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Formentera encourages islanders: this Christmas, buy local

foto 2018 compra a casaTrade secretary Alejandra Ferrer met today with Pep Mayans and Lydia Álvarez, the chairman and managing director of the association of small and medium-sized businesses in the Pityusics (PIMEF), and Llorenç Córdoba from the local chamber of commerce, in presenting a special Christmas edition of an island-wide drive known as “Compra a Casa”.  

Ferrer counted 31 local businesses that have joined the campaign since its December 2016 launch, and the 1,717 Formentera shoppers with Compra a Casa loyalty cards, consumers' ticket to big discounts. The programme, Ferrer said, is about supporting independent businesses on the island and enlisting consumers and merchants both in enlivening Formentera streets.

Buying local pays off
Two measures have been introduced as part of the buy-local push. The first, “Al Nadal Compra a Casa” (Buy local this Christmas), rewards shoppers for buying at participating stores with €200, €100 and €50 Compra a Casa gift cards for the first-, second- and third-place winners.

With the second measure, “Anar al Mercat de Nadal té premi” (The Christmas Market pays off), shoppers get a ticket for every €15 spent at the Christmas Market, and five lucky ticket holders will be selected to win a €100 Compra a Casa gift card. The drawing will take place on Thursday, January 10, 2018.

PIMEF director Lidia Álvarez explained that in 2018, card-holding shoppers spent €1,121,843 at participating Compra a Casa businesses. That added up to €21,689 in discounts.

Decorating storefronts for the holidays
The Formentera Council is teaming up with the chamber of commerce to organise the twelfth Concurs d'Aparadorisme Nadalenc (“Christmas Window Decoration Contest”). Businesses wishing to participate have until November 30 to sign up.

Winners will be announced December 4. The first prize includes €225, the second comes with €150 and the third-place winner will receive €75. The three winners will be sent home with a commemorative plaque as well.

Tradition, culture and gastronomy on menu in Sant Francesc

foto festes sant francesc 2018 1The Formentera Council's culture department presents the activities programme to mark the patron saint festivities of Sant Francesc on Monday December 3.

The day gets going at 10.00am in jardí de ses Eres with Es Forn gastronomy group serving up an octopus dish called frita de polp and priced to move fast.

As per tradition, after food there will be a noontime mass to honour the town's patron saint, and revellers will set off on a procession at 1.00pm. Tracing a route around the church, the procession will ultimately arrive back at the square in time for traditional dance and orelletes, a local snack.

Then, at 2.00pm in the festival tent beside sa Senieta, Es Forn will host lunch—arròs de matances.

Back at jardí de ses Eres, Associació Reis Mags will stage a 5.00pm playtime session for children. Things will quiet down until 8.00pm, at which point the association will invite islanders out for a barbecue, or torrada, complete with music from Veronica San Juan. Just around the corner at the same time, the Sala d'Exposicions will host the vernissage of a group Christmas art exhibit.

The day's action will come to an end at 10.30pm with an acoustic concert at the Christmas market.

The latest edition of the John Tunks Memorial Mini Marathon will start in plaça de la Constitució at 10.00am on Thursday December 6.

Formentera newest member of Barnasants cultural initiative

foto barnasants 2The culture department of the Formentera Council has clinched a partnership agreement with the República de Cultura association covering a two-pronged effort—hosting “cultural project” Barnasants here on the island and booking Formentera artists at the 2019 Barnasants in Barcelona.

Formentera, the first in the archipelago to partner with the Barnasants initiative, hopes to cultivate a network of independent artisans of culture in the Catalan-speaking territories to put cultural and language-related initiatives within the reach of islanders, specifically young people and artists.

It seeks moreover to amplify representations of the cultural and ecological realities on the island and raise their profile in other areas of the country where Catalan is spoken.

Culture secretary Susana Labrador praised the framework of the deal, predicting it would “give Formentera residents the opportunity to enjoy two festival acts here locally, and, in turn, be a chance to catapult homespun musical culture to Barcelona stages”.


Projecte Cultural Barnasants began 24 years ago in Barcelona as a sounding board for independent musicians in the winter.

Today it is, for considerable swaths of Catalan-speaking territories, the leading festival of independent songwriting and has grown to become the top cultural initiative of its kind in Europe. With more than 100 performances scheduled every year, Barnasants serves as a vehicle for both established musical powerhouses and emerging talent.

Important deals have filled in to promote partnerships and exchanges with festivals and cultural initiatives in Italy, Occitània, Latin America and the Basque Country. Among other distinctions, Barnasants has been at the receiving end of the Catalonia Generalitat's National Culture Award and Barcelona's Medal of Honour (both in 2012).

What's truly special, according to festival director Pere Camps, “is Barnasants' awareness that culture is a crucial part of social change and progress”. “That's why when it comes to independent music on the margins of what's fashionable, marketable or industry-friendly”, Camps says, “we're in it for keeps”.

This winter and in spring 2019—in February and April—two Barnasants concerts will take place on Formentera. Local singer-songwriter Maria José Cardona will be tasked with representing the island in the Barcelona edition.

Resident services, urban upgrades, green policy and local heritage hold spotlight in 2019 budget

foto pressupostos 2019 1At 11.00am this Wednesday Formentera Council chairman Jaume Ferrer was joined in the Sala d'Actes by Bartomeu Escandell, his administration's deputy chair and tax office secretary, for a first-look at the Formentera Council's projected 2019 budget. The total forecast, which tops €30.1 million, is up 12.25% from last year.

That change was possible thanks to an 33% uptick in regional funding (including €9.1 million unlocked by legislation aimed at boosting money for the distinct islands of the archipelago) and the hand-off of powers to promote tourism. Compensation for Formentera's participation in national devolved regional taxes, nearly €4.5 million, is also up 7.8%.

Secretary Escandell said the proposed budget “is about consolidating, both staff and operations, and finding a way to deliver all the services we're committed to on Formentera”. He described the vast majority of spending as “designed to make Formentera more liveable” citing “urban upgrades, heritage recovery and sustainability measures for the environment and mobility”.

According to the tax office chief, most of the investment in the 2019 budget relies on the Council's own cash reserves—proof, he said, “that Formentera is well-equipped to steer such policy”. “This year Formentera will return its debt level to zero”, he confided, “a clear sign the Council is financially fit and can get on just fine without outside financial support”.

The budget projects €10.8 million for employee pay. In the coming year, new facilities like la Savina's nautical sports centre, the cultural venue at la Mola's lighthouse, a funeral home, an elderly care home, a programme to regulate mooring at Estany des Peix and the planned tourism observatory included in the power hand-off on tourism promotion.

Current spending, moreover, has stabilised at approximately €11 million, with contracts for waste collection and cleaning accounting for the lion's share. Real investment is also up—from €4.5 million last year to an expected €6.2 million in 2019.

Projected cash flow
Gains from direct levies—forecasted to approach €6.4 million—echo the figures seen last year and in 2017, marking an overall stabilisation of tax earnings.

Current transfers are projected to climb as well, going from €12.4 million in 2018 to €14.3 million in 2019.

Investment criteria
In 2018 the Formentera Council's total direct investment on the island will total €6.2 million. Privileged areas of investment include continued upgrades to urban areas and tourism infrastructure, with projects in Sant Ferran like improvements on avinguda Joan Castelló i Guasch in Sant Ferran (€1.8 million), a children's park (€210,000) and a fitness circuit (€100,000) as well as a designated green space to the east of Sant Francesc and a skate park (€170,000).

Path-breaking solutions in sustainable mobility and green retrofitting are both set to get priority as well. Such measures include regulation schemes for moorage at Estany des Peix (€650,000) and inbound automobiles (€350,000) as well as a bid from within the CiF office of patrimony to build a museum into la Mola's lighthouse (€140,000). Other initiatives like funding for operations and participation at the Consell d'Entitats (€325,000) and incorporating investment in the group's selected projects (€635,000) reflect the Council's ongoing commitment to promoting citizen participation.

Lastly, a nearly €2 million residence for the aged and €200,000 for construction related to the island's anticipated funeral parlour mean investment in infrastructure and basic services hitherto unavailable on Formentera.

The Formentera Council is working to cement its role as service provider and advocate for decent employment. This year the administration will restore the 35-hour work week for the 330 islanders it employs (27.5% more than at the start of the legislative term).

Christmas on Formentera

foto-campanya-nadal-2018-2The Formentera Council has announced the activities programme for this year's holiday season, a full lineup with something for everyone from children and teens to families.  It all but promises a one of a kind holiday season studded in yuletide charm.

Things get rolling Friday November 30 with the kickoff of the 2018-2019 Christmas market. With vendors and stall tenders once again setting up next to Sant Francesc's plaça de la Constitució, the Mercat Nadalenc (or Mercat de Nadal) is equal parts Christmas-time hangout spot and gift-idea bonanza. Live music and activities specially tuned for youngsters are scheduled through January 7.

This year's Christmas activities programme budget was €35,000.

Activities for children
On Saturday December 29 and again January 18, 19 and 21 the island plays host to the twelfth Mostra d'Espectacles Infantils, an eclectic array of programming designed to spice up the Christmas holidays for Formentera's youngest. The programme begins with Tatanka, a family-friendly show in which Minúcia Teatre use the language of clowns to recount Suli and Monyaco's adventures in a world vastly different from the one they know. The all-ages production, an experience in American Indian culture and civilisation, begins at 6.00pm on Saturday December 29 in the cinema (Sala de Cultura).

The Mostra picks up again at 6.00pm on Friday January 18 with Xènia Fuertes's Engrunes musicals, a music-filled production for children ages zero to three at Sala de Cultura.

On Saturday January 19, the Zum-Zum company presents Formentera audiences with La gallina dels ous d'or. This tale of poverty, wealth and greed, in which the key lesson is that riches are but romantic tales, starts at Sala de Cultura at 6.00pm.

The final act—storytime at Biblioteca Marià Villangómez—happens Monday January 21. On Thursday December 13 the library will also be the scene of a workshop in which children four and up will cut out literary snippets and use them to make a Christmas tree.

On Friday December 14, the small plaza in Sant Ferran's carrer Guillem de Montgrí will welcome one event in particular—a performance of Christmas carols, or nadales—that has quite rapidly become a local sensation. This year's Cantada de Nadales features the pupils of el Pilar de la Mola, Mestre Lluís Andreu and Sant Ferran de ses Roques primary schools as well as the municipal band. Hot chocolate will follow, with options for those with gluten and lactose intolerances.

Then it's the return of another Christmas mainstay, Diverespai. From December 15 to 19 and mornings 9.30am to 1.30pm and afternoons from 4.00pm to 8.00pm, young ones can take part in an assortment of activities.

Youth centre
On Saturday December 3, youth from Formentera's drop-in centre, the Casal de Joves, is staging a batucada—an African-flavoured Brasilian drum session—and a demonstration of street dance at the Christmas market. The Casal is putting together a string of other activities this Christmas, where participants can craft their own Christmas decorations, enjoy hot cocoa, or take in a documentary.   

Performing arts and literature
Wednesday December 12 at Biblioteca Marià Villangómez, Maite Ferrer will host a discussion of Lluís Ferrer and Juan Escandell's book Història d'Eivissa i Formentera.

For theatre fiends, Baal will fuse dance and interactive tech in Travelling, is Thursday and Friday (December 13 and 14).

Evening of concerts
December 15 is unquestionably a heavy-hitter of the 2018 holiday programme, with performances in the Sant Ferran festival tent by Ramon Mirabet and Projecte Mut.

Ramon Mirabet, a native of Sant Feliu de Llobregat, will get the night started with a freshly energetic take on his normal shows. Expect some of the new songs to turn up on Mirabet's forthcoming third album.

Ibiza outfit Projecte Mut will shut the party down with a mix of material from recent release “La Vida Rima” and old crowd favourites. David Serra and Joan Barbé's collaboration finds the singer-songwriter and musician-producer pair exploring the depths of folk-rock as they pivot from original lyrics to texts penned by some of the finest poets of the Països Catalans.

Nativity and Father Christmas
December 15 at 4.00pm, the students of the Verge Miraculosa school will stage a Christmas nativity scene in the cinema (Sala de Cultura). Then, December 20, the children of the island have a visit from old Saint Nick to look forward to. Santa Claus will be at the Sant Ferran holiday tent from 5.30pm, the hot chocolate comes later.

Of course, hometown culture and traditions are essential, too. In that spirit, the local gastronomy enthusiasts of Es Forn are inviting moonlighting chefs to a clinic on a local favourite—salsa de Nadal—in jardí de ses Eres at 11.00am.

Plus, for Wednesday December 26, a day recognised locally as Sant Esteve Day, the “Three Kings' association” is doing its part to revive another homespun tradition: the Mitjana Festa de Nadal, or “Half Christmas”. Caroling, traditional dance and a concert at the Christmas market.

Evening entertainment
The evening of December 29, the Kings will be in Sant Ferran to celebrate nine years as an association with an evening of dance, barbecue and good music at the festival tent erected for the holiday season. The entertainment programme will continue December 31 as well, Formentera's final send-off to 2018. The last night of the year (and technically one hour into January 1), Bruxa Express will ring in 2019 with a show marked by rollicking pop/rock covers.

The Three Wise Men pay Formentera kids a visit
As is tradition, Thursday January 5 at 4.30pm the Three Wise Men (“the Three Kings of the Orient” as they are more commonly known here) are expected at the harbour in la Savina. From there the entire cavalcade will set out on its tour of the island, preceded on each stop by Campi Qui Pugui's performance Rats! At 5.30pm the cavalcade is awaited at Sant Francesc's plaça de la Constitució, at 7.00pm in Sant Ferran, and at 8.00pm they will make the trek up to la Mola.

Group art show
From December 3 to January 7, a Christmas exhibition from a group of local artists will be on display, Monday through Saturday, 11.00am to 2.00pm and 5.00 to 7.00pm. Catch the show's contributing artists at the vernissage on Monday the 3rd at 8.00pm.

Award for best window display
As in years past, the chamber of commerce for Eivissa and Formentera is once again pairing with the Formentera Council to organise the 11th Annual Christmas Window-dressing Contest, push to promote festive Christmas decorations at local businesses.

From all of us at the Formentera Council, happy holidays, and as we say, “Molts anys i bons!!!”

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