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Class in session at School of Music and Dance of Formentera

foto 2022x fi de curs EDMFThe 2022-2023 school year is now under way at the School of Music and Dance of Formentera (Escola de Música i Dansa de Formentera, EMDF), with some 203 students enrolled at the start of lessons last week. Twelve music teachers and three dance instructors impart "elementary" official studies and "non-regulated" professional classes.

Susana Labrador, councillor of education and culture, wished all students an auspicious start to the year and hoped that "young and old can enjoy the offer and deepen their knowledge of music and dance, whether as casual amateurs or on a more professional track".

Course catalogue:

MUSIC
-Official Music Studies (ages eight and up)
Instruments: flute, guitar, piano, trumpet and clarinet.

-Non-regulated studies (eight and up)
Instruments: flute, piccolo, clarinet, saxophone, trumpet, French horn, trombone, euphonium and tuba.

-Traditional music workshop (four and up)
Local folk instruments: drum, castanets and flute. Levels: Initiation I; Initiation II; Continuation I and Continuation II.

-Initiation to music (five to eight)
Participants discover instruments and music theory through songs and games.

-Independent Professional Studies
Tailored to individual student needs (prerequisite: elementary studies from a state-accredited school or conservatory).

-Percussion Workshop
Students are familiarised with an array of rhythms and percussion instruments.

-Formentera Polyphonic Choir
Free activity. Previous knowledge of music not required.

-Band
Composed essentially of wind instruments. One hour of group training with student's chosen instrument, one hour of targeted music theory and one hour of band practice.

DANCE
-Modern (eight and up): Study and practice of choreographies. Techniques include jazz and various current styles such as funk and hip-hop.

-Intro to dance (three to eight): By gaining familiarity with their bodies and movement, children can explore, learn, express themselves and create through movement. Techniques: classical and contemporary dance.

-Flamenco workshop (adults): Participants learn basic techniques required to dance flamenco. Basic body positioning, spins, footwork and identification of styles and rhythms. Brief theoretical study of the style of chosen choreography. Workshop tailored to the level of the group.

-Classical dance workshop (adults): Participants learn basic techniques required to dance ballet. Basic body positioning, spins, footwork and identification of styles and rhythms. Brief theoretical study of the style of chosen choreography. Workshop tailored to the level of the group.

-Official Dance Studies: (eight and up). Distributed in four courses: Classical dance, Spanish dance and music applied to dance.

Elementary instruction focuses on basic study of classical dance technique, knowledge of Spanish dance and origins and music applied to dance. The four courses of Elementary Dance Studies are a critical stage in the development of the dancer and serve as the foundation of correct and effective technique. The ideal age for these studies is between eight and twelve years old.

4 October 2022
Communications Office
Consell de Formentera

Start of Joan Marí Cardona Local Studies lecture series

foto 2022x jornades estudis localsA lecture given yesterday by Raquel González and Carmen Castelló titled 'Lateen sailing on Formentera: in everyday life and the imprint on society and culture' marked the start of the Formentera Office of Heritage's Joan Marí Cardona Local Studies lecture series.

Day one of the week-long series also served to present the 2018, 2019 and 2020 issues of Formentera, a review which, in the two years since its revival, has brought updated editions of every issue published since 2015. As Raquel Guasch, councillor of heritage pointed out, a 2020 edition of the review has also been put together with the articles that were never presented due to COVID-19.

Lectures continue all this week from 7.00pm in the Consell de Formentera auditorium (Sala de Plens). Admission is free and reservations are not required.

-Tuesday: Els pactes successoris: una antiga institució de rabiosa actualitat. (Succession agreements: an ancient institution of current relevance.) Olga Patricia Cardona Guasch
-Wednesday: Formentera a les revistes gràfiques del segle XX. Temàtiques recurrents a les publicacions periòdiques il·lustrades. (Formentera in graphic reviews of the 20th century: recurring themes in illustrated periodicals.) Joan-Albert Ribas Fuentes
-Thursday: Història del paisatge i gestió dels recursos vegetals a la Formentera prehistòrica. (Landscape history and management of plant resources on prehistoric Formentera.) Pau Sureda Torres
-Friday: La pedrera de moles de s'Estufador de Formentera. Correlacions i síntesi de les moleres de Balears. (The grinding stone quarry of S'Estufador, Formentera: current correlations and overview of Balearic grinding stones.) Joaquín Sánchez Navarro

4 October 2022
Communications Office
Consell de Formentera

Ten-part 'Xerrades' lecture series runs through May

The Formentera Office of Social Welfare has programmed ten instalments of "Talks for Families and Teachers" (Xerrades per a families i docents), a lecture series running October to May in the Consell de Formentera auditorium. The talks benefit from the collaboration of the Teachers' Resource Centre (Centre de Professorat).

Thursday 6 October at 5.00pm, the first of the talks, 'Screens: tools to protect ourselves from the risks of the Internet', will be given by Lluís Mulero, a cyberactivist in preventing digital addictions.

Rafael Ramírez, councillor of social welfare, described the aim of the lecture series as "helping families and teachers hone their skills to prevent problematic conduct like bullying and drug use". "The Xerrades series is a space for information and training, where experience exchanges and collective reflection serve as tools to improve learning and contribute to children's holistic development", said the councillor.

"Xerrades per a families" programme
6 October: 'Screens: tools to protect ourselves from the risks of the Internet' (Lluís Mulero)
3 November: 'We educate in positive: limits and consequences' (Cristina Torres)
24 November: 'Emotional education: from theory to practice' (Rafael Bisquerra)
15 December: 'Educating in diversity' (Neus Martorell and Carmen Muñoz)
28 January: 'The importance of educating: how to motivate' (Antoni Ballester)
2 February: 'Conflict management among peers' (Judit Besora)
9 March: 'The role of the father in parenting' (Rubén Rodríguez)
30 March: 'How to talk about drugs with youth' (Eva Font)
20 April: 'Educating without screens' (Marta Padra)
4 May: 'The best parents in the world are NOT perfect' (Carles Ventura)

Lectures start at 5.00pm in the Consell de Formentera auditorium (Sala de Plens, venda des Brolls, 7179, Sant Francesc). Childcare will be provided. Interested parties should reserve in advance by emailing educaciosocial@conselldeformentera.cat or calling 971 321 271.


29 September 2022
Communications Office
Consell de Formentera

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Open registration for 2022-2023 Catalan courses for adults

The Language Advisory Service (Servei d'Assessorament Lingüístic, SAL) of the Consell de Formentera is pleased to report that today to 11 October, registration is open for the latest round of Catalan classes for adults. During this first module of the 2022-2023 school year, eleven learning groups will be organised at the A2, B1, B2 and C1 levels to help students prepare for the next round of official Catalan exams, scheduled January 2023.

Raquel Guasch, councillor of language policy, described the aim of SAL as "ensuring our Catalan courses reach as many people as possible. That's why we tailor levels and schedules to the wide demand". Thus, this year classes will be an hour and a half long. As in 2021, learning will take place in the Catalan classrooms of the Espai Cultural de Sant Ferran during two weekly morning or afternoon/evening sessions.

Space is limited and students can only sign up for one group. On conclusion of registration and before the start of classes on 17 and 18 October, students will receive an email confirming successful enrolment in their desired group. Classes are free of charge.

28 September to 11 October
Registration for the courses starts Wednesday 28 September and ends Tuesday 11 October. Aspiring Catalan-language learners can register online through the Virtual Citizen Information Office (Oficina Virtual d'Atenció a la Ciutadania, OVAC) or in person at the Citizen Information Office (Oficina d'Atenció a la Ciutadania, OAC) at Carrer Ramon Llull, 6, Sant Francesc.

During module one, students may be placed in one of four beginners' groups (A2), two B1 groups, three B2 groups and two C1 groups. Information on days and times can be consulted at the time of registration.

Information
Level A2
- Mondays and Wednesdays, 9.15am to 10.45am
- Tuesdays and Thursdays, 9.15am to 10.45am
- Mondays and Wednesdays, 5.15pm to 6.45pm
- Tuesday and Thursday, 7.30pm to 9.00pm
Level B1
- Mondays and Wednesdays, 10.45am to 12.15pm
- Mondays and Wednesdays, 6.45pm to 8.15pm
Level B2
- Tuesdays and Thursdays, 9.15am to 10.45am
- Mondays and Wednesdays, 7.30pm to 9.00pm
- Tuesdays and Thursdays, 6.00pm to 7.30pm
Level C1
- Tuesdays and Thursdays, 10.45am to 12.15pm
- Mondays and Wednesdays, 6.00pm to 7.30pm

Registration: 28 September to 11 October
OAC (Carrer de Ramon Llull, 6, Sant Francesc)
OVAC

Free courses
Start: 17 and 18 October 2022
Location: Catalan classrooms, Espai Cultural de Sant Ferran (former Sant Ferran primary school)
End of courses will be determined based on scheduling of the official exams organised by the Balearic Directorate General of Language Policy.

28 September 2022
Communications Office
Consell de Formentera

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Open registration in painting, woodcarving, photography and Catalan for adults

The Formentera Offices of Culture and Education and Language Advisory Service are pleased to announce the island's wide-ranging autumn-winter offer of courses and workshops mixing leisure and education for adults.

Two perennial classics –Teresa Matilla's creation and painting workshop (l'Aula d'Art) and Aaron Keydar's woodcarving atelier– are back. Students in "the Art Classroom" (afternoons November to March, exact times TBA) will explore various painting techniques, creativity, personal growth and emotion. Aaron Keydar has offered his woodcarving workshop since 2014, and the latest round will take shape Tuesday and Friday afternoons from November to March.

This year also marks a return for photographer José Antonio Arribas's course in digital photography. The beginners' course will last twelve hours and run 21 to 30 November. Learning will be both theory-based and hands-on, with students learning a variety of photographic techniques both in and out of the classroom. The course is for people who want to get the most out of their reflex camera or work in depth with a range of photographic disciplines.

Classes are at the new Espai Cultural de Sant Ferran and islanders under 25, retirees and people with an accredited disability of 33% or more enjoy a 30% discount on course fees.

For its part, the Language Advisory Service offers free Catalan courses for adults. Signups start 28 September and run until 11 October.

Early registration
Aspiring students can sign up early at the Citizen Information Office (Oficina d'Atenció a la Ciudadania, OAC) and, online, through the Virtual Citizen Information Office (OVAC) starting 28 September.

26 September 2022
Communications Office
Consell de Formentera

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Av. de Pius Tur, s/n  · 07860
Sant Francesc · Formentera
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