Balearics news. April 28. News selection including a party for Google, a cruise ship emergency (or two), a new art gallery and a monster cycling event. Published on Tuesdays.
Balearics news. April 28
Cruise ship passengers airlifted to hospital
Two British passengers had to be airlifted to hospital from the Island Escape cruise ship shortly after it left the Baleric Islands.
The ship had just set sail from Palma de Mallorca on a route to the French Island of Corsica in the early hours of April 23 when the crew put in an urgent call to coastguard.
A 70-year-old British man suffered a suspected heart attack while a 68-year-old man had an injured arm.
Palma emergency services rallied a helicopter to the ship that was 30 miles southeast of Mallorca.
The man with the suspected heart attack was taken to Palma’s Son Espases hospital along with his wife.
Just a few hours later the other patient, a 68-year-old British man, was taken to hospital to have his arm looked at. he was transferred by boat along with his wife.
New art gallery for Ibiza town
A brand new art gallery is soon to open on Vara del Rey in Ibiza Town. The opening event is from 7pm on May 1.
The gallery opens with an exhibition by Antonio Russo, noted for the his use of music as an influence upon his abstract expressionism. Russo, a Londoner with Sicilian roots, is both dyslexic and colour blind… yet uses rapid brush strokes and music to inspire him as he creates beautiful abstract works of art that rouse and inspire.
Russo is flying in especially for the opening night to answer any questions. As if that wasn’t enough, anyone who purchases an item on the night will also receive a magnum of champagne.
The gallery, known simply as Galeria Blanca, offers a contemporary space which will be used to exhibit works from a plethora of artists from around the world. The works of art will vary in price too, enabling any buyer to enjoy a unique piece of art in their own home regardless of budget.
Commissioned art will be available as well as an approval service where a potential client can see the piece in their home before committing to a purchase.
More information, and opportunities to purchase online, can be viewed on the website at www.galeriablanca.com
Google heads to Ibiza
Google and Spotify key delegates are among those heading to Ibiza at the end of May for an invite-only conference for digital, technology and entertainment companies called Beta Beach.
The event has been organised by QVentures, part of Quintessentially, a lifestyle management group. The event, on May 29, is pulling away from the traditional conference model and focussing on more informal elements.
The founder of QVentures, David Mickler, said: “Beta Beach fuses thought leadership and networking with the Ibiza vibe. It’s a cocktail which is one part thinking, one part meeting and two parts socialising.”
The event, which some may describe as a “jolly”, will take place in a number of the island’s better known beach clubs. The free event includes lunch at El Chiringuito and will culminate in a beach party with a headline set from Groove Armada.
Mickler continued: “The vision is to create a uniquely stimulating gathering that sparks collaborative discussion, new ventures and friendships in a relaxed setting. It’s a platform that enables a community to share creativity, intelligence, and passions. All the interesting stuff happens during the breaks and drinks receptions,” he said. “That’s why Beta Beach inverts the conventional conference model. The informal elements dominate the agenda and even the more structured elements take place by the beach.”
Ed: Spain Buddy declined their invitation – they just couldn’t face the hangovers. Or was that hangers on? One of the two anyway.
Gay Chorus Festival
Promoting LGBT (Lesbian Gay Bi and Transgender) in a positive light and contributing to seasonal tourism are the foundations on which is based the first Gay Chorus Festival in Mallorca, to be held between 7 and 9 May at different venues on the island.
Organized by Andratx council and the Gay Men’s Chorus, the event involves the performance of choirs from England, France and Barcelona.
Pink Singers (London), Equivox (Paris), Barcelona and Mallorca Rainbow Singers comprise Gay Men’s Chorus in this edition of the event. The first two are unique in the event because they include choir singers of both genders. The start of Mallorca Gay Chorus Festival will be at the Castell de Son Mas de Andratx, May 7, at 8.30pm, with the four groups performing.
The event continues until May 8 in two auditoriums: the Alcudia with Equivox and Barcelona Rainbow Singers, and Sa Màniga, which hosts Mallorca’s Gay Men’s Chorus and the Pink Singers.
The event closes on Saturday May 9, at the Trui Teatre de Palma, with all groups performing, and, from 11pm everyone will go on to party at La Demence Palma (Plaça del Vapor), with DJ Tyto Deluxe. Tickets costing €10, can now be purchased at the sites for the festival or the council offices.
On yer bike with Mallorca 312
It was all about the wheels on April 25 as more than 3000 cyclists descended upon Mallorca for the Mallorca 312.
More than 1000 of last year’s participants returned for the event named after its length in kilometres, making it the longest event of its type in Spain – but undoubtedly in one of the most beautiful settings – taking approximately 14 hours. The route took cyclists around the entire edge of Mallorca up and down hills, through towns and villages, down coastal roads and through tunnels, with cyclists working in teams to cheer each other on.
The event was born in 2009 with a mere 199 riders participating. By this year however, that figure had grown to 3,200. This posed quite a logistical challenge for the technical director of the race, Miquel Alzamora, and his team. But they produced stunning results with the event which was sponsored by Giant – Taiwan.
This wasn’t a race, although the enthusiastic cyclists forgot that at times and many riders ended up face down in their haste. Sadly only five per cent of the cyclists were female, although the organisers have plans to increase that in future editions.
The 2016 race has already been scheduled for April 30.
Menorca to launch new campaign for tourism
With the support of the Spanish Tourist Office in London, Menorca’s Tourist Board is launching a new marketing campaign for the UK audience.
Menorca has made no secret that the UK is a major priority and this has spawned the new campaign which aims to stamp the image of Menorca in the minds of potential visitors.
To grab audience attention, Menorca is set to run a variety of advertisements on offline and online platforms. The advertising will promote culture, gastronomy, outdoor activities and wellness.
Advertisements will apear in the Independent, both in print and online… and in the digital version of the Evening Standard. Menorca has also set its sights on specialist magazines including Cyclist and Adventure Travel.
However, not to be behind the times, the Menorca Tourist Board will be ploughing a huge amount of time into Social Media promotion and will be pushing the hashtag #MustSeeMenorca to generate interest and increase audience engagement.
The impact of the social media campaign is estimated to exceed 15 million impressions, with a reach of more than one million users.
Spain Buddy is proud to be able to help with the new campaign.
May looking positive for Menorca
This weekend, the first in May, the tourist season begins in earnest for Menorca.
Early forecasts are looking good with approximately 30,000 beds already booked, representing around 60 per cent of the available accommodation.
President of the Hotel Association of Menorca (ASHOME), Joan Melis, said: “The figures are slightly better than last year which was not bad.”
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