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Dance, music, theatre and children’s shows on L’Illa a Escena programme

cartell 2021 illa a escenaThe Formentera Office of Culture is pleased to present the island’s programme of performing arts and musicals for the autumn 2021 L’Illa a Escena. Culture and education chief Susana Labrador encouraged Formentera residents “to enjoy this varied assortment of musical and theatrical performances the island’s government has planned to foment the local cultural scene. From October to December the Sala de Cultura (Cinema) will host seven productions of dance, music and theatre for adults and children.

The month begins with “Nube Nube” — a poetic, “Little Mermaid”-inspired play about the notions of romantic love we receive from early childhood. With humour and love, Periferia Teatro explore everything we’re capable of when we set out to help others, to love and be loved, and how, sometimes, out of love, we forget who we are.

A new production, “Nube Nube” has already won Feten’s 2020 Prize for Best Puppet Show, the Golden Dragon Award for Best Children’s Show at the 2021 Lleida Puppet Theatre Fair and the Children's Jury Award for Best Show at the 33rd Festitíteres in Alicante (2020).
Recommended for children aged 3 and over, the show starts at 6.00pm on Saturday 2 October in the Sala de Cultura (Cinema).

As part of the programme of events for International Day of Trans Depathologization, the Formentera Office of Equality welcomes “Entremeses travestis", an all-ages variety show in which two drag queens mix folklore, activism, lipsyncing and voguing for a blend of fantasy and art that will guarantee a fun-filled night.
The show can be seen on Saturday 16 October at 8.30pm in the Sala de Cultura (Cinema).

Also in October, Choreographer/director Toni Mira blends dance, AV mastery and music to deliver a benchmark in contemporary Spanish creation with “Blowing”. Blowing traces the journey of a small spore who is determined to fulfil a wish made by Yuri. It’s a windy ride, and one that’s chock-full of adventure. A visual, poetic and innovative show, where dance, live music and technology project us towards a fantastic, magical and absurd world.
Recommended for all audiences, the show starts at 6.00pm Saturday 23 October in the Sala de Cultura (Cinema).

November 13 marks the return of the great Marcel Gros. Humour and imagination come together in “Contes Amagats”, where the self-styled troubador of tales embarks on a journey down imaginary paths full of shapes, papers, sounds and colours... in search of the stories that aren’t yet in books. Ready to go anywhere in search of his contes amagats, Marcel Gros realises that stories are everywhere if you can only catch them...and sometimes you stand still and the stories catch you! Don't believe the hype... “Contes Amagats”, from multiple award-winning Marcel Gros, earned the 2019 FETEN Prize.
Recommended for ages 3 and up, the show starts at 6.00pm Saturday 13 November in the Sala de Cultura (Cinema).

And at the end of November, Guillem Clua's hit play “Smiley, una història d’amor” comes to Formentera. Smiley makes you laugh and touches your heart. With humour it depicts the fears we face when we fall in love, exploring the transformations wrought by new technologies like WhatsApp, smart-phones and a bevvy of other tools and devices while masterfully dissecting the contradictions that freight affective relationships. Joan M. Albinyana directs as actors Héctor Seoane and Joan Toni Sunyer put in performances which earned them both the Public Theatres of the Balearic Islands’ award for best male performance ex aequo.
The play can be seen next Saturday, the 27th of November at 8:30 p.m. in the Sala de Cultura (Cinema).

In December, islanders can look forward to the musical “Tina, la bruixa fina”. The main character in this showcase of songs and puppetry is a very clever little witch who is determined to learn the secrets of her trade. To do it, she’ll have the help of the older and more experienced male witch, Tomassot. Kids, get ready for an evening of fun!
The show starts at 6.00pm Saturday 11 December in the Sala de Cultura (Cinema).

Wrapping up the L'Illa a Escena programme on Sunday 12 December are performances on flute and piano by Úrsula Pomar and Jota Hidalgo, a pair who first crossed paths as teachers at the Formentera School of Music and Dance. For the recital, a unique concert infused with classical music and inspired by the pair’s passion for the island, Pomar and Hidalgo present a technically demanding repertoire full of beauty and virtuosity.
The concert starts at 8.30pm Sunday 12 December in the Sala de Cultura (Cinema).

All children’s shows are priced at €4. Admission to adult shows costs €7 for those over 25, and €5 for those under 25.

In view of the unusual situation stemming from the Covid-19 crisis, the 2021 L’Illa a Escane will be free of charge for unemployed people and currently underemployed freelancers.

Tickets may be purchased at entradesformentera.cat, where theatre fans can also find information on the start of ticket sales. Sales will generally open on Friday the week before each show.

Fomenting culture
In its bid to spotlight the performing arts, L'Illa a Escena is backed by the Institut d'Estudis Baleàrics and the Platea programme of the Spanish Ministry of Culture. The goal is to promote joint programming of professional dance, theatre and circus troupes, enriching the local cultural scene and guaranteeing islanders access to culture.

Safety protocols and current regulations will be in place at performances.

20 September 2021
Communications Office
Consell de Formentera

From A2 to C1, twelve new Catalan-language courses help students prep for Jan. ’22 exams

The Formentera Language Advisory Service is pleased to announce it will offer language instruction from beginners’ level A2 to the more advanced C1 for 12 groups of Catalan learners. The classes are geared towards preparing students for the next official round of Catalan exams, which the Balearic Islands’ Directorate General of Language Policy (DGPOLING) has set for January 2022.

Space is limited and students can be enrolled in no more than one group at a time. After registering, and before the start of classes 13/14 October, students will receive an email confirming that they have been enrolled in their group of choice. Courses are free of charge.

Signups: September 20—October 6
Registration will run from Monday 20 September to Wednesday 6 October, and can be completed online throught the Virtual Citizen Information Office (OVAC) (https://ovac.conselldeformentera.cat) or during a pre-arranged in-person visit at the Citizen Information Office (OAC; Carrer Ramon Llull, 6, Sant Francesc). To schedule an appointment, call 971 32 10 87 between 3.30pm to 8.30pm.

Instruction is available for five groups of beginners (A2), two groups of intermediate B1, three intermediate B2 and two advanced C1. First quarter instruction won’t include advanced level C2 because DGPOLING has announced that January’s exams will not include that level. Course schedules are made available during the registration process.

17 September 2021
Communications Office
Consell de Formentera

9th Formentera Fotogràfica promises 5 days of reflections on world of the image

foto 2021 formen fotograficaThe Formentera Offices of Tourism and Culture are pleased to report that from 8 to 12 October, Formentera Fotogràfica will welcome renowned professionals like Sofía Moro, Txema Yeste, Lua Ribeira, Ana Esmith/Miss Beige, Nando Esteva, Luis Tato, Cristina de Middel, Jon Cazenave, Paco Gómez, Gloria Oyarzabal, Fernando Maquieira and Ferran Forné of newspaper ARA for five-day festival of thought-provoking reflection on the world of the image.

Organiser Francesc Fàbregas said the festival’s 2021 edition, its ninth, marked a “renewed commitment to diversity in programming”, which he framed as “creating a space to promote and showcase the richness of Spain’s contemporary visual culture”.

Few spots remain, and the Consell de Formentera president and tourism chief Alejandra Ferrer has encouraged any local adepts of photography not yet registered to sign up. Residents of Formentera pay half price.

Ferrer insisted that in terms of idyllic backdrops for photos, it doesn’t get much better than Formentera. Plus she highlighted the “respectful” brand of tourists that the October event draws, asserting that FF attendees “appreciate our idiosyncrasies and do their part to spread the word”.

Sponsored by the Consell de Formentera and brought to life under the direction of Francesc Fàbregas, Formentera Fotogràfica is envisaged as place where collective learning, reflection and creation mobilised through a mix of intimate sessions, both hands-on and theory-driven, led by prominent voices in contemporary photography and visual culture. The event is geared towards professionals, students and amateurs of imaging eager to exchange experiences face to face against a uniquely beautiful natural backdrop.

View the full programme and register at formenterafotografica.com.

17 September 2020
Communications Office
Consell de Formentera

From bottom of sea floor, Formentera posidonia sends message of environmental awareness

cartell 2021 aixetaAAs part of the Save Posidonia Project’s ‘Conservem el nostre gran secret’ (Let’s protect our big secret) push, the Consell de Formentera has emblazoned messages of environmental awareness on stickers to serve as reminders in the washrooms of tourist accommodations, businesses and even the homes of regular islanders.

The first reads “I ask you from the bottom of the sea: flush only toilet paper”. The second proffers a slightly different enjoinder: “Don’t leave water running”. The graphics are presented in Catalan, Spanish and English and carry the hashtag #laposidòniacomençaaquí (‘posidoniastartshere’).

“We wanted to give posidonia its own personality”, explained president and tourism chief Alejandra Ferrer, “and we wanted people to see that the sea and our stewardship of it starts in our homes, at our taps and drains”.

An already-printed initial run of 600 stickers will be distributed among members of the local league of small business owners (Pimef), chamber of commerce and federation of hotels. Islanders who wish to pick their stickers up should visit the head office of the Consell de Formentera and Tourist Information Points.

Environment chief Antonio J. Sanz said  promoting conservation meant adapting public awareness policies to tourists and islanders alike.

This campaign is part of next week’s Save Posidonia Project Forum. See below for the complete programme.

Friday 24 September
The first day will be divided into three segments. First up is a welcome address and opening remarks in which President Ferrer will lay out a roadmap for the year ahead and highlight findings from fieldwork completed during the Posidonia Mediterranean Network event which immediately preceded SPP Forum.

The second segment, ‘Smart sustainability: protecting Posidonia’, combines working groups and talks where experts address the present, future, new innovative models of ecological sustainability and success stories pairing technology with sustainability.

That same afternoon, the third segment, ‘Carbon Neutral Islands’, addresses local emissions and possible solutions, and concludes with a round-table dedicated to the leaders of the future of sustainable tourism and the closing event.

Saturday 25 September
Volunteer activities form the basis of day two: a cleanup of S'Estufador beach (9.30am) and guided visit of posidonia meadows, including boat trip, environmental explanations and diving activity.

17 September 2020
Communications Office
Consell de Formentera

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