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At 2022 Festes de Sant Jaume, late-night concerts mark return of dancing fun to Diada

The Formentera Office of Culture is pleased to report that late-night concerts will return to the Festes de Sant Jaume this Saturday and Sunday (24 and 25 July). Susana Labrador, councillor of culture, invited the entire island to enjoy these concerts programmed to mark the Diada de Formentera, which, "after two years of pandemic constraints, will be like the ones before COVID-19: to be enjoyed and danced to".

The first night of concerts happens Sunday 24 July with performances from Mishima, Pupil-les and Axel Pi Sidonie DJ set. The second instalment comes Monday 25 July, with performing groups Mucho and Els Pets. Performances start at 10.30pm in Plaça de la Constitució (Sant Francesc).

Sunday 24 July
Mishima. One pandemic and many concerts later, Mishima present Formentera audiences with their latest album. Recorded at Black Box, Peter Deimel's sanctuary in Angers (France), L'aigua clara (TRIS, 2022) doesn't just insist on a commitment to sonic forcefulness and literary depth, it sublimates it. Five years after Ara i res (2017), David Carabén (vocals and guitar), Marc Lloret (keyboards), Dani Vega (guitar), Xavi Caparrós (bass) and Alfons Serra (drums) come into full bloom on their ninth studio album (or tenth counting 2019's live release Ara i aquí). Maturity was just that, and they're back on Formentera to share their latest efforts and get us dancing.

Pupil·les. Two singers and DJ Rule founded Pupil-les as a trio in Valencia in 2014. Three years later, it was their second release, Les Silenciades, that cemented Pupil·les's place as one of the most interesting groups on the new Catalan music scene. Since then, the band's trademark has been the elaborate and well-finished beats and festive and political lyrics imbued with feminist messages. For International Women's Day, 8 March 2021, they released Gambito de dama. Pupil·les have also collaborated with bands like Boikot and Txarango. In February of this year, their album Tot i res signalled an evolution from rap to pop and left us with more danceable rhythms which they will present on Formentera with all their energy.

Axel Pi Sidonie DJ set. Axel Pi, drummer of the acclaimed band Sidonie, is back on Formentera to get as dancing as he spins records from the sixties to present day.

Monday 25 July
Martí Perarnau IV formed Mucho after the breakup of Sunday Drivers in 2010. Musically, lyrically and in Perarnau's singing, the group have finessed a surprising evolution from their textbook pop-rock beginnings to the present. Perarnau is at once speaker and biting lyricist, with phrasing that is absolutely unique and unmistakeable. Perarnau's immensely personal sound and unending quest for innovation mean the multi-instrumentalist is sought by the hottest names on the scene, though this does not prevent him from maintaining an active musical career and continuing to compose songs of his own. In 2018, left holding the reins of Mucho, Perarnau dropped Aquí et quedes, Perarnau, followed by ¿Hay alguien en casa? a year later, both of which were very well received by critics.

The legendary Catalan outfit Els Pets are the jewel in the crown of this year's Sant Jaume celebrations. The band will share with Formentera crowds the most adult, honest and rabidly pop album of their career. It's the return of Els Pets, and it hits like a fist on the table. 1963 is rapturous, sweet and unabashed, sober and meticulous, brimming with catchy melodies that envelop stories with soul. It is an honest bet on the little things requiring an unhurried approach and proper nutrition. 1963 is also an important date that defines the album's content: for the three members of the group, it is year zero, the starting point of the genre they have been practising since day one, an octopus of guitars with catchy melodies like café caramel sweets.

This new album, the 13th of their career, is adult optimism, short and direct songs with no filler, an extra dose of vitality, lyrics that reclaim the ironic and incredulous edge of previous efforts, and Els Pets' signature sensitive eye for detail.

19 July 2022
Communications Office
Consell de Formentera

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Andrés Coll: special guest at Sant Jaume-edition of Jazz a la Plaça

The Formentera Office of Culture is pleased to announce that from 10.00pm on the feast day of Sant Jaume, Saturday 23 July, the crowd at Jazz in the Square (Jazz a la Plaça) will be treated to a special guest. As every Saturday, Formentera's most endearing jazz outfit will be on hand to liven things up in Plaça de la Constitució in Sant Francesc, but this time, Eivissa-native Andrés Coll, will help.

A young multi-instrumentalist, versatile vibraphonist and member of a folk group on Eivissa since his childhood, Coll is not only knowledgeable about the roots of music in the Pine Islands, he is also a performer, composer and researcher whose areas of interest encompass Bach, Bartók, contemporary, jazz and free improvisation.

Coll's compositions transmit his particular vision of the Mediterranean. This year, he has released two albums: Natural research, a contemporary music project with pianist Joachim Kühn, and Live in Ibiza, an album recorded after a concert with violinist Mateusz Smoczynski and drummer and percussionist Ramón López at the Can Jeroni Cultural Centre in Sant Josep. Together with musician Majid Bekkas, Smoczynski, López and Coll make up the Andrés Coll Project, which the frontman says "unpacks the folk music of our cultures with avant-garde spirit and free improvisation".

18 July 2022
Communications Office
Consell de Formentera

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Part three of "A Collection of Contemporary Art III: Painting and Others" settles into 'Far de la Mola'

The Formentera Office of Culture is pleased to report that from 20 July to 29 September, visitors to "Far de la Mola" Cultural and Educational Space can see the final instalment of A Collection of Contemporary Art III: Painting and Others.

The third instalment showcases the collection of Catalina Verdera Ribas and is curated by Manolo Oya with Trampolí Mecànic Cultural Association.

Unlike the first two instalments, which comprised works by local artists and creators who have resided or maintained close contact with our islands, instalment three mainly focuses on work from artists with whom Catalina Verdera has maintained a relationship as a result of her work at the Van der Voort Gallery, or works that she has acquired for her personal collection.

The third Collection of Contemporary Art features a selection of paintings, drawings and objects from 17 artists: Antoni Tàpies, Antonio Murado, Miguel Mont, Juan Hernández Pijuan, Berta Cáccamo, Carmen Anzano, Amparo Sard, Ana Vilarrasa, Jaume Plensa, Carmen Calvo, Ester Partegàs, Michelangelo Pistoletto, Jordi Alcaraz, Nono Bandera, Douglas Pérez, Kcho and Miriam Durango.

The exhibition opens Tuesday 19 July at 12 noon and will run until 29 September. The display is open 10.00am to 2.00pm every morning from Tuesday to Sunday, and 5.00pm to 9.00pm on Wednesdays and Sundays.

15 July 2022
Communications Office
Consell de Formentera

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The Penguins return to Formentera to get the little ones dancing

The Formentera Office of Culture is pleased to report that as part of this year's Sant Jaume celebrations, from 7.30pm on Thursday 21 July, The Penguins will offer a children's concert at Plaça de la Constitució in Sant Francesc. After three years and a global pandemic, the band are back with a new album, Quadern de Bitàcola, the fifth instalment of the family-focused Reggae per Xics project.

Susana Labrador, councillor of culture, invited Formentera families to "enjoy this magnificent show and guaranteed good time for kids and parents alike". "After their last local performance and requests for them to return to liven up the festivities, we are very happy to be able to offer this concert designed especially for little ones", she said.

The new album consists of twelve songs, eight of which are originals expanding on The Penguins' contribution to pop culture. Of course, they still infuse Jamaican rhythms into the traditional repertory, staying true to the tack that previously cemented their success among family audiences. The artists call their latest release "a deep-dive into the logbook of this new and fascinating journey".

Aboard the Calypso, The Penguins take audiences on a series of extraordinary adventures in search of a mysterious island, apparently not on any navigational chart or map, which has suddenly popped up in the middle of the ocean. Besides discovering oceanic fauna and flora, crowds learn about the environmental consequences of living in a productive society that is still unable to manage its waste.

The group cast Quadern de Bitàcola as a "revival of the oceanic imaginary of Jules Verne, Hergé and Captain Nemo aboard the Nautilus" and say the album highlights "the infinite wealth that the oceans hold". The foolproof formula? A blend of music, rhythm, humour and education characteristic of the other Reggae per Xics releases. Above all, the group points up "the emotion of an unforgettable collective experience" and insist that "after this long voyage aboard an old ship, which despite being a bit rickety, is still capable of sailing the seas and navigating storms, reefs and towering waves, camaraderie and friendship are key to finding safe harbour".

The show starts at 7.30pm on Thursday 21 July in Plaça de la Constitució in Sant Francesc.

14 July 2022
Communications Office
Consell de Formentera

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Enric Riera takes "Infinitum" to 'Ajuntament Vell' as part of 2022 Sant Jaume celebrations

The Formentera Office of Culture is pleased to report that from 12 to 30 July, the "Ajuntament Vell" exhibition space will host Infinitum, an exhibition by Enric Riera.

In Infinitum, the hometown artist presents twenty abstract paintings on canvas, paper and wood. Most of the pieces are square-shaped and acrylic as well as mixed media like sand and charcoal. Also on display are two books produced in collaboration with the art historian, poet and collector Michel Bohbot. All the works have been completed in the previous two years, from lockdown until now.

Riera says that the title of the exhibition - the absence of limits - "refers to the immensity of the sea and the sky, contemplated from a balcony over the sea". "It reminds us of the man's insignificance in the face of natural phenomena, such as the storm-battered island." With Infinitum, the artist, who is known for a sensitivity to colour and blue chromatics, exposes works with other colours treated with the same imprint.

The exhibition will open Monday 11 July at 8.00pm. It will be at the "Ajuntament Vell" exhibition space Monday to Saturday, 11.00am to 2.00pm and 7.00pm to 9.00pm.

The gallery is closed Sundays, holidays and Monday mornings.

7 July 2022
Communications Office
Consell de Formentera

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