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“Festes de la Terra” make Eivissa Town anchor of music, art and sport

The first fortnight in August, Eivissa Town is abuzz—brimming with music and awash in a flurry of activities to commemorate the historic milestones.

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The first fortnight in August, Eivissa Town is abuzz—brimming with music and awash in a flurry of activities to commemorate the historic milestones on the 5th, 8th and 15th underpinning “Festes de la Terra”. Every year, it is with fondness that the municipal government coordinates the banner event, for which countless artists have already taken the stage. The two-week-long “Festes de la Terra” programme sets traditional and innovative activities against the backdrop of this most cosmopolitan of enclaves. What makes this year’s celebration even more exciting is the accompanying announcement of a plan to revamp two of the town’s most emblematic monuments: Paseo de Vara de Rey and the Ibiza port.

The high point of this year’s programme is a performance by Chenoa. The singer will showcase her latest disc, “Soy Humana,” in a concert scheduled to take place 8 August at 9.00pm in Reina Sofía park. For the hometown holiday’s closing, organisers promise a “castle of fireworks”. One of the most impressive displays of its kind in the Balearics, the event will light up the walled city of Dalt Vila with a fireworks show to remember.

Festes de la Terra will also be the scene of the twelfth Trobada d’Artesans i Oficis, a gathering for the island’s artisans and tradespeople. Coordinated by es Retorn, a cultural association, the event offers locals and tourists alike a look at some of the traditional instruments, trades and tools populating the local landscape.

The programme points up several historically important days in Balearic Islands history. On 5 August, islanders celebrate Santa María de Las Nieves, Ibiza and Formentera’s patron saint and the Dalt Vila cathedral’s namesake. Habitually a showcase for the most traditional activities and religious celebrations of Festes de la Terra, the day will include a dedicated mass, traditional dance (ball pagès and colles de ball) and tastings of hometown treats like orelletes. Taken together, the festivities are a chance to discover an often overlooked side of the island. Another celebration, 8 August, of Catalans’ ousting of the then occupying Moors and the island’s ensuing reconquest, is very often the backdrop for the most high-profile musical performances. Capping the celebrations is día de la Asunción (Feast of the Assumption) on 15 August, a bank holiday across Spain and the culmination of two weekends of family-friendly activities in Eivissa Town.

Lastly, Festes de la Terra are marked by an unmistakeable emphasis on sport as well. Tournaments in padel, football, beach volleyball, pétanque and sailing dot the two-week programme, as do neighbourhood art show openings and more free concerts to shake a stick at, starting with performances from Rels and La Década Prodigiosa. Part of the programme is also devoted to children.

Once again, Festes de la Terra are shaping up to be the most exciting way to enjoy all-ages, family-friendly and educational fun in Eivissa Town. Check out the full Festes de la Terra programme here.