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Live Music and Kids Workshops in the Mercado Viejo of Ibiza Old Town

March 4th, 2011

As we approach the first days of Spring, it’s time for the 4th edition of the ever-expanding series of events ‘Els Dissabtes al Mercat Vell’ in Ibiza Town. The events, and indeed the initiative itself, form part of the Ibiza Town Hall’s plan to breathe new life into the Old Town and port area of Ibiza, more commonly known as La Marina, during the low season months.

Combining live music from some of the island’s finest musicians as well as kids’ workshops from CLOWNIDOSCOPIO, there are a total of six events this year, the first one to take place on Saturday 5th March, the last on 14th May. Whilst the kids’ workshops start at 11am, the music begins an hour later, at midday.

As per tradition, the EIVISSA JAZZ BIG BAND will kick off the ‘Els Dissabtes’ concerts and over the following weeks the line-up will also include local talents PROJECTE MUT, IVAN DOMENECH, BLUESMAFIA I ES SALIGARDOS and not forgetting CANBLAU GOSPEL who’ll be back for their second performance in the old market place. Also this year, the organisers have added a touch of rockabilly to the proceedings, with Mallorca’s BLACK CATS confirmed for the closing concert on 14th May.
Clownidoscopio, it should also be noted, have put together a collection of workshops that should keep the younger members of the community fully entertained, using their ‘Reciclown’ programme; their activities as always based on making toys and games from recycled materials.

5th March
‘Puppet Pals’ Workshop

19th March
‘Making Kites’ Workshop

2nd April
‘The Cardboard Dragon’ Workshop

16th April
Paint your self-portrait’ Workshop

30th April
‘Making Stilts’ Workshop

14th May
‘Mr Potato Head’ Workshop


11.00am Puppet Workshop: ‘Puppet Pals’. If you can’t find a use for your old clothes, toilet rolls and other unwanted stuff, bring it with you to the workshop and we’ll help you make a new puppet friend!
The Eivissa Jazz Big Band unites a number of the island’s resident musicians under the one musical sky. Linked to the Patronat Municipal de Música d’Eivissa and directed by guitarist Alfredo Souza, the band use the Can Ventosa Auditorium as their base, and have performed there on many occasions as well as in a number of venues across Ibiza and Formentera and even in Alcalá de Henares. They were also a fixture in the calendar of the Ibiza Jazz Festival in 2007 and 2010. The orchestra itself has also received master classes from the likes of Francisco Blanco “Latino”, the trombonist Toni Belenguer y trumpet player David Pastor.

11.00am: KIDS WORKSHOP: ‘Making Kites’. Let the spring breeze carry you over to the Mercado Viejo where Clownidoscopio will be on hand to help you make your very own kite, from recycled materials-obviously! Lets fill the sky with colour!
Projecte Mut is the brainchild of local singer/songwriter David Serra Statuas d Sal) and musician/producer músico y productor Joan Barbé (Ressonadors, Statuas d Sal). The project was born in 2005 as a way of bringing their native tongue onto the stage. Going down a folk/rock road, the band use traditional Ibicenco poetry as their lyrics, combining it with their own musical skills and keeping a somewhat acoustic sound to the performance. Amongst other key instruments used, Projecte Mut mix electric guitar with acoustic violin and of course, the full range of Pitiuso instruments including the castanets and the ‘payés’ drum-the ‘espasi’.

11.00am KIDS WORKSHOP: ‘The Cardboard Dragon’ Let your imagination take over as you get stuck into creating a monster of a dragon, with Clownidoscopio showing you how and of course, only using recycled materials. Bring along your bits and bobs- egg boxes, bottle lids, old wool and anything else you think your dragon might like to be made of!
At long last, Ibiza’s got a swing sound! From jumpin’ blues to boogie and jazz, BluesMafia i es Saligardos will soon have you up and dancing. This formation of nine island musicians have a reportoire of not only the classics but also their own material and they are ready to quite literally, swing into action!

11.00am KIDS WORKSHOP.. ‘Paint your self-portrait. Ever tried to capture your own likeness? Now’s the time! Lets see how you see yourself- first and foremost, as a grand artist! Clownidoscopio on hand to help you do just that, using their recycled materials.
12.00pm IVAN DOMENECH Live!
‘¿Te acuerdas del pop español?’ or in other words; ‘do you remember Spanish Pop?’. If you do, or even if you don’t, let Ivan Domenech show you how it’s done. Spanish pop in the 80’s was something of a revelation, now at the Mercat Vell, Ivan and crew- Joan Barbé (guitar, vocals); Jano Blanco (bass) y Fernando Hormigo (drums ) take us back down memory lane without the bad outfits.

11.00am Kids Workshop ‘Yes, We Can Make Stilts’. As usual Clownidoscopio have had another great idea. Bring along your tincans and lets get cracking on making you some stilts. See what it feels like to see the world from higher up! And also, a great exercise for improving your balance.
12.00pm CANBLAU GOSPEL Live!
Under the direction of Charlotte Look and piano master Joan Oscar Palerm Costa, and in less than two years, The CanBlau Gospel Choir has united some 45 individuals, each one looking for an alternative to the traditional choir; something incorporating fun, vocal performance and live music- they soon found it with Gospel or Black Spiritual Music.
Today, CanBlau Gospel are regular faces on the island music scene, performing at charity and local events, with a wide repertoire that will keep any audience entertained.

11.00am Kids Workshop ‘Mr Potato Head’ Going retro and recycled at the same time, here’s a chance to rescue that poor potato that’s been lying in the vegetable bin for weeks and give him a life of his own. A new, healthy friend for you!
12.00pm BLACK CATS* live! + Closing Event
Try not to dance when Black Cats start playing- an all but impossible task. With a sound ranging from Hillbilly-Bop to classic Rock and Roll and influences that include the legends of the day –Gene Vincent, Eddie Cochran and Bill Haley, as well as Neo-rockabilly from the 80’s (Stray Cats, Restless), Mallorcan band Black Cats have performed in the United States and throughout the peninsula playing great songs to great crowds, Defined as ‘Rockabilly for all audiences’, some of Spain’s most revered music critics have devoted the following beautiful words to the Band:
Santiago Alcanda (Como Lo Oyes – Radio 3): “Very good, these human beings ‘,’ they have a bestial sound,” “a great discovery.”
Mark Sendarrubias in Satellites 3 (Radio 3): “They combine great songs with a very good sound,” a group to be taken seriously. “
Charlie Faber (satellites 3 – Radio 3): “Their debut has all the making of projecting Black Cats to the premier league of music!”

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Winter in Ibiza 2010/2011 Video

February 23rd, 2011

Defected have produced a great video about Ibiza in the winter: Ibiza Tourism board take note :)

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This winter weekend events in Ibiza

November 20th, 2009

A quick round up of this winter weekend in Ibiza – there is something for everyone:

Classic Fish n Chips at Ocho for lunch.
System of Survival at Delano’s: From 11.30 right through till 6am, tuck into noodles from 9pm
Pachatronic at Pacha with Andy Baxtor, Arian & Ryan O Gorman
SpeCrTRaFreQ @ Guarana: 12 – 2am James Kameran, 2 – 4am Nathan Coles, 4 – 6am Joe Smilovitch
Aura: DJ Antz and NOWTHEN playing live
Behind Closed Doors at Es Vive Hotel
Namibia: from 9.30pm live Jazz

JD’s: Fish n Chips and homemade snacks and Liverpool v Man City & Man utd v Everton on the telly
Delano’s: Global Radio, as Toni Moreno joins Iban Mendoza and the team of Asuntos Internos for an intimate gathering of style, fashion and music. Special bar presentation from Delivery Drink Ibiza on the terrace.
Guarana: Paolo Poletto Rubens
Let It Wiggle at Hotel Es Vive: DJs: Nathan Coles, Fred Everywhere and Bekka Rawkins, 10pm – 6am Free Entry
Namibia: from 6pm: Snack Electronica with guest DJ’s
Pacha: Angel Linde & Juan Diaz

JD’s: Sunday Roast and the football on the telly
Sunday Roast at Deleno’s: Chicken, Beef and Lamb on the menu this week, as well as New York Baked Cheesecake and Stick Toffee Pud. Book your table, bring the kids, grab the papers off the bar and relax back on the beach with a well built Bloody Mary.
Guarana: Live music with the Blues Mafia, Dazzla & Joe Peralta
Namibia: from 4pm: Youth Sessions dj’s

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This weekend at Pacha, Ibiza

November 18th, 2009

Contrary to popular opinion Ibiza doesn’t shut in the winter – to quote Danny Whittle from Pacha (via our friend Andy at Sonica Radio) – “Winter in Ibiza is the prize for making it through the summer” – too true.

Details of this weekend at Pacha:
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Sweet scent of… Winter in Ibiza

November 13th, 2008

Ibiza has a well-earned reputation for its stunning beaches and thriving club scene, but there is more to tease your senses here than just sight and sound. With Ryanair offering direct flights from London, there has never been a better time to experience the full glory of sensual Ibiza – sight, sound, taste, smell and touch. During the next few months we’ll be highlighting some of the unique seasonal delights of Ibiza. Starting with… scent

Scent is perhaps the most evocative sense, powerfully recalling moments and memories. During the summer the hot caress of the Mediterranean sun picks out whisper-soft notes of Ibiza‘s summer flowers and chalky pink dust. But as the days shorten and the pace of life slows the rich olfactory tapestry of the island reveals its boldest hues.

At the seaside

A morning stroll along the shoreline is ripe with the brine of woolly brown banks of posidonia (sea grass), thrown up from the airless salt heart of the sea. It can be overpowering, at times, until relieved by the keen, mineral edge of the waves. Cooler, humid evenings are the perfect time to appreciate Ibiza’s limey, long-needled pines and the robust evergreen notes of its native shrubs.

Late flowers

The seaside is as refreshing as good cologne; inland the primal odours of wood, earth and fruit dominate. Gnarled carob pods cast off a putrid-sweetish smell, punctuated with velvet notes of late-ripening figs and scattered wine-grapes drying on the vine. You may also catch the tang of wood smoke, or stumble upon two of the island’s edible treasures: anise and heady wild rosemary. Whatever you do, don’t rush from hotel to hire car to bar. Take time to breathe deeply – the complex scent of Ibiza will stay with you long after your winter tan has faded.

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Ibiza Opening Weekend… Parties All The Time?

June 11th, 2008

Question: Does summer in Ibiza mean the end of the world as we know it?

Having just completed my first winter on the island I am jittery with pre-season nerves. I’m anxious that Opening Weekend signals the end of civilised winter and the beginning of a summer fraught with hordes of hard-drinking, creatively sunburnt tourists charging around the island on dodgy mopeds. Is there really a great divide between “us” and “them” though? Or is it possible the invaders are more finely attuned to the tempo of island life than I’m prepared to give credit for?

Exhibit A: the Space queue at half-past one. Personally, I’m only here to see my friend Dan Tait play the Flight Club Arena. The line is crammed with season pass holders, and moving slowly, so there is plenty of time to ascertain the majority language is Spanish. An hour or so of idle eavesdropping finally takes us into the main arena, where — again — the crowd is overwhelmingly Latin.

Later in the afternoon we sneak off to get some lunch and bump into a couple of British friends who have just been turned away from Space for certain, er, indiscretions. Perhaps the superior ability of the locals to blend in and avoid unwanted attention from the Guardia explains why they’re more visibly out enjoying themselves.

Exhibit B: DC10. Thanks to the new opening hours law I expect my favourite grimy disco to be jam-packed by the time I arrive at 2PM. It isn’t.

My friends and I waltz in to the mostly empty car park and one of the first people I spot a friend from San An and his (Ibicenco) posse. Of course DC10 is the spiritual home of the island’s massive Italian contingent but so many of them have been around for so long they practically count as natives. More to the point, the club fills in the gradual, amiable fashion of a local watering hole: by 4PM the terrace is comfortably full of people chatting and dancing, by 7PM packed, by 10PM in the grip of a secular revival meeting with much raising of hands and voices.

Exhibit C: The aftermath. Despite horror prognostications about wild after-parties and roaming herds of bellowing Brits all is calm as we drift woozily out of DC10 at 12.30AM. Our afterparty consists of Massive Attack on the stereo and a few bottles of rotgut cava in preparation for a day at the beach. And there is notably no evidence of anyone else doing anything more exciting (at least not in Playa d’en Bossa).

Exhibit D: Tuesday. The weather makes up for its hitherto Trabant-like unreliability by allowing enough sunshine for bikini-wearing and ice cream-eating. Early evening brings a phone call from a friend who pops down to the beach to share another bottle of cava (something of a theme of the weekend). This merges seamlessly into a lazy dinner at our local grill, Cafeteria Parador, where neighbours are scattered around the terrace feasting on garlic-rich meats and heavy Ibicenco blood sausages. We linger late and enjoy a nightcap before retiring at the utterly respectable hour of 1AM.

Conclusion: For all my first-timer fears summer seems to promise more of the stuff I’ve come to love over the last few months. Spontaneous afternoons at local watering holes, cheerfully polyglot crowds in the clubs, late dinners at out of the way restaurants and lingering afternoons at the beach.

I may have to reconsider all this come July but for the moment I’m delighted and not a little relieved to discover the ease with which Ibiza rolls with the seasons.

By Cila

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Winter in Ibiza

February 2nd, 2008

The weather has again been great here in Ibiza today so one of the team went off to do the first part of the next ibiza hike – which we’ve imaginatively titled “Hike H” since its the 8th hike… On the way we passed Mangos Beach bar which is having quite a bit of work done…. They’ve dug an enourmous trench which we assume they are laying cables for a new hotel there. Also the sea on Santa Eulalia beach today was like a mill pond!




DC10 will be opening for a special party next weekend:


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