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Es Pujols’ Urban Mile this Sunday

cartell 2021 milla urbanaThe Formentera Department of Sport is pleased to announce that Sunday 18 July the town of Es Pujols will hold its 36th Urban Mile and 5K run. Interested parties can sign up till Saturday at www.elitechip.net, and registration is capped at 100 runners per category.

Department chief Paula Ferrer reported she was “thrilled to see one of the island’s oldest races back after a one-year hiatus”, and applauded the organising efforts of Grup Esportiu Espalmador.

Runners will set out at 10.00am on Es Pujols’ Avinguda Miramar before criss-crossing the town on a roughly 800m circuit. Participants in the Urban Mile must complete two laps; 5K challengers do three times as many, plus an additional 200m. Under-14 challengers will do an entire lap and under-10s will do half. Trials are expected to finish at approximately 12 noon.

13 July 2021
Communications Department
Consell de Formentera

‘Isla’ is family theatre that 'transcends limits'

foto 2021 islaThe Formentera Department of Culture is pleased to announce that Monday 19 July, the D’Click theatre company will regale local audiences with “Isla”, a family show about the dreams (and hallucinations) of three shipwrecked characters whose only hope lies in one another.

In a story that reflects on the wisdom of seeking refuge at sea and capsizing on an island, the characters of “Isla” overcome the limits of their island in unlikely situations and with the strangest of strategies. Based on an earlier study of body and movement in which circus-esque devices like acrobatics and the Chinese pole function as performative languages, the show is a reminder of the thin line between physical theatre and dance, circus and risk, magic and dream.

“Isla” won Aragon’s Performing Arts Revelation Award in 2016 and the Best Circus Show award the following year. It also won first prize at the 2017 Noctívagos street theatre competition and the Circada Award in 2019.

The troupe
Since 2010, D’Click have believed that the best way to emotionally engage a crowd is through an intermingling of distinct classes of performing arts. The company has performed at national and international festivals like Umore Azoka Festival, Trayectos Danza Festival, Festival de Tàrrega, Villarreal Festival, TAC Festival (Valladolid), FITICH Festival (Chile), Ovar Festival (Portugal), Pirineos Sur Festival, International Performing Arts Festival of Querétaro Mexico and more.

Tickets to the limited-seating production in the Marc Ferrer Secondary School courtyard are available at
www.entradesformentera.cat. The show starts at 7.30pm and is part of 2021 Sant Jaume programme.


13 July 2021
Communications Department
Consell de Formentera

Formentera fetes Sant Jaume with concerts, family entertainment and exhibitions

cartell 2021 festes de sant JaumeThe feast day of the island’s patron saint is approaching, and the Formentera Department of Culture is pleased to present a programme of hometown and international artists, musical performances, fun-for-the-whole-family shows, exhibitions and more to celebrate Sant Jaume (St James) between 13 July and 7 August.

Department chief Susana Labrador welcomed the chance to “put together a programme to make Formentera’s diada great, safe, family-friendly and traditional”.

Diada de Formentera
From 8.00pm on the 24th, the courtyard of the La Mola lighthouse will be the backdrop as the island honours recipients of the Sant Jaume Awards. Attendees must arrive 30 minutes early so seating can be done in an orderly manner.

Next day at the same time, the Sant Francesc church will hold a traditional St James’ Day Mass, followed by, from 9.00pm, a demonstration of folk dance in Plaça de la Constitució.

Cultural activities
The Sant Jaume kick-off happens Tuesday 13 July with Pilar Aldea’s “Residir l’instant” opening in two separate venues: Ajuntament Vell until 31 July, and Far de la Mola until 16 October.

The Ajuntament Vell installation features 66 photographs from the artist’s INSTANTS series and seven pieces of photo patchwork Aldea calls “residences”. The Far de la Mola experience revolves around a nine-minute video loop dubbed “COMÚ”, plus eleven other residences and the poetic text “Llàtzars”. “Residir l’instant” grapples with the permanent stillness of photography and the potential to alter it by acting on imagery.
The Ajuntament Vell show opens at 7.00pm on Tuesday 13 July, and the Far de la Mola show opens at 10.00am a day later.

As part of Cinema a la Fresca on Tuesday 27 July, islanders who catch the open-air screening of Charlie Chaplin’s Shoulder Arms will also be treated to pianist Jota Hidalgo’s live interpretation of the film’s soundtrack. The show starts at 10.00pm in Jardí de ses Eres.

Children’s activities
For family fun on Monday 19 July, D’Click’s “Isla” begins in the dreams (and hallucinations) of three shipwrecked characters who will need each other if they are to take back the reins of their destiny.

As “Isla” reflects on the wisdom of seeking refuge at sea and capsizing on an island, the show’s characters overcome the limits of their island in unlikely situations and with the strangest of strategies. Based on an earlier study of body and movement in which circus-esque devices like acrobatics and the Chinese pole function as performative languages, the show is a reminder of the thin line between physical theatre and dance, circus and risk, magic and dream.

Tickets to the 7.30pm, limited-seating production of “Isla” in the courtyard of Marc Ferrer Secondary School are available at www.entradesformentera.cat.

Musical entertainment
On Friday the 23rd, the Formentera Department of Youth presents Nit Jove, an evening of live performances starting with Miquel Tur and ending with Donuts Hole. First, Miquel Tur. Together the group’s namesake (and Formentera-born) frontman, the Escola Superior de Música de Catalunya-trained musicians in Miquel Tur’s four-piece band embrace styles spanning folk and pop to deliver a full-throated, roaring repertoire of original songs and contemporary covers. Next up, Donuts Hole are a five-piece outfit that occupy the terrain between alternative metal and metal-core. Genres aside, the band wrap forcefulness, melody and ambience into a tempest of emotions.
The shows start at 9.30pm in the courtyard of Sa Senieta in Sant Francesc. Seating will be limited and all Covid health and safety measures will be enforced.

Sant Jaume—Eve and Feast
On Saturday the 24th, it’s the return of Catalan music man Ramon Mirabet. Backed by a band, Mirabet will play tracks off his third album, Begin again.
The show starts at 10.00pm in the Sant Ferran school playground. Tickets for the limited-seating event are available at www.entradesformentera.cat.

On Sunday the 25th, the five-piece band supporting pianist/composer Clara Peya promise a concert experience that is wholly unique. Peya, a pianist and composer with a frenetic life story oscillating between music, theatre and activism, is considered one of the most original creators on the Spanish music scene today.

Tickets for the 10.00pm, limited-seating show in Sa Senieta are available at www.entradesformentera.cat.

From 10.00pm on Saturday 7 August, onlookers at Sant Francesc’s Plaça de la Constitució will enjoy the time-tested Jazz a la Plaça programme courtesy of special guests Gianni Gagliardi Trio. The sound, originality and artistic integrity of the band’s Barcelona-bred leader have taken the group round the world in a flurry of situations, from jazz to flamenco.

Sports
The patron saint celebrations will include sports, too, and the John Tunks Memorial Tennis and Padel Tournament will play out on the municipal courts 23–25 July. Signups can be completed at the courts prior to 21 July and all registration fees will go to charity.

Also on Sunday 25 July, Formentera’s synchronised swim club will give a special demonstration in the Antoni Blanc Sports Centre swimming pool. Tickets to the limited-seating event can be booked in advance by calling 607 546 881.

Labrador closed by thanking the event’s collaborators, particularly Trasmapi for their support of hometown celebrations and homegrown culture. All events, activities and shows will be held in compliance with current health and safety rules to prevent spread of covid-19.

12 July 2021
Communications Department
Consell de Formentera

Pilar Aldea’s latest show preaches ‘living the moment’

foto 2021 residirBThe Formentera Department of Culture is pleased to announce that from Tuesday 13 July, an exhibition from artist Pilar Aldea will take up residence in two separate spaces: “Residir l’instant” will be on view at Ajuntament Vell gallery till 31 July and at the Far de la Mola cultural and educational space till 16 October.

The Ajuntament Vell installation features 66 photographs from the artist’s INSTANTS series and seven pieces of photo patchwork Aldea calls “residences”. The Far de la Mola experience revolves around a nine-minute video loop dubbed “COMÚ”, plus eleven other residences and the poetic text “Llàtzars”. “Residir l’instant” grapples with the permanent stillness of photography and the potential to alter it by acting on imagery.
The Ajuntament Vell show opens at 7.00pm on Tuesday 13 July, and the Far de la Mola show opens at 10.00am a day later. Aldea put it thus: “Photographic subjects are suspended in time, trapped in an instant, surrounded by the circumstance in which he or she resides at that moment. They’ve been crystallised in a lifeless space; the photograph, in some sense, is dead weight... Finding a liberating Lazarus effect to ease the burden of the gaze became crucial, and between readings and musings I washed up on the shores of Ortega y Gasset, and his reflections on circumstance. It led me to focus on the images that run through his distinct worlds, my assumption being that to alter their ‘here’ would create a new ‘now’ and generate a flash of life”.

Aldea received her undergraduate degree in image at Madrid’s CEV School of Communication, Image and Sound in 2002. Solo and in group, she has showed photos at an array of venues including Palacio de la Audiencia (Soria), María Zambrano Library of Madrid’s Universidad Complutense, JustMAD at the Official College of Architects of Madrid and Conde Duque Cultural Centre (Madrid). In 2019, she unveiled “Semblen cordes” at Ajuntament Vell as part of the Formentera Film Festival.

In 1994, Aldea started Consulta Films, a production company split between Brussels and Madrid which she helped run until 2009. Two years later, with the help of Como Mola Productions, she started a participatory project focused on filmmaking, sharing its first fruits at the Formentera Film Festival. She has remained a collaborator since then, presenting her short film “EDÈN” at last year’s edition.

A member of the Espai_F collective since 2015, Pilar Aldea has had strong ties with the island since 1988, and currently lives in La Mola.

“Residir l’instant” opens Tuesday 13 July at 7.00pm. It can be seen at Ajuntament Vell gallery from 11.00am to 2.00pm and 7.00pm to 9.00pm until 31 July (closed Sundays and Monday mornings). It can be seen at Far de la Mola from 10.00am to 2.00pm on Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays and from 10.00am to 2.00pm and 5.00pm to 9.00pm on Wednesdays and Sundays.


12 July 2021
Communications Department
Consell de Formentera

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