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At Madrid Trafic expo, Formentera shares ‘regulated entry’ approach to tackling vehicle saturation

foto-presentacio---formentera-1Mobility chief Rafael González stood before crowds at the Trafic expo today in Madrid to talk about formentera.eco, the island’s system to restrict the flow of incoming vehicles. Attendees of the fair, which runs 8 to 11 October, will learn about safe and sustainable mobility.

Councillor González gave an overview of the mobility projects launched on the island in recent years, from nature trails, pedestrian zones and metred parking in the island’s main urban centres, to sustainable vehicle promotion, tightened regulations on vehicle access to places like Ses Salines nature reserve and Es Cap de Barbaria lighthouse, adoption of the first “Sustainable Mobility Plan” and rollout of formentera.eco.

On that last note, González described the system as without precedent anywhere in Spain, and highlighted, apart from the growing popularity of sustainable mobility options like public transport and cycling, success in one priority area in particular: “breaking the trend of ever more saturated roads during the high season”.

Looking ahead
González described public transport improvements and expansion of the nature trail network as areas of acute importance moving forward, not to mention engaging with local non-profits, NGOs and businesses in the creation of a roadmap for regulation next summer. “It will reflect the fact that sustainable mobility is synonymous with sustainable tourism”, said the councillor. “This, together with other conservation measures, is what we’re relying on so that Formentera is still around for future generations to enjoy.”

9 October 2019
Department of Communication
Consell de Formentera

Formentera welcomes third Collective Signatures, 48 hours of non-stop artistic creations

arcipelago 2019 1From 16–18 October, Formentera will become the scene of the third Collective Signatures. This year’s edition, ‘Arcipelago’ is made up of “artistic residences” in which participants explore performative writing in an array of local settings. The event is also included on the programme for Discover Formentera in October, and has the support of the offices of tourism and culture.

The independent commissioner for the event, Formentera resident Francesca Carol Rolla, continues in the now time-tested approach of research and exploration around performative arts. At the core of this year’s edition is a 48-hour marathon of artist creations, which, specially crafted for the settings and monuments across Formentera where they are concocted, form a culture-steeped circuit blending art, nature and historical heritage sites.

The 18 local and international artists on Arcipelago's guestlist makes it a crossroads of different cultures ripe for reflections on the parallels between island-individual and archipelago-collective.

“The impulse to do 48 hours, no interruptions, ties directly in with the spirit of commitment and solidarity”, says Francesca Carol Rolla, “It’s a way to strengthen the message—calling for change, liberty and action, whether social, political or cultural—of the artists and their work. These actions connect to the idea of art as a tool of transformation, the body as a raw material of artistic expression, and the archipelago as a feeling of belonging and its potential as a better kind of humanity”.

Guest artists at this years event are Alterphase (Spain), Lorenzo Pepe (Italy), Miquel Costa (Spain), Negritos (Argentina), Dario Fusco (Italy), Valeria Del Vecchio (Italy), Gautama del Campo (Spain), Ana Celada (Spain), Matilde Sambo (Italy), Mauro Sambo (Italy), Andrigo&Aliprandi (Italy), Preema Nazia Andaleeb (Bangladesh), Preach R Sun (USA), Nicol Vizioli (Italy), Juan Carlos Villalba (Venezuela) and Fenia Kotsopoulou (Greece).

Arcipelago is presented by the cultural non-profit Sa Casa i Studio Contemporaneo and hosted with support from the Consell de Formentera and Institut d’Estudis Baleàrics. Additional help comes from FRAC Grand Est (Fonds Régional d'Art Contemporain), the University of Strasbourg, PAB (Performance Art Bangladesh), Lago Film Festival, Venice International Performance Art Week, Espai_F and Formentera businesses.

9 October 2019
Department of Communication
Consell de Formentera

Meeting of language policy chiefs

reunio---poli--tica-lingu--i--1Language policy councillor Raquel Guasch met at the head offices of the Consell de Formentera with Beatriu Defior and Agustina Vilaret, the director general of language policies and the general secretary of universities, research and language policies for the Balearic Islands, to discuss language initiatives by both administrations.

At the close of the meeting, Guasch highlighted the importance of cooperation and coordination in achieving real change on language policies. Councillor Guasch also underscored other priorities—“to recuperate the self-study corner that’s been shuttered for years, and enhance the role of the Catalan language in restaurants and other local businesses”.

The language policies section of the Balearic government made assurances, moreover, that efforts are under way to implement “language reinvigorators” across the Balearics.

8 October 2019
Department of Communication
Consell de Formentera

This Thursday, Belén Alvite jump-starts lecture series for families and educational staff

cartell-xerrada-bele--n-alvite1This Thursday, the director of Eivissa’s Centre for Study and Prevention of Addictive Behaviour (Cepca), Belén Alvite, will lead a talk titled Bencriats: Claus per educar els nostres fills i filles (Raised right: Keys to educating our children)—the first in a series of lectures for families and educational personnel that is scheduled to take place at the Centre de Dia.

Presented by the Department of Social Welfare with help from the education office, teachers’ resource centre (CEP) and Federation of Parents’ Associations (FAPA), "Xerrades per a famílies i docents" is a nine-part lecture series which culminates on 7 May. Talks take place in the Centre de Dia’s multipurpose room, or sala polivalent, and daycare is provided.

8 October 2019
Department of Communication
Consell de Formentera

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