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Book club encouraging islanders to ‘read and enjoy’ takes off at Villangómez library

llibres-club-de-lectura1The cultural wing of the Consell de Formentera reports that on Tuesday 19 November at 8.00pm, Biblioteca Marià Villangómez will host the first gathering of the library’s book club, «Llegeix i gaudeix» (Read and enjoy), with librarian Lorena Francisco Garcia.

The idea for the club took root among a set of local booklovers. Participants read a book at home and reconnoiter at the library on the last Tuesday of each month to discuss what they’ve read.

Education and culture councillor Susana Labrador described initiatives like the book club as “a way to promote reading among islanders, and, at the same time, create a group connection around a pastime that’s educational, key for developing critical thought and a great source of entertainment, too, plus you can do it anywhere, at any age”.

First book: El sopar
Organisers of the first session have suggested Dutch author Herman Koch’s The Dinner (El sopar in Catalan), a stinging, provocative work that takes on the satisfied and complacent social classes in the Netherlands and, by extension, across Europe.

Marià Villangómez library in Sant Francesc has 10 copies available for checkout. All interested readers have to do is register (by sending an email to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ), then stop by the library, pick up a copy of the book and read it before 19 November, when participants meet and share their thoughts.


18 October 2019
Department of Communication
Consell de Formentera

Welcoming Rios Beltran’s “Formentera, La Isla Infinita”

foto-expo-rios-beltran1The cultural arm of the Consell de Formentera reports that yesterday evening at 8.00pm, visitors of the Ajuntament Vell gallery got a first look at Rios Beltran’s Formentera, La Isla Infinita. The 19-piece display encapsulates the off-season Formentera, steeped-in-tranquility, that Beltran cherishes the most.

The exhibit will be open Tuesday to Saturday, 11.00am to 2.00pm and 6.00pm to 8.00pm, until 26 October.


15 October 2019
Department of Communication
Consell de Formentera

New visiting hours at La Mola lighthouse

foto erro far 1The cultural branch of the Consell de Formentera reports that from tomorrow, Tuesday 15 October, new visiting hours will be observed at La Mola lighthouse. Winter hours—Tuesday to Saturday from 10.00am to 2.00pm—mean visitors can continue to enjoy the lighthouse space all year long.

Divided into two clearly distinct exhibition spaces, the cultural and educational centre opened on 1 July. The permanent exhibition explores its main focus—the sea—from a variety of angles: the marine environment, natural resources management, navigation and light signals. A second space is dedicated to temporary art exhibits.

On Friday 11 October the rotating exhibit space welcomed Erró al Far. The 12-piece exhibit of colour lithographs with dates between 2001 and 2012 was culled from the artist’s own bequeathment to the culture office.

General admission is €4.50. Admission is free for Formentera residents, visitors under 18 and the unemployed, and pensioners and students get in for €2.50.


14 October 2019
Department of Communication
Consell de Formentera

Discussing plans for Balearic Islands Day celebrations

foto-reunio---preparacio---dia1Councillor of Culture Susana Labrador met today with the director general of inter-administration relations, Miquel Àngel Coll, to begin coordinating work on the events programme for the Balearic Islands Day (Dia de les Illes Balears) on 1 March. Part of an effort to make festivities reflective of diverse interests across the archipelago, recent years have seen the regional government encouraging island councils to take an active role in planning.

The Consell de Formentera and Govern balear will strike a collaborative agreement about programming that promotes a regional identity while still honouring the distinctive qualities of each island. Councillor Labrador welcomed the visit from Director General Coll and pledged that Formentera’s local government would “cooperate to ensure that this year’s programme is a complete one, and that there’s something for Formentera residents”.

Staff from the local and regional administrations were also in attendance at the gathering.


10 October 2019
Department of Communication
Consell de Formentera

Joan Marí Cardona lecture series gets enthusiastic Formentera welcome

foto joan mari cardona2019 1From the conference room of the Centre de Dia, the Department of Patrimony-piloted Joan Marí Cardona Local Study Days (Jornades d’Estudis Locals) playing out this week are now officially in the home stretch. Before the final conference of the lecture series’ eleventh year tomorrow, the penultimate talk takes place tonight at 8.15pm, with Felip Cirer Costa. A professor of Catalan language and literature, Cirer will give a lecture on a project that he heads, the Encyclopaedia of Eivissa and Formentera.

On Friday at 8.15pm, doctor in human biology Maria Eulalia Subirà de Galdàcano will speak about Sa Tanca Vella burial ground in a lecture focussed particularly on what the site can tell us about the people inhabiting Formentera in fourth and fifth century C.E.

The lectures series is causing quite a stir among certain islanders, and given its inclusion among the professional development course offering available to educational staff, the Balearic ministry of education has indicated it will recognise credits obtained by attendees.


10 October 2019
Department of Communication
Consell de Formentera

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