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Three Kings to tour Formentera towns Sunday 5 January

cavalcada reis 2019The festivities department of the Consell de Formentera has announced that their Majesties the Three Kings of the East will tie up their ship, as every year, at the commercial wharf of La Savina port (in front of the Nueva Formentera harbourmaster’s tower [Passeig de la Marina]) at 6.00pm on Sunday 5 January. Joined by pages and the rest of the royal entourage and riding in decorated floats, the Magi will then lead a tour across the towns of the island.

After the stop in La Savina, the cavalcade will continue their circuit up the highway in time for an estimated 7.00pm arrival in Sant Francesc. The party will take Carrer de Santa Maria into town towards Plaça de la Constitució. Once there, their Majesties will stop in at the Sant Francesc Xavier church. Afterwards, they will make an appearance on the Consell de Formentera balcony, greeting the town from their perch and taking part in the administration's official reception of the travelling entourage.

At approximately 8.00pm, the Kings will once again take up the reins and head down the highway towards Sant Ferran. Once in town, the committee will climb Carrer Sant Jaume to the town square and enter the church to revere the baby Jesus. All those hoping to meet the Magi can do so in the tent which holds watch over the church plaza, where boys and girls from Sant Ferran will also be able to pick up gifts.

Near 8.30pm, again by way of the main highway, the cavalcade will continue in the direction of La Mola. There, they will descend the central arterial towards the town’s church, where gifts will be distributed to the eagerly awaiting children of that town.

Kids in Sant Francesc must wait until Monday 6 January to receive their gifts from the Wise Men. That ceremony will take place at Colegio Virgen Milagrosa —“Ca ses Monges”— on the heels of the Epiphany Mass scheduled for 11.30am at the Sant Francesc Xavier church.

Entertainment
While youngsters await the Three Kings and company, they’ll be treated to Bover Circus’s Or, encens, mirra i CIRC. Chock full of magic, theatrics, humour and Yuletide charm, “Gold, incense, myrrh and CIRCUS” spotlights, under the hand of an M.C. who promises to titillate and tickle the funny bones of crowds young and old, the myriad members of the circus team.
The show starts at 5.00pm on La Savina’s waterfront promenade.

Organised by the Three Kings’ Association in conjunction with the Consell de Formentera, the Magi’s epic annual journey brings joy and magic to our streets and gifts to our people. The Formentera government wishes to thank those who have made the cavalcade’s 2020 stopover possible: youth volunteers, the Formentera Three Kings’ Association, the local farmers’ cooperative, Quintanilla and Formentera carpenter’s shops, Mediterranea Pitiusa, Pitiüsa Sud, Sa Xerxa network of children’s and youth theatre in the Balearics, La Mola Neighbourhood Association, Port Authority and the civil protection corps, firefighters and law enforcement.

Underscoring the “eager anticipation and keen sense of joy” with which Formentera awaits the Wise Men, Consell president Alejandra Ferrer highlighted the individual efforts —of the Three Kings’ Association, of volunteers and of other collaborating organisations— that make the moment possible.

3 January 2020
Department of Communication
Consell de Formentera

Live tunes to ring in 2020 on Formentera

cartell nit de cap-danyj1Formentera’s bureau of culture reports that a special night of concerts is in the works to help islanders ring in the new year on Tuesday 31 December. Culture and festivities councillor Susana Labrador encouraged the entire island to “meet at the tent in Sa Senieta car park to celebrate New Year’s Eve with a rollicking party”.

Two performers are on schedule to offer free shows on the big night. The first —a cover band known as Dalton Bang— will take to the stage at one a.m., before rocking the crowd and turning things over to French record-spinner Tom Costino.

The musicians of Dalton Bang are as at home in world’s metropolises as in the quietest town square...and the party is no different. Dancing, fun and above all great tunes, from seventies hits to current club bangers.

Next up it’s the turn of titan of the night, d.j. Tom Costino, who has peddled his delicious blend of subtly electrified disco, funk and happy pop to some of the biggest hubs in the world: Boston, New York, Istanbul, Marrakesh, London, Valencia, Eivissa, Formentera...

27 December 2019
Department of Communication
Consell de Formentera

Christmas carols at Centre de Dia

nadales-al-centre-de-diaThe Mestre Lluís Andreu primary school choir, composed of roughly thirty pupils between years four and six and the group’s director, music teacher Santi Ramírez, performed four Christmas carols to Formentera residents at the island’s day centre. The crowd of seniors gave the boys and girls a rollicking applause, and had as much fun at the intimate performance as the singers themselves.

16 December 2019
Department of Communication
Consell de Formentera

Father Christmas brings party to Formentera

festa-pare-noel-2019p-1-This Thursday, 19 December, comes the arrival of one of Formentera kids’ most closely watched festivities of the year: the visit from Father Christmas. Little ones will be treated to an afternoon of entertainment from ShowsIbiza.com and the chance to give letters to Father Christmas and have their picture taken with him, too.

The party starts at 5.30pm in the Sa Senieta tent in Sant Francesc. Gluten- and lactose-free hot chocolate plus coca dolça and other sweets will be served. Culture and festivities councillor Susana Labrador encouraged youngsters across the island to come out for the extra-special event.

18 December 2019
Department of Communication
Consell de Formentera

Joven Dolores and Itaca Band ready to roll out hits and set night on fire this Saturday

foto 2019 nit concerts 1The culture wing of the Consell de Formentera announces that two of the 2019 Christmas programme’s heavy-hitters are gearing up for an evening of concerts, this Saturday, 14 December, in the Sa Senieta tent in Sant Francesc. The show starts at 10.30pm with a performance from Joven Dolores, followed by the popular Catalan act, Itaca Band.

Culture and festivities councillor Susana Labrador encouraged the whole island to come out for an opening event so replete with music and festive spirit she called it “a tone setter as the Yuletide season kicks into gear”.

Joven Dolores
Starting the show at 10.30pm is Joven Dolores, an amalgamation brought to life by the union of singer-guitarist pair David Serra and Joan Barbé with the rhythm section composed by Frederic Torres (bass) and JC Marí (drums). Unlike anyone else on the domestic music scene, Joven Dolores don’t just play songs to pull on heart strings, they deliver guaranteed high-octane performances. A product of 21st-century rock, Joven Dolores’ first album, Galopa los días, is jam-packed with references to their youth, anchored by reflections on the power of positivity, on human relations, on the importance of women and their situation today.

Itaca Band
Wrapping up the evening, it’s the Itaca Band. The Catalan group have made a name for themselves blending apparently disparate musical styles, and are known for concerts most readily compared to hurricanes. Anthems like “Temerari”, “Ara i aquí” and “Com si no hi hagués demà” are irresistibly catchy, and will have the entire crowd dancing and singing along. Masterfully crafted lyrics in Spanish and Catalan, Jamaican rhythms, overdriven tempos and the surging energy of the group’s brass section are all part of what makes Itaca Band guaranteed crowdpleasers.


10 December 2019
Department of Communication
Consell de Formentera

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