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Dance, music, theatre and children's shows aplenty with L'Illa a Escena

The Formentera Office of Culture is pleased to present the "L'Illa a Escena" programme of performing arts and music for the coming months of February and March. Susana Labrador, Councillor of Culture and Education, described a lineup of seven dance, music and theatre performances for adults and children that "we are sure the people of Formentera will enjoy". The aim of the initiative is to "promote and encourage cultural programming on the island, support local creations and expand entertainment options for audiences of all stripes", added Councillor Labrador.

February

-On Saturday 5 February islanders can enjoy Catalan group Brams' concert Baula Rere Baula.
In 1992 Brams released their first album, Amb el rock en la faixa; this year's tour marks the 30th anniversary of that release with a journey across three decades of music, history and collective commitment, complete with very special guests representing three generations of Catalan music.

Tomorrow 22 January the festival kicks off in Barcelona. The Formentera concert is the second instalment of the group's special six-date tour for the Barnasants festival of independent music.

The concert starts at 8.30pm in the Sala de Cultura (Cinema).

-The second show is Fils Roulants' Aión. Creator/director Valeria Del Vecchio is joined on stage by Pablo Arias, with, in the background, original sounds from Diego León Arias, for a dance show that presents movement a basic essential. In Aión, which takes place before the advent of kronos, audiences experience a timeless setting in which there is a multitude of possibilities, experimentations, games and fluctuations.

The show starts at 8.30pm on Saturday 12 February in the Sala de Cultura (Cinema).

-Next up is Moskitas Muertas' Ella balla, a piece of musical theatre by composer Xénia Fuertes and choreographer Mireia Sobrevela for ages six and up. In a play that is based on the childhood of choreographer Gillian Lyne, the protagonist, Tea, feels misunderstood by everyone, but soon discovers that inside her hides a great gift: dance! The show invites children and adults to be who they really are.

The show starts at 6.00pm on Saturday 19 February in the Sala de Cultura (Cinema).

-Closing out the calendar in February is Alma en Cuba a Formentera, a jazz concert by Iván "Melón" Lewis (piano) and Ariel Brínguez (saxophone). Two of the most outstanding representatives of music today, Lewis and Brínguez work in symbiosis and offer their personal vision, organically intertwining popular music and chamber music with Cuban accents. Ivan "Melon" Lewis won the 2021 Latin Grammy Awards' Best Latin Jazz Album for Voyager. This concert is presented with the collaboration of Trampolí Mecànic.

The show starts at 8.30pm on Friday 25 February in the Sala de Cultura (Cinema).

March

-In celebration of International Women's Day,  the 8M Concert happens Saturday 5 March. This concert is hosted in collaboration with the Formentera Office of Equality.

On stage will be Marina, from Ojos de Brujo, La Mari from Chambao and Anita Kuruba from Canteca de Macao. These three vocalists represent a generation, they are women with their own voice, they are composers, lyricists and performers. Band leaders for more than a decade, they are part of three well-known groups from the mestizaje ('mixed heritage') music scene.

The concert starts at 8.30pm Saturday 5 March in the Sala de Cultura (Cinema).

-The second show in March is a Teatro Pedro Cañestro production written by Bernat Joan i Marí to celebrate Balearic Islands Day.
Balada de la garsa vella is a comic play featuring a former contortionist, an ageing cabaret singer, a retired actress, a retired amateur actor who lives on his earnings from rental properties, a former successful actor, an enigmatic clown and a pianist. The seven characters gather at a party organised by the guest of honour himself, (former successful actor) Romeu. Everyone will try to give his/her best on stage, and the play serves up a celebration of life through the performing arts.

The show starts at 8.30pm on Saturday 12 March in the Sala de Cultura (Cinema).

-The conclusion of L'Illa a Escena comes Saturday 26 March with Tian Gombau-L'home dibuixat's Sabates noves, an object theater piece and winner of the 2020 Max Award for Best Children's and Family Show.
Penned by Jordi Palet, the play recounts a boy's adventure with his new shoes. As he discovers the world through the landscapes, people and animals around him, the shoes accumulate experience, and the boy grows. This family-friendly play is for viewers three and up.

The show starts at 6.00pm Saturday 26 March in the Sala de Cultura (Cinema).

Admission and tickets

Shows for the general public are priced at €4 while shows for adults cost €7. Unemployed people and under-employed freelancers, retirees, under25s, single-parent families and large families get half off the ticket price. "This Consell de Formentera initiative is about putting cultural events within the reach of all islanders regardless of their financial or family situation", added Councillor Labrador.

Tickets are available at www.entradesformentera.cat starting the Friday before each function. Shows will be held in accordance with health and safety protocols and in compliance with rules in force at the time.



21 January 2022
Communications Office
Consell de Formentera

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Dance, music, theatre and children's shows aplenty with L'Illa a Escena

 

The Formentera Office of Culture is pleased to present the "L'Illa a Escena" programme of performing arts and music for the coming months of February and March. Susana Labrador, Councillor of Culture and Education, described a lineup of seven dance, music and theatre performances for adults and children that "we are sure the people of Formentera will enjoy". The aim of the initiative is to "promote and encourage cultural programming on the island, support local creations and expand entertainment options for audiences of all stripes", added Councillor Labrador.

 

February

 

-On Saturday 5 February islanders can enjoy Catalan group Brams' concert Baula rere baula.

In 1992 Brams released their first album, Amb el rock en la faixa; this year's tour marks the 30th anniversary of that release with a journey across three decades of music, history and collective commitment, complete with very special guests representing three generations of Catalan music.

Tomorrow 22 January the festival kicks off in Barcelona. The Formentera concert is the second instalment of the group's special six-date tour for the Barnasantsfestival of independent music.

The concert starts at 8.30pmin the Sala de Cultura (Cinema).

 

-The second show is Aión, a dance production from Fils Roulants. Creator/director Valeria Del Vecchio is joined on stage by Pablo Arias, with, in the background, original sounds from Diego León Arias, for a show that presents movement a basic essential. In Aión, which takes place before the advent of kronos (time), audiences experience a timeless setting in which there is a multitude of possibilities, experimentations, games and fluctuations.

The show starts at 8.30pm on Saturday 12 February in the Sala de Cultura (Cinema).

 

-Next up is Moskitas Muertas' Ella balla, a piece of musical theatre by composer Xénia Fuertes and choreographer Mireia Sobrevela for ages six and up. In a play that is based on the childhood of choreographer Gillian Lyne, the protagonist, Tea, feels misunderstood by everyone, but soon discovers that inside her hides a great gift: dance! The show invites children and adults to be who they really are.

The show starts at 6.00pm on Saturday 19 February in the Sala de Cultura (Cinema).

 

-Closing out the calendar in February is Alma en Cuba a Formentera, a jazz concert by Iván "Melón" Lewis (piano) and Ariel Brínguez (saxophone). Two of the most outstanding representatives of music today, Lewis and Brínguez work in symbiosis and offer their personal vision, organically intertwining popular music and chamber music with Cuban accents. Ivan "Melon" Lewis won the 2021 Latin Grammy Awards' Best Latin Jazz Album for Voyager. This concert is presented in association with Trampolí Mecànic.

The show starts at 8.30pm on Friday 25 February in the Sala de Cultura (Cinema).

 

March

 

-In celebration of International Women's Day,  the 8M Concert happens Saturday 5 March. This concert is hosted in collaboration with the Formentera Office of Equality.

On stage will be Marina, from Ojos de Brujo, La Mari from Chambao and Anita Kuruba from Canteca de Macao. These three vocalists represent a generation, they are women with their own voice, they are composers, lyricists and performers. Band leaders for more than a decade, they are part of three well-known groups in the mestizaje ('mixed heritage') music scene.

The concert starts at 8.30pm Saturday 5 March  in the Sala de Cultura (Cinema).

 

-The second show in March is a play from Teatro Pedro Cañestro, written by Bernat Joan i Marí for Balearic Islands Day.

 Balada de la garsa vella is a comic play featuring a former contortionist, an ageing cabaret singer, a retired actress, a retired amateur actor who lives on his earnings from rental properties, a former successful actor, an enigmatic clown and a pianist. The seven characters gather at a party organised by the guest of honour himself, (former successful actor) Romeu. Everyone will try to give his/her best on stage, and the play offers a celebration of life through the performing arts.

The show starts at 8.30pm on Saturday 12 March in the Sala de Cultura (Cinema).

 

-The conclusion of L'Illa a Escena comes Saturday 26 March with Tian Gombau-L'home dibuixat's Sabates noves, an object theater piece and winner of the 2020 Max Award for Best Children's and Family Show.

Penned by Jordi Palet, the play recounts a boy's adventure with his new shoes. As he discovers the world through the landscapes, people and animals around him, the shoes accumulate experience, and the boy grows. This family-friendly play is for viewers three and up.

The show starts at 6.00pm Saturday 26 March in the Sala de Cultura (Cinema).

 

Admission and tickets

 

Shows for the general public are priced at €4 while shows for adults cost €7. Unemployed people and under-employed freelancers, retirees, under25s, single-parent families and large families get half off the ticket price. "This Consell de Formentera initiative is about putting cultural events within the reach of all islanders regardless of their financial or family situation", added the Councillor.

 

Tickets are available at www.entradesformentera.cat starting the Friday before each function. Shows will be held in accordance with health and safety protocols and in compliance with rules in force at the time.

 

 

 

21 January 2022

Communications Office

Consell de Formentera

 

In 2022, Formentera becomes a fulcrum for theatre once more with the Festival of Children's Entertainment

Today the Formentera Office of Culture presented the fifteenth Festival of Children's Entertainment (Mostra d'Espectàcles Infantils). Organised by Sa Xerxa Children's and Youth Theatre in the Balearic Islands and the Consell de Formentera, the programme will bring four shows to Formentera between 14 and 16 January.

Susana Labrador, Councillor of Culture, described the Festival's focus as "continuing to offer local children and families quality theatre and culture, while supporting the industries of theatre and culture."

The kick-off comes Friday 14 January with two storytelling sessions: Contes per volar ben amunt and El vaixell vermell. Both sessions are the handiwork of Lletra encantada, and co-creator Raquel de Manuel Mur leads each one. Contes per volar ben amunt showcases oral and corporal narration to tell ancient and reinvented stories and songs. Individuals at Formentera's adult day centre can enjoy the approximately 45-minute performance from 11.00am.

El vaixell vermell takes audiences on a journey across an ocean to a magical island. It is a workshop of co-creation, a bonfire around which songs, stories, laughs and illustrated albums are shared. The session features a captain and a group of sailors who boarded a ship and set sail in search of new shores. This all-ages show is free and starts at 5.00pm in the Sant Ferran library connection (Punt de Lectura), with a duration of 45 minutes.

The Festival will continue Saturday 15 January with L'Estaquirot Teatre's L'aventura d'avorrir-se. This puppet show stars Rita, a little girl who, in spite of her many toys, is eternally bored and does not know how to play alone. But one day at grandma's house, with a simple rubber duck, Rita embarks on an adventure over the course of which her imagination will take her to the world of colours, and she will discover surprising characters... Recommended for all audiences, the 50-minute performance will take place at the Sala de Cultura (Cinema) from 6.00pm.

The Festival ends Sunday 16 January with Volen Volen, the breakout dance and circus show by the company Mariantònia Oliver. Dance and circus merge to create a language without words, based on the manipulation of objects and movement. A warm choreographic game that stirs children's emotions and enhances their creativity with balloons evoking the most important moments of childhood. The 35-minute show is recommended for ages three and up, and can be seen at the Sala de Cultura (Cinema) from 6.00pm.

Tickets

Saturday and Sunday performances are priced at 4 €. Tickets can be purchased on entradesformentera.cat where information will be available from Friday 7 January.
 
Due to the exceptional situation stemming from the COVID-19 crisis, admission to the 2022 Festival will be free for unemployed individuals and under-employed freelancers.

The shows will be carried out in accordance with safety protocols and in compliance with current regulations, and functions may be postponed based on the epidemiological situation.

Sa Xerxa

"Culture is an essential human right". This idea has pervaded Sa Xerxa for nearly twenty years and is the chief motivator behind every activity the non-profit promotes.

A volunteer-powered organisation that works to deliver culturally dynamic on-stage offerings and boost children and young people's involvement in culture through the performing arts. Sa Xerxa specialises in all-ages theatre, disseminating quality shows in every corner of the Balearic Islands and, at the same time, strengthening the cultural industry and fomenting programming and family theatre festivals across the region.

2022 theatre troupes

Lletra encantada
Lletra encantada are co-creators of stories and spells, of new paths and adventures. They conduct workshops for children from aged zero to twelve. Founders Raquel de Manuel Mur and Helena Maba shape workshops and performances around stories and books. De Manuel leads reading and theatre activities with children and youth on Menorca, with more than 13-plus years of storytelling experience there and in Catalonia.

L'Estaquirot Teatre
L'Estaquirot Teatre, founded in 1973, specialise in family shows in which actors' lighthearted and expressive language fuses with the magic and spontaneity of the language of puppets. Forty-one productions have provided the troupe with the basis for constant and ongoing research of puppetry techniques. In 1981 the company created the Itinerant Puppet Theatre (Teatre Ambulant de Titelles) and put puppetry at the centre of "The Puppet Kitchen" ("La cocina de los títeres"), a 13-episode TV series in collaboration with TV3.

Mariantònia Oliver
Since the theatre troupe's inception in 1989, Mariantònia Oliver have developed a huge body of educational and creative projects in schools and social initiatives. In 2000, they settled on Mallorca and put a strong social commitment at the heart of their work. Since 2016 they have piloted EiMa, a festival in rural areas of Europe, and overseen educational projects at the Centre for the Creation of Performing Arts in Maria de la Salut (Mallorca). Mariantònia Oliver is director and choreographer for the theatre troupe that bears her name, not to mention professor at the Conservatory of Music of the Balearic Islands.


7 January 2022
Communications Office
Consell de Formentera

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On 5 January, the Three Kings will tour Formentera

In association with the Three Kings Association, the Formentera Office of Culture is pleased to report that Their Royal Majesties have confirmed that this year they will tour the main roads and streets of the island on 5 January. Like last year, the visit will be adapted to public health regulations and carried out in compliance with safety measures.

The Three Wise Men of the East will traverse the island without stopping to ensure compliance with public health protocols. The cavalcade will start at 4.00pm next to La Mola lighthouse and from there Their Majesties will continue down PM 820-2. The first village on the itinerary will be La Mola (Avinguda de la Mola), where the troupe plans to arrive by 4.20pm. At roughly 4.40pm they will pass in front of Es Caló de Sant Agustí en route to Sant Ferran de ses Roques, where revellers will be able to greet the travellers on Carrer Joan Castelló i Guasch at around 5.15 p.m. The route will then pick up along the ring road toward Carrer Universitat. From there they will continue down PM 820-2 to Sant Francesc, where they will enter the village through Carrer Pla del Rei at approximately 5.40pm and then continue along the Es Cap highway to the municipal sports pitches at 6.00pm. They will return to Sant Francesc via Carrer de sa Tanca Vella at around 6.20pm. Finally, they will head towards La Savina, where they plan to arrive at roughly 7.00pm. The cavalcade will enter the town on Avinguda de la Mediterrània before continuing along Passeig de la Marina and Carrer de s'Almadrava.

Children are encouraged to see Their Royal Majesties at the closest point to their home to avoid crowds. The Consell de Formentera has prepared a map with the route for those interested. It is available at agendaformentera.cat.
 
Susana Labrador, Councillor of Culture and Festivals, thanked the Three Kings Association for "all their involvement and efforts to make possible Their Majesties' visit and all the magic they bring".

Finally, she called for islanders to be responsible, "so that, like last year, children can enjoy the magic of the Three Kings as safely as possible".

27 December 2021
Communications Office
Consell de Formentera

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Consell de Formentera dedicates 2022 calendar to Catalan language

foto 2021 calendariThe Language Advisory Service of the Consell de Formentera has unveiled its calendar for the year 2022, dedicated to Catalan and all Romance languages.

Themes in years past have ranged from the most common varieties of local figs and the micro-regions known as "vendes" to tools used in country farming and fishing tackle, among others. "This year's calendar treats the characteristics of Catalan as another treasure of our heritage", said Raquel Guasch, Councillor of Language Policy, "one which is perhaps not fully appreciated".

In each of the 12 months the calendar places Catalan alongside the other Romance languages; the process of study and language acquisition is outlined; the first Catalan-language texts are quoted; and insight is offered into the various dialects of Catalan in the territories where the language is spoken. Another important date is the arrival of Catalan in the Pine Islands, in 1235, with the expansion of the Crown of Aragon towards the Mediterranean.

Two thousand calendars have been printed and are available at Consell de Formentera help desks.

23 December 2021
Communications Office
Consell de Formentera

Father Christmas pops down from Lapland to offer Formentera kids a show and collect wish lists

foto 2021 Pare noelThe Formentera Office of Culture is pleased to announce that next Tuesday 21 December will bring one of local children's most anticipated events of the year: a visit from Santa Claus. Youngsters at the event will enjoy entertainment from ShowsIbiza.com and, afterwards, a visit from Father Christmas.

Attendees can choose from two sessions, 5.00pm and 7.00pm, at Formentera's Sala de Cultura (Cinema). Interested islanders must book tickets in advance on www.entradesformentera.cat and present an associated QR code at the door. The show is free of charge.

Susana Labrador, Councillor of Culture and Education, encouraged young ones not to miss the event, "which this Christmas is even more special after COVID-19 forced last year's show online".

Health and safety measures in place at the function mean children will not be able to go on stage to sit on Saint Nick's lap, but they will be able to pass along wish lists and letters through a mailbox at the entrance of the hall.


14 December 2021
Communications Office
Consell de Formentera

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