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“Orientalismos” arrives Monday at ‘Ajuntament Vell’ gallery

cartell 2020 orientalismosThis Monday at 6.00pm, Orientalismos will take up residence at the Sala d’Exposicions “Ajuntament Vell”. The exhibit is open to the public —barring weekly closures on Sunday and Monday— from 11.00am to 2.00pm and 6.00pm to 8.00pm until 7 November.

Orientalismos is the union of Aida Miró and Simona Marziani, two artists and lovers of travel, nature and wide-ranging cultural influences, but it is also an invitation, beckoning visitors to join its creators on a tour of the ample range of possibilities offered by resin.

The paintings and artistic objects which Miró and Marziani exhibit integrate and harmonise that which surrounds them: nature; colourful, original characters; music and dance and the meeting of the free spirits of distinct cultures and countries, particularly those of the East (meditation, Zen, Buddhism, yoga, mandalas...). These things play their part in the creative process and exercise a discernible influence on the two artists.

Eivissa-born Aida Miró has lived in New York for the last six years, giving classes and working out of her studio in the Bronx. She received her undergraduate’s in fine arts and a doctorate in education, writing a dissertation on contemporary Japanese butoh dance that received cum laude mention from the Autonomous University of Madrid.

Simona Marziani was born in Milan, where she started illustrating and designing trompe l’oeils after studying art. Focusing energy on her own creative work since 1995, Marziani lives on Eivissa. She is a lover of Eastern philosophy, travel and nature.

23 October 2020
Department of Communications
Consell de Formentera

Formentera celebrates All Saints’ Day with screenings of fantasy and terror shorts

cartell 2020 curtmetratgesThe Formentera Department of Culture reports that Friday 30 October, as part of the Barcelona International and Short Animation Film Festival (Mecal), the island has partnered with the Formentera Film Festival to host an evening of fantasy- and terror-themed short films.

Screenings will start at 7.30pm in the Sala de Cultura (Cinema). Admission is free, but reservations are required to attend (email requests may be sent to reserves@conselldeformentera.cat). Public health measures will be observed.

Shorts in the special evening of terror will be screened from Spain, Switzerland, Netherlands, Norway, Peru, United Kingdom and France.

Films include:

El Juego - The Game (Peru, 2019)
Swipe (Netherlands, 2019)
The Dreamer (Norway, 2019)
Who’s that at the back of the bus? (UK, 2018)
Cerdita (Spain, 2018) Youth Jury Prize, Formentera Film 2019
The girl in the snow (Switzerland, 2017)
Le crayon (Belgium-France-Switzerland, 2017)
9 pasos (Spain, 2018)
Horrorscope (Spain, 2019)
A little taste (Spain, 2019)

Mecal is regarded as one of the most firmly-rooted of Spain’s film festivals, with quality, diversity and originality considered trademark characteristics. The All Saints’ Day evening of screenings has been put together in association with Formentera Film Festival, whose organisers have actively sought collaborative projects with distinct festivals since the very start of FFF. From 25 to 27 November, the organising arm of FFF will join forces with Espai F to host Cinema als quatre vents, where guests of La Mola’s Casa del Poble can catch jury favourites from the 21st Soria International Short Film Fest.

23 October 2020
Department of Communications
Consell de Formentera

Formentera welcomes ‘Formentera Kite Spain Series’ sporting event for kitefoil

foto 2020 kitefoilThis weekend local waters will provide the backdrop for a kitefoil regatta known as the Flying Sardine FKSS 2020. Europe’s only circuit for Olympic windsurfing, the Formula Kite Spain Series (FKSS) is spread across five trials in 2020. Three have already taken place in Alarcón, Castelló and Mallorca and the final fixture of the competition is scheduled to play out in Tarifa this December.

More than forty people have signed up for the event in Formentera, a two-tier trial divided into the Open for world-renowned stars of the modality and the F-One, an amateur competition geared towards newcomers.

According to tourism chief Carlos Bernús, trainers, family members and friends accompanying the thirty participating athletes mean that over a hundred people will be arriving on the island for the occasion. “At this time of year, they’re more than welcome”, asserted Bernús.

The competition benefits from backing from Formentera’s departments of sport and tourism, with sport consellera Paula Ferrer emphasising the added visibility that sports like windsurfing, which claim many followers on the island, stands to gain thanks to the event. Ferrer encouraged fans to attend the fixture, which is scheduled to take place in Ses Illetes.

One of the fixture’s standout contestants is ten-time world “free style” champ Gisela Pulido. This weekend will mark the circuit leader’s first time competing on the island, and Pulido insisted that the presence of opponent Julia Damasiewicz ensured the competition would be hard fought. “Julia’s a big name in the game”, she said, “and neither one of us intends to pull any punches”.

The regattas will be held in Ses Salines nature reserve. Official training will begin at noon tomorrow (Friday), with trials starting at the same time Saturday and 9.30am on Sunday.

22 October 2020
Department of Communications
Consell de Formentera

Formentera sets Covid-19 protocol at Sant Francesc cemetery on All Saints’ Day

foto 2020 cementiriThe Formentera Department of Social Welfare reports that specific protocol are being prepared for the Sant Francesc municipal cemetery ahead of the upcoming Tots Sants, or All Saints’ Day. Expanded hours have been announced as well: Saturday 31 October and Sunday 1 November from 9.00am to 2.00pm and 4.00pm to 9.00pm. Standard 9.00am to 6.30pm hours will be observed the days immediately before and after the holiday.

Department chief Rafael Ramírez said the measures were about ensuring the holiday unfolds as usual and safely. To make sure that happens, Ramírez indicated that capacity would be monitored and one-way circuits established in the cemetery. “It’s important islanders are able to pay tribute to their families during these traditional days of cemetery visits”, the conseller insisted.

The cemetery’s maximum capacity has been set at 250 so visitors can keep a safe 1.5 metre berth from one another. Visitors will be asked to stagger entry and exit and the process will be carried out in an orderly fashion, again, respecting one-way circuits. Supervision of access points will be handled by members of civil protection, Consell staff and officers of Formentera Local Police.

Ramírez encouraged everyone who could to schedule early visits to the cemetery to avoid crowding. Capacity at the traditional Mass in the cemetery on 2 November will be limited to fifty people. The premises will be disinfected frequently and public health measures like physical distancing, mandatory masks and hand washing will be enforced.

22 October 2020
Department of Communications
Consell de Formentera

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