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April events for Mallorca

During the day tomorrow, Wednesday April 11th, there is an Open Day at Palma College for any young person interested in studying there. In the afternoon there will be a fundraising event organised by Inquisitive Crew at Galibos Bar in Astilleros de Mallorca. This event starts at 5.30pm. It is to raise money for cancer charities and is for women by women.  Finally for tomorrow in the evening there will be a Charity Jazz Night organised by the Rotary Club of Calvia starting with dinner at 8pm at the Hotel Saratoga and followed by live music. You can book by emailing info@kate.es

The Road Bike Festival also kicks off tomorrow  and continues for four days. It’s a festival is dedicated to road cycling. You will find it on the road linking Playa de Muro and Alcudia, and will feature parties, live music and stalls with the latest road cycling gear, workshops with experts, test rides, cycling races and lots more.

On Thu 12th Apr the Mallorca Walking Event starts in Peguera. Over four days hundreds of people will hike along paths and trails in Peguera. Different routes will take participants along nature paths through charming villages, and beautiful beaches taking in the Mallorcan coast and the impressive Tramuntana mountain range. There are routes of 30, 20 or 12.5 kilometres each day. You can register at http://www.mallorcawalkingevent.com

Over the coming weekend of April 13, 14 and 15th up in Alcudia you will get the chance you’ve been waiting for to try cuttlefish, it’s not just for your budgie! Alcudia will be hosting its annual cuttlefish fair and there will be an exhibition, a craft market, a boat show, children’s parties and a playground, and a food market.

On Saturday the 14th you can watch the final day of cycling racing of the Six Day Series.
Having competed in London, Berlin and Copenhagen the final is in Mallorca with a party like atmosphere on the Palma Arena track.  www.sixday.com/mallorca/ On Saturday April 14th there will be a Violin and Piano concert at the Teatro Municipal at 8pm. The duo will perform Vivaldi, Beethoven, Mozart, Chopin, Paganini and Malte Kahler.

Also on the 14th the Lions Club of Palma will be present an evening of music at the Shamrock in Palma. You can book by emailing singen@lionsclubpalma.com the price is 40€ per person and includes a welcome drink, finger food and a donation to their charity.

Over the weekend of April 20th, 21st and 2nd there will be a comedy performed by the Anglican Church Drama Club, called Murdered to Death. I understand that is a very clever Agathat Christie / Miss Marple spoof. Tickets go really fast for these events so get your as soon as you can. Call 971 510 587, 634 200 242 or email rns@psi-mail.com

On Saturday April 21st there will be an open day at Fit Club in Son Caliu, they will have a DJ, a healthy food tasting including smoothies and the menu from Fitness Kitchen Mallorca. There will also be a competition to win a month’s training at the gym.  On Sunday April 22nd there will be a Wim Hof Method day held at Finca s’Almudaina. The WimHof method has been proved to strengthen your immune system, you learn a unique breathing technique during the day. It is also a fantastic challenge because at the end of the day you sit in a bath of ice! You can get more information on my site.

If you are an early bird then you can go to business networking events in Calvia on Wednesday mornings at 7.30am, for more information please visit http://www.mallorcamatters.com. You have to request an invitation and the email address is on my site. john@kavanaghconsulting.com

The Palma Boat Show starts on April 27th and goes through the weekend. At the same time, on the other side of the road the Palma Beer Festival will be doing its best to keep us all hydrated with 200 beer brands on offer.

On Saturday 28th April the roads of Mallorca will be filled (even more so than usual) with cyclists doing the 312 when they attempt to cycle around the island.

On Saturday 28th and Sunday 29th there will be a dog training course organised by Heather Whitehouse featuring  John McGuigan, also known as “The Glasgow Dog Trainer”. Based in Glasgow, Scotland, John has been dedicated to behavioural modification for many years in an evolutionary way, constantly training and refining his knowledge. After many years combining his work with the police service he retired four years ago and is now focused on offering education.  His specialty is the “difficult” cases, many times being dogs that have already passed through several educators with wrong or ineffective ways.  He believes that when dogs do not do what we ask, there are simple explanations – They either do not understand  or they are not motivated to do it. For info and reservations: info @ forcefreedt.com

The International Day of Jazz is on April 30th, there will be several events and concerts on the Saturday the 28th and Monday the 30th to celebrate this. The organisers have not yet released details but look out for them on my website after April 19th.

MARCH EVENTS FOR MALLORCA

Tomorrow evening, Tuesday the 13th March there will be a “Mad for Mutts” Palma Dog Quiz Fundraiser. It starts at 7pm at The Boathouse in Palma. There will be loads of prizes on offer and it’s a big support for animals which need rehoming. DETAILS HERE: Mad For Mutts

On Thursday March 15th there will be a book launch for Samantha Meade-Newman Whittington, her first book “Rosamunda y las Montanas del Norte” will be  Biblioteca Can Sales in Placa Porta de Santa Catalina from 7pm.  Also that same evening Club Ultima Hora has organised a conference with Chris Sharma, a famous climber from California who will talk about sports climbing in Mallorca. The event is free and starts at 8pm at the Trui Theatre. You have to pick up an invitation from the Palau de la Premsa in Palma beforehand. DETAILS HERE

On Friday March 16th at 8pm you can join the Mood Singers for The Rhythm of Life concert in aid of Cala Nova Cancer Care. The event will be at the Anglican Church in Son Armadans Palma. Tickets are 10€ per person including a drink and nibbles.

Also on Friday evening it’s the opening night of Stereo in Magaluf, marking the beginning of their season. DETAILS HERE

From the 16th to the 18th of March you can try out the island’s best craft beers and live music at the Bierkonig Centre in S’Arenal.

On Saturday 17th March there will be a mindfulness workshop. Designed as an entry level to mindful meditation you will practice meditation, mindful waking and eating and talk about the health benefits. DETAILS HERE

On Saturday evening at MariSol Yoga in Placa del Progreso in Palma there will be a women’s circle event from 8pm to 9pm. It’s an open event and all women are invited to join.  DETAILS HERE

Sunday the 18th of March will feature the St Patrick’s Festival in Santa Ponca, there’s plenty of market stalls, entertainments, and the Guinness will be flowing!

On Wednesday 21st March there will be the grand opening of a new handmade ice cream shop in Palma, called Bo Bom Gelato. They will be offering “true” Gelato, gelato cakes, Italian hot chocolate, Easter Eggs, and freshly made Italian Easter cakes called Colomba, and plenty of Prosecco as well!  DETAILS HERE

Also on Wednesday 21st March from 10am to 1pm there will be a Spring Equinox inspired session, the Sacred Chant Awakening the Divine Femine. It will be at Peopletree in Alaro and led by yoga teacher Jeanne Lurie. It will include a gong deep relaxation session.

On the evening of the 21st of March you can catch the Moscow Ballet at Palma Auditorium performing Swan Lake.

On the weekend of the 24th and 25th of March there will be the Sheep and Goat fair in Calvia village. There’s always loads going on, including plenty of animals to go and see, pony rides for children, market stalls and plenty of fun and games.

On Saturday March 24th there will be a  Car Boot Sale at the BIC school in Magaluf from 1.30 to 4.30pm. Anyone who wants a pitch should contact the school in advance.  Also on the same day you can catch the Fiesta de la Primavera at Port Adriano, El Toro where they promise to offer loads of family friendly activities.

Also over the weekend of the 24th and 25th there is a theatre event called Spring In The Magic Forest. It’s aimed at kids and will be performed at the Palma Auditorium. The show is in Spanish and English and the kids will be invited up on to stage so make sure they wear their animal costumes. DETAILS HERE

Also on Saturday March 24th there will be a March For Our Lives event held in Palma. This is a protest in support of the kids and families in America who are marching all over the country on this day in an attempt to change the gun laws. The march organisers are asking for everyone to come and join them in the peaceful protest to send a message from across the world to the US government.  Meet in Plaza La Lonja at 10am, wear a white shirt with red or blue, bring friends, family, neighbours and anyone who cherishes peace and life.     DETAILS HERE

28th March art exhibition opening at the Century 21 Palm Beach offices in Paseo de Mallorca. The artist Sebastian Bispo will be showing his most recent works.

On Saturday 31st March the next edition of the Vegan Day Out will be hosted at the Son Alegre Vinyard in Calogne. It starts at 1pm and will feature live music, yoga, meditation, cooking workshops, an organic wine bar and more. DETAILS HERE

If you like fun fairs then you have until the 15th of April to go along to the Fira del Ram. It’s down beside the Son Castello industrial estate in Palma and is open every day.

Looking into April, there will be an training event for entrepreneurs on the 13th to the 15th April called Woha.  DETAILS HERE

Turn and face the strange

David Bowie

My week long “digital detox” from Facebook and Twitter ended on Monday, just in time for me to read of the news of the death of one of my heroes, David Bowie. David Bowie wasn’t everyone’s cup of tea, but he certainly influenced my youth, my taste in music and my view of originality. He showed me that it was fine to stand out, to be different, to say challenging things, and because the way that he delivered ideas was always in a non threatening way, he managed to get his point across in a way that seemed to really work. David Bowie didn’t make angry music, instead he wrote thoughtful songs about emotions and life situations. These past two days, because of my return to Facebook and its never ending feed of information and posts,  I’ve been on a long, and occasionally tearful, jog down memory lane back to my childhood when Ashes to Ashes and Let’s Dance were hits. I was too young to enjoy the Aladdin Sane and Thin White Duke eras first time around, but I lapped up the albums as my interest in Bowie grew. I liked his style and I liked his groove. I respected him as an poet, a style icon and a performer: even when he did that awful song “Dancing in the Streets” with Mick Jagger he got away with it.

As the world started to react to the news of David Bowie’s passing so it also listened closely to the lyrics of this songs: the most recent single, Lazarus, released only last week on his 69th birthday opens with the line “Look up here, I’m in heaven”. Even in his death David Bowie was expressing himself as elegantly and originally as he had done in his lifetime. He seems to have faced and considered his own demise with clarity and thoughtfulness, measuring out exactly what he wanted to say about it, delivering it perfectly.

But now he’s gone, who do we have breaking the mould, standing up and being themselves, not being afraid to express themselves profoundly? We must take inspiration from this amazing man’s life and be proud of our individuality and of our thoughts, there is nothing wrong with being well educated, of reading, of having deep and intense conversations. Having spent a week away from social media I’ve realised that recently I’ve been too busy trying to collect information and not busy enough trying to understand it. That should be our mission for now, to try to absorb and understand more, to reflect out, to be more Bowie, and less X Factor.

RIP David Bowie. 1947 – 2016

Majorca’s the star

Text Vicki McLeod

Photos Evolution Film Festival

Sandra Seeling Lipski, the festival's founder and director.jpg

Last year I went to meet a very impressive woman, Sandra Seeling Lipski, the founder and director of the Evolution Film Festival. A year on, following a very successful festival last year, Sandra is now preparing for this year’s held right here in Majorca. The film festival features movies and documentaries (long and short) in English or subtitled in English which have been created by film makers from all over the world. Sandra, who was born in Berlin and grew up in Majorca is now a resident of LA where she works as an actress, most recently shooting the new series of “Jane the Virgin”.

VMc: So! What’s new, last year you told me that you wanted to have developed the festival enough to have a large sponsor, did you manage to do that?

SSL: We have a new official media partner:  iB3 are onboard with us so that’s really exciting. The Islas Balear Film Commission will be presenting the “Evolutionary Island” award for the best film connected to Majorca. Palma Ayuntamiento are supporting us, we have a big poster on the back of a bus going around and around the city. We have Perrier Jouet champagne sponsoring our reception.. so yes, things are changing and improving!

VMc: Great, so you are growing. This is the fourth year of the festival, you’re doing really well I think.

SSL: The Evolution Film Festival is evolving! We’ve expanded from six days to nine days, we couldn’t fit everything in. We were asked by the people at Port Adriano if we could collaborate with them in some way so we came with the idea of doing a drive in! That’s happening on Saturday November 7th. We had to figure out a way to get the sound inside the cars so we are going to broadcast on a radio signal which you can listen to in your car. It’s only 10€ per car, so you can load it up with people and go in and watch the movie. There’s limited space so it’s best to book in advance on our website. We’re hoping it will be fun! Marc Fosh is hosting a movie food event at San Juan Mercat where he will recreate food from famous scenes in the movies. And we are hosting Mallorca Go which is in association with the Islas Baleares Film Commission where we will take five film makers around Majorca with the intention to inspire them to make movies here.

VMc: Where will you take them?

SSL: They’re thinking around Deia and Valldemossa will be a good place to start. You can see a great variety of different locations there within a small area.

VMc: And will you continue to have the events at Rialto Living?

SSL: Oh yes, Cafe con Cine, yes they are great! They will be in the mornings on the 14th and 15th of November where you will be able to get free coffee and pastries and talk to the film makers who are showing films here. They will be at the beautiful concept store Rialto Living. We welcome filmmakers and actors for a casual Q&A incorporating questions from the audience while enjoying complimentary coffee, croissants and sandwiches from the Rialto Living Bistro. Come early as this event fills up fast!

VMc: And you are also doing a workshop for wannabe film makers?

SSL: Yes, The Producers’ Club, we will talk about the process of producing a script. That will be at Es Baluard on Wednesday 11th November.

VMc: But it all starts with the big premier night.

SSL: Opening night is Tuesday November 10th, we will start the evening with a VIP, Red carpet champagne cocktail reception presented by Champagne Perrier Jouët at the Fundacion La Caixa Bar and Restaurant at 19:00. After we’ve mingled with the filmmakers and actors on the red carpet we will simply cross the street to the majestic Teatro Principal and enjoy the Opening Ceremony and movie, beginning at 21:00. On Wednesday 11th November afternoon at 16:00 we will finally start our screenings at the wonderful cinema Cineciutat a non-profit organization in the heart of Palma aiming to preserve and feature indpendent arthouse cinema. For the following four days you can enjoy a stellar line-up of international feature films, short films, documentary features and shorts, music videos, experimental films and films for Kids – There is something for everyone, comedy, romance, dramas, midnight thrillers and documentaries with social and political themes that aim to educate and inspire you.

VMc: Tell me about the movies, I know it must be hard to choose a handful from the many that you are showing, but which ones stand out for you?

SSL: It’s tricky that’s for sure, everyone asks me this question! We’ve got some amazing, brilliant films to show. “Blood Orange”, which is the film for our premier event this year, was shot in Ibiza. It stars Iggy Pop playing “Bill” a retired, aging rock star. It’s a fun, modern film, a noir thriller. “In Stereo” is our drive in movie, David and Brenda are perfect for each other, and everyone knows it except David and Brenda. It’s a New York City love story. “Pikadero” is a movie examining modern life problems in Spain where unable to fly the nest due to economic limitations young couples have to find a place where they can be alone. “Die Geschichte Vom Astronauten” was shot here in Majorca, it’s about a an author who retreats here to work. “Sling Shot” and “A Candid Affair” were both shot in Majorca as well . Then we are showing “Bridgend” which is about a series of suicides in a small village. And another one that I am really excited about is “The Tribe” which features deaf actors playing pupils in a boarding school for the deaf. They communicate entirely with sign language so you may think you won’t understand it, but you will. Then we have something for children on the Sunday afternoon as well. So we’ve got a wide choice of films for everybody.

Blood Orange, the first movie of the festival        Die Geschichte Vom Astonauten, shot in Majorca (1)

Blood Orange                  Die Geschichte Vom Astronauten

In Stereo, the drive in movie showing at Port Adriano tonight

         In Stereo

Pikadero, takes a humorous look at a problem facing many young Spanish couples

       Pikadero

Bridgend, about a series of sad incidents in Wales (1)

         Bridgend

VMc: Are there any themes running through your choices?

SSL: I’d say love is a theme this year. Second or even third love, what happens when you meet someone after having been in love before. What happens when seniors fall in love again.

VMc: And the whole thing is judged by a panel and then the winning movies get to be shown at an event in LA?

SSL: Yep, after the last film has been shown we will make the presentations. There are 13 awards and then some of these go to be shown next year at my other festival! It’s a win win situation, I get to bring Majorca to LA and the independent film makers get the chance to have more exposure in heart of the film industry.

Congratulations to Sandra and her team, and good luck for the festival, please support this amazing initiative for Majorca.

A Festival Pass is 50€ and includes: The Opening Champagne Cocktail presented by Perrier Jouet, The Gala screening at Teatro Principal and ALL 22 Blocks at Cineciutat for 50€. More information at : http://www.evolutionfilmfestival.com To see more articles about people on the island visit http://www.mallorcastories.co