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Holiday programme heralds the return of Christmas magic to Formentera

foto 2021 programacio nadalToday the Formentera Office of Culture presented the programme of activities for the Christmas holiday season. On the docket are various all-ages activities including family shows, exhibitions, concerts, visits from Father Christmas and the Three Wise Men among other functions designed to instil the Christmas spirit. Once more this year events will continue to be adapted to new public health regulations following the COVID-19 crisis.

Consell de Formentera President Ana Juan wished islanders "very happy holidays...surely this year we can celebrate better than last". President Juan insisted that responsibility would be key to being able to enjoy the holidays, and praised the collaboration and commitment "of all those who make this possible, from the Three Kings Association to all the groups, businesses and restaurant owners involved in the activities".

For her part, Susana Labrador, Councillor of Culture and Education, said the island's government had made an effort "to organise an extensive programme with activities aimed at all audiences" and added that "as is normal at this time of year, the youngest members of the family will often be the stars of the show". Councillor Labrador also applauded collaborating associations for their help bringing the magic of Christmas to young and old.

Children's activities

Wednesday 1 December at the Sant Ferran library connection (Punt de Lectura) Maria Vila will lead workshop participants in decorating Christmas cards with watercolors and special lettering. This workshop is for children from three to ten years old.

Saturday 11 December marks the arrival on Formentera of "Tina, la bruixa fina". The main character in this musical puppet show is a very clever little witch keen to learn the secrets of her trade. To do this, she has the help of Tomassot, an older, experienced witch. It is a fun musical where children will have a great time. Islanders can catch "Tina, la bruixa fina" at 6.00pm Saturday 11 December and tickets can be purchased at www.entradesformentera.cat.

On Friday 17 December children can connect to the Facebook page of the Marià Villangómez Library (Biblioteca Marià Villangómez) to take part in Maristela Campana's online recycling workshop.

Children are invited to log in again on Wednesday 22 December for a story time session from Xènia Fuertes.

Casal de Joves

On Friday 17 December the youth drop-in centre will host an evening of games. Six to sixteen year olds can come from 5.00pm to 7.00pm and over-16s are welcome from 7.30pm to 9.30pm. At 5.00pm on Saturday 18 December the Casal will stage a Christmas decoration workshop. 21 and 22 December, the Formentera Office of Youth presents a visit of the royal pages to schools. From 5.00pm that Wednesday 22 December the Casal will host a Christmas greetings workshop and from 6.00pm on Thursday 30 December the Casal bids farewell to 2021.

Traditional cooking workshop

On 1 December (7.00pm) and 21 December (5.00pm) respectively, at the IES Marc Ferrer, the Es Forn Association will offer some traditional cooking workshops. Participants in the first session will learn how to cook a good arroç de matances and, on the second, the traditional salsa de Nadal.

Concerts

Music will also be at the forefront during the Christmas holidays. From 11.00pm on Saturday 18 December, the Catalan group Ebri Knight promise a rollicking performance in the Sa Senieta festival tent. Admission is free and capacity limited.

On Sunday 12 December, the Sala de Cultura (Cinema) will host flute and piano performances from Úrsula Pomar and José Jaime Hidalgo. This concert will take place at 8.30pm and tickets can be purchased at www.entradesformentera.cat.

In addition, the Children's Choir of the School of Music and the Polyphonic Choir of Formentera will offer a concert of Christmas carols in the Church of Sant Francesc from 8.00pm on Tuesday 21 December. Admission is free and capacity limited.

Father Christmas

Saint Nick returns to Formentera to bring all the magic of Christmas to the children of the island. This year's visit happens Tuesday 21 December in the Sala de Cultura (Cinema) during a 5.00pm and 7.00pm session. Admission is free, but attendees must reserve seats on www.entradesformentera.cat.

New Year's Eve

For New Year's Eve the Consell presents special music in a public playlist called Nadal 2021. The selection has been curated by Formentera Musical and the list will be available on Spotify.

The Three Wise Men visit Formentera

The Consell de Formentera and the Three Kings Association are working to host a safe visit to the island from the Three Kings of the East. A detailed poster will be available in days ahead.

Cultural programming

On Monday 13 December the "Ajuntament Vell" exhibition space welcomes the classic Christmas Exhibition with assorted local artists. The display will open Monday to Saturday from 11.00am to 2.00pm and from 6.00pm to 8.00pm. Contributing artists will be on hand for the 6.00pm opening on Monday 13 December and the show will continue until 8 January 2022.

Christmas Market

Opening Friday 3 December and running parallel with the annual Festes de Sant Francesc is the 2021-2022 Christmas Market. Retail stalls will once again be located in Plaça de la Constitució, opening from 10.30am to 1.30pm and 5.00pm to 8.00pm, Monday to Saturday. (They will be closed in the evening from Monday to Wednesday in the second and third week of the month [13-15 and 20-22 December].) Food and drinks stalls will open 12 noon to 3.30pm and 6.00pm to 10.00pm until 6 January 2022.

3 December will also feature a 6.00pm lighting ceremony. This year's decorations include a new Christmas tree, as well as lights at roundabouts and on local streets. Roughly 225 units of Christmas decorations have been installed on lampposts, building façades and trees, while posters have gone up streetside, in squares and at roundabouts of the various towns of the island. One hundred percent of the devices used are high-efficiency LED lights.

Prize for best shop window

In a bid to promote a festive holiday atmosphere at local shops, the Chamber of Commerce of Eivissa and Formentera and the Consell de Formentera have teamed up to host the annual Christmas Window Dressing Contest. First prize be awarded 13 Monday December.

Additional support

This year's holiday programme was made possible thanks to support from Three Kings Association, Es Forn Association, Trasmapi, Institut d'Estudis Baleàrics, Formentera Musical.


1 December 2021
Communications Office
Consell de Formentera

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Christmas card workshop

The Formentera Office of Culture is pleased to report that from 5.00pm next Wednesday 1 December, Maria Vila will show children at the Reading Spot (Punt de Lectura) of Sant Ferran's Espai Cultural how to make Christmas cards with watercolour paints and special lettering.

Participants aged three to ten will learn the basics of modern calligraphy, make Christmas-themed illustrations and turn pieces of cardboard into one-of-a-kind postcards.

26 November 2021
Communications Office
Consell de Formentera

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"Ara jo/Ahora yo", Valencian Ana Alonso Cantos's photo exhibition on social and gender violence

For International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, next Monday 22 November at 6.00pm in the Sala d'Exposicions "Ajuntament Vell", the Valencia-born and Formentera-based Ana Alonso Cantos will pull the curtain back on "Ara jo/Ahora yo", a photography exhibition.

Alonso says a fashion photo shoot was the catalyst that roused "some concerns [she] had been carrying inside for a long time". The artist describes what ensued as "a struggle over gender-based abuse and the ideas I received at home about the role of justice in all of it".

Alonso says the project was born "from the need to express my concerns and experiences about social and gender violence, and to add a critical voice to this struggle in which everyone must start participating".

The subtle look that Alonso offers in the show succeeds in representing the rawest of her personal experiences, "so similar or equal to those of so many other women," she asserts.

"Ara jo/Ahora yo" is on display from 23 November to 4 December 2021, Monday to Saturday from 11.00am to 2.00pm and from 6.00pm to 8.00pm; the gallery is closed on Sundays and Monday mornings.

Biography

Ana Alonso Cantos is from Valencia and has lived on Formentera for five years. She studied artistic photography from 2010 to 2013 at the School of Art of Design of Valencia. Since then she has worked as a press photographer at Polytechnic University of Valencia, D.O. València and Xúquer hydrographic, and as an event photographer. Alonso additionally studied dramatic art and has collaborated in a host of fields, including but not limited to event presentations, on radio and TV series and as an extra in feature and short films.


19 November 2021
Communications Office
Consell de Formentera

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Formentera audiences gear up for Guillem Clua's breakout "Smiley: Una història d'amor"

From 8.30pm next Saturday 27 November, the crowd at Formentera's Sala de Cultura (Cinema) will experience a love story with a capital 'L'. “Smiley: Una història d'amor" offers a lighthearted account of the fears we face when we fall in love.

The production explores the mark left on our lives by new technologies, WhatsApp and smart-phones, while accurately dissecting the contradictions of emotional relationships. It shows us that, in the game of love, we are all equally vulnerable.

According to Japanese legend, when two people are destined to be together, an invisible red thread tied to their little finger binds them from the day they are born. This thread is unbreakable and has the power to keep two people together forever, no matter how far apart they are or how different they may appear. This is the premise on which Smiley is based. It is also a tribute to the classic romantic comedies, from figures like Nora Ephron and Howard Hawks. Smiley is all this and much more, but especially, it is a hymn to love in all its forms.

The comedy is directed by Joan M. Albinyana and features Héctor Seoane and Joan Toni Sunyer. The Association of Public Theatres of the Balearic Islands (ATAPIB) awarded both Seoane and Sunyer with the award for Best Performance by a Male Actor. The production has had a great impact on adult and young audiences.

It is recommended for all audiences. The show can be seen at 8.30pm on Saturday 27 November in Formentera's Sala de Cultura (Cinema). Tickets are priced at €7 (€5 for under 25s) and go on sale Friday 19 November at www.entradesformentera.cat. Admission is free for unemployed people and currently under-employed freelancers.

El Somni Productions

Joan Porcel started El Somni Productions, a theatre production company, in March 2012. The backdrop of crisis has done nothing to dilute the desire for committed and high-quality text-driven theatre. The troupe performs its catalogue, from adapted classics to contemporary productions, in theatres as well as alternative venues and non-conventional spaces.

'Up close and personal' underpins the El Somni philosophy. The company firmly believes that the foremost virtue in theatre is knowing how to adapt to one's environment to ensure the broadest reach for one's message.

Cultural support

“Smiley: Una història d'amor" receives support from Institut d'Estudis Baleàrics. Safety protocol and current regulations will be in place at the functions.

18 November 2021
Communications Office
Consell de Formentera

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