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Juan González shows his photographs at "Ajuntament Vell"

The Formentera Office of Culture is pleased to announce that from 28 June to 9 July, the "Ajuntament Vell" will host the exhibition Diàleg entre el vent i la mar by Formentera resident Juan González.

The exhibition, the third collection of photographs displayed at the municipal gallery in 2022, evokes the sea through images. The Valencia-born photographer presents bits of the landscapes that surround us in large-format snapshots alongside portraits that act as sculptures. Diàleg shares an attentive look at the relationship between individual and environment.

The title of the exhibition is a nod to the last movement of La mer by French composer Claude Debussy. Similarly, González highlights "the result of the confrontation between antagonistic forces: the battle between the wind and the sea".

The exhibition will open Monday 27 June at 8.00pm and can be visited at Sala d'Exposicions "Ajuntament Vell" Monday to Saturday from 11.00am to 2.00pm and 7.00pm to 9.00pm.

The gallery is closed on Sundays, holidays and Monday mornings.


23 June 2022
Communications Office
Consell de Formentera

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Formentera prepares for the return of a summer classic: Cinema a la Fresca

The Formentera Office of Culture is pleased to present the 16th Cinema a la Fresca, the outdoor film series offering islanders and tourists the chance to enjoy summer evenings and classic and contemporary selections from Spanish and international cinema free of charge.

Creative director Véronique Landy has put together a programme of original versions of 33 films from the 1920s to present day that will be screened between July and September. Films start at 10.00pm and happen on Tuesdays in Sant Francesc (Jardí de ses Eres), Thursdays in Sant Ferran (Plaça de l'Església) and Fridays in La Mola (Casa del Poble courtyard).

Susana Labrador, councillor of culture, encouraged locals and tourists alike "to enjoy this free cultural activity that includes films of various themes". She described Cinema a la Fresca as "an all-ages leisure activity put on in three different locations to liven things up on summer nights".

Programming

Cinema a la Fresca starts Tuesday 28 June in Sant Francesc with Portrait of a Woman on Fire, part of the local programme for International Pride Day LGTBIQA+. In it, filmmaker Céline Sciamma tells the story of painter Marianne, commissioned by a countess to paint the wedding portrait of daughter Héloïse, a young woman who has just left the convent and has serious doubts about her upcoming marriage. Marianne must craft Héloise's portrait without her knowing, so she devotes herself to researching her subject on a daily basis.

On Thursday 30 June, the crowd at Plaça de l'Església in Sant Ferran can see Adú as part of the World Refugee Day programme. Directed by Salvador Calvo, the film tells three stories that are linked by a central theme. None of the protagonists know their paths are doomed to cross or that their lives will never be the same again. The three stories painfully map a continent condemned by greed and human misery. Adú  is a tribute to the courage and mental strength of migrants.

Friday 1 July, the courtyard of the Casa del Poble in La Mola will host the screening of director Elia Kazan's A Streetcar Named Desire. In the film, Blanche, who belongs to a once powerful southern family, is a middle-aged, decadent woman made mentally imbalanced by a life trapped in the past. Her unstable behaviour creates conflicts that alter the lives of the people who live with her.

Cinema a la Fresca also offers films for younger audiences like The Boy and the Beast. The film tells the story of Kyuta, a lonely boy living in Tokyo, and a supernatural creature named Kumatetsu living isolated in a fantasy world who becomes Kyuta's friend and spiritual guide. Little Vampire, meanwhile, is an animated adaptation of Joann Sfar's comic book of the same name. The film's diminutive protagonist lives in a haunted house with a merry band of monsters, but is nevertheless bored to death. One night he secretly escapes from the mansion with his faithful bulldog to find new adventures and friends.

Documentary cinema is on the docket too. Buñuel: A Surrealist Filmmaker gives audiences their chance to discover a director known for universality; From Caligari to Hitler: German Cinema in the Age of the Masses casts the story of early German cinema as the history of social and cultural upheaval that shook the First Republic from 1918 to 1933; and, finally, I Am Not Your Negro, tells the story of the African-American movement in modern America.

Attendees will be able to enjoy film noir with Bong Joon-ho's 2019 Oscar- and Palme d'Or-winning Parasite; Sydney Lumet's Serpico and Marco Bellochio's The Traitor, not to mention comedies like Ninotchka (Ernest Lubitsch), The Rocket to Calabuch (Luis Berlanga) and A Night in Casablanca (Archie Mayo).

In some of the other films, the lead is love. Leo McCarey's You and I; Gaza mon amour, from Mohammed Abou Nasser and Ahmad Abou Nasser, and Pedro Almodóvar's Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown. There will also be space on the marquee for sci-fi, with Denis Villeneuve's Dune.

An Autumn Afternoon (Ozu), Memories of My Father (Fernando Trueba), The Idol (Hany Abu-Assad) and Mountains May Depart (Jia Zhangke) will serve viewers up with visions of family portraits. With Aki Kaurismäki's The Other Side of Hope, Jean Luc Godard's Vivre sa Vie and Cloe Zhao's Nomadland, we will enjoy portraits of several unique lives.

Once again this year, 26 July in Sant Francesc's Jardí de ses Eres, one of the highlights will be pianist Jota Hidalgo's live-action soundtrack for Buster Keaton's silent film Seven Chances.


21 June 2022
Communications Office
Consell de Formentera

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School of Music and Dance hosts year-end festival

The Formentera Office of Education and Culture is pleased to announce that 25 June at 5.30pm, the School of Music and Dance of Formentera [Escola de Música i Dansa, EMDF] will host its end-of-the-year celebration in the Sala de Cultura (Cinema).

A total of 110 music and dance students will take part in a show packed with a diversity of music and dances. Dancers will perform classical choreographies and modern dance and music students will tackle baroque compositions and original batucadas from Rio de Janeiro, and the film scores of Titanic and Pirates of the Caribbean.

To crown the event, the Band will perform Vangelis's "Conquest of Paradise" with the Formentera polyphonic and children's choirs.

The festival is open to the public and it is not necessary to reserve a ticket, but attendees are encouraged to come early. Doors will open at 5.00pm. Admission is free but space is limited.

17 June 2022
Communications Office
Consell de Formentera

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Centre Antoni Tur 'Gabrielet' welcomes exhibition from OCB's 'Foto Denúncia' contest

From 21 to 28 June, 5.00pm to 8.00pm, Centre Antoni Tur 'Gabrielet' will host the exhibition of the second 'Photography for Change' [Foto Denúncia], a photo contest organised by the Formentera chapter of Obra Cultural Balear. The opening of the exhibition will take place 20 June at 8.00pm and will include an awards ceremony.

16 June 2022
Communications Office
Consell de Formentera

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Formentera revives classic format of Music in the Squares

Today the Formentera Office of Culture presented the summer 2022 programme for Music in the Squares [Música a les Places]. The classic format of concerts in the squares of Sant Ferran, Es Pujols, Sant Francesc and the promenade of La Savina will return from next week. The ambiance will be imbued with diverse musical styles, from world and Latin music to blues, soul, rock, heavy metal and jazz.

Susana Labrador, councillor of culture and festivals, expressed her satisfaction because "after two years in which Music in the Squares was marked by restrictions stemming from the pandemic, in 2022 we want to see Formentera's town squares as we're used to seeing them in summer: with good rhythms and music to enliven the atmosphere".

La Savina

Monday nights in La Savina are all about Mondays at the Port. From 20 June to 12 September and starting at 10.00pm, prepare for live musical performances that turn up the heat in the Marina.

Es Pujols

Es Pujols' Plaça de Europa hosts World Music, where the featured performers are Música a les Places veterans Antena Libre. Save for a month-long break in August, performances are scheduled every Thursday from 16 June to 20 October.

Sant Ferran

17 June to 23 September, every Friday from 10.00pm, it's the return of a Formentera summertime classic, as Plaça de l'Església in Sant Ferran welcomes Live Music [Música en Viu]. All summer long, count on Musical Formentera to deliver the goods and bring a festive atmosphere.

Sant Francesc

And Saturdays in the Plaça de la Constitució, the legendary Jazz in the Square [Jazz a la Plaça] will bring performances from Formentera's most endearing jazz outfit. Concerts run 18 June to 24 September, from 10.00pm.

Collaborators

Once again this year, Music in the Squares collaborators include Jazz & Co, Musical Formentera, Antena Libre, the Neighbourhood Association of La Savina and the Port Authority of the Balearic Islands. In addition, every two years the Consell signs an agreement with Estrella Galicia to support this musical and cultural initiative.


9 June 2022
Communications Office
Consell de Formentera

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