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On 1 July, visitors get into La Mola lighthouse at no charge

cartell 2021 gratuit far de la molaThe Formentera Department of Culture is pleased to report that on World Marine Aids to Navigation Day this 1 July, admission fees will be waived at the Far de la Mola cultural and educational space. Until 31 October, the lighthouse will open Tuesday to Sunday 10.00am to 2.00pm and Wednesday and Sunday evenings, 5.00pm to 9.00pm. The lighthouse is closed on Mondays.

The building is divided into two exhibition spaces: the first, dedicated to a permanent installation on all things maritime —the undersea environment, underwater natural resources, sailing and light signage— and the second, devoted to temporary art exhibits.

29 June 2021
Communications Department
Consell de Formentera

Raquel Caramazana’s “Animalario” settles into ‘Ajuntament Vell’ gallery

cartell 2021 animalarioThis 28 June, Raquel Caramazana will take to the “Ajuntament Vell” exhibition space to present Animalario: a selection of 40-some pieces crafted using an array of distinct artistic techniques.

To visitors of the Department of Culture-sponsored display, the artist presents her personal menagerie: foregrounded animals whose gestures, textures and colours offer a precious glimpse into the artist’s perspective.

Caramazana was born in the region of Bierzo and studied Fine Arts at the University of Salamanca. She now lives on Formentera, where she will display her first works in colour, plus others made with Chinese ink, a technique to which she has dedicated the last 11 years. Accompanying each illustration are curiosities about the animal pictured, with techniques spanning watercolours, oils, Chinese ink and sculpture, and different materials based on the technique employed.

Animalario is on view at “Ajuntament Vell” until 10 July, Monday to Saturday, 11.00am to 2.00pm and 7.00pm to 9.00pm (Sundays and Monday mornings, closed). An opening is scheduled for 28 June at 7.0opm.

25 June 2021
Communications Department
Consell de Formentera

Formentera gets look at ‘Piedras escritas—Arabic inscriptions in the Pine Islands’

cartell 2021 piedras escritasThe Museu Arqueològic d’Eivissa i Formentera (Archaeological Museum of Eivissa and Formentera) in collaboration with the Consell de Formentera will host a presentation of the latest issue of Treballs del Museu Arqueològic d’Eivissa i Formentera (Works of the Archaeological Museum of Eivissa and Formentera, TMAEF) entitled “Piedras escritas—Arabic inscriptions in the Pine Islands”. The presentation will feature the book’s author, Professor Virgilio Martinez Enamorado (University of Malaga) and Dr Antoni Ferrer Abárzuza, who contributed the prologue. TMAEF is financed by the Balearic Department of European Funds, University and Culture, and this is the series’ 79th instalment. The presentation in Formentera will be held on Saturday 26 June 26 at 8.30pm in jardí de ses Eres. Capacity will be limited and attendees must be seated.

23 June 2021
Communications Department
Consell de Formentera

It’s the return of a Formentera summer classic: Cinema a la Fresca

cartell 2021 cinema a la frescaThe Formentera Department of Culture is pleased to present the fifteenth Cinema a la Fresca, an outdoor film series pairing summer nights with classics and hits of contemporary Spanish and world cinema at no charge.

Under the creative direction of Veronique Landy and Espai F_, from July to September, the series will dust off 34 arthouse gems hailing from varying countries and spanning the 1920s to present day, all shown in their original language. The weekly circuit kicks off Tuesdays in Sant Francesc’s Jardí de ses Eres before heading to the Sant Ferran square on Thursdays and La Mola’s Casa del Poble patio on Fridays.

Cinema a la Fresca’s creative team in la Mola, Espai F_, say that during current hard times, they wanted “eclectic”, “international”, “all ages” and “inspiringly optimistic” to be the programme’s guiding stars.

Cinema a la Fresca gets its 2021 start Tuesday 29 June in Sant Francesc, with a film that’s also part of programming around World LGBTQI+ Pride Day. Lucía Puezno’s XXY tells the story of Àlex, an unusual 15 year old who’s hiding a secret. When Àlex was just an infant, her parents left Buenos Aires for a life of isolation in a wooden shack on the beach. They wanted to give their daughter a happy, protected life without prejudice until she could decide for herself which path to follow. Before the film audiences will see Miguel Parra’s Formentera Film Festival winning short (A)NORMAL.

Thursday 1 July, crowds in Sant Francesc’s plaça de l’Església will be treated to In This World, a film that is also included in Formentera’s World Refugee Day programme. The film by Michael Winterbottom traces the stories of two Afghani youth living in a refugee camp in the Peshawar and dreaming of life in the UK.

Friday 2 July, visitors to the Casa del Poble patio space will be able to check out Mihalis Kakogiannis’ Zorba the Greek. Based on the novel by Nikos Kazantzakis, the film chronicles an English writer who travels to Crete to take possession of a small property that he has inherited. On his journey he will meet Zorba, a lively character of primitive customs who will hold enormous sway for him.

The series additionally includes child-friendly fare like Miraï, an extraordinary and unbelievable adventure around the birth of a baby sister; Little Fugitive, in which a young boy runs away from home and finds paradise in Coney Island; Captain Fantastic, which tells the tale of a church-going dad who teaches his children curious ways of thinking and leading their lives, and the Japanese jewel of animation, Wolf Children.

And audiences can see The Conversation and Pickpocket and comedies like La escopeta nacional, In nome del poplo italiano, Hors normes and El viaje a ninguna parte.

Talk turns to love with films like Force majeure (Turist), The Cranes are Flying and Paris, je t’aime, and sci-fi fans will enjoy The Arrival and the mythical Blade Runner.

One of the highlights of the 2021 Cinema a la Fresca comes Tuesday 21 July, when pianist Jota Hidalgo offers the crowd in Sant Francesc’s jardí de ses Eres a live interpretation of the soundtrack to Charlie Chaplin’s Shoulder Arms.

Culture chief Susana Labrador encouraged islanders come out for this year’s programme, touting well-adapted outdoor setups at jardí de ses Eres (Sant Francesc), plaça de l’Església (Sant Ferran) and Casa del Poble (la Mola) and “idyllic backdrops with Covid-19 safety and physical distancing protocol in place”.

23 June 2021
Communications Department
Consell de Formentera

Emilia Brusson and Lola Raya take ‘Life and Essence’ to Centre “Gabrielet”

cartell 2021 vida y esenciaFormentera-based artists Emilia Brusson and Lola Raya share their artistic vision of “Life and Essence” in a show scheduled to open Tuesday 22 June at Centre Antoni Tur ‘Gabrielet’. Brusson and Raya share credit for 20 pieces crafted using a range of techniques, in oil and pastel, spotlighting scenes of local pastimes and faces from not so long ago.

The exhibition also offers a multi-sensory experience, with composer José Manuel Martínez (JM Music Soul) creating a soundtrack inspired by the paintings that guests who scan a QR code at the entrance can enjoy during their visit.

“Life and Essence” will be on view 22 June to 1 July, 11.00am to 2.00pm and 5.00pm to 8.00pm.

18 June 2021
Communications Department
Consell de Formentera

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