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International Women's Day supporters pack central Sant Francesc plaza

Dia internacional dona 1Some 400 answered the call for a 12-noon assembly at Sant Francesc's plaça de la Constitució in observance of International Women's Day.

The day got started an hour earlier as gender equality campaigners mounted stands around the plaza offering information and messages of advocacy. At approximately 12 noon, islanders began to congregate before the entrance of the administration's head office. An atmosphere of festive solidarity permeated the square amidst the feminist call to halt business as usual. It was an effort to draw attention to demands of funding and resources for the Spanish central government's pact on gender violence. More broadly, attendees added their voices to the call for a society free of violence against women, for respect for sexual diversity, the right to make decisions about their own bodies, the full decriminalisation of abortion, and the right to an education free of hetero-patriarchal values.

At the heart of the general strike was the demand for equal assessment of domestic and care work, not to mention answers on issues like job insecurity, retirement benefits under attack and regulating domestic work.

Observance of strike
The offices of the Council saw 100% participation in the call to stop working for two hours. Four-point-seven per cent of administration staff observed the day-long strike.

Other International Women's Day activities
At 5.00pm, the Sant Ferran library will welcome Maritza Caballero as she presents island youngsters with Cuentos para valientes, a storytelling session about equality.

Then, at 7.30pm in the Office of Culture's hall of ceremonies (Sala d'Actes), supporters of gender equality are invited to attend a screening of the documentary Excluídas del Paraiso. A discussion will follow.

This Saturday, Formentera's first Festival Folklòric takes island by storm

Festes sant ferran ball pages davidvergaraFrom Menorca, Mallorca, Eivissa and even Formentera, five colles —troupes specialising in dances typical of the Balearics— will be on the island this Saturday, March 10 for the inaugural edition of Formentera's Festival Folklòric, part of the activities programme for this year's Dia de les Illes Balears.

The event begins at noon in Sant Francesc's plaça de la Constitució with a lineup that includes the Ciutadella, Menorca dancers of Tramuntana; Majorcan troupe S'Estol des Gerricó from Felanitx; Eivissa's own Colla de Sant Rafel; and two Formentera groups, es Xacoters and es Pastorells.

CiF culture secretary Susana Labrador called it “a fabulous chance to enjoy the region's best dancers and get a first-hand look at a deeply rich folkloric culture which has evolved in many ways”.

The Festival Folklòric will conclude with a 2.00pm paella hosted by Associació Es Forn in the sa Senieta festival tent. To make reservations, please call 669 828 915 / 651 188 537.

Calling all theatre-keen Formentera rugrats: 'Algodón' is for you

Foto algodon 2Formentera's Office of Culture wishes to announce that Domenica, a stage production originally scheduled for 8.30pm on Saturday, March 17, has been cancelled for reasons beyond the Council's control.

Taking its place is Escena Miriñaque's Algodón, a work of theatre for toddlers ages one to three. Given the production's reduced format, no more than thirty toddlers may be on the stage, each accompanied by an adult. With sixty spectators on stage to see the action up close, the remaining adults can follow the show from the stands.

When we leave home with our eyes to the ground, we miss the new skies up above.

Cotton landscapes, unique and ethereal, in constant transformation.

If we stop for a moment, we see Violeta, a high-flying, slender, peacock of a cloud. Or Gastón. He's a big one. Grey and chubby. Clouds like emotions in the cages of our hearts. Joyful things, yellow with sun, others running scared from the dark. Each has got a name, a colour, an emotion. Up above you'll find the inhabitants of Algodón.

The show starts at 5.30pm on Saturday, March 17 in the cinema (Sala de Cultura). Admission for adults and children is three euros.

Important: reservations must be made in advance by calling the Office of Culture at 971 32 12 75 or sending an email to cultura@conselldeformentera.cat

Rounding out Diada festivities, Ibizan troupe Es Molí brings local-colour production 'Els Mijorals de Don Mariano' to island audiences

Es mijoral 1This weekend Formentera's Office of Culture and Festivities welcomes to the island Es Mijorals de Don Mariano, a work of family-friendly theatre selected to close out local observance of the Balearic Islands' yearly holiday, el Dia de les Illes Balears or “la Diada”.

Es Mijorals de Don Mariano is a comedy of manners about Mariano Llobet. In it, we see the country lifestyle of a family of mijorals on 1950s, post-war Eivissa. The décor appears torn from the pages of bygone rural Eivissa, with timely struggles and period jokes to boot. The ensemble faithfully recreates the difficulties of the day, when hard times forced many young people to search for a livelihood elsewhere. Typical song and folklore are in no short supply.

The figure of Don Mariano Llobet
Mariano Llobet Román (1927-2016) was a solicitor and Eivissa native known for his active defence of regional autonomy during the 1960s. Llobet was also a promotor of local tourism made noteworthy by his engagement in local island politics, economics and culture. He served as secretary for the Ajuntament d'Eivissa, a hard-line supporter of Eivissa and Formentera's political and administrative autonomy.

All his life Llobet maintained close ties to country living, which he identified as a driving force of island culture and identity. A patriarch of knowledge concerning traditionally island physiognomy, he held Eivissa and Formentera law, history and culture to be particularly important.

Part of L'Illa a Escena 2018, the production will take over the Formentera cinema on Saturday, March 10 at 8.30pm. The show lasts 70 minutes and there will be an intermission. Admission is free.

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