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Participants in woodworking course by Aaron Keydar unveil work

cartell 2021 si buscasteThe Formentera Department of Culture reports that this Monday 29 March, students in Aaron Keydar’s course on woodcutting will welcome islanders to visit Si buscaste, encontraste, a collection of twelve pieces that will be on display at the “Ajuntament Vell” gallery until Saturday 3 April.

The exhibition will comprise creations by students of this year’s course and last, after the pandemic forced the cancelation of a similar show in 2020. Keydar has offered his woodworking course since 2014.

Si buscaste, encontraste is on view Monday to Saturday from 11.00am to 2.00pm and 6.00pm to 8.00pm. The gallery is closed Sundays and Monday mornings.

25 March 2021
Communications Department
Consell de Formentera

Consell and Espai Frumentària sign deal to promote cultural activities

foto 2021 conveni espai fConsell de Formentera chief Alejandra Ferrer met with Espai Frumentària president Miquel Costa to sign a deal to back cultural events on Formentera in 2021. Culture chair Susana Labrador was also on hand at the signing.

The funding will support stage productions, performing arts series, graphic design, exhibitions and cultural programming generally. The Consell pledges a maximum of €7,000.

22 March 2021
Communications Department
Consell de Formentera

“Color cubano”, photo exhibition on Cuban identity at ‘Ajuntament Vell’ gallery

cartell 2021 joaquim seguiAt 6.00pm Monday 15 March, the “Ajuntament Vell” exhibition space will pull back the curtain on Color cubano, a collection of photos by Mallorca-born and Eivissa-based Joaquim Seguí, a career cardiologist who, in 2011, began honing expert chops as a photographer. The show’s forty photographs were taken on the Caribbean island of Cuba, its inhabitants unquestionably the consummate protagonists of the show. The display is the reflection and result of an eponymous collection of photos put out by Seguí in 2017 which included texts from Cuban poets like Nicolás Guillén and writers like Leonardo Padura, as well as forwards by Omar de León, Carmen Alemany and Fanny Tur.

The photos of Cuba contained in the show are exercises in discretion and respectfulness, and speak to the complex reality of a society which, after years of revolution and trade embargo, fights to forge a new identity without losing sight of its origins, beliefs, culture... and conquests.

The show can be seen from 16 to 27 March 2021, 11.00am to 2.00pm and 6.00pm to 8.00pm. Weekly closure on Sunday and Monday morning.

11 March 2021
Communications Department
Consell de Formentera

Flamenco fusion of “El Mawi de Cádiz” hits Formentera

foto 2021 el mawi fThe Formentera Department of Culture reports that El Mawi de Cádiz will be staged in the Sala de Cultura (Cinema) at 8.00pm on Saturday 20 March. Three performers and a special guest will regale Formentera with flamenco-fusion music, song and dance. Admission is free but space is limited, so make reservations at reserves@conselldeformentera.cat until 10.00am, Friday 19 March.

Innovative yet time-tested, fresh yet familiar, El Mawi de Cádiz promises a steady rush of blood straight to the heart. Audiences will marvel at the masterful blend of musical harmonies by Alejandro Suárez, percussive beats by Cani Huertas and the walloping force of dancing and singing by El Mawi.

An early initiate to the genre, El Mawi began his flamenco career in his hometown of Cadiz, where he sang and danced in some of the city’s most prestigious theatres and festivals. With interests spilling over into classical and contemporary dance, he studied performance under Charo Cruz and pioneers like Javier Latorre, Antonio Canales, Farruquito and Rocío Molina before joining Andalusia’s Patronato de Turismo on the European flamenco festival circuit. Ever broadening his horizons, El Mawi simultaneously taught flamenco dance in Japan, Germany and France. He currently lives in Madrid, continuing to study at the Centro del Amor de Dios and sharing his trademark flamenco fusion with new world audiences.

Alejandro Suárez is a Cadiz-born guitarist whose immense versatility finds him knee-deep in everything from flamenco and Latin rhythms to folk and bossanova. He got his first taste of flamenco fusion groups at age 18, accompanying artists like Mara Rey and Joaquín Ruiz, and today is a frequent member of the international outfit Rico Sánchez & The Gypsies and La Chirigota del Selu. Suárez’s music has taken him round the globe, with noteworthy stops at the Gran Teatre del Liceu and Barbican Centre in London.

Percussionist Joaquín Huertas “Cani” has called Formentera home for the last seven years. He studied in Madrid under greats like Luky Losada and Kike Terrón, making his first production, Memorias de un Olvido, alongside Ballet Nacional de España soloist Esther Esteban and other first-class artists like Oscar Lago and Thomas Poitron. Today, Huertas plays in a number of groups and collaborates with big-name performers like Maribel la Canija and grandmaster guitarist Rafael Riqueni, who in 2017 came away with flamenco’s unofficial Nobel Prize: the 31st Compás del Cante award.

Esther Esteban is the show’s special guest. She got her start at the ripe age of eight, taking classes with Granada-native master Carmen Romero and studying at Madrid’s Conservatorio Profesional de Danza. Artistically driven, she entered the Ballet Nacional de España as a soloist, performing in iconic works like Ángeles Caídos and Suite Sevilla, while her chops as a dancer and sheer magnetism landed her a role in Carlos Saura’s silver-screen feature Salomé. Esteban currently teaches flamenco at Formentera’s Escola de Música i Dansa.

12 March 2021
Communications Department
Consell de Formentera

Sunday concert series returns

cartell 2021 aperitius musicalsThe Formentera Department of Culture reports that this Sunday marks the return of the weekend music series known as “Musical Aperitifs” (Aperitius musicals). Scheduled to take place in the Centre “Gabrielet” courtyard, the weekend’s-end concerts go from 12 noon to 2.00pm and run until 25 April.

As usual, space is limited, with organisers setting capacity at 20 and attendees asked to remain seated, observe distancing measures and keep masks on at all times. The initiative was launched and resumes today in an effort to support hometown musicians and offer cultural programming while still respecting public health measures.

10 March 2021
Communications Department
Consell de Formentera

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