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Music school celebrates Saint Cecilia

escola-83The education office of the Consell de Formentera reports that on Friday 22 November the island's Escola de Música i Dansa (School of Music and Dance) will stage a concert to celebrate the patroness of musicians. The concert is scheduled for 8.00pm in the Sant Francesc church and is part of the activities programme to celebrate twenty years of learning at the Escola.

The activities continue at 8.00pm on 1 December, when students take part in a benefit gala held at the Sala de Cultura-Cinema by the Eivissa-Formentera Association of Individuals with Special Needs (Apneef). A Christmas concert is in the works for 13 December at 6.00pm in the Sant Ferran square, and will feature local school children and the Escola band.

As education consellera Susana Labrador pointed out, “the principal aim of this school is to put islanders of all ages in contact with music. Maybe that means teaching fans of homegrown musical heritage how to play traditional instruments; maybe it means classes in modern dance or folk guitar, and a focus on the new”.

Activities in 2020
The Escola has already begun lining up activities for the year ahead as well, like the fourth Cantada Pagesa on the evening of 22 February at the Sala de Cultura-Cinema, an intergenerational gathering of local vocalists. For Carnival, on 26 February, students of the Escola will put on a festival at the Sala de Cultura-Cinema, offering performances of music and dance. For International Dance Day, a dance festival will be held on 29 April with support from the Casal de Joves.

Also in the offing are an intimate concert at La Mola lighthouse and a piano recital at the Casa del Poble (both dates are to be announced). A permanent display of photographs of performances by students at the music school is also being prepared, and will be exhibited in the hallways of the Escola.


19 November 2019
Department of Communication
Consell de Formentera

Two Formentera pupils snag prizes for work on water cycle

entrega-premis-aqualia1Two pupils from local primary schools —CEIP Sant Ferran de ses Salines's Pablo Wenham Martínez and Ana Burches, of CEIP Mestre Lluís Andreu— have been named finalists in seventeenth Concurs Digital Infantil (Digital Kids Contest). The contest is put on by Aqualia, which implements Formentera's municipal water service. The two children’s drawings were picked from a pool of over 7,200 submissions from Spanish cities where Aqualia provides service. All told, 250 children were celebrated for their work.

Alejandra Ferrer and Susana Labrador, Formentera's president and culture conseller, respectively, were joined by the head of Aqualia's operations on the island, Maria del Mar Yern, in applauding the pair’s achievement and presenting each artist with a smartwatch. President Ferrer saluted Aqualia for its initiative and said local schools deserved praise too for taking part in the contest, which works to educate children about the importance of a resource which, according to the president, "is as scarce as it is vital".

Organisers say the competition’s overlap with World Water Day is no accident, and describe the idea behind the competition as “getting kids thinking about managing the water cycle responsibly, and about the hard work that goes into bringing it into people's homes, not to mention cycling it back out in a way that’s sustainable”.

The year three and four pupils who took part in this year's contest learned the ropes as researchers, pinpointing the source of the water we consume every day, then figuring out where it goes when we've finished using it. To that end, a website called "Water Investigators" (www.investigatorsdelaigua.cat) offered children vast educational materials about managing the whole water cycle, including a special section on the Sustainable Development Goals and Aqualia's commitment to the 2030 Agenda.


13 November 2019
Department of Communication
Consell de Formentera

Joan Marí Cardona Local Study Days return 7–11 October for ninth year

jornades estudis locals1The Consell de Formentera cultural heritage department reports that the Joan Marí Cardona Local Study Days (Jornades d’Estudis Locals) will take shape next week from Monday to Friday. The 8.15pm-nightly talks will be held next to the hospital in the conference room of the Centre de Dia.

Department chief Raquel Guasch described the gatherings as “multidisciplinary events with hard-hitting, exhaustive analysis useful to our own government in terms of documenting local history”.

The programme is as follows:

-Monday, 8: Monedes sense gent? Les fulus i els dirhams andalusins primerencs a Formentera [s.VIII-X] (Coins without people? Early Andalusian fulus and dirham on Formentera [8th to 10th century]). Félix Retamero Serralvo, a historian and professor of sciences of the Antiquity and the Middle Ages at the Autonomous University of Barcelona, will lead the talk. Retamero collaborated on the Encyclopaedia of Eivissa and Formentera, and is not only director of the Spanish Numismatic Association (AEN), but also contributes to their review Gaceta Numismática.

-Tuesday, 8: Henri Quillé. Recerca sobre l'hàbitat a Formentera (Henri Quillé: Researching habitat on Formentera). Led by Guillem Aloy Bibiloni, a doctor of theory and history of architecture at the Higher Technical School of Architecture in Barcelona and winner of the City of Palma’s architecture award.

-Wednesday, 9: Sa Senieta. Una història sota la calç dels seus murs (Sa Senieta: history beneath the lime of its walls). With archaeologist Sergio Moreno Torres, additionally a collaborator on documenting mass graves in the Pine Islands.

-Thursday, 11: L'Enciclopèdia d'Eivissa i Formentera. Una obra de dos pobles. (The Encyclopaedia of Eivissa and Formentera: A work spanning two peoples). With Felip Cirer Costa, professor of Catalan language and literature and director of the Encyclopaedia of Eivissa and Formentera.

-Friday, 11: La necròpolis de sa Tanca Vella. Un exemple de la població de Formentera dels segles IV-V dC (Sa Tanca Vella burial ground: A glimpse at the people of fourth to fifth century A.D. Formentera). With Maria Eulalia Subirà de Galdàcano, a doctor of human biology and associated professor at the Biological Anthropology Unit at the Autonomous University of Barcelona.

As in years past, the CEP will be including the lecture series in its offering of lifelong learning for professional educators, and both the Consell de Formentera and the Govern de les Illes Balears will recognise credits earned from the courses.


2 October 2019
Department of Communication
Consell de Formentera

Practices start Saturday for Formentera Choir

The Consell de Formentera education department reports that this Saturday, 26 October, classes begin for singers in the Formentera Polyphonic Choir. All those interested in joining can send an email to the island’s School of Music and Dance at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Classes, offered at no charge, will take place twice a month, 10.00am to 2.00pm, at the School of Music and Dance. The first session will begin with an introduction from the choir’s new director, Juan Carlos Ballesteros. The following sessions are set for 9 and 23 November and 14 December.


23 October 2019
Department of Communication
Consell de Formentera

Meeting with representatives of platform to promote Catalan language

plataforma-per-la-llengua1Alejandra Ferrer and Raquel Guasch, the president and chief of language policies of the Consell de Formentera, received a visit today from Marcel Girbau and Neus Sanchez, two representatives of the Balearic Islands' Language Platform (Plataforma per la Llengua). Speaking after their meeting, Alejandra Ferrer said conversation focused on “the Consell de Formentera's intent to continue promoting Catalan, and to renew efforts to normalise use of the language at as many levels as we can”.

Councillor Guasch said participants all stressed “the need to get work done and move toward making Catalan the normal option”, calling for “learning-driven approaches to regaining visibility in the entertainment and service industries” and asserting: “Language needs to be a tool to build social cohesion”.

1 October 2019
Department of Communication
Consell de Formentera

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