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Three Kings of the Orient stop by Formentera

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As every year, their Majesties the Three Kings of the Orient will pull up in the port of la Savina tomorrow, 5 January, at 4:30 p.m. Travelling by boat, their Highnesses will be joined by their page boys and a royal commission. The entire cavalcade of decked out sleighs will then make its way across the entire island.

The' route will start in la Savina and then take the kings up to Sant Francesc by way of the main road. From the edge of town, they will mount Jaume I street (carrer Jaume I) and set their sights on the Constitució square (plaça de la Constitució) where, once arrived, the three monarchs will enter the Sant Francesc Xavier church. Then, on their way out, the kings will hurry across the plaza and take their places on the balcony of the Formentera Island Council (CiF) alongside CiF vicepresident Susana Labrador. From their perch, they will give a warm Christmas greeting to the people below.

The men will continue their trek and meander down the main highway toward Sant Ferran. Once in town, they will take Sant Jaume street (carrer Sant Jaume) up to the town plaza and head into the church to heap praise upon the baby Jesus. All those hoping to catch a glimpse of the Three Kings will get their chance if they wait in the tent set up on the square. The children of Sant Ferran will also be able to pick up their gifts.

The longest part of their journey still ahead of them, the parade will carry on on the main road until reaching la Mola. They will descend the avenue toward the plaza of the El Pilar church and finish up warm and toasty inside, handing out presents to the kids of la Mola.

The boys and girls of Sant Francesc will have to wait until Wednesday, 6 January, to get their presents from the Three Kings. That gift-giving session will take place at the nursery school (Ca ses Monges) once Kings' Mass (Missa de Reis) has finished. Mass is scheduled for 11 a.m. at the Sant Francesc Xavier church.

Travelling entertainment

To the delight of children all over, the procession will have its own entertainment programme in tow: the Naïf show will be put on in la Savina and Sant Francesc while kids await the arrival of the kings. On the heels of a successful run last year, Circ Bover has prepared another show full of joy, enthusiasm and colour for this year's audiences. Stilt-walkers, jugglers, acrobats and clowns will no doubt be just a part of Circ Bover's delirious festival.

Formentera is glad to welcome back their Majesties the Kings of the Orient for another Three Kings Day full of magic and gifts. We would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who plays a part in making the visit possible: the different Formentera parishes, child volunteers, the youth centre (Casal de Joves), Fusteria Quintanilla, Fusteria Formentera, Trasmapi, Fundació Baleària, Pitiüsa Sud, Frutos Secos Ibiza, Carbòniques Tur and the entire crew of the Formentera Island Council.

Approximative time table for the arrival of the Three Kings of the Orient tomorrow, 5 January:

La Savina 4:30 p.m.
Sant Francesc 6 p.m.
Sant Ferran 7 p.m.
El Pilar de la Mola 8:30 p.m.

A new year of children's theatre and storytelling


This holiday season for the ninth year, the Formentera Island Council (CiF) will present a selection of children's theatre which, from 3-5 January, will give even the youngest theatregoers in training cause for excitement.

Kicking off the series is an all-ages production from Zum Zum Teatre: Pinotxo, bric à brac. The show brings to life scenes from the most famous fable in Italian literature but does it with a twist: using symbolic objects, light tricks and special props.

Two actors find themselves surrounded by tools, artefacts, odds and ends. It is only when the characters take them in hand that the objects magically take on a life of their own, transforming into a house, the ears of a donkey, an undersea monster and even the growing nose of Pinocchio.

The creative mind behind Pinotxo deftly creates a magical world where the artists' different voices represent different characters. The characters' voices, though, are but one element inhabiting the space: creaking woodwork, the bustle of a puppet circus, the symphony of a night-cloaked forest, the belly of a whale...

Zum Zum Teatre was founded in 1994 with the goal of promoting, producing and projecting theatre for ADULTS FOUR AND UP. Over the last 23 years they have brought to stage texts from the greatest writers and dramaturges of all time.

The second production, this time by the Clownidoscopio theatre company in Eivissa, is a storytelling affair which will take place at the Marià Villangómez municipal library: Conta'm el món (Tell me the world).

This show bursting with humour, music and slapstick will take us on a trip round the world, stopping to dust off traditional fables with values that are universal.

Clownidoscopio is an artistic collective that found its voice in the language of clowns. Today, this continues to serve as the lingua franca for the diverse body of Clownidoscopio members. The group is currently engaged in theatre, storytelling and clown workshops.

In this latest effort, Zum Zum Teatre and Clownidoscopio put their heads together and for a blend of puppetry and music that will captivate old and young alike.

Finally, on the eve of Three Kings Day, the 5th, a visit is planned by the much awaited royal cavalcade of Their Majesties the Three Kings of the Orient. Close on their heels, the royal procession and splendid sleighs will follow, filled to the brim with presents for girls and boys. Warming up crowds in every town before the kings' visit will be the Circ Bover crew, who are sure to entertain with their Naïf show. Circ Bover's visit this year will be their second; the group's joyous and colourful production the 2014-2015 holiday season ensured a renewed invite this time round. Stilt-walkers, jugglers, acrobats and clowns will no doubt be just a part of Circ Bover's delirious festival.

Naïf is the Circ Bover group's newest street theatre production. Worlds apart from the passacaglie we knew growing up, Naïf is unarguably more artistic, more rooted in fantasy. Whether for the show's visual flare, elaborate costumes or unbelievable circus acts, Naïf is sure to win over even the most chilled holiday spectator.

Formentera's holiday selection of children's theatre is organised by Sa Xerxa, promoting youth theatre in the Balearic Islands, and the Formentera Council. Support has also been provided by Obra Social “La Caixa”, l'Institut d'Estudis Baleàrics, Fundació Baleària and Trasmapi.

-Pinotxo Bric à Brac. 3 January, 5:30 p.m. Cinema.
-Conta'm el món. 4 January, 5:30 p.m. Marià Villangómez library.
-Naïf. 5 January, 4 p.m. at the la Savina port; 5:50 p.m. at Plaça de la Constitució, Sant Francesc. Royal cavalcade and street show.

Sa Xerxa
Sa Xerxa – youth theatre in the Balearic Islands is a nonprofit organisation which since 2003 has endeavoured to support and promote theatre productions for children and young people in the Balearics.

The group not only promotes but participates in public and private initiatives fomenting the performing arts, leisure and artistic and cultural productions in general.

Sa Xerxa's hallmark project is FIET, or Balearic Islands youth theatre fair, which has been taken place every year in Vilafranca de Bonany since 2002. FIET brings together thousands of people and scores of theatre companies and performance professionals. It acts as a forum to exhibit the best in local Balearic and offshore performance art.

In recent years, Sa Xerxa has begun promoting other projects like the Formentera holiday selection of theatre, the Maó children's theatre festival and the Montuïri summer festival.

Sa Xerxa also works to promote dramaturges in the making with the Guillem d'Efak award for children and youth who have written texts for theatrical production. For kids interested in the production side of stage productions, Sa Xerxa puts on two different competitions (PD'F and BÒTIL).

Finally, a part of Sa Xerxa's work includes bringing theatre to residents of the countryside. TAP (for 'theatre in towns') visits Formentera as part of the Sant Jaume holidays, 25 July, and is yet another initiative aimed at helping schools, organisations and local administrations bring quality theatre to youth audiences.

For more information please contact head of organising at Sa Xerxa, Àngela Jaume, 666505301.


Fundació Tony Manero and DJ Miguelito captain New Year's fest in Formentera

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There will be no short supply of music as Formentera residents close out 2015. The New Year's Eve concert bash will be headed by Fundació Tony Manero as the group turns Formentera into a stop on its Superficial Tour. Starting at 1 am, the Fundació will take to the stage in the festivities tent in Sant Ferran. DJ Miguelito Superstar will then take the reins and finish out the show. The ensemble event is an unbeatable opportunity for anyone interested in the historic (and now in its 20th year) disco-funk operation.

Crowning what had been a total experience in imaginative songwriting, the members of Pandilleros spent the next five years constructing parallel universes (Los Fulanos, Chocadelia Internacional, Cardova) and dabbling in projects that were both publicly- and critically-acclaimed (Banda Achilifunk, TheExcitements, Hypnotic). Now, Miguelito Superstar and Lalo López unite disco-funk heroes and Spain's black music pioneers into the Fundació Tony Manero. Their goal? Hatch a follow-up to accompany the group as it treads a path from bass drums to roots music and straight back home to the dance floor.

With SUPERFICIAL the members of Manero harbour zero pretences; the goal of the album is to get listeners dancing. The group pledges unequivocal allegiance to the sacrosanct values of party and music. In so doing, they float past disco and electrofunk, gravitate between the analog seventies and digital eighties that followed. As all the great funk-soul soloists and groups before them, Manero finds evolution by forcing a clash of the seventies and eighties and then reaping in the rewards. The composition of the ten-track disc varies from acid synthesisers and digital pianos to primitive drum machines and so-sharp-they-cut riffs on wind instruments. With the typical touches from singers Miguelito and Paquito Sex Machine, all of it just oozes Manero.

Back on their home turf (the dance floor), Fundació Tony Manero has got a somewhat tweaked line-up. The old crew – Paco “Mantecao” Manzanares on keyboards, Deliciosa Smith on bass, Ginés Brown on saxophone, Tom Johnson on trombone, Paquito and Miguelito on vocals and Lalo López on guitars – is joined by the magnificent drummer Marc Benaiges and Marçal “Sweet Lips” Borràs on trumpet, fresh blood that will pump the Manero family forward on this next portion of their twenty-year journey.

Where: Sant Ferran
When: 1 am on New Year's Eve

For more information contact Music bus at 93 320 82 92

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Jaume Ferrer and Silvia Tur show appreciation to Parlament for “taking Formentera into account” with recent budgets

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CiF president Jaume Ferrer and Deputy Silvia Tur have issued their first joint valuation of the recent approval, by the Balearic Parlament, of the autonomous community's 2016 budget.

The two officials agreed Parlament's new ledger includes consideration for the island of Formentera and improvements upon the version initially presented in November.

On the trip to Palma Ferrer was also joined by Formentera's councillor of the presidential cabinet, Bartomeu Escandell. In addition to backing up Deputy Tur, the two men attended the debates and votes held on the matter.

Ferrer congratulated Tur on striking a balance between her work for both the Formentera Council and Balearic Parlament, as well as “her ability to ensure improvements to the proposed budgets, whose initial renderings were unsatisfactory”.

For her part, Tur heralded what she called “support for the issues Formentera puts forward” and “a will to engage in dialogue” on the part of the Govern's component political parties and Podemos. “The ensemble has made the completion of all our essential targets – indeed, the establishment of the 2016 pact – possible”.

Tur said next year's budgets are underpinned by an understanding of basic social necessities and assistance that holds true to the Govern's promises at the start of this legislative sitting”.

Sant Ferran school

According to Ferrer, the definitive version of the budget contains improvements to the draft originally brought to Formentera on 9 November by the regional minister of the tax office and public administrations, Catalina Cladera, director general of budgets and financing, Joan Carrió.

Ferrer added: “We were grateful to the Govern for coming to the island and explaining the proposed budgets - something the Partido Popular (PP), over the course of last legislative session, had never done. We also showed our appreciation for the Govern's efforts at finally making the new Sant Ferran school a reality. [The Govern] has included a €2.8-million budget line and plans to include another in 2017, putting their total financial commitment for the project at €3.7 million”.

But the Sant Ferran school was not the only basic financing concern that Ferrer remembers voicing on that day.

Improving waste management, tourism and transport

Ferrer points out that from the Palma representatives' November visit to today, “valuable work” between the Formentera Council and the island's deputy Tur has meant real improvements (including an additional €680,000 in funding) to the initially-floated version of the budget.

Take, for instance, the increase in Formentera's endowment for interisland waste transfer from €300,000 to €550,000. Ferrer holds fast, nevertheless, on Formentera's request that the Govern ultimately assume 100% of the costs, stating: “It is unfair that Formentera residents should have to shoulder transport costs”.

And then there is tourism, on which the Council and Councillor Alejandra Ferrer still hope to sign an agreement that will provide “fair and sufficient” funding to back the transfer of tourism promotions from the Govern Balear to the local island councils. The 2016 budget stipulates the Agència de Turisme Balear provide €300,000 to Formentera to help cover the Council's expenditures in tourism. Meanwhile, Deputy Tur reminded that in four years of the Bauzà government not one euro was put forth for this important issue.

The deputy also praised the fact next year's budget includes €60,000 to unblock the start of operations at Formentera's irrigation pond as well as a €70,000 line item to go toward transport.

President Ferrer and Deputy Tur indicated that after the holidays a press conference would be held locally to explain the Balearic community's 2016 budget in detail.

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