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Next Monday: Koinonía, a look at the feminine world

rsz cavidadThe Formentera Council's Office of Culture wishes to announce the arrival, Monday, November 20, of a new show at the municipal exhibition space: Koinonía. The display of photography by Valladolid native (and Eivissa transplant) Isa Sanz is just one part of the activities programme marking International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women. Sanz will be on hand for the show's 8.00pm unveiling, its first iteration on the island.

The 17-portrait series of women in nature finds Sanz using photography as her expressive vehicle of choice, taking paths previously uncharted as she conveys the emotion and depth of the feminine world. Sanz brings to her craft the conceptualisation and magic necessary to make art.

As art historian Elvira Rilova quips, “Isa Sanz's Koinonía reflects a close kinship between artistic creation and underlying philosophical intuition about reality. The photo series explores feminine strength, calm, our place in nature, colour, blood, water and magic...each one critical to the construction of the feminine”.

The series was shot on Eivissa in June 2010, when, shortly after Sanz's arrival on the island, an Es Vedrà sunset stole her heart. On Eivissa, a place Sanz feels she is nourished, where everything is within her grasp, and communion is possible. “Koinonía”.

Though armed from the start with a fairly clear vision for the series, several of the portraits are the product of total improvisation. Sanz set out, with little more than her camera and a few odd objects in tow, looking for something to interact with. When she found it, she surrendered herself to the moment. The results were real, a true happening.

Koinonía is backed by ILLENC (Institut de la Llengua i la Cultura de les Illes Balears) and will be on view November 20 to December 2 in the Council's sala d'Exposicions in Sant Francesc. The exhibition is open Monday to Saturday, mornings from 11.00am to 2.00pm and evenings from 6.00pm to 8.00pm.

Formentera backs job seekers programme for university-educated youth

comercos formenteraThe employment and training sections of Formentera's Office of Social Welfare are driving a tally of local businesses, and are searching for young, qualified and university-educated candidates to fill three posts from December to July.

Applications, open to anyone who is under 30 and registered in the youth covenant of the regional job seekers' service (SOIB), must be received by November 24.

According to department head Vanessa Parellada, the programme seeks to bestow recent graduates of university and technical programmes with professional experience and good work habits.

“Today a university degree is no longer enough to guarantee work for its holder. We're glad to be offering local professionals the chance to work in winter,” —the position, she noted, begins in December— “particularly because the project will culminate in something so valuable as a register of local businesses”.

The Council has charged Santiago Juan, an employment and local development specialist, with overseeing the project, during which Juan will also act as the youths' mentor. The Council will receive €63,000 from SOIB to carry out the project.

Formentera unveils depot for farmers' co-operative

cooperativa 2Formentera's agrarian co-operative, Cooperativa del Camp, belatedly celebrated the July opening of the group's warehouse space this Saturday with considerable fanfare. The €590,000 construction project, coordinated by the Formentera Council, was financed in part by the Leader programme (23%) and in part by the Council (67%).

Among the event's 200 plus attendees were Cooperativa chairman Jaume Escandell and Formentera Council president Jaume Ferrer, both of whom addressed the crowd. Another of the evening's guests, Pep de n'Andreu, in a traditional glosa, proclaimed: “Our task with the new co-operative is to continue cultivating the land, keeping it decent”.

The co-operative's managing director, Carles Marí, declared the night a success in terms of turnout and thanked “all those whose selfless collaboration had made it possible, particularly the gastronomical cooking staff and Formentera's own balladors,” referring to members of the the island's dance troupes.

Two-hundred twenty affiliated members
When the local farmers' co-op was reactivated in 2010, there were 52 names on the group's membership rolls. Today, the number is 220. The Co-op works in tandem with the Council on Fons de Terres, an initiative (roughly translated as “Farmland Reserve”) that involves stewardship of untilled local fields. With €90,000 in yearly funding from the administration, the programme aims to beautify rural landscapes. To date 70 local landowners have participated in Fons de Terres by turning over care of 200 hectares of farmland to the Cooperativa.

Activities to end violence against women

Foto presentacio violencia de genereSocial welfare councillor Vanessa Parellada, Espai Dones chair Dolors Fernández Tamargo and staffer Azuzena Carrasco unveiled the programme of activities that the Council has put together in recognition of the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women on November 25. The presentation took place in the administration's hall of ceremonies today at 10.30am.

Councillor Parellada pointed out that this year's programming kicks off Saturday, November 11, with a stage production and runs through November 29. All part of the effort to commemorate November 25 as International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women. The administration has teamed up with Espai Dones in presenting the activities, which, in the councillor's words, “are diverse in nature despite one common goal: ending gender violence”.

Activities programme
For her part, Ms Fernández focused on the day's associated activities. At 8.00pm on Saturday, November 11, actress Rosa Díaz will present Hilos, winner of 2011's national award for the performing arts, at the municipal cinema.

The programme continues Tuesday, November 14, with a screening of “Los niños del Barrio Rojo,” winner of the 2015 Oscar for best documentary. The show starts at 8.00pm in the Marià Villangómez municipal library. More theatre is in store on Saturday, November 18, when Menorca's Xoc theatre troupe takes the reins of a theatrical forum on gender violence in Sa Panxa restaurant. The event gets under way at 10.00pm. On Monday, November 20, Isa Sanz presents «Koinonía,» a photo show, at the municipal gallery of the Ajuntament Vell.

'La maleta de Marta'
Wednesday, November 22, Formentera audiences are invited out for Günter Schwaiger's La maleta de Marta. After the screening, the film's leading actress will stick around for a chat with the audience. This showing of La maleta de Marta, scheduled for 7.30pm in the Office of Culture conference hall, is sponsored by the Balearic Islands and Eivissa chapters of Amnesty International.

Saturday, November 25
November 25, International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, will be abuzz with activities. IBDona, a women's group in the region, will set up an informational stand from 11.00am in Sant Francesc's plaça de la Constitució under the banner “Take a stand against domestic violence”. At 1.00pm, the reading of the day's guiding manifesto will take place.

In the evening, an emotional, gender-conscious and experience-based workshop titled «Ni princeses ni prínceps» (Neither princesses nor princes) will be given at 7.00pm by social psychotherapist Isabel Serrato in the conference hall of the Office of Culture. Part of a yearly tradition, at 9.30pm in Rosales bed and breakfast of Es Pujols, Espai Dones will celebrate ten years of solidarity on women's issues. To reserve a spot, phone 697 941 016.

Finally, at 7.00pm on Wednesday, November 29, families are encouraged to come to Sant Francesc's Sa Miranda nursery for a discussion entitled “The long, exciting road ahead”. At 7.30pm, psychologist Ana Costa García will speak to the crowd in the Office of Culture conference hall about managing difficult emotions.

Gender violence
Staff specialist Azuzena Carrasco, for her part, reported on the 14 calls received by her office's gender violence hotline through October, a drop on last year's total of 18.

Looking ahead, November 28 and 29, Councillor Parellada and a pair of staffers will take part in working days organised by IBDona to forge strategies on intra-agency coordination and response for victims of gender violence.

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