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Palma hopes construction of Formentera museum under way before end of legislative session

Reunio museuFormentera Council chairman Jaume Ferrer and culture councillor Susana Labrador, plus regional cultural minister Fanny Tur and representatives of Fundació Sa Nostra, met today in the conference call of the CiF Office of Culture for a gathering of the top members of a foundation that seeks to create a museum and cultural centre on the island.

After the event, Chairman Ferrer expressed his satisfaction that the board was renewing its efforts. The aim, he said, is to make the Formentera museum a reality. According to Ferrer, meeting attendees were united behind the goal of “reactivating the museum project”.

Sa Nostra handed over the lot that sits opposite Sant Francesc's old cemetery to the museum's foundation; the land must now be registered on behalf of the group. Early plans have already been drafted, said Ferrer, but are awaiting tweaks to align the project with the island's urban land use guidelines.

Ferrer, who said he was “happy” to see so much political will to cooperate on the Palma administration's side, voiced hopes that “the Govern's upcoming budgets include funding for the project”.

Museu de Formentera is a commitment the Govern must take responsibility for,” said the regional minister, referring to the project's name in Catalan, “and that's exactly what we are doing”. She hopes the project will “gain enough momentum during the current legislative session that we have no choice but to follow it through to completion”.

In the coming weeks another meeting of board members will be convened to ensure work on the project continues. Founded in April 2007, the museum foundation's board had met only once before today, in February 2008.

Torre des Pi des Català restoration nabs European Award for Architectural Heritage Intervention's special mention

Torre des pi des catala retalladaLocal architect Marià Castelló's project to restore Es Pi des Català defence tower, an initiative that moved forward thanks to backing from the Formentera Council, garnered the European Award for Architectural Heritage Intervention's special mention. A distinction given by the Col·legi Oficial d'Arquitectes de Catalunya (COAC), the Agrupació d'Arquitectes per la Defensa i la Intervenció del Patrimoni Arquitectònic (AADIPA) and the Generalitat de Catalunya, Catalunya's regional government, the honour was bestowed in a ceremony that took place yesterday afternoon at the COAC's head office. A panel of jurors credited Castelló with “precision, simplicity and effectiveness” in his delivery of the remodel.

CiF president Jaume Ferrer and patrimony councillor Susana Labrador congratulated Castelló on the honour. According to Labrador, praise for the project's respectful treatment of the Es Pi des Català heritage site was “particularly exciting since the Council's goal, from the start, was to preserve the tower as an essential feature of local heritage and make sure everyone who wanted to could enjoy it”.

First prize went to another project dealing with man-made buildings as patrimony: the conversion of Convento das Bernardas, in Tavira (Portugal), by architect Eduardo Souto de Moura. One of the world's leading lights in terms of architecture, Souto de Moura received the Pritzker prize (architecture's equivalent of the Nobel) in 2011.

On completion in 2016, Es Pi des Català tower became Formentera's first defence tower equipped to receive visits. It is open on Saturdays 10.00am to 1.00pm.

Balearic symphonic orchestra, Maria del Mar Bonet put in at Formentera

Maria del mar bonetThe Formentera Council's Office of Culture has reported that at 9.30pm on June 16, the Orquestra Simfònica de les Illes Balears will stage a special concert in Es Pujols' plaça d'Europa. Not only is the Orquestra expected to interpret a diverse repertoire, but also, during their performance they will be joined by singer Maria del Mar Bonet. The Council has made every effort to insure the evening's success, said culture councillor Susana Labrador, quipping that the administration's backing, both material or personal, was “all part of making sure the concert is a smash”. She also tipped her hat to the Govern balear's ministry of culture for bringing the orchestra to each of the Balearic Islands, in general, and to Formentera, in particular.

Devoted to reaching every strata of society in the region they represent, the Orquestra Simfònica de les Illes Balears are conscious of the role music plays in shaping—and linking—communities. The day before, the Orquestra will hold a concert in Eivissa's Reina Sofia park.

The concert bill includes three overtures—to Mozart's Les Noces de Fígaro, Verdi's la Força del Destí and Bizet's Carmen—and the intermezzo to Luis Alonso's Les Noces. A distinguished artist and composer in the region, del Mar Bonet will punctuate the Orquestra's performances with her own interventions. The concert marks the artist's fiftieth year as a singer.

School of music and dance hosts year-end festival

The Formentera Council's centre for music and dance will hold its eighteenth “Festival de música i dansa” this Saturday, June 10. At 8.30pm in the municipal cinema, 130 students of dance, instruments, traditional music, band and polyphonic choir will offer audiences a taste of their work in 2016-2017.

Squares across Formentera welcome back summer music programme

Musica jorge fernandezIn an announcement today, the Formentera Council's Offices of Culture and Local Holidays unveiled the 2017 programme for Música a les Places (Music in the Squares), a yearly concert series synonymous with the return of summer and swelling temperatures. Fashioned for tourists and residents alike, the season-long do aims to energise Formentera's cultural catalogue and boost community use of public spaces. “This is a concert series with a long history on the island,” quipped Susana Labrador, head of Formentera's Office of Culture.

Es Pujols's premier square, plaça d'Europa, will get a dose of world music every Thursday with performances from Antena Libre at 11.00pm in July and August (shows in June and September start an hour earlier). On Tuesdays at 10.00pm, La 22 will serve up an ample helping of latin fusion. Then, on Fridays at 10.00pm at Sant Ferran's prime gathering spot, plaça de l'esglesia, watch out for Música en viu (literally, “live music”). Saturday nights are for jazz, when Formentera's most charming jazz outfit will be called upon to supply the tunes from 10.00pm. According to Labrador, it is Música a les Places's programme (“chock full of celebrated artists from Spain and further afield”) that explains the event's steadily-growing crowds of faithfuls.

Collaborative efforts
Fuelled from the start by support from Antena Libre and the association Jazz & Co, Música a les Places is, at its core, about conserving and fomenting music of all kinds, including live improv performances.

This year's bill is, once again, sponsored by Estrella Galicia. A driving force of music in Spain, the company is right at home backing Música a les Places, an event that spotlights an array of musical styles in one of a kind settings. With a self-proclaimed affinity for independent, alternative festivals, every year Estrella Galicia hosts 150 concerts in venues across Spain. That dedication to music was behind the company's founding of SON Records, a label that has made a name for itself producing indie acts from around the country. The Formentera Council wishes to thank Estrella Galicia for its long-standing commitment to music and culture in our country.

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