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Partnership with OCB aims to build on Formentera’s cultural capital

foto 2021 conveni OCVConsell de Formentera president Alejandra Ferrer sat down with Joan Francesc Ferrer, treasurer of Obra Cultura Balear-Formentera, and local culture chief Susana Labrador to sign a collaborative agreement on culture and heritage for the year 2021.

The Consell will sponsor up to €9,000 of the OCB’s programming, which this year will centre on ‘Primavera de Cultura’ (Cultural Spring) and other events for the feast day of Sant Jordi. All activities will be held in compliance with restrictions stemming from the Covid crisis.

As a respected cultural entity, the civic organisation additionally pledges to publish material to foment culture and the island’s historical and natural heritage, plus offer consulting and steer research projects.

The group will also publish work designed to foment culture and the island’s historical and natural heritage, not to mention, as a respected cultural entity, serve advisory functions and perform research.

The agreement is signed annually and aims to build on Formentera’s cultural capital in 2021.

17 February 2021
Communications Department
Consell de Formentera

Formentera welcomes «L’art de la taula periòdica»

cartell 2021 taula periodicaThe Formentera Culture Department reports that Monday 8 February will mark the unveiling of L’art de la taula periòdica: Les dones i els seus elements—a celebration of female scientists’ contributions to the periodic table of elements that comes to life against the work of 32 painters from the Balearic Islands.

The project underscores the periodic table’s harmony and beauty while simultaneously ringing as an ode to the many female scientists who have contributed to our knowledge about the chemical elements and the table’s current configuration.

Often pieces started out as a text about the table itself or the discoverers of some element in particular before being transmogrified at the hands of the show’s contributing artists, some relative rookies, others old hands on the art scene. The exhibit is meant to serve as a sort of meeting place, a highly nuanced spectacle counterposing techniques, styles and colours which, together, offer a survey of art in the Balearics.

Travelling show
Initially conceived by the University of the Balearic Islands chemistry department and the Balearic Islands’ College and Association of Chemists to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the table’s appearance, the show has now been seen by audiences across the archipelago.

The “Ajuntament Vell” exhibition space welcomes visitors to L’art de la taula periòdica: Les dones i els seus elements 8–20 February (Monday to Saturday) from 11.00am to 2.00pm and 6.00pm to 8.00pm.

5 February 2021
Communications Department
Consell de Formentera

‘Ajuntament Vell’ gallery prepares for next week’s unveiling of “Autoretratos”

cartell 2021 steinmeyerThe Formentera Culture Department reports that from Monday 1 February, the municipal exhibition space will welcome Autoretratos, a new display of work by Christoph Steinmeyer.

The German artist’s work over the last decade has been described as “hyperrealist”.

A series of five outsize self-portraits fashioned here on the island over the last three months, the show constitutes new territory and a turning point in Steinmeyer’s career.

Steinmeyer’s art hangs in galleries in Europe and North America, and he has displayed his work in public institutions around the globe.

Autoretratos will be on view Monday to Saturday (1–6 February) from 11.00am to 2.00pm and 7.00pm to 9.00pm. With the island’s passage to Enhanced Tier 4 of public health alert, capacity at “Ajuntament Vell” will be limited to five people and visitors must wear masks, respect distancing rules and wash hands.

29 January 2021
Communications Department
Consell de Formentera

Consell modifies services and activities amid rollout of Enhanced Tier 4

The Consell de Formentera reports that due to the evolving public health situation and amid the island’s adoption of “Enhanced Tier 4” protocol starting Saturday 30 January, the Sala de Cultura (Cinema) will close for at least two weeks. Sessions at the cinema will be postponed from tomorrow. The La Mola lighthouse will shut its doors as well for the duration of the new public health alert.

Marià Villangómez library will remain open to the public with appropriate capacity restrictions in place.

Ajuntament Vell exhibition space will open Monday 1 February as scheduled for “Autoretratos”, a selection of work from artist Christoph Steinmeyer. Due to new rules, capacity will be limited to five and visitors must comply with public health protocol.

Consell-backed activities such as the pottery, woodworking and painting workshops have been placed on hold as well.

28 January 2021
Communications Department
Consell de Formentera

Three Kings’ 5 January visit to Formentera: no stops and Covid-safe

cartell 2020 reis magsThe Formentera Culture Department and the Three Kings Association report that the Three Wise Men of the East have confirmed plans to visit the island on 5 January, tailoring the “cavalcada” to facilitate full compliance with public health protocol.

Scheduled route
Setting out from La Mola lighthouse at 4.00pm, the Magi will continue on a tour of Formentera towns along PM 820-2, forgoing traditional stops in order to ensure respect for hygiene and safety rules in place. The cavalcade’s estimated passage in El Pilar de la Mola (and along the stretch of highway known as avinguda de la Mola) is 4.15pm. Next the cortege cuts through Es Caló de Sant Agustí approximately 15 minutes later, reaching Sant Ferran de ses Roques (where the highway becomes carrer Joan Castelló Guasch) at roughly 4.45pm. Immediately afterward the procession will enter the roundabout and turn onto carrer Universitat toward Es Pujols. The parade will stop just short of town, turning onto the ring road (carrer Barcelona) at about 5.00pm, and carrying on along PM 820-2 until La Savina. There, the Magi will descend avinguda de la Mediterrània, then carrer s’Almadrava and at last avinguda de la Mediterrània again, leaving town at roughly 5.15pm. The procession will mount PM 820-2 towards Sant Francesc and enter town at 5.30pm via carrer Pla del Rei, staying on the Es Cap highway until reaching the municipal football pitch roughly 15 minutes later. The final leg of the route will see processionists advance on the Sant Frances ring road, carrer de sa Tanca Vella, with the estimated conclusion of the cavalcade’s run at 6.00pm.

The Consell de Formentera has printed a map of the parade route for revellers. Organisers hope to discourage islanders from crowding at greeting points, recommending instead that children catch the procession from whichever spot along the Kings’ route is closest to home. Due to the epidemiological situation, the Consell is urging islanders to limit groups to children and parents or guardians — or namely, stable family units. Acutely vulnerable individuals and adults not accompanying children are encouraged not to stop along the procession route so that children can enjoy the event with the highest possible level of safety.

Since crowds are expected to be particularly large in Sant Francesc and Sant Ferran, additional Consell staff will be deployed to these areas to ensure compliance with capacity limitations and safe two-metre distancing between separate family units. Masks must be worn at all times.

Culture and festivities councillor Susana Labrador highlighted the effort that has gone into ensuring local youngsters could continue to enjoy the magic of the Three Wise Men of the East amid scarcely typical circumstances. She also asked all islanders to eschew crowds and social contact with people outside their stable bubble. “We’re asking all of Formentera to be responsible. Whether in a town or on the roadside, take children only as far from home as necessary to see the cavalcade. Respect safe distancing and other public health protocol. If we do these things, we’ll be able to enjoy Their Majesties’ visit without endangering our own health or that of our neighbour.” Labrador praised Three Kings Association’s hard work and dedication in making the cavalcade’s historic visit a reality once again.

The Magi’s visit may be canceled if the epidemiological situation requires.

2 January 2021
Communications Department
Consell de Formentera

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