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De Far a Far footrace Sunday crosses country roads to link Es Cap and La Mola

far far 2015Details were announced today regarding the second year of the De Far a Far, a footrace linking the two emblematic lighthouses of Formentera across an itinerary of picturesque country roads.

Local councillor of sport Sergio Jiménez sat down before crowds to share details concerning the upcoming event with Council sports specialist Dani de la Dueña and Juan José Escandell, a representative of the local sports group Grup Esportiu Espalmador. Moments after the event Councillor Jiménez received news of the passing of his father, Luis Jiménez.

Participants of the trial will have their pick of two courses: the walked circuit, for which individuals depart from Es Cap at 9am (a start time that was considered more inclusive for participants arriving from Eivissa), and the competitive race, which leaves from the same point at 11am.
Sign-up can be done at formenteraesport365.com or at the front desk of the fitness centre. Included with registration, a serving of paella will be provided at the festivities tent in La Savina at approximately 3pm. Non-participants can opt to take part in the community meal for a price of €12.

Juan José Escandell noted that, in coordinating this year's event, organisers wished to deviate from the circuit used by Formentera All Round Trail: “This course is not as technique-oriented. It is composed of roads and trails which are decidedly less rocky and lacks the kinds of rough patches that mark the All Round Trail.”

The two Consell de Formentera representatives thanked the Espalmador sports group, the Can Coixet and Frufor companies and beach bars 62 and La Franja for their participation in planning the 12 April event. The deadline for registration is set for the afternoon of 10 April.

ADN & Cosmos Factory throwbacks mark Sant Jordi commemoration

sant jordi15This morning, the Formentera Council's office of culture announced the activities calendar being organised to celebrate el dia de Sant Jordi. Though the day is officially fixed on 23 April, the festivities that commemorate Saint George beginning 10 April finish twenty days later having run the gamut. The programme will be rich in the literary, theatrical and cinematic, while taking time out for arts and crafts, cultural exhibitions and other conferences.

The morning presentation was presided over by councillor of culture and local patrimony Sònia Cardona, staff specialist Anna Costa and director of the libraries of Formentera Margalida Serra. The bulk of the events on the 2015 Sant Jordi calendar concern ADN and Cosmos Factory, both published between 1985 and 1998 by the collective known as Collectu Adn (named for the Catalan and Spanish translation of DNA – TN).

Monday the 13th an exhibition is being planned for the exhibition hall of the ajuntament vell where residents will be able to view fanzines and original editions of both publications. The display will continue through 25 April, but the following week followers will have yet another chance to take in the beautiful artwork once propagated by the two local cult reviews as a book presentation for Revistes ADN i Cosmos Factory (1985-1998). La primera revista de còmic de Formentera is held in the plenary hall of the Formentera Council.

Literature is front and centre in the 2015 Sant Jordi programme, first with a chat, Friday 10 April, with writer Gemma Lienas and then with an afternoon of poetry from Ben Clarck, 21 April.

Nor can the place of theatre be overlooked: a production of “Hamlet Party” is scheduled for 19 April in the gardens at sa Tanca Vella preceding a family-oriented show on Saturday 25 April, this time of “La cigala i la formiga” ('The Ant and the Grasshopper').

Friday 17 April, a special concert by cantautor Albert Solà is sure to please crowds at the Council's cultural hall and 23 April, the official day of Sant Jordi festivities, book stands will dot the plaça de la Constitució in Sant Francesc in a traditional commemoration of the holiday.

New quality accreditations for local tourist-oriented hotels, public services and businesses

sicted 2015This morning the Formentera Council's office of tourism handed out special accreditations to the businesses that have recently joined SICTED, a system of measuring destination quality across local businesses and public services in tourism.

At present there are 46 Sicted member businesses on Formentera; 27 are hotels, hostals and apartments, one deals in transport, one is a travel agency and one is the Formentera Local Police. The local Formentera police force, as a public safety service, has also implemented Sicted recommendations.

Formentera Farmers' Cooperative industrial space operative this summer

nau coop1Jaume Ferrer, president of the Formentera Council, and Santi Juan, the administration's councillor in charge of infrastructure, agriculture, livestock and fishing, were joined this morning by both the president and head of operations at the Cooperativa del Camp de Formentera ('Formentera Farmers' Collective'), Jaume Escandell and Carlos Marí, for an act of ceremony that signalled the eminent opening of a space for the cooperative. The symbolic placement of the first stone was a thrilling moment of progress in the endeavour to bestow the Farmers' Cooperative with a functional and multipurpose warehouse space. The 590,000-euro project – a third of which is being financed by the Leader programme with the other two thirds footed by the Council itself – is expected to be complete by June. Construction will be overseen by the Tragsa company.

The construction of the industrial space comes as part of a long-running effort by the FiC office of agriculture to revitalise Formentera's countryside. So far, successful efforts have included the fusion last summer of the island's different farmers' groups into one single cooperativa del camp, and the fons de terres ('untilled land use') project, backed by the Council and the Farmers' Cooperative as a way to put unused land to use for productive agriculture and recover natural beauty on the island.

Jaume Ferrer declared: “The first stone of the industrial space represents the beginning of an extremely ambitious project of the Council, Cooperative and local population to reactivate and restore the beauty of our countryside”.

The FiC president affirmed he was excited to take part in a day of such great importance for Formentera's rural population. The Cooperativa del Camp's 500-sq.-m. locale was conceived as an open warehouse to give the cooperative a place to store tools and harvested fruits and vegetables. It will also include office space to house the collective's administrative services, until now located in an office on loan from the Formentera Council at Centre Gabrielet, next to the farmers' market.

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