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On Saturday 5 March, Sala de Cultura hosts the women of "Elles Sonen" for a concert celebration of mixed heritage

Performers include Marina, from Ojos de Brujo, La Mari from Chambao and Anita Kuruba from Canteca de Macao

The Formentera Offices of Culture and Equality are pleased to report that from 8.30pm next Saturday 5 March, the Sala de Cultura-Cinema will host Elles Sonen. This event is included in the International Women's Day programme and is the third concert on the 2022 calendar for L'Illa a Escena.

Marina from Ojos de Brujo, La Mari from Chambao and Anita Kuruba from Canteca de Macao. These three vocalists represent a generation, they are women with their own voice, they are composers, lyricists and performers. Band leaders for more than a decade, they are part of three well-known groups from the mestizaje ('mixed heritage') music scene and will be backed by musicians Carlos Sarduy, J. "El Cani" Huertas, Isaac Robles and Aaron Puente.

Marina Abad began singing with Ojos de Brujo when the band that would become known for fusing distinct styles formed in Barcelona in 1996. The group aspired for the intersection of flamenco and reggae, hip hop, rock and electronic music. In 2007 they won the Latin Grammy for Best Flamenco Album for Techarí. As a solo artist, Marinah has released four albums; the most recent, Heroínas (2021), speaks to the struggle of women.

María del Mar Rodríguez sang as a member of Chambao until 2005, when she took the reins as the group's leader. She has collaborated with groups and artists like Bebe, Jarabe de Palo, Enrique Morente, Javier Ruibal, Rosario Flores, Fuel Fandango, Ara Malikian, Vanesa Martín and more. At the 2012 Latin Grammy Awards she was nominated for Best Contemporary Pop Vocal Album.

Anita Saboya was the vocalist of Canteca de Macao for over a decade. Since releasing her first solo effort, Anita Kuruba, in 2019, she has forged ahead with new sounds more reminiscent of R&B, soul and electronica.

Prices and tickets

Tickets for the Elles Sonen concert are available at www.entradesformentera.cat for €7, and unemployed people, under-employed freelancers, retirees, under-25s and single-parent/large families receive half off.

The function will be hosted in accordance with health and safety protocols and in compliance with current regulations.

25 February 2022
Communications Office
Consell de Formentera

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For International Women's Day, Formentera hosts 'Collage', an exhibition from Rebeka Elizegi

In observance of International Women's Day, from Monday 28 February in the Sala d'Exposicions "Ajuntament Vell", the Consell de Formentera presents "Collage", an exhibition which plugs into two projects by artist Rebeka Elizegi to foreground the work of fellow collage artists around the world.

First there is "Mujeres en Guerra", a series of seven collages inspired by the lyrics of Pedro Guerra, a singer-songwriter from the Canary Islands known for his feminist lyrics. These pieces stand as a tribute to women from varying walks of life and corners of the globe: Cathaysa, an aboriginal Guanche girl from the Canary Islands; Home, a battered woman from the developed world; Herminia, an older Latin American woman; Burqa, an Arab woman trapped in a burqa; Mothers: mothers of the Plaza de Mayo; Rosario, a girl/mother in a rural Latin American setting; Lilith, the first woman to rebel against submission and decide for herself.

Second, the exhibition includes reproductions of work from 50 female creators featured in Elizegi's book Collage Firmado por Mujeres, which offers an extensive sampling of contemporary collage the world over.
 
The collages in this selection push the limits of artistic creation through a wide variety of themes and techniques.

Rebeka Elizegi, born in Donostia, is a collagist, art director and graphic designer. She works exclusively in analogue, hewing to the classic manual collage technique without resizing or digital retouching.

Past collage clients include Alma - Obra Social "la Caixa", San Telmo Museum, Gran Meliá Hotels, Proyecto Mut, Thyssen-Bornemisza National Museum and musician Jah Chango, and in the press she has collaborated with newspapers La Vanguardia and Le Monde diplomatique and the acclaimed magazine Der Spiegel. While Elizegi also focuses on themes like gender diversity, the female figure is central to her work, which has been shown in Barcelona Madrid, Los Angeles, Warsaw and Berlin. Images of bodies are a constant: the body, a space that oppresses. The body, whose color, age and gender mark and stigmatise. The body, so often a reason for submission. The body, which Elizegi strives to liberate through her compositions.

Doors will open at 6.00pm on Monday 28 February. Sala d'Exposicions "Ajuntament Vell" will be open Monday to Saturday, 11.00am to 2.00pm and 6.00pm to 8.00pm, and closed Sundays, Monday mornings and holidays. The exhibition closes 12 March.

24 February 2022
Communications Office
Consell de Formentera

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Second Formentera Mostra de Músics: eight hours of live music to celebrate Dia de les Illes Balears

The Formentera Office of Culture is pleased to report that next Tuesday 1 March, coinciding with the celebration of Dia de les Illes Balears (Balearic Islands Day), Musical Formentera will present the second Formentera Music Festival (Mostra de Músics de Formentera) from 1.00pm to 9.00pm in the Sala de Cultura-Cinema.

Admission is free of charge and reservations are not required, but seating is limited and all current public health guidelines will be observed. Susana Labrador, Councillor of Culture, invited music lovers to come out for the event, where local musicians –ten groups, a singer-songwriter and two DJs– will deliver eight hours of live music. Labrador said that the event was about "supporting hometown musicians" and praised Musical Formentera for organising it.

Performers include Jam Factory, Paz Aguado, Pit Yunsen Band, Emi Bueno, Percusión Latina, Erik Doornweerd, Óscar & Friends, Yakari & The Marie Connery Quartet, Sur, Maya Alexander Band, Punk Floyd and DJ Clint Zero and DJ Gioele Brizio.

Musical Formentera

A cultural association, Musical Formentera was founded in 2020 to promote music, protect artists and technicians and support inter-island cultural exchange in partnership with public and private entities and associations in the Balearic Islands.

Performers

Jam Factory
Opening the second Mostra de Músics are Jam Factory: Eki Hoffmann on double bass and Kelly on vocals, ready to delight audiences with a catalogue of pop hits.

Paz Aguado
Singer-songwriter and multidisciplinary artist Paz Aguado blends musical creation and the visual arts. She accompanies herself on guitar, with lyrics that connect the dots and make sense of the world.

Pit Yunsen Band
A seventies rock trio formed by Pit Meyer on guitar and vocals, Nuno Alves on bass and Pierre-Alain on drums.

Emi Bueno
Backed by Eki Hoffman on double bass, Emi Bueno will play a repertoire ranging from jazz to boleros.

Percusión Latina
This duo will inject a touch of salsa and Latin music to the atmosphere.

Erik Doornweerd
Born in Indonesia, raised in Holland and contented on Formentera, Erik Doornweerd not only played with Joven Dolores, he also organised the open stage at La Mola Craft Market, with musicians, storytellers, jugglers, magicians, dancers and more, for a quarter of a century. Doornweerd's repertoire encompasses rock, folk, country and blues, and he alternates between guitar, lap slide, harmonica and five-string banjo.

Óscar & Friends
The African percussion group Óscar & Friends will bring their African rhythms to the Mostra de Músics.

Yakari & Marie Connery Quartet
Fronted by Nuno Alvez, this band of local musicians formed in winter 2020 to reignite great moments in jazz and funk. Expect healthy servings of groove and talent.

Sur
An Argentinian rock outfit that formed on Formentera, Sur describe their format as "Power Acoustik" and deliver a mix of originals and covers.

Maya Alexander Band
This band boasts an expansive rock repertoire and the incredible voice of Maya Alexander.

Punk Floyd
With front-man Piero Ameli, Punk Floyd revisits the more psychedelic entries from the catalogue of the legendary Pink Floyd.

DJ Gioele & DJ Clint Zero
The Formentera Mostra de Músics will close with DJ Gioele Brizio and DJ Clint Zero. Brizio has worked as a DJ since 1993, and collaborated on remixes for acclaimed artists. Zero is a New York-bred Formentera-based disc jockey whose eclectic style is underscored by diverse DJ sets.

23 February 2022
Communications Office
Consell de Formentera

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Formentera celebrates Balearic Islands Day with ceremony, music, dance, sports and heritage activities

foto 2022 melodi AToday Ana Juan, President of the Consell de Formentera, and Susana Labrador, Councillor of Culture, presented the programme of events commemorating Balearic Islands Day on Formentera. The island councils used agreements to coordinate and tailor programmes to each territory.

Formentera will follow tradition by holding official celebrations on 1 March, which, as President Juan pointed out, would find revellers welcoming back local dance troupes. After plans were upended last year amid the pandemic, Juan touted the return of face-to-face festivities in the square and the gradual return to normal.

Susana Labrador, Councillor of Culture, offered a review of the other sporting, musical and heritage activities that the island has lined up for la Diada. She praised the various entities whose collaboration was essential to putting together a jam-packed programme of hometown musicians, dancers and athletes.

Tuesday 1 March, Dia de les Illes Balears

The official Balearic Islands Day ceremony will take place in the Plaça de la Constitució from 12 noon,  with a speech from Ana Juan, President of the Consell, and entertainment from local folk dance troupes Es Xacoters and Es Pastorells.

At 10.00am the Consell de Formentera YouTube channel will celebrate the holiday with a video from students of the Formentera School of Music and Dance, "An Island of Melodies".

At Molí Vell de la Mola, kids ten and up can learn to make esparto straw slingshots in a workshop put together by the Archaeological Museum of Eivissa and Formentera (Museu Arqueológic d'Eivissa i Formentera, MAEF). The workshop will run from 11.00am to 1.00pm, with space for 25. To attend, call 971 176 090 to make reservations, or go directly to Molí Vell de la Mola until capacity is reached.

From 1.00pm, the Sala de Cultura (Cinema) will host the second Formentera Music Festival (Mostra de Músics de Formentera): eight hours of music from the artists of Formentera Musical. Performing groups include Jam Factory, Paz Aguado, Pit Yusen Band, Emi Bueno, Percusión Latina, Erik Doornweerd, Óscar & Friends, PerSona, Yakari & The Marie Connery Quartet, Sur, Maya Alexander Band, Punk Floyd and DJ Clint Cero with DJ Gioele Brizio.

Seating will be limited, and reservations are not required. Current public health guidelines will be observed.

Sports activities

From 26 to 28 February, Illa de Formentera Tennis Club will host the Second-Category Balearic Tennis Championship for benjamíns, alevíns, infantils and cadets.

Plus, from 27 February to 1 March, the Club de Surf Formentera will host the Balearic Windsurfing Championship Techno Class 293 at the Nautical Sports Centre of Formentera (Centre d'Esports Nàutics de Formentera, CENF).

22 February 2022
Communications Office
Consell de Formentera

Formentera puts on creative writing courses at Marià Villangómez Library

The Formentera Office of Culture is pleased to report that this year, two creative writing courses have been programmed at Marià Villangómez Library. The first will take place in March and be given in Spanish, with a second, tentatively scheduled for October or November, to be held in Catalan.

Fiction or non-fiction, creative writing transcends the limits of professional, journalistic, academic and technical writing. Participants in creative writing courses usually craft original texts which are shared with classmates under the supervision and guidance of a teacher, the latter highlighting ways to uncover and cultivate latent creativity. The dynamics in each course will differ.

Marià Villangómez Library has acquired books in Catalan and Spanish on this subject that will be available in March. Susana Labrador, Councillor of Education and Culture, said the classes were designed to "validate youth and adult interest in writing and offer alternative approaches to leisure and education that we hope all those interested can take advantage of".

Creative Writing in Spanish, March 2022

Creative Writing in Spanish is free and geared toward writers aged 16 and up. To sign up, send an email to biblioteca@conselldeformetera.cat. Enrolment is open from 21 February to 3 March, with space for ten. Classes will take place at Biblioteca Marià Villangómez every Monday in March (7, 14, 21 and 28) from 7.30pm to 9.00pm, and will be led by Maria Vila Rebolo.

Vila, who became a calligrapher and writer after a youth spent writing stories and drawing letters, characterises writing as "freedom and refuge", says transmitting her love of letters is the goal of her courses. Her works include Manual de Escritura Creativa y Terapéutica: Talleres de Escritura paso a paso (Creative and Therapeutic Writing Manual: Step-by-step Writing Workshops); Cómo vivir del arte (Making a Living with Art) Gente Increíble de Ibiza y Formentera: El oficio de artista; Artistas de Ibiza (Incredible People from Eivissa and Formentera: The Artist's Craft; Ibizan Artists); Microrelatos para reír y soñar: potros salvajes y mujeres bailando entre flores (Microtales to Laugh and Dream: Wild Colts and Women Dancing Among Flowers) and Valiente: Poesía mágica (Brave: Magical Poetry) She was also a finalist for the second PJY Visual Poetry Award. More information about Vila's work can be found at www.caligrafiaibiza.com.

This workshop is about providing aspiring writers with resources to write more and better and to hone emotional, social and linguistic skills, and is designed to illuminate a range of literary genres, promote creativity and encourage reading through writing.

For more information, send an email to biblioteca@conselldeformentera.cat or call 971 32 33 86 during library hours.

21 February 2022
Communications Office
Consell de Formentera

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