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Formentera Day Centre begins Dance Therapy

curs-dansa-tera--pia-foto-cent1Attendees of the adult care centre took part in a course on dance therapy today, marking the start of individually-tuned weekly sessions geared towards helping each of the course’s 36 participants—some seniors, some people with disabilities—no matter their particular level of functioning.

Sessions will be led by teachers from the School of Music and Dance, though a physiotherapist from the Formentera Day Centre will also be on hand helping participants to improve mobility and shaping an enriched sensorial environment using, among other things, music. Sessions last for one hour, and individuals with disabilities will meet on Thursdays, while the seniors’ group meets Fridays.

With a more complete roll-out under way following the success of a trial-run in May and June, the course has been incorporated into curriculum and will continue until July. The course happens thanks to the joint efforts of the School of Music and Dance and Day Centre, both of which operate under the umbrella of the Consell de Formentera.

16 January 2020
Department of Communication
Consell de Formentera

2020 calendar centres on etymological roots of Formentera’s coastal islands

foto-calendari-oac-2020-portad1Reviving a yearly tradition, Formentera’s Language Assessment Service has put out a new crop of calendars for the year ahead.

The 2020 calendar spotlights eleven islands on the Formentera coastline; a summit between Punta de l’Anguila and Racó de s’Alga; and Es Freus, and includes the image and etymological origin of names like S’Espardell, S’Espardelló, S’Espalmador,  Castaví, En Forn, Ses Parreres and Es Fonoll Marí, to name a few.

Past editions of the calendars have focused on varieties of fig, raisin, fishing tackle and Formentera’s history as told by its archaeological sites.

The 2020 calendar aims to showcase local toponymy—namely, that of Formentera’s coastal waters. Photos were taken by Alfredo Montero, and the two thousand copies that have been printed are available at Consell de Formentera offices like the Citizen’s Information Office (OAC), Antoni Blanc sport centre, the culture office in Sant Ferran and the Casa del Poble in La Mola.


23 December 2019
Department of Communication
Consell de Formentera

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

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

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