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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

Films, hands-on workshops, horseback rides make list of October activities for island youth

foto progOCT019 casal de joves 2The Consell de Formentera youth office presents the October activities programme at the Casal de Joves. Department chief Vanessa Parellada called the run of activities and workshops “part of the ongoing priority to give younger generations leisure options building on values of solidarity, healthy living and environmental attunement”.

Once a week at 6.30pm, Casal staff open the doors so visitors can plop down on the sofa, grab some popcorn and enjoy a film of special relevance to young people. Film fans on Wednesday the 2nd will see Invictus; on Wednesday the 9th they can catch Es por tu bien. The Casal announces Pay the Ghost for Friday the 25th, and How to Train Your Dragon 2 on Wednesday the 30th.

Overlapping with World Non-Violence Day on Friday the 4th is a workshop—De quin costat vols estar?—about raising awareness among young people about the kinds of violence that are out there and why they should be proactive about opposing them.

On Saturday the 5th Casal staff will host a workshop where participants can try their hand at a kind of painting tuned especially to send creativity soaring, “spin art”. Friday the 11th , Casal youth can pitch in and paint the columns at the centre, and Wednesday the 16th they can get in on a heart-healthy snack—un berenar saludable—to promote healthy eating, and to learn why that’s so important.

Friday the 18th offers yet another chance for children and teens to add their voice to the larger “Fridays for Future” movement. On Wednesday the 23rd, staff will lead a workshop focused on relaxation, then the following Saturday, one titled “Just dance” geared towards doing just that.

Horseback ride
One particularly stand-out item on the October agenda is a horseback ride. The outing is exclusively for regular Casal attendees. Space is limited, reserve in advance.

Casal staff will also put on dance workshops during the winter months.

2 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

New round of integration classes for immigrants

xiii-curs-integrci-social-i-cu1The Formentera Council's social welfare department announces that 21-23 October islanders can sign up to take part in the 13th round of social and cultural integration classes. Lessons will be held 5-28 November at the Formentera adult learning centre. Social welfare chief Rafa Ramírez described the course as “tuned to helping newcomers integrate and stay abreast of administrative matters”.

Course content
Space is available for 15, and admission is granted in the order applications are received. Individuals interested in enrolling should visit the social welfare department during normal office hours (àrea de Benestar Social; 9.00am to 2.00pm) and come with either a NIE (foreign-born resident's card) or passport. The twice-weekly lessons —a total of 20 hours of instruction— take place Tuesdays and Thursdays from 4.30pm to 7.00pm, and are free of charge. Classes are held in the large classroom of the adult education centre, or Escola d'Adults.

Topics covered will include Spain's constitutional values, human rights and civil liberties, the Balearic Statute of Autonomy, the European Union and gender equality, among others. The courses are aimed at helping students obtain accreditation from the Balearic government attesting to students' will to integrate.

1 October 2019
Department of Communication
Consell de Formentera

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