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Music and literature hold spotlight as Formentera celebrates Sant Jordi

Foto Joan miquel oliverFormentera's department of culture, education and patrimony report on the start, this weekend, of some of the key events in this year's Diada de Sant Jordi programme. The day itself is Monday, April 23.

Saturday of Sant Jordi concerts: band roundup and Joan Miquel Oliver

Eivissa's parochial youth band, a group of senior musicians from València known as Unió Musical, and Formentera's own musical group will congregate in plaça de la Constitució this Saturday at 5.30pm.

Then at 8.00pm in jardí de ses Eres, former Antònia Font singer Joan Miquel Oliver will present his latest release, an album the singer-songwriter titled Atlantis.

At the musical roundup, the musicians from Eivissa will perform two crowd favourites: Malson abans de Nadal and Cartoon Symphony. The selection presents a smattering of sounds plucked from cartoons like "The Simpsons", "The Pink Panther" and "The Flintstones".

Unió Musical turn to hometown composers to serve as the through line of their performance. They will wrap up their portion of the concert by débuting an original composition by band leader Joaquin Estal.

Training their focus on pieces composed specially for bands, Formentera's music group will offer a diverse assortment of contemporary pop offerings like the Beatles.

The concert will close with a three-band performance of Aires Formenterencs' song “Visc a Formentera”.

When the bands exit the stage, it will be the turn of Majorcan singer and former Antònia Font guitarist/songwriter Joan Miquel Oliver to take over. Oliver will present his new album, Atlantis, which is a stylistic hold-over from his previous effort, Pegasus. In this more polished, revved-up album, Oliver broadens his scope to include everything from antifolk to electro, funk to rumba, pure pop to absolutely anything else audiences can imagine.

Diada de Sant Jordi

In Sant Francesc, book stands will be set up in plaça de la Constitució by numerous cultural groups on the island. Literature lovers can hawk their used favourites for books recently taken out of circulation by the local library. One new stand will focus on all the publications in which the Formentera Council has collaborated, like Artur Portes and Vicent Ferrer's recently re-released La Cuina de Formentera, the Martí Serra Rivera-penned La segona república a Formentera 1931-1936 (published by Editorial Mediterrània Eivissa) and the Formentera-themed 79th issue of Randa magazine.

One classic component of the Sant Jordi festivities is the award ceremonies, of the Antoni Tur “Gabrielet” bookmark contest and the Robert Lewis Baldon young writers competition. As the two contests turn 19, and in recognition of 2018's designation as European Year of Cultural Heritage, this year's young authors wrote about Formentera and its cultural heritage.

The awards ceremonies, which begin at 5.30pm in the cinema, will include entertainment by artists Ruth Delgado and Nacho Rivas and Improibiza.

Trasmapi and the Institut d'Estudis Baleàrics' Talent IB programme collaborate in celebrating Sant Jordi day.

Council backs 7 sports events organised by Grup Esportiu Espalmador

Foto conveni GEE 2018Formentera Council president Jaume Ferrer and Grup Esportiu Espalmador chairman Juanjo Escandell put their signatures on a deal to provide the sport club with €7,000 in support.

The administration's money will finance seven sport gatherings held on the island: the fifth Far a Far footrace (April 22); road-racing cyclists' sixth Trofeu Ciclisme (March 25); mountain bikers' fifth Copa Illa de Formentera (May 6); the 33rd Milla Urbana (July 15); the 23rd Pujada a la Mola (October 12); Volta cicloturista, another event for mountain bikers (October 26-28); and the 40th John Tunks Memorial run, also known as the “Constitution run”.

President Ferrer praised the efforts of the Espalmador club in organising the races and promoting athletics, cycling and triathlons on Formentera. Mr Escandell, for his part, showed his appreciation for the administration's support, saying “thanks to this help from Council we're reducing registration fees and guaranteeing a fine initiative can continue”. CiF sports secretary Jordi Vidal, who was also present, saluted the sport club's work encouraging fitness on the island.

V Cursa Far a Far
Precisament el Grup Esportiu Espalmador, conjuntament amb l’àrea d’Esports del Consell, organitzen aquest proper diumenge 22 la Far a Far, que enguany arribarà a la seua cinquena edició. Com cada any, la Far a Far unirà els dos fars de l'illa amb 26 quilòmetres de recorregut.

L’hora de sortida des del far de la Mola serà a les 09.00 h per la Caminada Popular i a les 11.00h per la cursa, mentre que l’hora límit d’arribada al far des Cap es marca a les 14.00h.

La retirada de dorsals es farà el dissabte a la recepció del Poliesportiu Antoni Blanc entre les 18.00 h i les 20.00 h (Cursa i Caminada) i el diumenge 22 d'abril a la zona de sortida, far de la Mola, entre les 8.00 h i les 9.00 h (Caminada) i de 9.00 a 10.45 h (Cursa). Per ser una zona protegida i difícil accés amb pàrquing limitat només es podrà accedir a la zona de sortida amb autocar facilitat per l'organització. Les sortides es faran de la Savina - far de la Mola (Sortida) 07.45 h i 09.30 h, i del Poliesportiu Antoni Blanc - far de la Mola (Sortida) 08.00 h. i 09.45 h.

Així mateix, l'organització habilitarà llançadores pel retorn des del far d'es Cap, arribant a la Savina i passant pel Poliesportiu Antoni Blanc. Ja hi ha gairebé un centenar de participants registrats, per bé que fins aquest divendres 20 d'abril a les 22.00 h encara es poden realitzar les inscripcions a la web: www.elitechip.net.

Aquesta prova s’emmarca dins del calendari d’esdeveniments esportius que s’organitzen a Formentera en primavera i temporada baixa per a donar a conèixer l’illa com a destí esportiu, oferint d’altra banda als seus participants experimentar una Formentera especialment tranquil·la en la millor època per gaudir dels seus paisatges.

Collective Signatures hits Formentera

Exposicio collective signatureFormentera's departments of culture, education and patrimony are backing Collective Signatures, a cultural initiative with the subtitle Letters from Formentera.

Collective Signatures and the “itinerant residency” it proposes artists and curators descend on Formentera for two weeks from April 11. Devised as a way to promote reflection on the cultural questions facing contemporary society, the programme is also aimed at encouraging the individuals who decide to write and create art, alone or as part of a group and in ways that are creative or experimental.

Participants in the geographically-themed and concept-driven project will be tasked with shaping a new, unique and creative map of Formentera and producing a genre-spanning body of text focussed on the island.

Pooling experience
On Friday, April 20, at 10.30pm, a final evening of readings and performance will take place at Sa Panxa, giving participants the opportunity to share lessons and reflections arising from the residency.

One final undertaking involves sharing some of the texts and audiovisual materials produced over the course of the project. The accompanying material will serve as the basis for a range of print and online publications, exhibitions and academic research projects which are on the horizon.

'Portugese man o' war' turns up on Formentera seaboard

Foto caravella 1Formentera's Office of Environment reports that in recent days roughly one hundred jellyfish-like organisms, dubbed the Portugese man o' war, have turned up at local beaches and swimming spots.

Cleaning crews, which picked up 89 of the marine hydrozoans from Migjorn beach, removed another nine from the area of coast between cala Embaster and es Caló de Sant Agustí and several more from Illetes.

What to do if you find a Portugese man o' war
Beachgoers who come across a man o' war on the beach should telephone 112. The emergency service has been directed to document information on sightings and pass it along to the Council so the organisms can be removed.

Under no circumstances should one attempt to touch a man o' war. Likewise, pet owners are advised to keep their animals from sniffing or stepping on any that wash up on the shore.

The CiF environment office reminds islanders that surges in cases of Portugese man o' war or other organisms on the local seaboard are linked to marine and wind currents. As with similar species, anyone comes across a Portugese man o' war should remain calm and proceed with caution.

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