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Formentera welcomes third Collective Signatures, 48 hours of non-stop artistic creations

arcipelago 2019 1From 16–18 October, Formentera will become the scene of the third Collective Signatures. This year’s edition, ‘Arcipelago’ is made up of “artistic residences” in which participants explore performative writing in an array of local settings. The event is also included on the programme for Discover Formentera in October, and has the support of the offices of tourism and culture.

The independent commissioner for the event, Formentera resident Francesca Carol Rolla, continues in the now time-tested approach of research and exploration around performative arts. At the core of this year’s edition is a 48-hour marathon of artist creations, which, specially crafted for the settings and monuments across Formentera where they are concocted, form a culture-steeped circuit blending art, nature and historical heritage sites.

The 18 local and international artists on Arcipelago's guestlist makes it a crossroads of different cultures ripe for reflections on the parallels between island-individual and archipelago-collective.

“The impulse to do 48 hours, no interruptions, ties directly in with the spirit of commitment and solidarity”, says Francesca Carol Rolla, “It’s a way to strengthen the message—calling for change, liberty and action, whether social, political or cultural—of the artists and their work. These actions connect to the idea of art as a tool of transformation, the body as a raw material of artistic expression, and the archipelago as a feeling of belonging and its potential as a better kind of humanity”.

Guest artists at this years event are Alterphase (Spain), Lorenzo Pepe (Italy), Miquel Costa (Spain), Negritos (Argentina), Dario Fusco (Italy), Valeria Del Vecchio (Italy), Gautama del Campo (Spain), Ana Celada (Spain), Matilde Sambo (Italy), Mauro Sambo (Italy), Andrigo&Aliprandi (Italy), Preema Nazia Andaleeb (Bangladesh), Preach R Sun (USA), Nicol Vizioli (Italy), Juan Carlos Villalba (Venezuela) and Fenia Kotsopoulou (Greece).

Arcipelago is presented by the cultural non-profit Sa Casa i Studio Contemporaneo and hosted with support from the Consell de Formentera and Institut d’Estudis Baleàrics. Additional help comes from FRAC Grand Est (Fonds Régional d'Art Contemporain), the University of Strasbourg, PAB (Performance Art Bangladesh), Lago Film Festival, Venice International Performance Art Week, Espai_F and Formentera businesses.

9 October 2019
Department of Communication
Consell de Formentera

Through health and wellness, Formentera Zen turns October calm into asset

foto formenZen 2019 3The Office of Tourism of the Consell de Formentera reports that from 11–13 October, Formentera Zen will return to the island for its fifth year of day-long deep-dives into physical and emotional health and wellness alongside Discover Formentera in October.

President and tourism chief Alejandra Ferrer highlighted the Consell-backed programme’s approach to leveraging “Formentera’s signature tranquility to propose an array of activities from yoga and fitness to meditation and mindfulness”, and pointed to “its draw on October visitors keen to skip the crowds, and take it nice and slow on their visit”.

Experts each discipline will offer workshops, talks and classes. The complete programme and a link to register —tourists pay €90; islanders €45— can be found at https://formenterazen.es/ca/formentera-zen/el-programa/ (currently 30 are enrolled). Core categories include diet, emotional intelligence, physical activities and other pillars of well-being.

Masterclass with Veronica Blume

Formentera Zen activities are staged in specially adapted venues, like a masterclass with the acclaimed Veronica Blume in the Sant Francesc square on Saturday 12 October at 6.00pm.

President Ferrer pointed out that Formentera Zen runs parallel to another event, Fòrum Posidonia Project: “It’s a way to fuse support for individual care with support for care for the planet”.

3 October 2019
Department of Communication
Consell de Formentera

Formentera sets sights on off-season tourists

foto promo turisme 2019 1The Department of Tourism of the Consell de Formentera reports that the coming days will see the island's promotors hitting two travel expos in Switzerland and Netherlands, and a birdwatching festival in the Delta de l'Ebre.

Head of promotion Carlos Bernús is in the Swiss city of Montreux at the TTW Romandie (Travel Trade Workshop) today and tomorrow—“one of the biggest for tourism professionals in French-speaking Switzerland”, Bernús said.

“We'll be wooing off-season travellers with details of our island's impressive ecological values”, Bernús said. Formentera has its own stand at the event.

Utrecht, Netherlands
From 17 to 22 September, Formentera will also participate in the city of Utrecht's 50 Plus, an expo for the 50-and-older set, who, Bernús pointed out, “are O.K. with missing the high-season months...and want to take their time”. Bernús said the island's ideal profile had “mid- to high-range purchasing power, and is tuned in to the environment”.

Birdwatching tourism
Formentera will also court the national market at the Delta Birding Festival. The event runs from today until Friday, 20 September, at MónNatura Delta. The tourism chief described the group of islands in southern Delta de l'Ebre as “the perfect venue to trumpet Formentera's qualities as a birdwatchers' destination”.

Visit from Toronto
Formentera will also get a visit this week from representatives of Toronto-based press outlets specialising in cultural travel. The group will tour cultural and heritage sites like the Ca Na Costa megalithic monument and dig sites in es Cap de Barbaria.

18 September 2019
Department of Communication
Consell de Formentera

It's the return of the island's post-season showcase: Formentera in October

foto formenOctubre 2Earlier today the Consell de Formentera Office of Tourism unveiled the latest edition of Descobreix Formentera a l'Octubre. President and tourism councillor Alejandra Ferrer described the “Discover Formentera in October” campaign of perks and special deals boosting off-season tourism as “a way to attract visitors before and after the traditional summer season; to give them a look at the island's more authentic, tranquil side”.

Campaigners insist October is prime visiting time, and point to deep savings on ferries, car hire and accommodations. Not to mention, in Ferrer's words, “a local agenda that's bursting at the seams with leisure, culture and sport”.

“We're chipping away at the typical idea of the traditional summer season”, says Ferrer, “so we promote and coordinate different activities, and Formentera businesses propose special offers, events and bonuses”. The president described it as “a winning formula of collaboration between the public and private sectors”.

How it works

Tourists who book lodging at participating businesses benefit from reductions on ferry trips, rental cars, active-tourism promotors, and can enjoy a beefed-up calendar of events to choose from. A list of the establishments involved in the campaign can be found at the Consell de Formentera tourism website:

Gastronomic Weekends

As part of Caps de setmana gastronòmics, the first and second weekends of October, various restaurants will offer sample menus of typical island cuisine for a lean 20 euros . Menu selections can be found here.

Sport and culture

October wouldn't be the same on Formentera without its procession of culture- and fitness-fuelled events. The first on the list is a triathlon—el Triatló “Illa de Formentera”—in es Pujols. Scheduled this year for Saturday 5, the function typically draws some 300 participants, not counting accompanying family and friends.

Two decades after Unesco decided to class the posidonia meadow as a World Heritage site, Formentera welcomes Fòrum Save Posidonia from Thursday 10 to Saturday 12. The biannual forum's premise is two-pronged. First, it brings together experts from Spain and farther afield behind the cause of shaping strategies for safeguarding an underwater species whose existence is essential to Formentera and the Mediterranean at large. Second, participants will gauge the success of efforts that have taken place over the two years since the last forum.

Friday 11 to Sunday 13, Formentera Zen gives travellers hoping to see another side of Formentera the perfect excuse to visit. Participants will get a calendar of activities that's packed with yoga and pilates, along with workshops on an array of topics like heart-healthy diets, mindfulness and aromatherapy. An extra special part of this year's programme is Veronica Blume, who will offer a master class on yoga that is open to all.

La Mola's yearly festivities—les festes del Pilar—comprise the now-familiar uphill trek known as la Pujada (Saturday 12), Festival Son Estrella Galicia (Friday 11–Saturday 12), the mountain bike “ride round the island” (BTT Volta Cicloturista; Friday 25–Sunday 27) and the maiden run of a marine photography event known as “Cazafotosub d'Apnea”. Also filling out the month is the third Collective Signatures, a three-day gathering of international artists (Wednesday 16–Friday 18). Complete event information can be found at the tourism website of the Consell de Formentera: formentera.es/en.

13 September 2019
Department of Communication
Consell de Formentera

Local fare from all 4 islands at farmers' market

foto-presentacio---farmers pre1Meeting with Farmers, a group of eleven other cooperatives that are based in the Balearics, the chairman of Formentera's agrarian cooperative unveiled a stand dedicated to selling products from the region at the local farmers' market (Mercat Pagès).

Carlos Marí, who directs the local Cooperativa del Camp, pointed out that products made on all four Balearic Islands will be available for purchase at the stand, “not to mention Formentera products like wines, gin, peix sec and olive oil”. The selection can also be found at points of sale across the Balearics, and on in Madrid.

Tolo Mercadel, who heads Farmers' sales and expansion arm, traced the birthplace of the two-year-old initiative to Menorca, and said that with Formentera included, all four islands are contributing products. Mercadel indicated Farmers' plans to push forward with their business model, which he stressed was about putting quality first. “We're hoping to get the buy-in of shoppers who back our moral cause”, he added.

The event was also attended by Cooperativa del Camp chairman Jaume Escandell and two Consell de Formentera officials, commerce councillor Ana Juan and primary sector councillor Josep Marí, who said they support the initiative. Marí said the project "is about showcasing locally-made products" and would be "an important addition to the fresh fruit that's already sold at the mercat". The Mercat Pagès opens Monday to Saturday from 9.30am to 2.00pm until October.

30 July 2019
Communication department
Consell de Formentera

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