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Dance, theatre, music, performances and circus form core of L'Illa a Escena 2019, act two

foto 2019 illa a escena 1The Department of Culture of the Consell de Formentera unveiled today the second round this year of the musical and performing arts programme “L'Illa a Escena”. Culture and education councillor Susana Labrador said that the nine projects scheduled to stop in at the Sala de Cultura “have something for both children and adults, and is designed to spice up the local cultural scene”. “We're bringing acts from across the spectrum of artistic expression and styles”, said the councillor, “so islanders can enjoy a cultural programme that's eclectic and plural”.

September
Things get started with Espai_F's Pàries, directed by Miquel Costa. The short production tackles the scars marring human relations now that the modern idea of community is officially dead. Two shows will take place on Saturday 28 September; the first at 7.00pm and the second at 9.00pm.

October
The month starts off with a dance production from Fils Roulants. Fortaleza a la Napolitana was not only created by dancer Valeria Del Vecchio; she features in it as well. It deals with duality—of a woman who, in life, wears strength like a mask, and of the fragility that ultimately shows us there are no missions to accomplish. The production starts at 8.30pm on Saturday (5 October) and Monday (7 Oct). Reservations required.

Also in October, the Collective Signatures Festival celebrates its third year with the performance-centred Arcipelago. There is a video art marathon at the Sala de Cultura (Cinema) on Thursday 17 October from 4.00pm to 10.00pm. Then on Friday, the festival's special guests star in a closing opera performance at jardí de ses Eres, from 7.30pm to 10.00pm. Collective Signatures starts on Wednesday the 16th and includes a programme of performances in a number of locations across the island.

Youngsters will really have a ball with Jon Braun, a puppet show highlighting the strength that is instilled by love in the face of misfortune. A family-friendly western with masterfully crafted aesthetics and no shortage of emotion, Jon Braun was Titeremurcia's family-favourite in 2018. The show starts at 6.00pm, Saturday 26 October, at the Sala de Cultura (Cinema).

November
The month of November kicks off with choreographer and dancer Helena Lizari's Maleable. The show is a coproduction of Mercat de les Flors and the El més petit de tots festival. Geared towards children aged 0 to 5, the imagination-fuelling dance performance is a voyage of sensations and for the senses; an exploration of textures and touch; and a perceptional adventure. Maleable opens at 6.00pm, Saturday 9 November, in the Sala de Cultura (Cinema).

La Güasa's Mobil circus act is another one for the kids. Through a mix of fragility, imbalance and tension, the show traces the story of a humble man out to share his final grand creation. Built almost entirely out of recycled objects, the complex apparatus is chock full of wide-ranging widgets that will have the audience wondering what's next.

Mobil has garnered a host of accolades, among them FETEN 2014's award for best direction and ACA's awards for best individual production and best set design. The show starts at 6.00pm, Saturday 23 November, at the Sala de Cultura (Cinema).

Back at Sala de Cultura (Cinema) on Friday 29 November, Aires Formenterencs celebrate thirty years making music by unveiling a new album. The concert starts at 8.30pm and features Miquel Brunet, Eduard Riera and Pep Lluís Garcia.

Then, at the same time on Saturday 30 November, the Sala de Cultura will host the final round of the Salvador Ibarra poetry contest known as Art Jove. The event is presented by the AELC with help from Institut Balear de la Joventut (Balearic Youth Institute) and Agència Catalana de la Joventut (Catalan Youth Agency).

December
Closing out the second semester of L'Illa a Escena is Minorcan troupe Melicotó Titelles' all-ages production, Plastiiik. The show conceived as a way to educate theatregoers about the importance of caring for our natural environment. The show starts at 6.00pm, Saturday 28 December, at the Sala de Cultura (Cinema).

Cost of admission
Tickets for children's productions are priced at €5 (adults get in free). Admission to Espai_F's Pàries costs €12, and Fortaleza a la Napolitana, €7. The video art marathon and Arcipelago are both free, as well as the Aires Formenterencs concert and the final round of Art Jove.

Cultivating culture
L'Illa a Escena promotes the performing arts with help from the Institut d'Estudis Balearics, and works to foster partnerships between professional dance, theatre and circus troupes, enrich the cultural scene, and ensure access to culture, with help from the Spanish culture ministry's Platea programme.


19 September 2019
Department of Communication
Consell de Formentera

Teresa Matilla, “Il·lapsos”

foto matilla t 2019 1Yesterday evening at the Ajuntament Vell exhibition space, artist Teresa Matilla introduced the island to Il·lapsos—twelve creations in oil, wet paper, textiles and a vast range of reusable materials. The artist shares her reflections on a society that, despite its liberties, lives enslaved to consumerism, greed and domination. Matilla's display includes pieces which have already graced the walls of sala FAD at the Macba in Barcelona, and The Andy Warhol Museum in Pittsburg.

The exhibit is open from 11.00am to 2.00pm and 7.00pm to 9.00pm until 28 September (except Sundays and Monday mornings).

17 September 2019
Department of Communication
Consell de Formentera

Consell de Formentera hails unprecedented undersea find

foto troballa 2019 1The Consell de Formentera’s president and patrimony councillor, Alejandra Ferrer and Raquel Guasch, laid out details today about an archaeological find made this August in waters near es Caló and that experts are calling extraordinary and groundbreaking. Figuring among the haul are eleven swords resembling 19th-century straight sabres. President Ferrer and Councillor Guasch were joined at the presentation by Javier Rodríguez Pandozi, marine archaeologist and president of the Balearic Institute of Marine Archaeology Studies (IBEAM) and Manel Guasch, captain of the vessel involved in finding the first sabre.

Ferrer heralded the discovery as a regional first and applauded the islanders and companies that helped in retrieval. “These artefacts will enter into Formentera’s catalogue of historical heritage”, said the president. “For now they’ll be kept among the holdings of the Eivissa-Formentera Museum of Archaeology [MAEF]”, she explained, “but we’ll see them back here just as soon as we have a museum properly equipped to receive them”.

For her part, Councillor Guasch underscored collaboration—between the local government and MAEF as well as on the part of islanders—not to mention efforts from within the Consell to coordinate an “emergency preventive intervention to ensure the objects were kept safe”.

A fortuitous find

15 August, as Manel Guasch and Guillermo de Barnola sought to retrieve an object that had fallen overboard, the pair identified what at first appeared to be a modern-day sword. They immediately reported the find to Comandància de Marina and the Consell de Formentera—the latter having authority over issues of historical heritage—and took the sword to MAEF, the entity charged with taking in and caring for archaeological items.

From 26 to 29 August, a team of divers from the underwater operations division of the Civil Guard visited the site together with an archaeologist from IBEAM, which has been engaged in efforts to complete an undersea archaeological map for Formentera. The dive gave rise to the discovery of a new group of similar objects—all with characteristics typical of early-19th-century straight sabres

After viewing an IBEAM-drafted report that included proposed strategies moving ahead, Consell officials signed off on an emergency archaeological intervention to guarantee the safekeeping of the objects and potentially locate other artefacts.

Conducted on 31 August and 1 September by two archaeologists and an IBEAM restorer, the emergency intervention involved salvaging ten subsequently identified sabres.

The objects will be sent to MAEF, where they will be held pursuant to Law 12/1998 (21 December) on historical heritage and Decree 14/2011 (25 February) on standards for archaeological interventions in the Balearic Islands.

Considering the unique nature of such archaeological artefacts in the Pityusic Islands, MAEF has offered to oversee restoration efforts, though the final conservation and restoration proposal will require close study of the objects’ condition and review of the technical reports produced by the emergency archaeological interventions.

Rodríguez explained that “with the help of the Civil Guard’s special undersea division, IBEAM will continue conducting archaeological probes in the area to identify any sunken ships that might be tied to the swords”.

Locals pitch in

The assistance of islanders proved essential to documenting and safeguarding the finds. Indeed, details provided by the pair that located the original sabre made possible subsequent efforts to study, authorise and carry out the emergency intervention associated with Formentera’s undersea archaeological map, a Consell de Formentera-led initiative that IBEAM has piloted since 2015.

For that reason, islanders are encouraged to report any information about underwater discoveries of archaeological artefacts to the cultural heritage office of the Consell de Formentera. In this way, such objects can be documented and protected as part of the island’s cultural inheritance.

In addition to help from the undersea division of the Civil Guard and Comandància Naval, both Trasmapi and Formentera Divers provided material support. The two companies have collaborated in the past with various parts of the undersea archaeological map initiative.


16 September 2019
Department of Communication
Consell de Formentera

Consell de Formentera helps publish look at life experiences of local seniors

llibre-2-The Department of Patrimony and the Consell de Formentera are backing the publication of De qui venim (“Who We Come From”), an exploration of the life experiences of elderly Formentera residents directed and coordinated by Dr Josep Maria Garcia-Borés i Espí. Garcia-Borés is a full professor at the psychology department of University of Barcelona, and the study was awarded the Consell de Formentera research grant in 2012.

De qui venim is the first in a collection titled Formentera en estudi (“Studies of Formentera”). The collection was devised as a showcase for recipients of the Consell's grant as well as, pointed out department head Raquel Guasch, other important projects and research probes. Councillor Guasch added that the studies and publications seek to “dig deeper into our understanding of local history and heritage, and leave behind a written trace that won't fade with time”.

De qui venim is being put out by the Josep Massot i Muntaner-directed Abadia de Montserrat publishing house—a big name in science-related publications concerning humanities in Catalan-speaking territories.

Written by Garcia-Borés i Espí and Hermínia Gil i Canales with help from Rita Cardona Ribas and Raquel Gonzàlez Cardona, De qui venim is a “psychocultural study” of traditional Formentera. The project's engineers enlist oral history as they seek to hear elderly islanders talk about lifestyle, community and identity in Formentera before the arrival of tourism. The study touches on questions like subjects' emotional health, intergenerational rifts and efforts to protect culture, identity and language.

Five hundred copies will be produced in a €4,800 publishing effort that included design, layout and printing.


12 September 2019
Department of Communication
Consell de Formentera

This weekend, Formentera Guitars Festival returns to heat up the Sant Ferran night

festival-guitarres-de-formente1The Department of Culture of the Consell de Formentera reports that the Formentera Guitars Festival will run from Friday to Sunday, 13-15 September. As has become customary, musical performances will take place from 10.00pm to 4.00am Friday and Saturday night in the church-front square in Sant Ferran. Performers include Cesar Crespo, Kelly & The Jam Factory, Glassford & The Providence, Litus, Chimichurri, Alex Schultz & los Peligrosos Gentelmen, Bobby Alexander and Monsters of Palma.

As ever, each evening will conclude with a jam session with the festival's attending musicians. On Sunday 15 September, a 9.30pm jam session at the restaurant Sa Panxa will mark the end of the festival's eleventh year.

A mixture of blues, jazz and rock, Formentera Guitars Festival has evolved into a crucial part of music lovers' September programme. The idea for the on-stage happening hit Formentera Guitars' director, Ekkehard Hoffmann, in 2008, as a way to celebrate the eponymous association's 20-year anniversary. In the words of culture and festivities councillor Susana Labrador, the Consell-backed event is “a not-to-be-missed signpost on Formentera's calendar of cultural events that will strike a chord with tourists and islanders alike”.
 
11 September 2019
Department of Communication
Consell de Formentera

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