Archive for December, 2012

Suzy Cavender Art Exhibition – “Reflexiones de Ibiza”

December 9th, 2012

Suzy Cavender at the D-Shop Gallery – Suzy has had occasional exhibitions around the island over the last decade. The last was at Sandy’s Bar in Santa Eulalia a year ago. Now she is exhibiting her latest work at the lovely new D-Shop Gallery, next door to the ITV inspection station, from December 14th till the end of January. Although renowned for her attention to detail in portraying people, her recent works are much more “freestyle”.

She’s also sharing the space with an extraordinary artist whose last exhibition was ten years ago. Miguel Castellanos Sotos born in Cuenca won a scholarship to study art at the University of Valencia at the age of twelve. From there he went to the University of Madrid to study psychology and following military service came to Ibiza to search for his own artistic style, albeit influenced by Dali. He spent nine years painting on Ibiza then, one day, he went out to do the shopping and never returned.

It transpires that he returned to the mainland and joined the Franciscan Order of Santiago de Compostela and is now known as Fr. Miguel Castellanos Sotos.

He’s still painting and his more recent works could best be described as deeply religious.

Although Fr. Miguel can’t make it to the exhibition this month, he and Suzy welcome you to a visual treat…

Opening: 14th December at 7pm
D-Shop Gallery
Ctra. San Miguel 2.300
Rotunda Santa Gertrudis
Opening hours: 10am – 1.30pm & 5.30pm – 9pm
Saturday: 10am – 1.30pm or by appointment
Tel: +34 606 343 046

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Jake Bugg headlines ibiza Rocks 2013 opening gig

December 3rd, 2012

jake buggAn early christmas present from Ibiza Rocks. Jake Bugg who supported Ben Howard last year at Ibiza Rocks has been announced as the opening headline act for next summers Ibiza Rocks 2013.

Now in its eighth year the gigs will see 16 gigs run from 5th June until 18th September.

Jake bugg: “I’m really looking forward to playing Ibiza Rocks in 2013. I did it as support earlier this year with Ben Howard so it’s great to be invited back to play a great outdoor headline set. It seems like every time people say guitar music is dead, that’s when it comes back. I think people are hungry for it.”

Shane Murray, Promoter, said: “Jake played as a new artist last season when the buzz about him was just beginning and you could see that he was a very rare talent. We’re excited and proud to bring him back as our opening headliner less than a year later. Given that Biffy Clyro, Plan B and Ed Sheeran have all headlined opening shows he’s in pretty good company. What a way to kick off 16 amazing weeks under the Balearic stars. It feels like a really exciting time for live music and guitar music in particular again. Summer can’t come soon enough.”

There will be limited €30 resident tickets available throughout the summer

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The arrival of Christmas in Ibiza

December 1st, 2012

November 30th marked the arrival of the Christmas festivities in Ibiza Town, when the Christmas tree lights and street decorations were turned on in the Vara de Rey just after dark at 6pm. In my view the installation of bright, twinkling, Christmas lights are the best thing that can happen to brighten up dark December days, so this occasion needs to be celebrated, and it was. A decent sized (but not too large) crowd assembled to witness the occasion, and to hear children singing Christmas songs and carols around the tree afterwards.

The Vara de Rey has been transformed for the season with stalls selling food and gifts. There is a Christmas market in a marquee selling decorations, nativity scene figures and gifts, open until December 23rd from 10.00-22.00 everyday. And there’s a Craft Market open until January 6th from 10.00-14.00 and 17.00-22.00, selling a range of gifts including jewellery, hats, scarves and bags.

There are also a number of stalls selling a wide variety of food and drink, to sustain you whilst admiring the tree and the lights and shopping. My favourite was the one selling bread with cheese, sausage or sobrasada (locally made sausage) with a small cup of red wine for a euro, but also available were crepes, corn on the cob, roast chestnuts, candy floss, and churros.

If you’re not into shopping, eating or drinking, there are a few fairground-type stalls where you can while away a few minutes, by shooting at targets or balloons, or throwing balls at tin cans and the like.

Without a doubt this was an enjoyable start to the Christmas festivities, and I recommend a visit to the Vara de Rey for a snack and a browse whilst you’re in town or doing some Christmas shopping, especially after dark when all the lights are on.

The full programme of Christmas events from the Ajuntament D’Eivissa can be downloaded from here (only in Spanish and Catalan):

Bon Nadal, Feliz Navidad, Happy Christmas!

Words and photos by ClaireB

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