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The second instalment of L'Illa a Escena 2022: "Aión"

The Formentera Office of Culture is pleased to report that Formentera will soon welcome the second act of L'Illa a Escena 2022: Aión. This dance piece from Fils Roulants will be performed at 8.30pm next Saturday 12 January in the Sala de Cultura (Cinema).

The play was created and directed by Valeria Del Vecchio, who shares the stage with Pablo Arias. The performance is anchored by movement and is backed by an original soundtrack by Diego León Arias.

Aión represents a place outside of time where there is a multitude of possibilities, experimentations, games, fluctuations. It is a kind of open window on the origin of all things.

Citing a fragment from author Lorenzo Alessandro Pepe served as a source of inspiration in the play's creation, Del Vecchio explains the setting: "Before kronos (time) dragged the universe into a free fall towards the end of all things, when the gods, still children, played in Aión their cruel games - games of life and death, love and hate, attraction and repulsion, innocent and merciless games that experience all the possibilities of the real, interpolating every possible permutation in infinite combinations".

In 2017 Del Vecchio and Arias began collaborating on local improvisational performances of live music and movement, as well as assorted intensive courses. From these experiences grew the idea of creating a new project together: a piece that can be tailored to distinct places and spaces. In 2021 a version of Aión premiered at Eivissa's Territori Festival.

Del Vecchio has lived on Formentera since 2009. Her schooling in ballet and dedication as a contemporary dance teacher began in Del Vecchio's native Italy. There she worked in the dance and theatre company Moto Mimètic. She has since created several dance works and performed movement pieces like Perdius i Paries. The interest and passion for the body and movement have led Del Vecchio to develop her own method based on a technique known as Body Weather. She currently teaches regular classes and intensive courses.

Pablo Arias' assorted projects in dance, corporal expression, performance and musical composition date back to 2016. He is a singer, musician, composer in the collective Negritos, of which he is also the co-founder. He has also performed with the collective on various stages in Europe and Latin America, and collaborated with musicians as varied as Manu Chao and Alice Cooper. He currently collaborates with the Nius project for the aesthetic stimulation of children from zero to eighteen months old.

Admission and tickets

Tickets are available from tomorrow, Friday 4 February, at www.entradesformentera.cat for €7. A 50% discount applies for unemployed people, under-employed freelancers, retirees, under-25s, and single-parent and large families.

Health and safety protocol and current regulations will be enforced at all times.


3 February 2022
Communications Office
Consell de Formentera

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Formentera suspends Carnaval 2022 for public health reasons

The Consell de Formentera reports that this year Carnaval celebrations 26 February will be suspended due to the public health situation on the island, which entered tier 4 of alert Monday 31 January.

When a territory is at tier 3 or higher, controls must be placed on access to events outdoors and in open spaces, namely, in the case of popular festivities. For local celebrations of Carnaval, a social and festive occasion, such measures could not be guaranteed. Additional challenges were envisioned to enforcing safe physical distancing measures.

2 February 2022
Communications Office
Consell de Formentera

Catalan rock legends Brams to give Formentera concert complete with five-star guests

Next Saturday, 5 February, the Sala de Cultura (Cinema) will host the legendary Catalan rock and ska band Brams, along with guest performers like Gerard Quintana (Sopa de Cabra); singer-songwriter (and former member of Ibizan folk group UC) Isidor Marí; the mythical Aires Formenterencs; local singer-songwriters Maria José Cardona (Imaràntia) and Genís Campillo (Santgenís) and Valencian rapper Tesa. Festival organisers described the aim of the Barnasants concerts as "paying tribute to three generations of Catalan music and to all the singer-songwriters of territories where Catalan is spoken and where Catalan culture lives and breathes". This is the second of ten Barnasants concerts scheduled and the first of this quarter's L'Illa a Escena programme.

Susana Labrador, Councillor of Culture, pointed out that this year, Barnasants "will offer a very special tribute concert to kick off Formentera's hosting of the independent music festival. After the high turnout and warm response met by past editions, Barnasants' festival of indie music once more appeared as the perfect chance to offer islanders cultural programming and share Formentera's cultural exports with the rest of the Catalan-speaking territories", she said.

"Baula Rere Baula"

A Barnasants original production, "Baula Rere Baula" pays tribute to the group fronted by Francesc "Titot" Ribera and David Rosell and their more than 13 album career. The event has been timed to coincide with the 30th anniversary of the Bram's first album, a generational key piece between the Nova Cançó movement of Catalan-language performers and the unabashedly political groups which have emerged in recent decades.

With 1992's Amb el rock a la faixa, Brams arrived ready and willing to pick up where protest singers had left off, giving audiences dance tunes as well as food for thought and political struggle…and that same combative spirit remains intact today. The concert leads crowds through three decades of music, history and collective struggle, and the band are joined in the endeavour by very special guests and symbols of three generations of Catalan song: Nova Cançó's forefathers, Brams' contemporaries and the most recent line of musical combatants.

Cultural exchange

Beyond programming on the island, the agreement between the Consell de Formentera and Barnasants' organisers includes a commitment to promoting hometown acts offshore. In 2022, Formentera singer-songwriter Santgenís (Genís Campillo) will present his new album Empelt to audiences in Barcelona, Valencia, Mallorca and Menorca as part of the festival.

Now in its 27th year and with a reputation which is firmly cemented across Europe as a promoter of independent acts, Barnasants comes to Formentera for the fourth straight year thanks to a freshly renewed agreement between festival organisers and local government.

In addition to the concert, Formentera crowds will also enjoy the launch of Formentera singer-songwriter Caïm Riba's newest album. Riba performs 11 June thanks to a collaborative arrangement between the Formentera chapter of Obra Cultural Balear. Riba's show will close out the 2022 edition of Barnasants Formentera.

Admission and tickets

Brams perform next Saturday 5 February at 8.30pm at the Sala de Cultura (Cinema) and tickets are available now at www.entradesformentera.cat for €7. This is the first show where the unemployed and under-employed, retirees, under25s and members of single-parent and large families get half off the ticket price.

The concert will be held in accordance with health and safety protocol and in compliance with current rules.

28 January 2022
Communications Office
Consell de Formentera

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Art students of IES Marc Ferrer exhibit work at Sala d'Exposicions "Ajuntament Vell"

The Formentera Office of Culture is pleased to report that from 31 January to 5 February the Sala d'Exposicions "Ajuntament Vell" will host a exhibition of work from first and second year art students in non-compulsory secondary studies at IES Marc Ferrer. The batxillerat programme has been offered in art since 2020.

This year, five students will show some twenty pieces from the first quarter of Artistic Drawing and Techniques of Graphic and Plastic Expression. The pieces were fashioned on an array of media, such as canvas, wood, cardboard and paper. Students employed techniques in painting, mixed media and more, and incorporated collage, frottage, transfers, charcoal and engraving.

An assortment of themes are touched on in the exhibition, which stems from students' work on natural and artificial forms and represents their interpretation of local architectural heritage with varying degrees of iconocity.

The exhibition will open on Monday 31 January at 6.00pm. The exhibition will be on view at Sala d'Exposicions "Ajuntament Vell" from Tuesday to Saturday, 11.00am to 2.00pm and 6.00pm to 8.00pm.


27 January 2022
Communications Office
Consell de Formentera

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Lifelong learning for seniors returns to Formentera with a seven-lecture series until May

The Formentera Office of Seniors is pleased to report that from 4 February the Open University for Seniors (Universitat Oberta per a Majors, UOM) returns to Formentera with a seven-part lecture series scheduled to run until 13 May. Ana Juan, President of the Consell and Councillor of the Elderly, encouraged islanders 50 and up to come out for the lectures, hosted in various local venues and in accordance with health and safety measures. "The talks will see prominent speakers taking on a wide variety of topics ranging from episodes in local history to everyday subjects of interest", explained Juan.

President Juan will attend the first instalment along with UOM Director Antoni Gamundí.

The talks will take place at 5.00pm and take place at the Sant Francesc retirees and pensioners club, Sant Ferran social centre for the elderly and La Mola's Casa del Poble. Lectures will start at 5.00pm.

Programme:

4 February (Club de Jubilats, Sant Francesc)
'Sleep Well, Live Well', by Dr Mourad Akaârir, professor of physiology at the Universitat de les Illes Balears

18 February (Centre Social de Majors, Sant Ferran)
'The Formentera Penitentiary (1940-42). An Overview and Assorted Contributions', by Dr Antoni Ferrer Abárzuza, Historian and Researcher

4 March (Casa del Poble, La Mola)
'La Mola: Notes From Modern and Contemporary Times', by Felip Cirer, Professor of Catalan Language and Literature

18 March (Sant Francesc)
'Sustainable Development Goals: 17 Tools to Change the World', by Fina Darder, Coordinator of the Fons Pitiús de Cooperació

1 April (Sant Ferran)
'Principal Pests Affecting Formentera's Crops', by Antònia Blanes, Agri-Food Production Technician of the Cooperativa del Camp de Formentera

29 April (Sant Francesc)
'Historical Notes on Bread, Wine and Meat on Formentera', by Dr Santiago Colomar, Professor at IES Marc Ferrer

13 May (Sant Ferran)
'Surnames of Formentera. History and Linguistic Curiosities', by Joan Albert Ribas, Philologist


25 January 2022
Communications Office
Consell de Formentera

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