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Council asks for “long overdue” solutions to perennial problems facing electricity supply

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Formentera Council president Jaume Ferrer announced earlier today his intent to send a letter to the regional minister of land, energy and transport, Joan Boned and director general of Endesa's Balearic office, Ernesto Bonín, to express Formentera's collective anger about the electricity problems that have plagued the island. Ferrer said he will demand a suitable electricity service, “long overdue here on the island”.

The president voiced his frustration at “the abundance of service interruptions, excessively long and without notice, that affect so many here on the island”. The fact the most recent occurrence came in January - when use is low and no electrical storms have hit the island - “makes the occurrence even harder to accept”.

Ferrer noted that Formentera's different political parties have come together on the questions facing the island's electricity supply and modernising the Es Ca Marí power station: “This is something that was ignored by the Bauzà administration and has been on the new government's agenda since day one”.

He noted that “Minister Boned visited the island's electricity plant in September and confirmed our requests are fully justified”.

Turning to Endesa for answers

On the responsibility borne by Endesa, Ferrer said: “Putting to one side any problems with the system of supply itself, there is also a very clear issue with regard to the company's attitude. Endesa has got thousands of customers on Formentera – including the Council – that are paying for a service. However, they've got no information point on the island. The only way for customers to get in touch with the company is by telephone and finding additional information is difficult”.

During the power interruption, Daisee Aguilera, the CiF councillor of the environment and energy, contacted the Spanish electricity network (Red Eléctrica Española) and was informed no part of the national infrastructure had malfunctioned. The councillor called the regional ministry in Palma as well as the Endesa company. At 10:45 that evening the latter confirmed two cuts in electricity had been registered on the same power line, though they were unable to provide detailed information about the location. During that time the Council posted all of the information on its social networks as it was received.

The president called on Formentera residents affected by the power outage to “stand up for their rights the same way Endesa does every month at billing time” and, for any homes that would like to file a claim with the company, provided their toll-free customer support number: 800760909.

Prizes for buying local set for Tuesday 12 January

The drawing to decide the winners of this holiday season's buy-local Christmas raffle will be held on a different day than the one originally announced. Instead of 5 January, the event will take place Friday 8 January at the office of trade of the Formentera Council. The eleven winners will be contacted that same say and asked to attend the award ceremony, an act which will be presided over by trade department head Alejandra Ferrer and a representative of the Formentera Chamber of Commerce. The ceremony will take place Tuesday 12 January at 11 a.m. at the Formentera Council.

The awards ceremony will be the bow on the package for the CiF office of trade's shop-local programme. The prizes are as follows:

1. A weekend for two in Eivissa with hotel and car-hire paid
2. A Christmas ham and a bottle of wine
3. Two trips to the cinema for two
4. Dinner for two at Acapulco
5. A painting by artist Sol Courregues
6. A trip to the hair salon (cut, colour and styling), Raquel a La Savina
7. Dinner for two at s'Abeurada den Simonet
8. A painting by artist Sol Courregues
9. « Shelac » nail session at BSC salon de La Savina
10. A selection of perfumes from “Artesanía Formentera” in Sant Francesc
11. A selection of books

The Formentera Island Council and the Chamber of Commerce have sponsored this campaign as a way to promote local commerce during the holiday season here in Formentera. The campaign includes all local businesses (except food stores) that open year round and put up holiday-themed decorations.

Three Kings of the Orient stop by Formentera

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As every year, their Majesties the Three Kings of the Orient will pull up in the port of la Savina tomorrow, 5 January, at 4:30 p.m. Travelling by boat, their Highnesses will be joined by their page boys and a royal commission. The entire cavalcade of decked out sleighs will then make its way across the entire island.

The' route will start in la Savina and then take the kings up to Sant Francesc by way of the main road. From the edge of town, they will mount Jaume I street (carrer Jaume I) and set their sights on the Constitució square (plaça de la Constitució) where, once arrived, the three monarchs will enter the Sant Francesc Xavier church. Then, on their way out, the kings will hurry across the plaza and take their places on the balcony of the Formentera Island Council (CiF) alongside CiF vicepresident Susana Labrador. From their perch, they will give a warm Christmas greeting to the people below.

The men will continue their trek and meander down the main highway toward Sant Ferran. Once in town, they will take Sant Jaume street (carrer Sant Jaume) up to the town plaza and head into the church to heap praise upon the baby Jesus. All those hoping to catch a glimpse of the Three Kings will get their chance if they wait in the tent set up on the square. The children of Sant Ferran will also be able to pick up their gifts.

The longest part of their journey still ahead of them, the parade will carry on on the main road until reaching la Mola. They will descend the avenue toward the plaza of the El Pilar church and finish up warm and toasty inside, handing out presents to the kids of la Mola.

The boys and girls of Sant Francesc will have to wait until Wednesday, 6 January, to get their presents from the Three Kings. That gift-giving session will take place at the nursery school (Ca ses Monges) once Kings' Mass (Missa de Reis) has finished. Mass is scheduled for 11 a.m. at the Sant Francesc Xavier church.

Travelling entertainment

To the delight of children all over, the procession will have its own entertainment programme in tow: the Naïf show will be put on in la Savina and Sant Francesc while kids await the arrival of the kings. On the heels of a successful run last year, Circ Bover has prepared another show full of joy, enthusiasm and colour for this year's audiences. Stilt-walkers, jugglers, acrobats and clowns will no doubt be just a part of Circ Bover's delirious festival.

Formentera is glad to welcome back their Majesties the Kings of the Orient for another Three Kings Day full of magic and gifts. We would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who plays a part in making the visit possible: the different Formentera parishes, child volunteers, the youth centre (Casal de Joves), Fusteria Quintanilla, Fusteria Formentera, Trasmapi, Fundació Baleària, Pitiüsa Sud, Frutos Secos Ibiza, Carbòniques Tur and the entire crew of the Formentera Island Council.

Approximative time table for the arrival of the Three Kings of the Orient tomorrow, 5 January:

La Savina 4:30 p.m.
Sant Francesc 6 p.m.
Sant Ferran 7 p.m.
El Pilar de la Mola 8:30 p.m.

A new year of children's theatre and storytelling


This holiday season for the ninth year, the Formentera Island Council (CiF) will present a selection of children's theatre which, from 3-5 January, will give even the youngest theatregoers in training cause for excitement.

Kicking off the series is an all-ages production from Zum Zum Teatre: Pinotxo, bric à brac. The show brings to life scenes from the most famous fable in Italian literature but does it with a twist: using symbolic objects, light tricks and special props.

Two actors find themselves surrounded by tools, artefacts, odds and ends. It is only when the characters take them in hand that the objects magically take on a life of their own, transforming into a house, the ears of a donkey, an undersea monster and even the growing nose of Pinocchio.

The creative mind behind Pinotxo deftly creates a magical world where the artists' different voices represent different characters. The characters' voices, though, are but one element inhabiting the space: creaking woodwork, the bustle of a puppet circus, the symphony of a night-cloaked forest, the belly of a whale...

Zum Zum Teatre was founded in 1994 with the goal of promoting, producing and projecting theatre for ADULTS FOUR AND UP. Over the last 23 years they have brought to stage texts from the greatest writers and dramaturges of all time.

The second production, this time by the Clownidoscopio theatre company in Eivissa, is a storytelling affair which will take place at the Marià Villangómez municipal library: Conta'm el món (Tell me the world).

This show bursting with humour, music and slapstick will take us on a trip round the world, stopping to dust off traditional fables with values that are universal.

Clownidoscopio is an artistic collective that found its voice in the language of clowns. Today, this continues to serve as the lingua franca for the diverse body of Clownidoscopio members. The group is currently engaged in theatre, storytelling and clown workshops.

In this latest effort, Zum Zum Teatre and Clownidoscopio put their heads together and for a blend of puppetry and music that will captivate old and young alike.

Finally, on the eve of Three Kings Day, the 5th, a visit is planned by the much awaited royal cavalcade of Their Majesties the Three Kings of the Orient. Close on their heels, the royal procession and splendid sleighs will follow, filled to the brim with presents for girls and boys. Warming up crowds in every town before the kings' visit will be the Circ Bover crew, who are sure to entertain with their Naïf show. Circ Bover's visit this year will be their second; the group's joyous and colourful production the 2014-2015 holiday season ensured a renewed invite this time round. Stilt-walkers, jugglers, acrobats and clowns will no doubt be just a part of Circ Bover's delirious festival.

Naïf is the Circ Bover group's newest street theatre production. Worlds apart from the passacaglie we knew growing up, Naïf is unarguably more artistic, more rooted in fantasy. Whether for the show's visual flare, elaborate costumes or unbelievable circus acts, Naïf is sure to win over even the most chilled holiday spectator.

Formentera's holiday selection of children's theatre is organised by Sa Xerxa, promoting youth theatre in the Balearic Islands, and the Formentera Council. Support has also been provided by Obra Social “La Caixa”, l'Institut d'Estudis Baleàrics, Fundació Baleària and Trasmapi.

-Pinotxo Bric à Brac. 3 January, 5:30 p.m. Cinema.
-Conta'm el món. 4 January, 5:30 p.m. Marià Villangómez library.
-Naïf. 5 January, 4 p.m. at the la Savina port; 5:50 p.m. at Plaça de la Constitució, Sant Francesc. Royal cavalcade and street show.

Sa Xerxa
Sa Xerxa – youth theatre in the Balearic Islands is a nonprofit organisation which since 2003 has endeavoured to support and promote theatre productions for children and young people in the Balearics.

The group not only promotes but participates in public and private initiatives fomenting the performing arts, leisure and artistic and cultural productions in general.

Sa Xerxa's hallmark project is FIET, or Balearic Islands youth theatre fair, which has been taken place every year in Vilafranca de Bonany since 2002. FIET brings together thousands of people and scores of theatre companies and performance professionals. It acts as a forum to exhibit the best in local Balearic and offshore performance art.

In recent years, Sa Xerxa has begun promoting other projects like the Formentera holiday selection of theatre, the Maó children's theatre festival and the Montuïri summer festival.

Sa Xerxa also works to promote dramaturges in the making with the Guillem d'Efak award for children and youth who have written texts for theatrical production. For kids interested in the production side of stage productions, Sa Xerxa puts on two different competitions (PD'F and BÒTIL).

Finally, a part of Sa Xerxa's work includes bringing theatre to residents of the countryside. TAP (for 'theatre in towns') visits Formentera as part of the Sant Jaume holidays, 25 July, and is yet another initiative aimed at helping schools, organisations and local administrations bring quality theatre to youth audiences.

For more information please contact head of organising at Sa Xerxa, Àngela Jaume, 666505301.


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