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As performing arts initiative keeps kicking, La Fornal dazzles Formentera audiences with 'adventures of Gepeto and Pinocchio'

foto gepeto i pinotxoThis weekend Formentera's Office of Culture and Festivities presents Les aventures de Gepeto i Pinotxo, a show for the whole family included in the Illa a Escena initiative to promote theatre.

La Fornal arrives with their take on the classic which, penned by Carlo Collodi in the late 19th century, unfolds in a tiny Italian village, where two old friends meet and decide to build a puppet. Their creation, Pinotxo, will be the son Gepeto has always wanted. But, a born troublemaker, the little wooden boy will be anything but what his father had in mind. Pinotxo's assorted adventures will leave him open to everything from disappointment and frustration to the splendour of becoming a real boy.

Tickets for the production, which hits Formentera's Sala de Cultura at 6.00pm on Saturday, February 17, are three euros.

Set in a room not much larger than a playpen, the show presents a wash of on-stage techniques which position it somewhere between storytelling and classical theatre. Props come to life, shadows are a source of light and puppets help the audience get their bearings.

The show is part of TALENT IB 2018, an initiative of the Govern's Institut d'Estudis Baleàrics.

The troupe
With over 25 years' experience under their belts and a dedicated venue to call home, La Fornal d'Espectacles offer a supportive, creative space for their member artists' independently-run projects.

The team disembark this weekend on Formentera for a performance on Saturday, February 17 at 6.00pm in the cinema. Tickets for the 50-minute show are three euros and available at the box office the day of the event.

YouTube link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=5&v=m0gQqBiYO5A

Pedestrian area in Sant Ferran gets upgrades

Foto c majorThe Formentera Council's Office of Infrastructure and Mobility reports that from Friday, February 16, work crews will perform maintenance in the pedestrian area of Sant Ferran.

Upgrades, which involve repairs of shabby pavement, replacement of crummy street furniture and checks for faulty lighting, will also entail new pavement in front of the Sant Ferran church.

The work will cost €45,000 plus VAT and will be carried out alongside nearby upgrades currently under way at carrers València and Guillem de Montgrí. Both projects are expected to be finished by Easter.

Officials meet to start afresh with highways deal envisaging upgrades

reunio min de foment a madrid conveni carreteresThe Formentera Council reports that this morning a delegation of local officials that included President Jaume Ferrer, Vice-President/tax office secretary Bartomeu Escandell and assorted staff specialists sat down at the Ministry of Public Works in Madrid to meet with officials there about closing out the so-called “highways partnership” signed between the two agencies in 2009. Participants on the other side included Rosalia Bravo, who is deputy project director of the department of motorways, as well as other spokespeople for the tax office and the Ministry of Public Works.

2009 agreement
The original partnership unlocked an investment of €13.4 million which was used to build roundabouts in es Pujols and Sant Francesc. The money also drove upgrades of local roads, like those near the Sant Francesc primary school or the arterials that cut across Formentera's salterns from la Savina to es Pujols. Most recently, in 2015, money from the fund went to improvements on the road that descends to es Cap de Barbaria.

President Ferrer congratulated his island for being the “first to fulfil our end of the 2009 highway covenants”. He noted the agreements drove upgrades across a significant portion of Formentera's roads, plus brought about new infrastructure which made possible the switch to pedestrian-only paths in Sant Francesc, Sant Ferran and es Pujols. Formentera's chief framed the efforts as “new groundwork for the island's mobility strategy moving forward”.

Call for new agreement
Council officials seized the opportunity of the commission's gathering to request a new partnership be considered. Valued at nearly €2.3 million, the planned agreement would enable local authorities to train their focus on highway upgrades, including fresh asphalt and undergrounded utility lines, from la Savina to la Mola. Other improvements envisioned would take place along the road to cala Saona and the stretch of highway from Restaurant es Cap to the island's southern tip.

Partial closures of avinguda Isidor Macabich in bid to rig ses Bardetes for fibre optics

Foto tall macabichThe Formentera Council's mobility office reports that from tomorrow, Friday February 15, road work at the crossing of avinguda Isidor Macabich and avinguda Vuit d'Agost, part of an effort to furnish ses Bardetes with high-speed internet connections, means drivers travelling on the first of the two avenues will face intermittent restrictions once schools let out for the weekend.

Rafael González, chief of the department, warned the upgrades would translate into extra noise for residents of the area. “We sincerely apologise, but this work is key to getting ses Bardetes high-speed connections before year end”.

Traffic control measures
The upgrades will require traffic on the avenue named for Isidor Macabich to be temporarily diverted to stretch of private road that connects with carrer des Pla del Rei, another nearby arterial. Traffic in front of Can Carlos will be restricted to one lane. To minimise headaches for motorists, special signage will be used to ensure continued vehicle flow in both directions.

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