Tian Gombau creates magical shows for children. His repertoire is based in visual and object theatre, with a poetic and educational language that conveys emotions and relates messages of tolerance and humanity.

Admission and tickets

Tickets can be purchased for €4 at www.entradesformentera.cat. A 50% discount is available for unemployed people, under-employed freelancers, retirees, under-25s and single-parent and large families.

The show will be held in accordance with safety protocols and in compliance with current regulations in force.


18 March 2022
Communications Office
Consell de Formentera

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'Ajuntament Vell' and 'Far de la Mola' welcome "A Collection of Contemporary Art III. Painting and Others", from the collection of Catalina Verdera

foto 2022 art contempo III BThe Formentera Office of Culture is pleased to announce that the Sala d'Exposicions "Ajuntament Vell" will host A Collection of Contemporary Art III: Painting and Others from 14 March to 2 April. The second and third parts of this series will be shown at "Far de la Mola" Cultural and Educational Space from 15 March to 1 October.

A Collection of Contemporary Art highlights works taken from the collection of Catalina Verdera Ribas and is curated by Manolo Oya through Trampolí Mecànic, a cultural association. This is the third instalment of the exhibition.

Primarily focused on painting, A Collection of Contemporary Art also incorporates drawings, graphic works and objects. Featured artists represent a mix of local names, former residents and others who hold the Pine Islands dear. The 42 artists, among them Narcís Puget, Antoni Marí Portmany, Rafael Tur Costa, Enric Riera Tur, Erwin Broner, Toni Cardona Cardona, Helena Belzer, Antoni Tàpies, Carmen Calvo and Jaume Plensa, take visitors on a journey through the history of contemporary art on Eivissa and Formentera. Other featured artists are individuals with whom Catalina Verdera has maintained a relationship as a gallery owner and collector.

Opening:
Monday 14 March at 7.00pm at Sala d'Exposicions "Ajuntament Vell".
Tuesday 15 March at 12.00 noon at "Far de la Mola" cultural and educational space.
Hours at Sala d'Exposicions "Ajuntament Vell": 11.00am to 2.00pm and 6.00pm to 8.00pm (closed on Sundays, holidays and Monday mornings).
Hours at "Far de la Mola" cultural and educational space: 10.00am to 2.00pm (closed on Sundays, holidays and Mondays).

11 March 2022
Communications Office
Consell de Formentera

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