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Sol Courrèges Boné’s exhibition at Centre “Gabrielet” appeals to sentiment behind recycling

cartell 2021 feelThis Wednesday 28 July at Centre Antoni Tur ‘Gabrielet’, Sol Courrèges Boné will pull the curtain back on “Feel”, an exhibition which cuts to the very core of recycling as a concept. Featured pieces are crafted from doors, windows, wood, metals, plastics, cans, cans, natural waste... anything that can be given a second life. The artist relishes transforming waste into decorative objects which convey, in her words, “the conviction that there are still things we can do to better our world and reduce pollution, simply by recycling”.

Courrèges additionally tapped local creators Bettyna Rivero and Pilar Mena to participate in “Feel” and spread the recycling gospel.

“Feel” is on view at Centre Antoni Tur ‘Gabrielet’ from 10.00am to 2.00pm and 7.00pm to 10.00pm until 7 August.

26 July 2021
Communications Department
Consell de Formentera

Three groups at Sa Miranda sent home as instructor tests positive

The Consell de Formentera reports that an instructor at Escoleta Sa Miranda has tested positive for Covid-19. In accordance with Educovid public health protocol, a group of newborns and two groups of 1 to 2 year olds will stay home from school starting today.

Affected families were contacted by phone and informed of the developments yesterday. Instructions on stay-at-home measures, protocol and tests will be passed on directly to families and staff by Educovid’s health services.

26 July 2021
Communications Department
Consell de Formentera

Formentera celebrates local holiday at Far de la Mola

foto 2021 premis sant jaume DLast night at 8.00pm, the courtyard of La Mola lighthouse became the backdrop for an awards gala honouring local excellence as part of annual “Diada de Formentera” celebrations. Held on the feast day of the island’s patron saint, Sant Jaume (St James), the evening came with the announcement of winners of Formentera’s gold medal and the Sant Jaume Prize, as well as the award for the island’s honorary “adoptive daughter”.

“Filla adoptiva”
Formentera named Remedios Castillo Cañas (Granada, 1940 - Formentera, 2021) the island’s filla adoptiva for her work in pottery and thirty-plus years as an impassioned local exponent of the craft. Castillo helped shape the imagination and creativity of countless islanders, and was driven by a commitment to coexistence, inclusiveness and equality.

The year’s Sant Jaume Prizes went to:
Three Wise Men of Formentera
For their impulse and commitment to organising the Three Kings’ cavalcade and the Christmas “Mitjana Festa”, as well as other charitable activities and cultural and popular festivals as expressions of island identity and popular culture.

Fonda Pepe
In the sixty-plus years since opening, Fonda Pepe has been a local icon and the undisputed fulcrum of Formentera’s unflagging multiculturalism. It remains a key source of identity and uniqueness today.

Teixits J. Marí Serra
Since the mid-20th century, when Teixits J. Marí Serra opened as a family business trading in fabrics and textiles, they have become one of Formentera’s flagship establishments.

The Gold Medal of Formentera was given to the island’s Collective of Information Professionals. By delivering news and insight about local goings-on, the honourees guarantee one of the most basic human rights, the right to information – an indisputable pillar of the freest and most independent thinking. The poignance of the award is underscored by the pandemic-era efforts of news outlet staff on the island.

Speaking for the entire local cabinet, President Ferrer applauded award winners for “weaving this fabric that protects us and which at the same time we must safeguard in order to defend our uniqueness and identity”.

Also on hand at the gathering were the president of the Balearic Parliament, Vicenç Thomàs; regional deputy first minister Juan Pedro Yllanes; regional minister Josep Marí Ribas and regional MP Sílvia Tur, not to mention local decision-makers and other authorities.

The event closed with performances from vocalist Julia Benevelli and pianist Sergi Navarro of “Mad World”, “Breathe”, “When I was your man” and “Hallelujah”. The gala was broadcast on the Consell de Formentera YouTube channel and TEF. Watch it here.

Dia de Sant Jaume
On 25 July, the feast of Sant Jaume (St James), a traditional mass will be held in the Sant Francesc church from 8.00pm. An hour later, revellers can enjoy a demonstration of folk dance in the town’s Plaça de la Constitució.

At 10.00pm, the Clara Peya quintet will give an extra special concert in the courtyard of Sa Senieta. Peya is both a pianist and composer, and is considered one of the most original and unique creators on the national music scene in recent times. Her frenetic life moves between music, theatre and activism. Tickets for the limited-seating concert are sold out.

25 July 2021
Communications Department
Consell de Formentera

Formentera responds to rising demand with 13 new licences for seasonal taxis

The Formentera Department of Mobility is pleased to announce the approval today of 13 seasonal chauffeurs’ licences. Provisions for the change were included the 2021 Seasonal Taxi Action Plan, and it will put 52% more taxis on roads through 31 August.

Initially the plan called for three new seasonal licences, with the possibility of additional licences subject to demand. More than three applications ultimately came in, a circumstance which drove the decision to unlock an additional ten licences.

While earlier plans envisioned a 9.00am-9.00pm workday for drivers, a recently-vetted expansion will mean that, until the end of August, the island’s cabbies will provide service until 11.00pm.

Action plan
Three seasonal licences which were announced previously will stay in force till 23 September, while the current run of 10 expire at the end of August. Drivers demonstrating need may request their licence be extended through September.

The addition of 13 taxis to Formentera’s standing year-round fleet of 25 puts the total number of cabs at 38, an all-time high for the island.

Applicants included seven ordinary licence holders and six salaried employees who accredited at least five months’ relevant experience between 2018 and 2019.

The number of seasonal licenses and hours of service were agreed between the Formentera government and the Union Group of Formentera Taxi Drivers.

Extraordinary circumstances
In light of unusual circumstances stemming from covid-19:
-The action plan is in force only during the summer 2021 season.
-The Consell is rebating the typically €1,000/month licence fee in full.

23 July 2021
Communications Department
Consell de Formentera

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