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Organisers save seats for Formentera residents at upcoming ‘Son Estrella Galicia Posidonia’ festival

foto son estrella 2019 2From Friday to Sunday (11–13 October), Formentera will play host to “Son Estrella Galicia Posidonia”, part of Discover Formentera in October. Tickets to the festival went for €240, and are currently sold out. The lineup of performers, meanwhile, has been kept under wraps until now, with plans to reveal it to the festival’s 350 ticket-holders when they arrive on Formentera.

For Formentera residents, however, all is not lost. Ten tickets for each of the festival’s three “gastronomic and musical moments”—Saturday at noon, Saturday night and the Sunday noontime closing event—have been set aside exclusively for islanders. (Specially priced at €50, each includes a meal, drinks and an aperitif.) As in years past, the moments will play out in surprise locations which won’t be announced until the start of the festival. Formentera residents interested in the offer can visit https://estrellagalicia.es/son/festivales/posidonia/

Free concert, open to the public
What’s more, one of the main events will be open to the public and free to attend. In fact, it’s included in the activities programme for Festes del Pilar de la Mola. On Saturday 12 October, two surprise concerts—one at 10.30pm and another at 12 midnight—will be staged in the town square.

Taking place earlier in the evening, at 7.30pm, another noteworthy concert will be a joint affair by the municipal bands of Formentera and Muro. It’s the first event in a series of events celebrating twenty years of operations at the Formentera School of Music (Escola de Música de Formentera).

Teaming up with SPP
In collaboration with the Save Posidonia Project, festival staff will educate attendees of Son Estrella Galicia about the importance of safeguarding posidonia and encouraging them to take part in the programme to adopt square metres of seagrass meadows. The festival is organised by Estrella Galicia and receives additional support from the Consell de Formentera. The event offers participants three days of music, fine dining and nature to rediscover Formentera this October.

8 October 2019
Department of Communication
Consell de Formentera

“Erró al Far”—a tribute to an artist remembered for generosity, esteem toward Formentera

ses 10720 erro-flyer-xarxes-1-The culture department of the Consell de Formentera reports that this Friday at 6.00pm, the gallery of the freshly minted cultural and education space housed in la Mola lighthouse will welcome Erró al Far. The 12-piece exhibit of colour lithographs with dates between 2001 and 2012 was culled from the artist’s own bequeathment to the culture office.

Culture councillor Susana Labrador hailed the fact that “at last these works are put on view for the people of Formentera and everyone else to experience”. She called it “a magnificent collection that the artist selflessly donated to Formentera. He loved this island, and now these previously unseen pieces can be displayed in a setting that is absolutely perfect for them”.

Featuring some of the artist’s most emblematic series, the monographic selection connects an array of world-famous historical figures ranging from Che Guevara and Freud to cartoons, femme fatals and warrior queens, depicting the latter as both powerful and sexual icons.

Erró is of the great names in 20th-century art, and we see him here as an individualist, pop and baroque all at once. His art is visual and narrative-driven, critical of society, full of humour and reflects a man of impenetrable moral character. And, for the last sixty-five years, he has produced an incredibly rich body of work that resists categorising, according to exhibit curator Anna Costa.

Erró al Far is Formentera’s tribute to the artist for the generosity and esteem he has shown the island. Born 1932 in Ólafsvík (Iceland), he began his artistic education at the Reykjavík School of Fine Arts, proceeding to the Oslo Academy and the Florence Academy of Fine Arts, where he immersed himself in mosaic art. However, it was his travels to different countries of the east and west that he would find what would become his mother lode of inspiration for the creativity of his installations.

He relocated to Paris in 1958. There, he fell in with the surrealists, joined the French nouvelle figuration artists and took part in the city’s Salon de Mai exhibit from 1960 to 1966. He lives between Paris, Thailand and Formentera, where he landed almost by accident in 1958. Its peace and its people were key to Erró’s opting to set up a home and workshop here, and both were built by architect Henri Quillé in 1970.

It would be during those same years that Erró achieved international success and his work began to appear in private and public displays, museums, centres of art, private foundations and art galleries. He has been granted multiple awards and accolades, such as the Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres (Paris, 1983), the Icelandic Parliament’s Best Artist Award (2000) and Formentera’s own Honorary Native Son prize in 2013.

La Mola lighthouse visiting hours
The exhibit can be visited whenever the far, or lighthouse, is open—Tuesday to Sunday from 11.00am to 2.00pm, plus Wednesday and Sunday evenings from 5.00pm to 9.00pm. Winter hours—Tuesday to Saturday from 10.0am to 2.00pm—begins 15 October. The exhibit will remain at the lighthouse until December.

General admission is €4.50. Admission is free for Formentera residents, visitors under 18 and the unemployed, and pensioners and students get in for €2.50.

7 October 2019
Department of Communication
Consell de Formentera

Visit from regional culture envoy

visita-delegada-cultura1Consell de Formentera councillors of culture and patrimony Susana Labrador and Raquel Guasch met today with the regional envoy for culture, Catalina Solivellas, to set the agenda for the current legislative period. The technical meeting served to chart landmarks moving ahead for the remodel of Sa Senieta, a space that will ultimately house the Formentera Museum. After the gathering, staff and party officials visited the Sa Senieta property.

2 October 2019
Department of Communication
Consell de Formentera


Films, hands-on workshops, horseback rides make list of October activities for island youth

foto progOCT019 casal de joves 2The Consell de Formentera youth office presents the October activities programme at the Casal de Joves. Department chief Vanessa Parellada called the run of activities and workshops “part of the ongoing priority to give younger generations leisure options building on values of solidarity, healthy living and environmental attunement”.

Once a week at 6.30pm, Casal staff open the doors so visitors can plop down on the sofa, grab some popcorn and enjoy a film of special relevance to young people. Film fans on Wednesday the 2nd will see Invictus; on Wednesday the 9th they can catch Es por tu bien. The Casal announces Pay the Ghost for Friday the 25th, and How to Train Your Dragon 2 on Wednesday the 30th.

Overlapping with World Non-Violence Day on Friday the 4th is a workshop—De quin costat vols estar?—about raising awareness among young people about the kinds of violence that are out there and why they should be proactive about opposing them.

On Saturday the 5th Casal staff will host a workshop where participants can try their hand at a kind of painting tuned especially to send creativity soaring, “spin art”. Friday the 11th , Casal youth can pitch in and paint the columns at the centre, and Wednesday the 16th they can get in on a heart-healthy snack—un berenar saludable—to promote healthy eating, and to learn why that’s so important.

Friday the 18th offers yet another chance for children and teens to add their voice to the larger “Fridays for Future” movement. On Wednesday the 23rd, staff will lead a workshop focused on relaxation, then the following Saturday, one titled “Just dance” geared towards doing just that.

Horseback ride
One particularly stand-out item on the October agenda is a horseback ride. The outing is exclusively for regular Casal attendees. Space is limited, reserve in advance.

Casal staff will also put on dance workshops during the winter months.

2 October 2019
Department of Communication
Consell de Formentera

This Saturday and Monday, “Fortaleza a la Napolitana” at Sala de Cultura-Cinema

foto v del vecchio 1The Consell de Formentera's Department of Sport reports that on Saturday the 5th, and Monday the 7th of October, islanders can see Fortaleza a la Napolitana at the cinema (Sala de Cultura). The show starts at 8.30pm and admission is €7.

With direction by Andrés Wacksman, Valeria Del Vecchio dances in a production by Fils Roulants. Fortaleza a la Napolitana is a touching expression of the contradition between longing to be self-sufficient and the need for human warmth and protection from hardship. The piece speaks to the duality of a woman who goes through life wearing strength like a mask, and the fragility that proves there's no such thing as a mission to be accomplished.

The production runs 40 minutes and is intended for adult audiences. Space is limited. To reserve seats, send an email to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

1 October 2019
Department of Communication
Consell de Formentera

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