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Simona Colzi unveils “La memòria de les fulles”

cartell 2020 simona colziAt 6.00pm on Monday 9 November, the “Ajuntament Vell” exhibition space will begin welcoming visitors to Simona Colzi’s La memòria de les fulles—a selection of work which will remain on view, save for closures on Sundays and Monday mornings, until 21 November.

La memòria de les fulles (“The Memory of Leaves”) is a tribute to nature and Formentera. A stroll across the island with an eye trained on the textures of its plants — its leaves, its flowers, its barks. It is an invitation to drink in the untamed spaces of Formentera.

Simona Colzi says her lively textures blossom upon blank canvasses and give life to pieces which are as unique as nature itself. The textures are transported from the earth to fabric, and combine pigments and natural tannins with creativity and artistic experimentation, marking a convergence of art and ecology in the most perfect of alchemies, between aestheticism and sustainability. One might speak of fabrics as living art — art we must breathe, feel and experience in communion with the natural life of the island.

Simona Colzi
Born in Florence, Italy in 1978, Simona Colzi grew up in a Tuscan village, learning early on the fundamentals of the textile trade from her mother, grandparents and her parents’ family business.

At 20 and without any formal training, she began creating and selling her own collection of fabric fashion accessories and homeware, ultimately receiving training as part of a course in bag design and creation at Escola S . Colombano in 2001.

She took her first trip to Formentera in 2004, and was fascinated. She opted to stay, developing in succeeding years a project in textile design.

In 2005 she launched the Tr3s Fils space, an association of Barcelona artists and artisans, and after completing a university degree in textile art at Barcelona’s Escola Massana, she began her career as a textile artist.

In 2016 Colzi teamed up with two colleagues to found a designers’ collective, the Gaia space, on Formentera. 2018, 2019 and 2020 found her studying assorted natural dying techniques alongside artists like Índia Flint and Irt Dulman.

6 November 2020
Communications Department
Consell de Formentera

Sala de Cultura resumes weekly programme of films

cartell 2020 cinema xiThe Formentera Department of Culture reports that the Sala de Cultura will soon welcome islanders back for its programme of cinema. Two weekly sessions —Fridays at 8.30pm and Sundays at 8.00pm— will take place from 6 November. This month’s programme can be found at agendaformentera.cat and on the Facebook page of Cinema Formentera.

Culture consellera Susana Labrador highlighted recent programming like the summer outdoor film series Cinema a la Fresca, as well as stage productions which were scheduled pre-pandemia. “We’re in a position to fully comply with public health orders from the regional government, so we’ve opted to resume screenings at the cinema”, Labrador said, adding that officials would be “watching rules changes closely and retooling cultural programming accordingly”.

Cinema capacity is currently 104, masks are mandatory at all times and moviegoers will be asked to sanitise hands and maintain a safe distance. Food and drinks will not be permitted. Advance reservations will not be taken, rather, tickets can be purchased at the box office before every session.

2 November 2020
Department of Communications
Consell de Formentera

L’autonomia en els infants, en el cicle ‘Xerrades per a famílies’

cartell 2020 xerrades 5El proper dijous 5 de novembre, a les 17 hores, es celebra la segona conferència del cicle “Xerrades per a famílies” que organitza l’àrea de Benestar Social del Consell de Formentera. Aquesta segona xerrada serà oferida per Ana Serra, terapeuta ocupacional i especialista en integració sensorial, i té com títol Per què és important fomentar l’autonomia en els infants i com fer-ho fàcil.

En aquesta ocasió s’ha canviat la ubicació i la xerrada es farà a la sala d’actes del Consell, a la plaça de la Constitució. L’aforament és limitat i cal inscripció prèvia al telèfon 971 312721 o al correu educaciosocial@conselldeformentera.cat.

28 d’octubre de 2020
Àrea de Comunicació
Consell de Formentera

Pine Islands audiences discover “Frida”—a conversation between dance, theatre, music and visual effects directed by Marie Tholon

cartell 2020 frida 2From the frontlines of new theatre comes a code-and genre-bending dramatisation —inspired by paintings and diary entries— of the life of iconic Mexican painter Frida Kahlo.

Frida invites audiences on a tour of the periods and tribulations marking the life of Frida Kahlo. Gender equality; Kahlo the artist; a life on the margins of society and Kahlo’s struggle to come to terms with an irrational love for husband Diego Rivera... these are the themes that spring up in succession throughout Kahlo’s life.

Minimalist and contemporary, the set of Frida comes to life in intimate, poetic and evocative spaces that cry out for reflection. Music ranges from Mexican influences —Kahlo’s friend Chavela Vargas, Lila Downs and Lhasa all log appearances—to more contemporary melodies (contributions come from Icelandic composer Olafur Arnalds and French contemporary Yann Tiersen).

Crowds at Eivissa’s Auditori de Cas Serres can catch a production of Frida Friday 6 November at 8.30pm. Tickets are available in advance for €8 at www.eivissacultural.es or at the box office the day of the function for €12. The troupe visits Formentera the following day, offering an 8.30pm performance of the show in the Sala de Cultura (Cinema). Tickets for viewers over 25 cost €7 and youth pay €5. Space is limited, so make your booking in advance by emailing reserves@conselldeformentera.cat.

The troupe
Diàlegs d’Art represent the union of professional stage artists with pieces and materials whose life force emanates from the convergence of ideas and styles, from the quest for theatrical innovation and from creative encounters with artists and artist collectives.

El temps passa, Frida and H2O are among the productions the Menorca-based group has put out since forming in 2016.

Diàlegs d’Art are driven in the creative process by the blending and crossbreeding of theatrical formats, leveraging the admixture to interrogate the expressive form inherent in art such as live music, dance, theatre and audiovisual performance.

28 October 2020
Department of Communications
Consell de Formentera

Local musicians give outdoor concerts —‘musical aperitifs’— every Sunday at noon

cartell 2020 aperitus musicalsEarlier today the Formentera Department of Culture announced details about “Aperitius musicals”—a new outdoor concert series on the 2020 autumn/winter calendar. Every Sunday from noon till two, local acts will play in distinct public areas. Performances will alternate between Casa del Poble de la Mola, Carrer Guillem de Montgrí plaza in Sant Ferran and the patio of Casa de sa Senieta in Sant Francesc.

Culture chief Susana Labrador tied the origins of the initiative to a petition from local association Formentera Musical: “We want to enrich the dynamism of the local cultural scene beyond the summer season, particularly a year like this one when the Covid-19 crisis has put the sector on such shaky ground”. “It’s about supporting local musicians, but it’s also about creating options for open-air cultural and musical activities. We hope that this is one many islanders can enjoy, and we know people will be respectful of public health protocol”, added Labrador.

The series starts Sunday 1 November and runs until Sunday 27 December:

1 November / Sa Senieta patio (Sant Francesc)
8 November / Carrer de Guillem de Montgrí plaza (Sant Ferran)
15 November / Casa del Poble de la Mola
22 November / Sa Senieta patio (Sant Francesc)
29 November / Carrer de Guillem de Montgrí plaza (Sant Ferran)
6 December / Casa del Poble de la Mola
13 December / Sa Senieta patio (Sant Francesc)
20 December / Carrer de Guillem de Montgrí plaza (Sant Ferran)
27 December / Casa del Poble de la Mola

Concerts will be cancelled in the event of inclement weather.

This musical initiative is presented by Formentera Musical and Consell de Formentera. Concerts will follow the same format as Música a les Places this summer: roped off audience area, chairs where audience members can sit and Covid-19 safety protocol in effect.

27 October 2020
Department of Communications
Consell de Formentera

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