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Historical study at new Sant Francesc cemetery to deal with remembering democratic past

foto visita 2020 isabel castroEarlier today, Consell de Formentera president Alejandra Ferrer met at the seat of local government with Isabel Castro, head of the Balearic Department of Public Administrations and Modernisation, as well as Formentera cabinet members like the consellera of patrimony, Raquel Guasch, head of interior Josep Marí, chief of new technologies and citizen participation Vanessa Parellada and Marc Herrera, head of the democratic memory division of the Govern balear.

Ms Castro used the meeting to provide an overview of the government’s plan for 2019-2020 concerning mass graves. Part of the plan involves a historical study on the more recent of two cemeteries in Sant Francesc. The goal is twofold: first to determine whether the cemetery has ever held remains of individuals killed during the Spanish Civil War, and second, if those remains are still there, or if the site has been altered.

According to Minister Castro, such a study will be “crucial in determining whether future work is to happen on site. We know there are families who are looking for ancestors and this site could potentially hold the key. The study could help us determine the location of future disinterments or help us avoid wild-goose chases.”

For her part, President Ferrer welcomed the progress made “restoring dignity to the story of our democracy” and said she was glad to see disinterments on the island were moving forward. Consellera Guasch insisted that the regional minister’s visit underscored “the will to work together so we can begin the task of awarding reparations to victims of Franco’s regime”.

Other issues
Consellera Parellada spoke to Castro about issues on the island that require attention —emerging technology, for instance, as well as Wi-Fi coverage and the Consell de Formentera’s online catalogue of services— not to mention about questions relative to citizen participation.

Conseller Marí said the Balearic School of Public Administration owed Formentera police and firefighters more opportunities in training, courses and professional retraining, and called the extension across the island of the energy network “essential”. Attendees also spoke about the possibility of a new, locally stationed “mobility agent”.

11 March 2020
Department of Communications
Consell de Formentera

Book launches, kids’ workshops and writers’ huddle figure among March events at libraries

cartell iii2020 biblio3The Formentera Department of Culture unveiled the activities in store this March at local libraries. At 5.00pm this Wednesday at Sant Ferran’s Punt de Lectura, Xènia Fuertes will lead children ages seven and up in a creative workshop called “Dona Llum” where participants will learn about the body in motion, writing, narrating, collages, textures, music, drawing and plastic arts—“plus lots of magic”, adds Fuertes.

At 8.00pm on Friday 13 March the Marià Villangómez library will play host to a close-up of Miren Jaurne’s book La Venus que rompió el espejo. Jaurne, also known on social media as MimiXXL, is a youtuber whose current book lets readers in on some of her darkest moments, and deals with the futility of judging ourselves based on physical appearance, or handing others the same power. We have nothing to be ashamed of, and a “no” early on can save us from a downward spiral of self-destruction. Today Jaurne isn’t just a woman who has overcome her fears; she has joined the fight to stop bullying and the “body positive” movement. Lilian Heinrichs will emcee the all-ages event.

At 5.30pm next Tuesday 17 March at the Sant Ferran Punt de Lectura, the Formentera chapter of Obra Cultural Balear will host a reading of Rondalles de Formentera. The event is a way for islanders to discover the homespun fables known as rondalles, not to mention expand their Catalan expertise and promote reading among youth.

Another OCB-sponsored event happens in the library at 8.30pm on Friday 20 March. Billed as an “inter-island gathering of writers”, the event will see the participation of Mario Riera, Carles Fabregat, Fina Torres, Esteve Portas, Neus Costa, Mireia Bernabeu and Joan Ferrer, not to mention that of presenters Nora Albert and Maria Teresa Ferrer.

At 8.00pm on Friday 27 March, patrons of the library can look foward to another book launch, this time hosted by Vicent Ferrer Mayans and centred on Isidor Marí’s Poesia, llengua, país: Una mirada des d’Eivissa [Poetry, language, country: A view from Eivissa]. Describing the diversity and the distinct sense of unity that the lands in question share, Marí confides that as he selected texts for the volume and mulled over the order in which they’d appear, the triad of language, poetic/literary creation and a country’s cultural/political consolidation struck him as a fitting synthesis of what had been at the centre of his reflections. “I’d like to think my texts have helped us on this collective path, along with so many others more distinguished and more prevalent than mine. Above all”, says Marí, “I want to believe that our poetry, our language and our country will one day achieve the plenitude they so long for and deserve”. The event is put together by the Formentera Department of Heritage.

At 6.00pm on Monday 30 March the library will play host to Contes en OFF, a storytime for kids by Minorcan troupe No Som Tres enlisting humour, plus a bit of clownery and on-stage antics, to encourage reading.

At 8.00pm on Tuesday 31 March, bookworms rendezvous at the library for another gathering of the book club Llegeix i Gaudeix. As every first Tuesday of the month, the group Contes per parlar amb la lluna [Tales to discuss with the moon] convened on Tuesday 3 March.

9 March 2020
Department of Communication
Consell de Formentera

Beni Trutmann photo contest turns 18

foto 2020 BTrutmannThe Formentera Department of Culture announces that, now through 14 April, submissions will be accepted for the Beni Trutmann photography contest. In 2020, the marquee event on the local photography calendar celebrates its 18th year.

The contest is a tribute to the distinguished Swiss photographer who called Formentera home for 44 years and left a library of over 30,000 prints illuminating his love for the island and for its natural beauty. For that very reason and in the spirit of Trutmann’s commitment to the environment, nature in all its forms, from flora and fauna to landscapes and humans’ place in the outdoors, commands the contest’s starring role.

Colour / Black & White
In the Colour and Black & White categories, participants can submit up to three prints (analog or digital) in square, digital, classic and panorama format. Contestants must also state which prize—first, second or third, with cash prizes of €500, €300 and €200, respectively—they wish to compete for.

Political engagement
Although a relatively recent addition, the Fotodenúncia category —for photography that is political in nature, seeking to denounce injustices, demand change or encourage reflection on a particular environmental issue— has established itself as a key part of the Beni Trutmann contest. Cash prizes for the first-, second- and third-place winners are €500, €300 and €200, respectively.

Submissions to the Colour, Black & White and Fotodenúncia categories can be made in person at the Citizen’s Information Office (OAC) or by certified mail until 14 April 2020.

Smart shots
Tuned for youth aged 12 to 18, another category that has become wildly popular is for photographs taken with smartphones. These submissions must be sent before the end of the day on 14 April 2020 to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . Contestants are asked to include no more than three photos taken with their smartphone.

A panel of judges will be made up of a spokesperson from the local chapter of the Balearic Association for Ornithology and the Defence of Nature (GOB); a representative of the local chapter of Obra Cultural Balear; three individuals renowned for their work in the visual arts; plus a chairperson and secretary.

Winning submissions will be included in the Formentera Image and Sound Archive, the AISF, and become property of the Council, which reserves the right to reproduce them as it deems fit (on posters, signs, internet-based campaigns, etc), though not for profit.

Councillor of Education and Culture Susana Labrador encouraged islanders to thumb through their personal photo collections and make a submission. “Beni Trutmann isn’t just for photo pros, it’s for anyone with even a passing interest in the field. The only real condition is the desire to use photography to bring some part of the island to life”, she said. In its 18 years, the competition has amassed a valuable archive of roughly 2,000 photos from 700 participants. No better proof of the contest's growth can be found than the participation of photographers from as far away as mainland Spain and other countries in Europe.

Exhibition and awards ceremony
To crown the contest's sixteenth edition, from Monday, 4 May, a selection of some fifty photos will be displayed in the municipal gallery, the Sala d'Exposicions, and during a special ceremony selected photographers will receive their prizes. The exhibition will continue through 16 May. For more information and to see submission conditions, visit the Consell de Formentera website:


5 March 2020
Department of Communications
Consell de Formentera

This Saturday at cinema, Les Kol·lontai perform free show for International Women’s Day revellers

LES KOLLONTAIJThe Formentera Office of Culture reports that at 8.30pm this Saturday, the Sala de Cultura (Cinema) will be the scene of a free concert for International Women’s Day. The trio of Catalan singer-songwriters made up of Sílvia Comes, Meritxell Gené and Ivette Nadal form a united behind feminist songs about freedom and equality (the group’s name, Les Kol·lontai, is a nod to the Soviet feminist and politician Alessandra Kol·lontai). The band has played to Catalan-speaking crowds since 2017 to promote their album Cançons Violeta.

Les Kol·lontai’s 90-minute performance on 7 March is the second of two very special Barnasants concerts scheduled to take place on Formentera this year. The first was Marina Rossell — the unmistakable, saccharine voice of the new popular Catalan musical tradition whose emotion-heavy performance brought down the packed cinema on 1 February in Sant Francesc.

For 25 years, Barnasants has made eclectically-sourced cultural initiatives its stock in trade, building a reputation across the European continent for top-quality independent music. After a renewal of a collaborative agreement between festival organisers and the island government, 2020 marks the festival’s second year bringing concerts to the island.

Cultural exchange
The pact between Barnasants and the Consell de Formentera extends beyond Barnasants concerts on Formentera to invest in promoting local Formentera acts off the island. A case in point were thirty-year music scene veterans, Aires formenterencs, who plugged their latest record to a crowd of Barnasants festivalgoers at Barcelona’s Centre Artesà Tradicionàrius (CAT) on Sunday 16 February performing. And, hometown singer-songwriter Maria José Cardona, will follow up her 2019 Barnasants date at the Harlem Jazz Club with two performances this weekend on Menorca. She’ll be at Ciutadella’s Espai Sant Josep at 7.30pm on Friday 6 March and Saturday at Es Nou Bar from 10.30pm. Both shows are free.

Workshop at the school of music
Les Kol·lontai’s Ivette Nadal will be at the Formentera Escola de Música Friday afternoon for a clinic on the voice as an instrument of music. Culture chief Susana Labrador acknowledged she was “just as thrilled about seeing indy Catalan music’s crème de la crème back on the island as I am about sharing our hometown sounds with the rest of the islands and other corners of the country. It’s a great way to promote this aspect of our culture.”

4 March 2020
Department of Communications
Consell de Formentera

Women’s Day exhibition: ‘Women working for women’

foto 2020 Expo dia de la donaLast night, the municipal art gallery Sala d’Exposicions ‘Ajuntament Vell’ hosted the opening of an exhibition turning the spotlight on the struggle of women, past and present. Titled “Mujeres trabajando por mujeres” [Women working for women], the show is by María María Acha-Kutscher, a Peru-born feminist and visual artist living in Spain. Her work will be on display from 11.00am to 2.00pm and 6.00pm to 8.00pm, Monday through Saturday until 14 March. The gallery is closed Sundays and Monday mornings.

3 March 2020
Department of Communications
Consell de Formentera

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