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210 Catalan-language learners enrol in Consell de Formentera’s adult learning programme

cursos-catala--1The Consell de Formentera’s department for language policy and the Language Advisory Service (Servei d’Assessorament Lingüístic, or SAL) announce enrolment has concluded for the first module of the offices’ 2019-2020 offering of Catalan courses for adults. Two-hundred and ten islanders have signed up to take part in morning, afternoon or night classes in one of five levels (two A2 groups, two B1, two B2, two C1/C2).

Classes have been in session since mid-October and are geared towards prepping students for the January 2020 round of exams administered by the language policy arm of the Balearic government.

Formentera’s language policies consellera, Raquel Guasch, proclaimed “our administration stresses training because it’s key to fomenting people’s use of the language”, and described the response to the courses as “extremely encouraging”.

After beginners’ level lessons (A2), the second-most popular course is B1. Typical students have studied some Catalan already and passed the official A2 exam.

31 October 2019
Department of Communication
Consell de Formentera

“Malebable” takes local young'uns on journey of senses

malebable-19-975x650-1-The culture arm of the Consell de Formentera reports that local audiences will get their chance to see Malebable, a work of dance and theatre for children, on Saturday 9 November. The production features Basque choreographer-dancer Helen Lizari Malebable, who, on a trip in an imaginary vehicle, experiences the transformation of materials through textures and touch.

The show is geared towards children aged zero to five and will take shape in the Sala de Cultura (Cinema) on Saturday 9 November at 6.00pm. Space is limited, so attendees must reserve in advance by sending an email to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . Admission for children costs €5; adults get in free.

Creation workshops
In addition to the stage production, on Friday 8 November, Lizari will offer two- and three-year-olds of Sa Miranda and Camí Vell nurseries a dance workshop tuned to creation and experimentation. Then, that afternoon, she’ll lead students of the Escola de Música i Dansa (School of Music and Dance) in a master class.

Education and culture councillor Susana Labrador invited parents and families of island tots to see and enjoy the renowned production, saying she was “thrilled” that “children at our nurseries and students of the music school have the chance to take part in a creative dance initiative led by the woman in charge herself”.

Aside from her work as a choreographer and dancer, Lizari is also a professor of movement and motor skills and holds a bachelor’s in theories and analysis of movement as well as studies in dance and interpretation from AHK in Amsterdam. She has studied alongside Jeremy Nelson, Stephen Petronius, Meg Stuart, David Zambrano, Trisha  Brown, Merce Cunningham Company, Wim Vanderkeybus, Anne Teresa (Keersmaeker), Lloyd Newson (DV8), Susan Klein and Stephanie Skura, and others. Over her many years in contemporary dance Lizari has been both a creator and educator.

Malebable comes to Formentera thanks to PLATEA, a programme of the Spanish Ministry of Education, Culture and Sport’s National Institute of Musical and Performing Arts (INAEM). The programme is aimed at bringing island audiences top-tier programming from the national theatre circuit.

Malebable is a coproduction of Mercat de les Flors in collaboration with the El Més Petit de Tots festival and L’Estruch de Sabadell (Ajuntament de Sabadell) and is included in the Consell de Formentera’s L’Illa a Escena programme.

30 October 2019
Department of Communication
Consell de Formentera

Nephew of ‘Puchi Puchi’ commemorates uncle by giving Formentera work of art

conveni-cessio---escultura1Consell de Formentera president Alejandra Ferrer met today with sculptor Enrique Saavedra to make official the bequeathment of a sculpture titled “Aura Pura”. The recycled metal sculpture will become public property and placed in the garden of Formentera’s dependent care facility, the Centre de Dia.

Ferrer heralded Saavedra’s commemoration of his uncle, Jordi (or Jorge) “Puchi Puchi” Chicheri, who spent the final 40 years of his life on the island. Remembered as the owner of Formentera’s first herbalist, he passed away in 2008 and his remains are at rest in the Sant Francesc municipal cemetery.

The sculpture represents a grove of pine trees near Cala Saona, the area Saavedra’s uncle called home. The artist says he sees the name of the piece, Aura Pura (which means “Pure Aura” in English), as a fitting encapsulation of his uncle’s spirit. Recycled tube posts serve as tree trunks, while clouds floating overhead are leaves—also crafted from recycled stainless steel.

Saavedra knew from the start he wanted to pay tribute to his uncle, and traces the idea of the gift to the fact that Saavedra himself discovered the island thanks to Puchi Puchi. “I’ll always come back”, he promised.

Formentera’s culture chief, Susana Labrador, was also on hand as the donation was made official.

28 October 2019
Department of Communication
Consell de Formentera

Full of love and adventure, western Jon Braun gears up for stops on Formentera and in Santa Eulària

jon-braun-2Forerunners in puppet theatre Anita Maravillas arrive in the Pine Islands with an all-ages western inspired by a popular song by Imanol Urbieta. With a sharp-as-knives aesthetic and large doses of humour, love and adventure, Jon Braun speaks to brotherly bonds and the power of love when faced with adversity.

A hit with audiences and critics alike, Jon Braun won Best All-Ages Family Production at the 2018 Titeremurcia. The show opens on Formentera on Saturday 26 October at 6.00pm in the Sala de Cultura (Cinema) and in Santa Eulària des Riu on Sunday the 27th, also at 6.00pm, at the Jesús Centre Cultural.

Jon Braun is included in PLATEA, a programme launched in 2014 to take top-quality domestic stage productions to island audiences by the Spanish Institute of Performing Arts and Music (INAEM), itself a division of Spain’s Ministry of Education, Culture and Sport.

Jon Braun traces the story of two American Indian brothers who are separated by the white man, but so strong is their love that the two never give up trying to find each other. The emotion-packed story is about the strength that love affords us when confronted with misfortune.

Jon Braun is no ordinary cowboys and Indians flick; the two leads are brothers who upend every stereotypes. Malintxe is stealthy, brave and a master of his own decisions; his younger brother Jon Braun is tender, and an unforgettable anti-hero.

The production runs fifty minutes, and tickets to the Formentera show are €5 and can be purchased the day of the event. Accompanying adults get in free. Tickets to the Santa Eulària show cost €9 if purchased at www.festivalbarruguet.com, or €10 at the CCdJ the day of the event.

Book club encouraging islanders to ‘read and enjoy’ takes off at Villangómez library

llibres-club-de-lectura1The cultural wing of the Consell de Formentera reports that on Tuesday 19 November at 8.00pm, Biblioteca Marià Villangómez will host the first gathering of the library’s book club, «Llegeix i gaudeix» (Read and enjoy), with librarian Lorena Francisco Garcia.

The idea for the club took root among a set of local booklovers. Participants read a book at home and reconnoiter at the library on the last Tuesday of each month to discuss what they’ve read.

Education and culture councillor Susana Labrador described initiatives like the book club as “a way to promote reading among islanders, and, at the same time, create a group connection around a pastime that’s educational, key for developing critical thought and a great source of entertainment, too, plus you can do it anywhere, at any age”.

First book: El sopar
Organisers of the first session have suggested Dutch author Herman Koch’s The Dinner (El sopar in Catalan), a stinging, provocative work that takes on the satisfied and complacent social classes in the Netherlands and, by extension, across Europe.

Marià Villangómez library in Sant Francesc has 10 copies available for checkout. All interested readers have to do is register (by sending an email to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ), then stop by the library, pick up a copy of the book and read it before 19 November, when participants meet and share their thoughts.

18 October 2019
Department of Communication
Consell de Formentera

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