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Crews perform upgrades, repave island roads

foto 1 reasfaltat-camins1Formentera’s municipal services office reports that work began today to clean and clear brush from roadsides and upgrade and repave certain segments of highway. Crews will focus their efforts on the arterials that accommodate Ses Bardetes and the rubbish tip, not to mention Sant Ferran’s Camí de ses Vinyes, and a point along the road to Es Arenals. Islasfalto was brought in to carry out the approximately weeklong €43,000 effort.

19 February 2020
Department of Communication
Consell de Formentera

With Compra a Casa website, Consell and Pimef connect shoppers with local businesses

foto-2020-compraacasa-com1Formentera’s deputy vice-president and councillor of trade, Ana Juan, met with the chairman and director of the small- and medium-sized business association of Formentera (Pimef), Josep Mayans and Lidia Álvarez, to unveil the brand-new Compra a Casa website, www.compraacasa.com.

Juan called the website “a tool that, in just one click, brings island businesses closer to local shoppers”. “Buying local doesn’t just put islanders to work; it raises the profile of locally-crafted wares and homegrown produce too. When we talk about sustainability we’re also talking about patronising Formentera businesses as a way to promote these products”, said Juan, who pointed out the new portal grew out of a project called Joves Qualificats—“Qualified Youth”— involving Alba Portas and Maria Antònia Martorell. The first deputy vice-president applauded the two young women for their efforts.

With Compra a Casa shoppers can see businesses on a map or narrow them down based on characteristics such as location. Each establishment has a profile where shoppers can view details like star products and sales in both Catalan and Spanish.

Touting the success of Compra a Casa’s loyalty programme, the Pimef chairman pointed to a membership roll of nearly 2,500. “That’s all quarter of all islanders,” Mayans said. “We’re talking about high customer loyalty.” Thirty local businesses currently take part in Compra a Casa and, according to Mayans, “with the new website, there’s never been a better time for new businesses to join”.

Ms Álvarez gave a presentation on how the portal works, pointing out shoppers can request their Compra a Casa loyalty card online, where they can also do an array of other things, like track card status, review purchases and learn about discounts.

This winter, buy local
Juan, Mayans and Álvarez also pointed up Compra a Casa’s newest buy-local push, designed to reward islanders for shopping in winter. During the last week of every month until March, purchases at participating businesses of at least €15 will automatically enter shoppers into a drawing for a €50 gift-card. The February drawing will happen the first week in March; the March drawing, the first week in April.

19 February 2020
Department of Communication
Consell de Formentera

Next Saturday at cinema, Formentera celebrates fourth Cantada Pagesa

iii-cantada-pagesajThe traditional music department of Formentera’s School of Music and Dance has joined forces with the island’s Department of Culture to put on the fourth Cantada Pagesa this 22 February. The free show starts at 8.30pm in the Sala de Cultura-Cinema, and space is limited. Organisers see the event as a way to develop renewed interest in traditional redoblat, glosat and recitat singing styles. As in years past, twenty-plus musicians will be on stage, from music school pupils to singer-songwriters of all ages.

Clinic on traditional instruments, Saturday in the Sala de Plens
New this year, the patrimony department will host a workshop showing participants how to build some of the musical instruments that are customary on Eivissa and Formentera. The clinic takes place 22 February at 11.00am in the Sala de Plens (next to the Formentera Day Centre). One of the few remaining active master artisans in the Pine Islands, instructor Toni “Marc” Riera Roselló will walk participants through the building process and explain the materials and tools necessary to fashioning a homespun instrument.

Not unlike past efforts to cultivate interest at Christmas and Easter in the carol-esque songs known as caramelles—which gained renewed currency thanks to classes at the School of Music and Dance—the current programming offers islanders a chance to enjoy and better understand traditional song and music on the island, and are part of the School’s twentieth anniversary celebration.

18 February 2020
Department of Communication
Consell de Formentera

On view this week: ceramics students’ pottery display

foto 2020 expo castillos jobani 1The Formentera Department of Culture reports that students of Remedios Castillo and Silvia Jobani’s ceramics workshop unveiled the fruits of their latest efforts. The display will be on view, Monday to Friday, 11.00am to 2.00pm and 6.00pm to 8.00pm, at the municipal gallery (Sala d’Exposicions ‘Ajuntament Vell’) in Sant Francesc until Friday 21 February.

The show offers a glimpse at some of the work that has been crafted by the 19 adults and 36 children enrolled in the commerce department-backed pottery course. Year-round classes teach students how to model clay and some  techniques in making decorative ornaments.

18 February 2020
Department of Communication
Consell de Formentera

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