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Formentera youth to join “Fridays for Future” and global climate strike

cartell-fff1The Consell de Formentera's youth and environment offices are teeing up politically-oriented action to dovetail with Fridays for Future activities at the close of the week. Part of the September programme at the Casal de Joves, “No és una crisi del planeta, és una crisi de la humanitat” (The crisis isn't the planet's, the crisis is humankind's) signals a continuation of earlier bids to support the worldwide youth movement to halt climate change.

The Friday programme will overlap with the global climate strike and related demonstrations round the globe. From 6.30pm in Sant Francesc, islanders can check out kid-friendly workshops and a murals exhibit put together with Formentera Marxa. At 7.30pm, local climate champions can catch a screening of the documentary «Consciencia’t i actua» (Get smart and take action), not to mention a video about the path that rubbish travels on Formentera, and can pick up informational brochures as well.

Taking the stage at 8.30pm, IMPROXOC will illuminate the climate crisis while partner groups like CleanWave, Plastic Free Formentera and Qué Celeste Festival man educational stands spotlighting the importance of sound environmental practices. Participating children and youth will be treated to snacks. This and other actions are aimed at raising awareness while children are still young about the importance of local and global sustainability.


25 September 2019
Department of Communication
Consell de Formentera

Formentera lends hand to local livestock farmers squeezed by drought

foto-ajudes-ramadersThe Consell de Formentera's rural environment office reports that the Farmers' Co-op (Cooperativa del Camp) will give local livestock farmers 28 tonnes of sheep and goat feed and three thousand kilos of barley flour for pigs. The Cooperativa will also distribute packs of fodder.

Primary sector councillor Josep Marí described the help as a way to ease the effects of this year's drought, and made assurances that island livestock farmers could expect to see similar assistance any time that crops used as animal feed are affected by drought.

All those interested in applying for the aid should visit the Cooperativa's industrial space with their “livestock card” (cartilla ramadera) Monday to Friday from 8.00am to 2.00pm; Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 4.30pm to 7.30pm; and Saturdays from 9.00am to 1.00pm. Help packages will be calculated based on how many head of livestock farmer have; one bag of grain (oat/barley), one bag of feed or two sacks of forage per breeding animal. A total of 948 head of sheep, goat and pig are registered on the island of Formentera.

25 September 2019
Department of Communication
Consell de Formentera

Calling all organisers—Consell unlocks funding for celebrations and activities that showcase traditions, culture

The Consell de Formentera culture department reports funding requests are now being accepted from cultural and neighbourhood groups and festival committees keen to put on local celebrations and activities with a traditional or cultural bent. The Consell has earmarked €50,000 to this effect.

“This money”, said culture councillor Susana Labrador, “is about giving financial support to non-profit associations and committees engaged in organising festivals or other cultural or traditional activities”. She added, “We also help keep these groups going strong at the same time they help us keep Formentera vibrant culturally and socially, so we're really getting two birds with one stone”.

An evaluating committee will review requests and accompanying documentation as it makes its decisions. Groups and associations must have both their official headquarters and fiscal domicile on Formentera, must be on the Consell's Register of Local Organisations (Registre d'Entitats Ciutadanes) as well as the Balearic government's Register of Associations (Registre d'Associacions). Assistance will be retroactive, covering the period from November 2018 to October 2019.

The deadline for applications is 31 October. Requests can be submitted to the Citizen's Information Office (OAC) and online at the Virtual Citizen's Information Office (OVAC).

24 September 2019
Department of Communication
Consell de Formentera

Closing concert of ‘Música a les Places’ celebrates 25 years of Jazz & Co

jazz and rock cloenda 2019 xar1The Consell de Formentera and the Department of Culture report that at 10.00pm this Friday 27 September, Sant Ferran's town square will be the scene of a special concert to close out the 2019 season of ‘Música a les Places’. Blues Connotation, Jam Factory and Chimichurri will all take the stage in an evening devoted to celebrating Jazz & Co's twenty-five-year trajectory.

Culture councillor Susana Labrador pointed out that “Jazz & Co started in 1999 with the essential objective of preserving and promoting music in all its forms”. “To that end”, she said, “they promote all kinds of musical activities”. The common thread? “Live music”, she said. Labrador seized the occasion to congratulate Jazz & Co on their dedication to Formentera's music and cultural scenes—a commitment that helped earn the association a Sant Jaume award earlier this year.

The point bears repeating: Jazz & Co is about music that is played live. For the last 25 years, the group has organised Jazz a la plaça (“Jazz in the Square”) in the heart of Sant Francesc; the Sant Ferran version started up five years later. Both have become major summertime draws for residents and tourists alike.

‘Música a les Places’ has grown to span the summer months, with concerts on Mondays at la Savina port, Thursdays in es Pujols’ plaça d'Europa, Fridays in the Sant Ferran square and Saturdays at Sant Francesc's plaça de la Constitució.

24 September 2019
Department of Communication
Consell de Formentera

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