Archive for November, 2012

Ibiza’s Museum of Contemporary Art – a surprise

November 16th, 2012

Tonight we went down to the Ibiza Museum of Contemporary Art (MACE – Museu D’Art Contemporani S’Eivissa) for the first time for the opening night of the “Vida y Muerte” (Life & Death) exhibition by artist Isabel Echarri.

(The exhibition runs until 4th march 2013 in the weapons room.)

Looking at it from a laymans perspective & someone who doesnt go to too many art exhibitions it was really interesting – the “chess board” featured heavily in all her works – “life is chess?” sprang to mind. There were great trails of sand & salt on the floor & underneath a couple of the large exhibits – the trails, much to the odd amusement of anyone who noticed, were kicked & knocked inadvertently.

Once we’d had a good look around the exhibition and were about to leave (after the obligatory glass of cava) we realised the rest of the building & artwork was open – this was the revelation.

The word museum conjurers up images of visiting stuffy museums as a kid – however….

The exhibition was on the 2nd floor but when we started exploring the other floors we found brightly lit, airy spaces with a ton of what we guess people would call modern art but quirky and fun and “hmmmm…”.

We knew that when it was first built MACE had work stopped because they found original Roman ruins when doing the foundations and that they wanted to preserve them and incorporate them into the building somehow.

What we found was fun – walking over the ruins clearly visible and lit beneath your feet is both weird and odd “can we walk across this?” but there was no way to see some of the artwork on the other side of the room without doing just that.

MACE changed my whole view of “museums” in Ibiza and it’s a lovely building and space to showcase contemporary art.

The museum acquired its first works in 1964. Since then the collections have gradually developed over the years through prizes awarded by the Ibiza Biennale and Ibizagráfic, donations (such as that from Carl van der Voort in 1997), deposits, bequests and acquisitions.

To get there, take the ramp to the right of plaza del parque (by the vara de rey) and as soon as you get to the top head to your right where you will see the entrance. Go have a wander around if you’re in Ibiza Town – or make a trip…

Some video and photos below.
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Rugby 10’s Tournament to be held in Ibiza 2013

November 14th, 2012


Backed by the Consell and the Ayuntamiento of Ibiza Town, RugbySpy has today announced the official date and location for historic inaugural Ibiza 10s tournament, set to take place on June 8th 2013 at the Estadio Municipal Can Misses.

The RugbySpy Ibiza 10s Tournament is the brainchild of Abby Edwards, a City businesswoman and rugbyphile from London who has been coming to the island for a number of years . The RugbySpy team is most grateful and honored by the very enthusiastic response to the launch of the tournament in Ibiza Town, an idea the town’s Consell and Ayuntamiento embraced and supported straight away.

More than 5 ,000 spectators are expected to fill the Can Misses stadium on the second weekend of June 2013 to see a packed day of rugby played by a number of teams, including one made up of players who have played at national and international level and the also the home nation , represented by Ibiza Rugby Club . There will also be a number of players who are currently playing for Premiership teams, who will work with the competitors and mingle with the crowds.

The one-day invitational tournament will be the first and only commercial rugby event of its kind on the island and peninsula, and the first Tens Tournament in Spain…

Set against the backdrop of breath taking and typical Balearic scenery, and with its main venue a stones’ throw from the magnificent Ibiza Port – a UNESCO World Heritage site, supporters have everything to experience an unforgettable day of rugby and entertainment as usual with their family and friends in a great atmosphere, which has been produced to allow everyone to experience the ultimate Mediterranean weekend or a longer holiday on an island which offers the best of all worlds as a destination.

The Ibiza Tens aims to become a vehicle to boost rugby’s development in Ibiza, Spain and the Iberian Peninsula as a whole. With a women’s national rugby union team making strides year on year in the 6 Nations, a men’s side showing impressive progress in the 6 Nations B tournament and in the wake of the Spanish Sevens national team historic achievements last season in qualifying for the Sevens World Series, there is a strong potential for rugby taking a firm hold in Spain and Ibiza beyond that of a fringe sport. RugbySpy together with the Ibiza Rugby Club will be offering a “come and try” session prior to the start of the tournament offering a taster for those who have never played before and coaching tips to those looking to improve existing skills.

RugbySpy sense that Tens Rugby and other hybrid versions of the sport like Tag and Touch have a strong growth potential here in Ibiza and in Spain as a whole as the warm year-long climate allows for playing into the evening while the local rhythm and lifestyle creates the perfect environment for enjoying the social elements of the sport.

Therefore, the City of Ibiza Town’s Sport and Recreation Department, in partnership with RugbySpy, will host the Ibiza Tens’ Rugby Tournament partly in order to reward the passion and generous hard work displayed for the sport by growing ranks of local volunteers and players. For we all hope Ibiza will produce some of the future national stars of the sport and events like ours serve as a vital launching pad for the future development of rugby in the region.

The tournament will host 8 teams and 16 games in 2 pools of four teams, 3 play-off stages and one 3rd place decider in a fun-packed day of sun, high-quality fast-paced rugby and social entertainment.
This year’s RugbySpy Ibiza Tens promises to be a highlight of the Iberian rugby year and a highly enjoyable event for all spectators with an exciting line-up.. There will be a lot of novelty to experience for the whole family or groups of rugby enthusiasts, both on and off the pitch. Be among the first able to say you were here at the very first RugbySpy Ibiza 10s!

Bajos Estadio Municipal Can Misses Calle Campanitx, 27

Saturday, 8 June: Games start from 10:30 GMT

The winners presentation is at approx 18:00

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AECC receive €8,000 donation from Teenage Cancer Trust and Groucho Club

November 10th, 2012

There’s lots of people here who raise shedloads of money for causes that are important. The Winches footy tournament the other week, the care for cats, the cancer fair in december.

The Ibiza & Formentera Branch of the Spanish Cancer Association, AECC, announced this week that they have received a donation from the Teenage Cancer Trust and London’s private members club, Groucho Club, with a total of 8,000€ handed over by TCT patron, Darren Strowger, in a meeting on the island some days ago.

The donation comes as a result of funds raised at the second annual Ibiza Summer Party in aid of Teenage Cancer Trust and the Ibiza and Formentera branch of the Asociación Española Contra el Cáncer (AECC) held on Thursday16th August 2012 at local San Antonio agroturismo hotspot, S’Atalaya.

Darren and the Groucho were delighted to be able to present the AECC with the cheque for €8,000 in order that the association continue their unending work supporting cancer patients and their families in the Pitiusas.

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Sue Mari, Vice-President of the AECC is over the moon with the donation and had this to say on the welcome news:

We are very happy with the outcome of the collaboration with Antz, the Teenage Cancer Trust and the Groucho Club and very grateful that they considered raising funds for the association.

In Ibiza and Formentera there are an increasing number of cancer patients who need our help and the funds raised will enable us to meet their specific needs. Thanks to FIX Ibiza and Antz for their role in bringing everybody involved together.

We look forward to nurturing our relationship with both the Teenage Cancer Trust and the Groucho Club over the coming months.”

The Ibiza Summer party will be coming back for the 3rd year in 2013, again in support of both Teenage Cancer Trust and AECC; both dates are yet to be confirmed along with the venue for the event.

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