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Fifth Cantada Pagesa and traditional music workshop

The Consell de Formentera is pleased to report that the traditional music department of the Formentera School of Music and Dance will host the fifth Cantada Pagesa in the Sala de Cultura (Cinema), Saturday 18 February, at 8.00pm. Admission to the 90-minute programme is free and tickets will be available on www.entradesformentera.cat from Friday 10 February. This event is part of the Office of Culture-backed programme L'Illa a Escena.

"The very special programme will see twenty-some students of Xumeu Joan performing traditional singing techniques like cant redoblat and cant glosat solo, in dialogue and in groups", explained Alejandra Ferrer, vice-president and education councillor. "The idea behind the event, of which Xumeu Joan has been the driving force for years, is to preserve Formentera's oral tradition by passing it on to new singers and the island at large", added the councillor, who thanked both Joan and his students "for the great work they do to keep this tradition alive."

Traditional music workshop
This year's Cantada Pagesa will come alongside a workshop on traditional musical instruments like castanets, drum and flute. Vicent Ferreret will lead the class in the Consell de Formentera auditorium, or Sala de Plens, next to the Formentera Day Centre. This workshop will highlight instrument building techniques and materials, as well as how to tune and handle these unique instruments, which are exclusive to the Pine Islands. The dance groups Es Xacoters and Es Pastorells are invited to the event, as well as students of the Formentera School of Music and Dance. Admission will also be free for the general public. Reservations are not required.

10 February 2023
Communications Office
Consell de Formentera

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Presenting "Sargantanes. El temps s'acaba" at Marià Villangómez Library

The Office of Culture of the Consell de Formentera is pleased to announce that at 7.30pm, Friday 17 February, author Antònia M. Cirer Costa and photographer Sebastià Candela will present their book Sargantanes. El temps s'acaba at Marià Villangómez Library. Marià Mayans, president of the Institut d'Estudis Eivissencs and editor of the work, will present the event.

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The 236-page book shows the Pine Islands' endemic lizard in its natural habitat, with photographs by Candela and educational texts by Cirer, who holds a PhD in biology and is a professor of social sciences.

The immensely visual work serves as a reminder that the Sargantana pitiusa is one of the Pine Islands' most beloved natural treasures and, as the only terrestrial vertebrate truly native to Eivissa and Formentera, of capital importance. The ultimate goal of the book is to raise public awareness of the risk of extinction which the lizards currently face. Among the leading causes are invasive snakes that globalised freight and shippig brought to the islands in 2003. The book is a reminder that safeguarding our local lizards is everyone's responsibility.

9 February 2023
Communications Office
Consell de Formentera

Formentera welcomes return of Carnival, this year in Sant Ferran

Today the Office of Culture of the Consell de Formentera presented the programme for Carnival 2023 which will take place Sunday 19 February in Sant Ferran. From 11.00am, islanders keen to take part in the fancy-dress contest should gather at the entrance of the former Sant Ferran school (current Espai Cultural) to register. At 12 noon, parade participants will set out along the main streets in town with the local batucada percussion group, Bloco Colubraria.

Parade participants will go from Carrer Tarragona to Carrer Joan Castelló to Carrer Guillem de Montgrí, climbing this street until reaching the children's play area, where they will turn towards Carrer Major. Next, they will cross in front of the church before arriving back at the starting point at Carrer Tarragona.

"Afterwards, islanders can able to enjoy a celebration reminiscent of the pre-pandemic years with DJs PaDjesa and Javi Box there to keep everyone dancing. We hope that after the two-year hiatus the people of Formentera are livelier than ever", said Vanessa Parellada, acting culture and festivals councillor. The community lunch, organised by Es Forn Gastronomic Association and free for all those in fancy dress, will start at 2.30pm. To make the party more sustainable, guests are asked to bring plates, glasses and cutlery.

In addition, those who wear their costume to registration will be able to participate in the costume contest, with the chance to win one of the cash prizes. The first individual adult prize is €200 and the second is €150. The first individual prize for children is €100, the second is €60. The first prize for pairs is €300, the second prize is €200. The first family prize is €300, the second prize, €200. For groups of three to ten people, first and second prizes are €400 and €250, respectively. For groups of 11 or more, they are €500 and €350. For vehicles equipped with a float, €950 and €650.

Other activities
Various Carnival-related activities will take place before and after the parade. At 6.00pm, tomorrow, Wednesday 8 February, the island's youth drop-in centre, El Casal de Joves, will host a mask-making workshop. At 5.00pm, Thursday 16 February, Fran Lucas will host another workshop, this one at the Punt de Lectura (Espai Cultural de Sant Ferran). Finally, at 7.00pm on Friday 24 February, the Formentera School of Music and Dance will host its own Carnival festival in the Sala de Cultura (Cinema).

7 February 2023
Communications Office
Consell de Formentera

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'Els contes de la Rosa Rodamón' kicks off storytelling series at Reading Spot of Sant Ferran Cultural Space

The Office of Culture of the Consell de Formentera is pleased to report that, the Reading Spot (Punt de Lectura) at the Sant Ferran Cultural Space (Espai Cultural de Sant Ferran) will host "Els contes de la Rosa Rodamón", a storytelling session by Anakrónica, from 5.00pm, Thursday 9 February. This is the first instalment of a storytelling series organised between Libraries of Formentera and La Panera Vermella.

Giuseppe Macchione and Silvia Marote Mayans founded La Panera Vermella out of a desire to lead leisure activities for zero- to six-year-olds. The production encourages play and exploration in the stage in which children begin developing cognitive, social, affective and motor skills. The idea, they say, is to involve children and their families in stimulating activities adapted to early developmental stages, in playful spaces for sharing, playing, experimenting, relating and interacting.

Three-part storytelling series: February, March and April
This series consists of three storytelling sessions, the first in February, the second in March and the last in April. "Els contes de la Rosa Rodamón" is the first instalment. After a long journey, Rosa Rodamón has finally arrived on Formentera. Her suitcases are brimming with stories and songs that she has collected during her travels round the world. With the help of her little ukulele, her stories and her songs, Rosa will see to it that every last one of her listeners has a good time. The show also includes puppets, paper masks and a lot of characters hidden in Rosa's suitcases.

This first story time comes courtesy of Anakronika, the artistic name of Anna Moya, a multifaceted artist born in Barcelona. An actress and professional musician, she has also worked as a director, author and theatre instructor in several schools and civic centres in Barcelona and Madrid. Her stage performances have taken her to Mercat de les Flors, the Coliseum, Sala Muntaner and Club Capitol in Barcelona and she has participated in theatre festivals like La Mercè and FiraTàrrega.

6 February 2023
Communications Office
Consell de Formentera

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Family puppet show "Las Cottons" explores family's survival amid Industrial Revolution

The Office of Culture of the Consell de Formentera is pleased to announce that the Anita Maravillas troupe will present their play Las Cotton in the Sala de Cultura (Cinema) at 6.00pm, Saturday 11 February. The silent 50-minute production tells the story of a family forced to adapt to the new pace of life imposed by the Industrial Revolution and the price they must pay for this change. It is a family-friendly show for children ages five and up.

The show follows the Cottons as they set out in search of a new life and opportunities in the city. Among rooftops and city lights, amid the fabric, threads and machines of the factory, a mother and her two daughters will face new adventures and unknown perils. But, this time they are not alone, and they will throw themselves headlong into their pursuit of happiness.

The Anita Maravillas troupe say Las Cotton shines a light "on the arrival of industrialisation, the exodus to the cities and the harshness of the factory, but also on the women who understood that achieving a dignified life meant sticking together."

Prices and tickets
Tickets are available on www.entradesformentera.cat for €4. Unemployed individuals, under-employed freelancers, retirees, under-25s, single-parent families and large families pay half the price of admission. Tickets can also be purchased at the box office half an hour before the show.


3 February 2023
Communications Office
Consell de Formentera

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