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Formentera welcomes comedy "Balada de la Garsa Vella", next Saturday 12 March at the Sala de Cultura

The Formentera Office of Culture is pleased to report that next week, Balada de la Garsa Vella, a play written by Bernat Joan i Marí and directed by Àngels Martínez, will be performed on Formentera. Pedro Cañestro Theatre will present the show next Saturday 12 March at 8.30pm in the Sala de Cultura (Cinema), part of L'Illa a Escena.

Balada de la Garsa Vella is a celebration of life through the performing arts. Life and theatre, theatre and music, music and movement, movement and spirit blend voluptuously on stage.

The protagonists –Laura and Dàlia (a former contortionist and an ageing cabaret singer, both long retired); Rosa (a retired actress); Enric (a retired amateur actor who lives on his earnings from rental properties) and Jaume Prunaseca (stage name Romeu, a former successful actor who summons them)– are joined by an enigmatic clown and a pianist at a party which is organised by the guest of honour himself. Each will try to give his/her best on stage, to uncertain effect.

Meanwhile the Hippy Grim Reaper will be following things closely, watching out for unsuspecting prey. His presence will prevent neither party nor unexpected plot twist.

Eivissa-born writer Bernat Joan i Marí has published novels, youth fiction, short stories and plays such as: El Gegant des Vedrà (Eivissa, 1993), Marc Ferrer: Formentera, la Nova Terra (Eivissa, 1996), Jocs de Matances (Eivissa, 2012) and more. Other work includes stage adaptations for the Eivissa Arts i Oficis theatre group of Lisístrata (Aristofànes) and, based on Aristophanes's Assemblywomen and performed by the Institut d'Estudis Eivissencs theatre group, Assamblea 3.0.

Àngels Martínez studied acting at the Escola d'Arts i Oficis from 1990 to 1995 with Pedro Cañestro and at the Antonio Cantos Escola d'Art Dramàtic from 1999 to 2004. Other theatrical works have included Tirano Banderas, Revolta de bruixes, El zoo de cristal, La casa de Bernarda Alba, Bodas de sangre and more. She has also participated at theatre festivals in the Balearic Islands and Technis Theatre's international festival in London.


Tickets are available on www.entradesformentera.cat for €7. Unemployed individuals, under-employed freelancers, retirees, under25s and single-parent and large families receive a 50% discount.

The function will be hosted in line with health and safety protocol and in compliance with current guidelines.

4 March 2022
Communications Office
Consell de Formentera

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Collaboration agreement signed with Formentera chapter of Obra Cultural Balear

foto 2022 conveni ocbToday Ana Juan, President of the Consell de Formentera, and Joan Francesc Ferrer, of the local chapter of Obra Cultural Balear, signed a deal enshrining the terms of a partnership on culture and heritage between the Consell and OCB in 2022. Susana Labrador, Councillor of Culture, was also present at the signing.

The Consell will collaborate with up to €10,000 for OCB programming, which this year is focused on events like Cultural Spring (Primavera de Cultura) and programming around the feast day of Sant Jordi, including presentations of publications, lectures, round tables, poetry readings and more. The OCB will also organise performances by singer-songwriters; publish material to promote cultural initiatives and Formentera's historical and natural heritage, and, given its status as a benchmark cultural entity on the island, serve an advisory and research role that may be entrusted to it.

2 March 2022
Communications Office
Consell de Formentera

19th Beni Trutmann Photo Contest now accepting submissions

The Formentera Office of Culture is pleased to report that submissions to the Beni Trutmann Photography Contest are now being accepted. Photos can be submitted until 12 April. This year the contest, a benchmark event in local photography, turns 19.

Susana Labrador, Councillor of Culture, described the contest as "a tribute to this extraordinary Swiss photographer who loved Formentera, where he lived 44 years and left more than 30,000 photographs that show his love for the island and its natural world". "That is why Formentera –its landscapes, flora and fauna, culture, heritage and humans in interaction– is central to the contest", she confided. "The goal is to highlight a commitment to protecting and preserving the island," said the councillor, "and to encourage islanders and visitors alike to participate".

Colour, Black and White and Social Justice

In the Colour, Black and White and Social Justice categories, participants may submit up to three photographs. Prints may be square, digital, classic or panoramic and will be eligible for the first, second and third prize in each category (€500, €300 and €200, respectively).

Submissions in these first three categories may be taken to the Citizen Information Office (Oficina d'Atenció a la Ciutadania, OAC) or sent via certified and/or standard mail to the Consell de Formentera (Plaça de la Constitució, 1, 07860 Sant Francesc) until 12 April 2022.


This popular category is geared toward young people between the ages of 12 and 18. To participate, send no more than three images to concursfoto@conselldeformentera.cat before 12 April. The first prize in this category is a compact digital camera, the second a digital instant camera and the third a sports camera.

Winning entries are incorporated into the Formentera Archive of Image and Sound and become property of the Consell de Formentera, which may use them in posters and billboards, on the Internet, or any other way it deems appropriate.


Nineteen years of submissions have left the island's government with a valuable trove of approximately 1,200 photographs from more than 300 participants. Past submissions have come from mainland Spain and even other countries in Europe, proof of the contest's growing prominence.

Exhibition and awards ceremony

On Monday 2 May, the contest will culminate with a prize ceremony for winners and an exhibition of submissions at the Sala d'Exposicions "Ajuntament Vell". The exhibition will remain open until 14 May. Complete details, as well as terms and conditions, are available on the Consell de Formentera website.

28 February 2022
Communications Office
Consell de Formentera

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Formentera School of Music and Dance celebrates Carnaval

foto 2022 carnaval EdM AThe Formentera Office of Education and Culture is pleased to report that yesterday at 5.00pm, the Sala de Cultura-Cinema hosted the Carnaval celebrations of the Formentera School of Music and Dance.

Forty-one students participated, and health and safety guidelines were observed at all times. Musicians and dancers offered the public a varied sample of what they have been up to in class: percussion, flute, brass instruments, clarinet, piano, clarinet and guitar, performing everything from Ritchie Valens's well-known "La Bamba" to Giuseppe Verdi's "La donna è mobile". Dance students showed their choreographic skills with demonstration that included a classical dance adaptation of "The Pink Panther" and sevillanas.

25 February 2022
Communications Office
Consell de Formentera

On Saturday 5 March, Sala de Cultura hosts the women of "Elles Sonen" for a concert celebration of mixed heritage

Performers include Marina, from Ojos de Brujo, La Mari from Chambao and Anita Kuruba from Canteca de Macao

The Formentera Offices of Culture and Equality are pleased to report that from 8.30pm next Saturday 5 March, the Sala de Cultura-Cinema will host Elles Sonen. This event is included in the International Women's Day programme and is the third concert on the 2022 calendar for L'Illa a Escena.

Marina from Ojos de Brujo, La Mari from Chambao and Anita Kuruba from Canteca de Macao. These three vocalists represent a generation, they are women with their own voice, they are composers, lyricists and performers. Band leaders for more than a decade, they are part of three well-known groups from the mestizaje ('mixed heritage') music scene and will be backed by musicians Carlos Sarduy, J. "El Cani" Huertas, Isaac Robles and Aaron Puente.

Marina Abad began singing with Ojos de Brujo when the band that would become known for fusing distinct styles formed in Barcelona in 1996. The group aspired for the intersection of flamenco and reggae, hip hop, rock and electronic music. In 2007 they won the Latin Grammy for Best Flamenco Album for Techarí. As a solo artist, Marinah has released four albums; the most recent, Heroínas (2021), speaks to the struggle of women.

María del Mar Rodríguez sang as a member of Chambao until 2005, when she took the reins as the group's leader. She has collaborated with groups and artists like Bebe, Jarabe de Palo, Enrique Morente, Javier Ruibal, Rosario Flores, Fuel Fandango, Ara Malikian, Vanesa Martín and more. At the 2012 Latin Grammy Awards she was nominated for Best Contemporary Pop Vocal Album.

Anita Saboya was the vocalist of Canteca de Macao for over a decade. Since releasing her first solo effort, Anita Kuruba, in 2019, she has forged ahead with new sounds more reminiscent of R&B, soul and electronica.

Prices and tickets

Tickets for the Elles Sonen concert are available at www.entradesformentera.cat for €7, and unemployed people, under-employed freelancers, retirees, under-25s and single-parent/large families receive half off.

The function will be hosted in accordance with health and safety protocols and in compliance with current regulations.

25 February 2022
Communications Office
Consell de Formentera

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