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Next Friday Formentera welcomes jazz concert "Alma en Cuba"

foto 2022 alma en cuba BThe Formentera Office of Culture is pleased to report that next Friday 25 February at 8.30pm, the Sala de Cultura (Cinema) will be the scene of a special jazz concert, Alma en Cuba a Formentera. The show is produced by Trampolí Mecànic in association with the Consell de Formentera, Ràdio Illa and Sa Casa cultural association. This is the second concert of the 2022 L'Illa a Escena programme.

Alma en Cuba is a jazz concert from two of the most outstanding representatives of contemporary music. Iván "Melón" Lewis (piano) and Ariel Brínguez (saxophone) work in symbiosis to offer their personal vision organically intertwining popular music and chamber music with Cuban accents. The pair present a careful selection of Cuban classics blending contemporary elements and the lyrical-musical heritage of Formentera. Past, present and future will converge and breathe life into genres like danzón, contradanza, sueño montuno, jazz and European classical music.

Ariel Brínguez (1982, Santa Clara, Cuba) is a saxophonist, composer and arranger, who studied at the ISA in Havana. He won two USA Grammys collaborating with Chucho Valdés for the album Tributo en Irakere: Live in Marciac (2017) and Alejandro Sanz for the album El tren de los momentos (2009), and scored a Latin Grammy for his collaboration on Iván "Melon" Lewis's album Voyager. He has put out three works: Raíces en colores, which earned him the Opera Prima award in 2009, Experience (2007) and Nostalgia cubana (2016), which is at the centre of his current tour. He has collaborated with an array of musicians like Tata Guines, Román Filiú, Javier Massó "Caramelo", Javier Colina, Paquito de Ribera, Ketama, Niña Pastori, Alain Pérez, Miguel Zenón and more.

Iván "Melon" Lewis (1974, Pinar del Río, Cuba) is a pianist, composer, arranger and music producer. In November 2021, he took home the Latin Grammy for best Latin jazz album for Voyager, his fourth nomination. Lewis has released five albums and performed at the world's most prestigious jazz festivals and venues, like Montreux Jazz Festival, North Sea Jazz Festival, Kennedy Center in Washington and several clubs in New York. Over the years he has collaborated with musicians such as Issac Delgado, Juan Manuel Serrat, Joaquín Sabina, Concha Buika, Ainhoa Arteta, Mariza, Ara Malikian and more.


Tickets for the concert Alma en Cuba a Formentera can be purchased now on www.entradesformentera.cat for €7. Unemployed people, under-employed freelancers, retirees, under-25s and single-parent and large families receive 50% off.

The show will be carried out in accordance with public health protocols and in compliance with the regulations in force at all times.

18 February 2022
Communications Office
Consell de Formentera

Students in pottery course display work at "Ajuntament Vell"

The Formentera Office of Culture is pleased to report that from 21 to 26 February, the "Ajuntament Vell" gallery will house a collection of work from students in a pottery workshop led by Tania Agredano.

This year's exhibition is the first to have a specific theme: it encompasses research carried out by students on water, air, earth and fire. "These four elements make up the world of ceramics and, at the same time, are the so-called four essential elements in life", said Agredano.

The instructor challenged students, alone or in groups, to find ways to artistically express an abstract concept with a technique which humans have used since ancient times. Thirty-two pieces made during the course by eight students will be exhibited. The artists used assorted techniques, colours and clays to craft a distinct piece to represent each element. Agredano said that many of her ceramists in training played with metaphor, feelings, sensations and even the abstract, highlighting the fact that "art is a means of free expression, where we have the opportunity to express ourselves without taking into account style or what is explicitly stated".
Doors open at 6.00pm on Monday 21 February. The hours of the Sala d'Exposicions "Ajuntament Vell" are 11.00pm to 2.00pm and 6.00pm to 8.00pm, Tuesday to Saturday.

17 February 2022
Communications Office
Consell de Formentera

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This Thursday, Sant Ferran's Espai Cultural welcomes "La Pingüina Viatgera"

The Formentera Office of Culture reports that this Thursday 17 February at 4.30 pm, the Reading Point (Punt de Lectura) at the Espai Cultural in Sant Ferran will play host to "La pingüina viatgera", a storytelling session for children ages 2 to 7.

Cristina Brunet, an artist from La Fornal d'Espectacles, will tell the story of Serafina, a penguin who decides to leave Antarctica to see the world. She joins some passing sailors and, on their way, they encounter a strange island made of debris. On her adventure, Serafina will meet two friendly monsters who will help her build a balloon to continue her journey. The little girl travels round the world, passing through cities, forests and deserts, and getting to know its inhabitants and their peculiarities.

In a roundabout fashion, the story-time highlights the importance of taking care of the world we live in but avoids moralism, presenting instead a fun and carefree point of view.

14 February 2022
Communications Office
Consell de Formentera

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"Ella Balla", musical theatre for families

The Formentera Office of Culture is pleased to report that from 6.00pm on Saturday 19 February, crowds at the Sala de Cultura (Cinema) can enjoy Ella Balla. The performance by Moskitas Muertas is the third show of the 2022 L'Illa a Escena calendar.

Ella Balla is designed for children six and up. With Xénia Fuertes as the musical composer, and choreography by Mireia Sobrevela, the two actresses use text, live music and circus and dance techniques to present the vision of Tea, the protagonist in an eponymous work based on the childhood of choreographer Gillian Lyne. Tea is a girl who feels misunderstood, but soon discovers that inside she has a great gift: dancing. The show invites children and adults to be who they really are.

Moskitas Muertas started in 2017 in the particular environment of the island of Formentera. Coming from different places and disciplines, Fuertes (musician and actress) and Sobrevela (actress and dancer) came together driven by the vital need to communicate with their environment through art. In Entre Camas, the pair's first collaboration, words, live music and movement provide the means of filter-free expression and creation.

Ella Balla is Fuertes and Sobrevela's second effort, and it meant laying their creative and professional foundations. The production premiered at Mallorca's FIET Festival of Children's and Youth Theatre, and will feature at the 2022 Igualada Festival.

Recent years have found the two working on a theatrical project about the darker sides of motherhood that is based on the play Órfiles and which the creators describe as "a colloquium on infertility".


Tickets cost €7 and can be purchased at www.entradesformentera.cat. Unemployed people, under-employed freelancers, retirees, under-25s and single-parent and large families are eligible for a 50% discount.

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

11 February 2022
Communications Office
Consell of Formentera

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"Ajuntament Vell" welcomes group exhibition "Els ODS dels Baleàrics"

The Formentera Office of Culture is pleased to announce that 7 to 19 February, the Sala d'Exposicions "Ajuntament Vell" will host the group exhibition Els ODS dels Baleàrics.

This year work will be shown by 18 Mediterranean artists – 17 drew inspiration from the sustainable development goals (ODS derives from objectius de desenvolupament sostenible), and one, Francesc Ramis, presents a synthesis of all the goals. The goals are part of the 2030 agenda for a better world.

This exhibition is the third in the series Els Baleàrics, which is curated by Antonio Torres Martorell and sponsored by the regional ministry of European funding, Universities and Culture and Balearia Foundation. The idea is to disseminate the work of Formentera artists; Enric Riera participated in 2018, Mar Ample joins the initiative in 2022. Featured artists also include Ibizan artists Bonet Vallribera, Julia Fragua and Miguel Ángel García López.

Els ODS dels Baleàrics has already been displayed elsewhere in the Balearic Islands and the Valencian Community. After Formentera, the show will conclude with a stop in Barcelona.

Doors open at 6.00pm on Monday 7 February. The "Ajuntament Vell" gallery is open 11.00am to 2.00pm and 6.00pm to 8.00pm, Monday to Saturday. The gallery closes on Sundays, Monday mornings and holidays.

4 February 2022
Communications Office
Consell de Formentera

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