The Sant Josep de sa Talaia Town Council and the Salvem Sa Badia de Portmany initiative have organised the first Badia de Portmany Festival, an extensive programme of concerts held on an outdoor stage in the new Caló de s'Oli Auditorium, with the sea as a backdrop. The open-air recitals coincide with the exhibition of photographs from the first edition of the MARE underwater images competition, which takes place in the auditorium hall itself.
The aim of this proposal is to link culture and music with the protection of nature, to raise awareness through art of the need to protect the marine environment and its ecosystems, and to offer a programme of shows that will attract the public from the bay and from all over the island to this new venue, whose interior the City Council plans to inaugurate next October.
This collaboration comes after the inauguration of the photography exhibition last weekend, during which a musical performance was given on the festival stage by the jazz trio made up of Catalan organist Víctor Gressely, American bassist Dennis Herman and Icelandic saxophonist Sigurdur Jonsson. A further eight concerts, all featuring bands from the island, are scheduled for the rest of July and August, and will take place from 9 p.m. onwards. Along with the performances, there are plans to set up a food truck where the public can eat and drink in the open air, next to the performance area.
The concert calendar is:
- Sunday 25 July: LaCalle
- Saturday 31 July: Sequoia Trio
- Sunday 1 August: Pez Mago
- Saturday 7 August: Bluesmafia
- Sunday 8 August: Sonics
- Saturday 14 August: Gianni Gagliardi
- Sunday 15 August: Pasados de Vueltas
- Sunday 22 August: Sol Post Jam Session.
The new Caló de s'Oli Auditorium is an exceptional setting for music and will become one of the most emblematic cultural spaces in the bay of Portmany, as soon as it is fully operational with all its equipment and rooms. For Salvem Sa Badia, participating in the first festival to be held in this place is a great privilege and an opportunity to remind us of the need to care for and improve this unique and historic environment.
Presentation this Sunday of the initiative 'Es Voluntaris de sa Badia'.
This Sunday, 25th July, Salvem Sa Badia de Portmany will also present the new service 'Es Voluntaris de sa Badia' at the Caló de s'Oli Auditorium, a team of young people concerned about the environment who will be working this summer to raise awareness about the value of Posidonia, prevent anchoring in the meadow and other environmental issues. The presentation ceremony will take place between 21.30 and 22:00, during the interval of this Sunday's concert by the group LaCalle.
About the MARE exhibition
The MARE exhibition is made up of some 40 images by many professionals and amateurs, the best of which were submitted last year to the Certamen Audiovisual per la Conservació de la Mar Balear (Audiovisual Competition for the Conservation of the Balearic Sea). It will remain on display until 29 August and can be visited every day except Fridays, from 10 a.m. to 1.30 p.m., and also during concerts. The images have also been arranged next to the windows, so that they can be seen from the outside at any time of day or night.
The exhibition has been organised by the Sant Josep de Sa Talaia Town Council and MARE, an event promoted by the Marilles Foundation, with the collaboration of the Marine Forum and Salvem Sa Badia de Portmany. The latter organisation is in charge of making the exhibition more dynamic and exposing this space to the public. From Monday to Thursday, an oceanographer from Salvem Sa Badia will explain the exhibition to the students of the summer schools of the municipality and will organise workshops on biodiversity, related to the marine environment.
About the initiative 'Salvem Sa Badia de Portmany'.
The 'Salvem Sa Badia de Portmany' initiative was launched in December 2019 and its objectives are to visualise the threats that endanger the bay, halt its deterioration and promote the progressive recovery of its environmental quality. To this end, the aim is to involve the whole of the surrounding society and to initiate a process of popular awareness of the importance of conserving and protecting the bay's environment, as it is a key element for the local economy, social coexistence and natural balance.
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