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It’s the return of Cinema a la Fresca, a Formentera summer classic

cartell 2020 cinefrescThe Formentera office of culture announces the fourteenth Cinema a la Fresca, free evening screenings of classics and contemporary highlights from Spanish and world cinema.

Under the creative direction of Veronique Landy and Espai F, the outdoor film series brings together, from July to September, 32 arthouse gems from varying countries and spanning the 1930s to present day, screened in their original language. The initiative kicks off its weekly circuit on Tuesdays in Sant Francesc’s Jardí de ses Eres, before moving to the Sant Ferran square and La Mola’s Casa del Poble patio on Thursdays and Fridays, respectively.

Programme
The Cinema a la Fresca programme commences Tuesday 30 June in Sant Francesc with a film that is additionally included in the activities’ bill in support of World LGBTQI+ Pride Day. Sebastián Lelio’s Una mujer fantástica follows Marina, a transgender youth in the Chilean capital of Santiago who works as a waitress and singer. She and her partner, Orlando, twenty years her senior, see themselves in each other’s future until Orlando dies, leaving Marina with no other choice but to face up to her family and show them she is strong, honest and fabulous.

Thursday 2 July, crowds in Sant Francesc’s Plaça de l’Església will be treated to celebrated director Fernando Amenábar’s Mientras dure la guerra. Relying on the through-line of the political and personal conflict of writer-philosopher Miguel de Unamuno, the film explores the events that transpired in Salamanca over the second half of 1936.

Friday 3 July, visitors to the Casa del Poble patio space will be able to check out Sherlock JR. Filmed by American Buster Keaton in 1924, the wordless love story features Keaton in the part of a young film-house projector operator. Poor, optimistic, bright-eyed and enamoured with a handsome woman for whose attention he must clamour, the man finds himself facing off against a dastardly foil who will ready to stop at nothing to thwart his plans. Refusing to take things sitting down, the young Romeo studies the methodology of detectives in order, he reasons, to become a modern Sherlock Holmes.

The series additionally includes child-friendly fare like Dilili a París, Ponyo en el acantilado and, on 9 July in Sant Ferran, Mi amigo el gigante, aka The BFG. Directed by Steven Spielberg and based on the novel by Roald Dahl, the film tells the story of a girl who finds herself joining forces with a giant to stymie an invading force of evil giants who are prepared to gobble up every boy and girl in the country.

Formentera’s youngest film fans are invited to come out for Avatar on Thursday 23 July. The visually exquisite animated feature not only champions environmental causes, it brims with a magic and marvel that will warm even the coldest heart.

Among the highlights of this year’s Cinema a la Fresca are live performances by pianist Jota Hidalgo of the soundtracks accompanying Sherlock JR. and Charlie Chaplin’s The Kid. The former takes place Friday 3 July and the latter on Tuesday 21 July.

Films will be shown in idyllic natural and open-air backdrops where covid-19 safety and physical distancing protocol will be in place.

26 June 2020
Department of Communication
Consell de Formentera

Formentera hails return of art and craft markets

foto 2020 mercat la molaThe Formentera office of trade reports that the start of sales tomorrow, Wednesday 24 June, at the La Savina market signals the return of artisans and artists to seasonal bazaars across the island, as vendors in Es Pujols and Sant Francesc start their season on 28 June, and still others follow soon after — on 1 July in La Mola and a day later in Sant Ferran.

Marketplaces will remain open until October, while local government has pledged to reimburse 100% of the fees street-side merchants pay to ply their trades on the public thoroughfare.

Crowds will be kept at three quarters capacity this year amid the Covid-19 public health crisis. And, though the most recent decree from the Balearic administration requires a minimum safe distance between stands, trade consellera Ana Juan highlighted work between the department and sellers to maximise space whenever possible. Marketgoers in La Mola will notice stalls have spilled over into an additional lot and onto the town’s main arterial, while shoppers in Es Pujols will find vendors have inched into nearby Carrer Cartagena in an effort to allow physical distancing.

Other pre-season tweaks included revamping worse for wear stalls in Sant Ferran, and electrical work around the market in Es Pujols.

The consellera said that in recent weeks artisans of the island had been contacted one by one as organisers teed up the coming season, which she predicted would be unique. “Our markets are among Formentera’s biggest tourist draws, not to mention a remarkable source of dynamism in summer”, confided Juan, who trusted that, even given the atypical state of play in summer 2020, bustling marketplaces would slowly work to rouse the island from slumber.

Markets will open as follows:

La Savina market
From 24 June, Monday to Sunday from 10.00am to 10.00pm.

Es Pujols market
From 28 June, Monday to Sunday from 7.00pm to 12 midnight. In 2020 stalls additionally occupy Carrer Cartagena.

Sant Francesc market
From 28 June, Monday to Sunday from 10.00am to 12 midnight.

La Mola craft market
From 1 July, Wednesdays and Sundays from 5.00pm to 10.00pm. In 2020 stalls additionally occupy adjacent lot and Avinguda de la Mola.

Sant Ferran craft and art market
From 2 July, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays from 8.00pm to 12 midnight.

23 June 2020
Department of Communications
Consell de Formentera

The “savage dyes” of Simona Colzi beckon crowds back to Centre ‘Gabrielet’

cartell 2020 tintures salvatgesWhen artist Simona Colzi pulls the curtain back on her display “Tintures Salvatges” at 7.00pm tomorrow (19 June), the opening will signal the start of a new season of exhibitions at Centre Antoni Tur ‘Gabrielet’. Varying textures, which merge textile tissues and the natural environment of Formentera, embody the intersection of quality, sustainability and aesthetics. Colzi’s ambition, besides decrying the pollution which is synonymous with the synthetic fabric industry, is to offer a tribute, however small, to life and nature on the island of Formentera.

The display will remain open to the public until 28 June, Monday to Saturday, 11.00am to 2.00pm and 6.00pm to 8.00pm.

18 June 2020
Department of Communications
Consell de Formentera

Music in the Squares returns to Formentera

cartell 2020 musica a les placesEarlier today the Formentera Department of Culture unveiled the summer 2020 programme for Música a les Places (Music in the Squares), a series of weekly intimate concerts in La Savina, Es Pujols, Sant Francesc and Sant Ferran.

Culture consellera Susana Labrador described reactivating the local cultural scene as particularly important after the economic, social and public health crises triggered by the Covid-19 pandemic. “It’s why we’re so thrilled to present a programme that promises to fill Formentera’s squares with music and and give even more recreational options for tourists and locals”, she said.

The programme covers an array of musical styles, from World Music and Latin sounds to blues, soul, rock, heavy metal and jazz, and proposes concerts in open-air venues. To prevent the spread of Covid-19, the audience will be restricted to a seated area, with physical distancing rules in place and limited capacity maintained.

La Savina
Monday night music returns to La Savina from 29 June to 28 September with Els Dilluns al Port (Mondays at the Port). Concerts start at 10.00pm and proffer a dose of pzazz for the Passeig de la Marina.

Es Pujols
With the World Music series, Es Pujols’ Plaça d’Europa will have live music too, with a programme that welcomes back veterans Antena Libre. The Thursday night concerts kick off at 10.00pm and runs 25 June to 22 October, taking a break in August.

Sant Ferran
Starting at 10.00pm every Friday from 26 June to 25 September, Sant Ferran’s Música en Viu (Live Music) programme plays out in the Plaça de l’Església.

Sant Francesc
When the classic Saturday night jazz series returns to the Plaça de la Constitució from 27 June to 26 September, crowds can look forward to 10.00pm concerts from the island’s most cherished jazz outfit, Jazz&Co.

Collaborations
From the start, Música a les Places has had help from collaborators like Jazz&Co, Antena Libre, La Savina Residents’ Association and the Balearic Port Authority.

Essential to the programme is the yearly renewal of a collaborative agreement between the Consell de Formentera and Estrella Galicia. Every year, Estrella Galicia sponsors countrywide concerts and supports independent, alternative festivals. The Consell salutes Estrella Galicia for their longstanding commitment to music and culture in Spain.


22 June 2020
Department of Communications
Consell de Formentera

Four additional burial sites uncovered at byzantine necropolis in Sant Francesc

foto 2020 excavacioThe Formentera Department of Patrimony announces the start of a fresh round of archaeological digs at the byzantine-era necropolis that was unearthed in 2017 on a plot of land on Carrer del Metge Vicent Riera. As work began this week, a team of archaeologists from Sociedad Ciencias Aranzadi announced the discovery of four graves adjacent four which had already been uncovered and dated to seventh century, late Antiquity.

Department chief Raquel Guasch applauded the efforts currently under way, asserting that the findings “help thicken the texture of Formentera’s history”. “That’s why it’s so crucial that they have our support”, she continued, “and that we equip ourselves with tools, such as our catalogue of cultural sites and the Special Archaeological Committee, that put us in a position to safeguard such heritage”.

For her part, archaeologist Glenda Graziani highlighted a number of other local necropolises from the same epoch of the Late Byzantine Empire —Can Gabino, Can Toni Blai and Monestir de la Mola— that were slightly older than the current site, which sits on a plot known as Sa Tanca Vella. Graziani hopes the current efforts will illuminate a period about which details have remained elusive: “This necropolis was likely linked to a settlement which may eventually come to light”. In fact, crews have already identified stone carvings perhaps related to the necropolis. Crews have also found a field that was at one time used for farming—“immensely important to our ability to trace the course of agriculture throughout history”, said Graziani.

Archaeologist Almudena García-Rubio pointed out that the graves in question sit farther apart than those found previously. She also noted that one contains the remains of two children, and the other, an adult and a child. “The remains are quite poorly preserved”, remarked the archaeologist, who affirmed that a sediment study would be in order to determine whether surrounding soil had impacted the preservation process.

On a dig commissioned in 2017 as a prerequisite for building permits for two proposed dwellings, part of a byzantine-era necropolis was uncovered in a stretch of land known as JA-111, which is listed in Formentera’s catalogue of protected cultural heritage sites. Meeting with the site’s owners, the Consell subsequently agreed to oversee excavation of the rest of the plot. Valued at €25,703.74 (VAT included), the contract to carry out the work was awarded to Sociedad Ciencias Aranzadi.


17 June 2020
Department of Communications
Consell de Formentera

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