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With Barnasants, Pau Riba returns to celebrate 50 years since made-on-Formentera recording

foto pau ribasConsell de Formentera and Barnasants renew partnership to bring independent singer-songwriters to the island and promote hometown talent offshore

Pau Riba tops bill on 17 April with 50th anniversary tribute to locally-recorded Jo, la Donya i el gripau

Under Barnasants banner, local act Imaràntia take latest album to Barcelona and Palma

The Formentera Department of Culture reports that half a century after performer Pau Ribas cut Jo, la Donya i el gripau on the island, on Saturday 17 April, Formentera will welcome the singer back for an 8.00pm concert at the Sant Francesc cinema (Sala de Cultura). Attendees are asked to pay what they can, and email bookings are open till 10.00am the Friday before the function (reserves@conselldeformentera.cat). Over a decade since the singer’s last local show, Riba returns this time under the aegis of Barnasants, ready to dazzle crowds with his poetic universe. And let fans be advised: old-time favourites and, in these times of pandemic, reconciliation with the natural world are expected.

Three years into the Formentera-Barnasants collaboration and amid hard times for musicians in particular and cultural productions in general, Susana Labrador said organisers had shown “an unwavering will” to push ahead with festival plans. The culture chief asserted Formentera was “thrilled to be part of it still”, confiding, “We’re also looking forward to the concert from Pau Riba, and seeing hometown acts get their voices heard off the island”.

Clara Fiol and Joan Vallbona
When Clara Fiol and Joan Vallbona play to Centre Gabrielet at 8.00pm on 1 May, it will be the pair’s second local performance. It’s three years since the two began sharing their boundary-pushing brand of music and lyrics, the fusion of Vallbona’s electric guitar soundscape and Fiol’s tradition-steeped crooning. After releasing Silueta in 2018 on the Ona Musical label, the duo return with Petiteses, an ode to simplicity built around an admixture of originals and covers. Their Barnasants performance is co-presented by the Formentera chapter of Obra Cultural Balear, first-time sponsors at this year’s festival. Capacity is limited to thirty spectators.

Barnasants and Formentera, a strategic alliance
Considering the festival’s mission of connecting and promoting independent singer-songwriters, the decision to extend the Barnasants-Formentera alliance a third straight year owes much to Formentera’s primacy on the cultural map.

Round-trip journey
Barnasants has always been about forging a network where artists from the Catalan-speaking territories can share their work with non-local audiences. So, in due form, the festival won’t just be the occasion for Formentera to greet visiting acts, it will also find Formentera musicians performing on Mallorca and in Catalunya. In that spirit, with frontwoman Maria José Cardona, Imaràntia will present their latest effort to audiences in Palma and Barcelona.

Friday 9 April – Teatre Mar i Terra [Palma, Mallorca] – 7.00pm
Thursday 15 April – Harlem Jazz Club [Barcelona] – 7.45pm
The local trio’s Formentera-inspired sophomore effort aims for emotional resonance without sacrificing one drop of spirit. 4 de Copes founder Maria José Cardona started Imaràntia as a duo with producer/musician Miquel Brunet. The two released Imaràntia on Ona Edicions in 2013, and recent performances find them disseminating the island spirit with help from violinist and percussionist Eduard Riera.

9 April 2021
Communications Department
Consell de Formentera

Upgrades at children’s play area in Ses Bardetes

foto 2021 parc ses bardetes BThe Formentera Department of Island Services is taking the lead on various improvements and upkeep at children’s play areas across the island. This week, in response to petitions from nearby residents, crews will put up a safety fence around the perimeter of Ses Bardetes park. The operations, which carry an estimated cost of €4,864.13, will also enable access by people with reduced mobility and involve replacement of the previous entry gate, which was prone to frequent breakdown. Rubber will also be refitted at Illes Pitiüses park in La Savina and, opposite Marc Ferrer secondary school, at Frank Jackson park in Sant Francesc.

8 April 2021
Communications Department
Consell de Formentera

Covid-19 rulebreakers ticketed

Formentera Local Police and Civil Guard write 21 citations for flouting coronavirus safety protocol at Ses Illetes beach

Island law enforcement have reported 21 violations of Covid-19 safety measures. Officers cited 21 individuals in a gathering of various households on Ses Illetes at 5.30pm. The citations will now be forwarded to the Balearic office of emergencies and interior, which will calculate the corresponding fines.

7 April 2021
Communications Department
Consell de Formentera

On the Casal de Joves programme this April: dance, Sant Jordi celebrations and educational activities

cartell 2021 casal abrilThe Formentera Department of Youth Services announces the April activities bill at the drop-in centre for young islanders. The programme kicks off with an all-new initiative, Xerrades en Línia (Online Lectures), with an inaugural 6 April edition focused on transgender visibility in a nod to Transgender Visibility Day (31 March). Presented by Chrysallis, the talks will take place on the 6th and 16th at 6.30pm and the 28th at 5.00pm and may be attended person-to-person at the Casal.

Next up, 7–10 April, youngsters can take part in Formentera Film Project. Borne of collaboration between Formentera Film and the Casal de Joves, FFP will find youth producing a video chronicle of classes on street dance. On Wednesday the 14th the centre will screen the documentary Madre Tierra and on Thursday the 15th youth can catch No t’ofeguis en l’alcohol (Don’t drown in alcohol), an exhibition on display until the 30th.

A skateboarding-themed “gymkhana”, or field day, will take shape outside the Casal on Wednesday 21 April; a top-secret craft project for the feast day of Sant Jordi on Friday the 23rd, and a blacklight demonstration on Saturday the 24th. Activities will continue on Thursday the 29th with a viewing party to fete World Dance Day. The April programme draws to a close on Friday the 30th, when youth are invited to come and help decorate the centre.

“Whether it’s an exhibition on alcohol use, a documentary about the environment or a lecture about transgender issues, education and awareness about other realities have always been key to programming at the Casal”, insisted department chief Vanessa Parellada, “The spotlight might be on dance; or maybe it’s an event that deals with crafts or science. Whatever the focus, we do our best to accommodate creativity in all shapes and sizes”, adding, “Naturally, it wouldn’t be April without a little something for Sant Jordi”.

6 April 2021
Communications Department
Consell de Formentera

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