Ibiza Music, Art & Theatre
A round-up of Ibiza’s music and arts, now and over the next few weeks.
For those who think nothing happens in Ibiza over the winter, in this week’s edition 810 19th November, we feature 23 music events/regular venues, 4 art exhibitions, 3 children’s events, 2 charity events and 1 theatre production – and we have only scratched the surface.
- Claire B
Ibiza’s live music scene thrives all year round and there are currently a large number of venues and bars putting on regular live music. The norm in Ibiza is that acts are often only announced a few days before, so check the venue’s Facebook page for who is playing when. This isn’t an exhaustive list of all the venues and concert series on the island, but these are the active ones that I know about.
Thursdays @ Demiedo
Bar Demiedo which is a rock bar hidden at the end of a small street just behind the port and celebrating its 20th anniversary this year, is currently putting on live music and pintxos for 1€ every Thursday. The music each week varies – the first week was a Johnny Cash tribute and last week was reggae. Keep an eye on their Facebook page each week to see who is playing. The bar opens at 21.30. Free entrance. Demiedo is at Carreró la Trinitat, 6. Facebook: Demiedo
Restaurant cum Café Concert Bar Sa Questio in Ibiza Town puts on frequent live music of varied musical genres.
Nov 20: Nacho Lezcano (singer)
Nov 21: Rocky Horror Ibiza Broadway Show
Nov 27: Mercè Barreda and René Mercier (acoustic duo)
Nov 28: Muriel Grossman (blues)
There are also regular events during the week: Monday is Open Mic, Thursday is Flamenco Jam, and Sunday is Jam Session with Vincent Tur. The live music usually starts about 9.30/10pm (later on Saturdays) so check Facebook for details and who is playing. Sa Questio is at C/ Vicent Serra i Orbay, 22, Ibiza Town. Facebook: Sa Questio Musica EN Directo
Fridays @ Yokubo
Friday Nov 20: Ho Femme Fatale.
Yokubo, the Japanese restaurant on the seafront in Figueretas is putting on a live band on Friday nights, along with a special restaurant menu. They’ve taken over what was Somni next door, and it’s a great little small venue to see a band in and drinks prices are very reasonable (2€ for a cana last week). Check their Facebook page each week to see who is playing and for details of that week’s menu. Free entrance. Yokubo is at Paseo de ses Pitiuses, Figueretas, under the Hotel Ibiza Playa. Facebook: Yokubo
Sundays @ Sluiz
Sluiz is putting on free live music on Sunday afternoons at the moment from 16.30-20.00.
Nov 22: MG and the Hollers – blues
Nov 29: Funkorama (funk)
Dec 6: La Locanda (Jamaican fusion)
Dec 13: Muriel Grossman Quartet (jazz)
Dec 20: Lemon Emigrants (soul funk)
Dec 27: Elena Tovar (bossa)
Sluiz is on the Carretera Ibiza-San Miguel, Km 4, just outside Santa Gertrudis. Look out for the blue and white cows outside. Facebook: Sluiz
Nov 20: Arma Sonora @ 20.30h
Nov 21: The Station Hollers @ 13.30h
Can Jordi Blues Station on the road between Ibiza and San Jose regularly has local bands playing live at the weekends. Bands usually play outside on the car park. They tend to announce who is playing at the weekend a few days before on their Facebook page. Can Jordi is at Carretera Sant Josep Km 7,7. Facebook: Can Jordi
This little bar on the main street in the centre of San Jose regularly puts on local live bands outside on the terrace.
Nov 28: The Frigolos
Dec 5: Ho Femme Fatale
Dec 12: Arma Sonora
Dec 15: Ses Sopris
Can Xicu is on Carrer Pere Escanellas, 5, San Jose. Facebook: Café Can Xicu
Raco Verd in the centre of San Jose puts on regular live music throughout the year. Thursday November 19th sees the reopening of their winter bar with live music from the Nightoff Band, from 10 pm. The kitchen is open until 00h30. Carrer Pere Escanellas, San Jose, opposite the church.
Facebook: Raco Verd, San Jose, Ibiza
Café Concert bar cum restaurant El Reencuentro hosts gigs by local artists as well as musicians from outside Ibiza. Thursday night is acoustic night.
Nov 19: Natalie Warren (acoustic)
Nov 21: Pol 3.14 (from Madrid) 10€ in advance, 12€ on the door.
On most nights entrance is free – check Facebook to see who is playing. Calle del Mar, 5, San Antonio. Opening hours are 20.00-06.00. Facebook: El Reencuentro
Ibiza and San Antonio
A series of concerts are being put on under the banner of ‘Xiringuito a Groenlàndia’ from November to April. The concerts have been organised by a group of local musicians who want to bring live music from outside Ibiza to the island. They’re being held in 2 locations: in Café Concerto bar El Reencuentro in San Antonio and outdoors in the Cloister of the City of Ibiza (Claustre de l’Ajuntament d’Eivissa) which is a fantastic venue.
The first concert was on November 5 but these are the remaining 7:
Nov 19: Bart Davenport (USA), Claustre de l’Ajuntament d’Eivissa
Nov 28: Pau Vallvé (Barcelona), Claustre de l’Ajuntament d’Eivissa
Dec 12: Misery Strings (Mallorca), Claustre de l’Ajuntament d’Eivissa
Jan 23: Ocellot (Barcelona), El Reencuentro, San Antoni
Feb 13: Senior i el Cor Brutal (Valencia), El Reencuentro, San Antoni
Apr 16: GAF y la Estrella de la Muerte (Tenerife), Claustre de l’Ajuntament d’Eivissa
For all concerts, doors open 1 hour before the concert starts at 8 or 9pm (start times vary). Tickets can be bought on the door for 10€. More details on Facebook: Xiringuito a Groenlandia
Bound to be a day of mixed emotions at Pio in Cala Llonga on Sunday as Appy & Vicki say goodbye, not just to the season, but to Pios.
They are moving on to new adventures and hope to go out with what they do best, a Pio Party.
Regular “Abby the amazing Piano Man” (above) will be tickling the ivory for a farewell afternoon and evening from 5pm. On behalf of everybody at the Ibizan we wish Appy and Vicki the very best wishes in the future.
As one bar closes another opens, Futura Live Lounge in Cala De Bou have a whole host of treats from live music to kiddie play areas and all at winter resident friendly prices. More on Futura soon, but for now we’ll whet your appetite with this, their Caribbean Jerk Chicken BBQ plate.
Art @ MACE
Currently on show at MACE (the Museum of Contemporary Art) in Dalt Vila is a spectacular piece of work from the Mexican conceptual artist Abraham Cruzvillegas. The title of the piece is ‘Autorretrato ciego recogiendo mis tripas de la arena mientras escucho centenares de campanas que me hacen recordar mis fondos de ahorro para el retiro’, which badly translates to ‘Blind self-portrait collecting my guts in the sand while listening to campaigns that remind me of my retirement funds’. Consisting of 549 parts and covering about 10 square metres, the work is a collection of pieces from the artist’s life, compiling newspaper clippings, photographs, tickets, vouchers, letters, drawings, posters, flyers and cards covered in acrylic paint. This artwork is part of the private collection of Guy Laliberté (Cirque de Soleil) and has been loaned for a year to Art Projects Ibiza and Lune Rouge and is on display at MACE until April 9 2016. Abraham Cruzvillegas currently has work on display at The Tate Modern in London as well as other important galleries around the world, so it’s a treat to be able to see his work on display in Ibiza. Winter opening hours are Tuesday-Friday 10:00-16:30, Saturday and Sunday 10:00-14:00. Closed Mondays.
The Storyteller @ Art Projects
- Claire B
A new exhibition ‘The Storyteller’ has just opened in Ibiza and features the work of 16 Internationally renowned artists. Included, in alphabetical order is work from Louise Bourgeois, Abraham Cruzvillegas, Jimmie Durham, Isa Genzken, David Hammons, Roni Horn, Mike Kelley, Martin Kippenberger, Christian Marclay, Gabriel Orozco, Nam June Paik, Wolfgang Tillmans, Cindy Sherman, Danh Vo, Kara Walker and Lawrence Weiner. The exhibition is on in 2 neighbouring galleries, Art Projects Ibiza and Lune Rouge, Calle Alcalde Bartomeu Rosello, Sala 7 and 9B, Ibiza, just up from Ikea.
Open November 7 until April 9, 11:00–18:00, closed Sunday and Monday. Or by appointment.
Facebook: Art Projects Ibiza
l Ibiza Town
At 7pm on the 18th of December, Le Pigeon Voyageur are hosting the inauguration of a new exhibition by Eric´s Ceccarini. Featuring a series of contemporary photographs entitled “Amnios” the collection is a series of what the artist describes as soul portraits. The models appear in suspended animation, as if they were about to be born.
This series represented a new conceptual move for Eric, who began as a fashion photographer in 1987 and worked with top houses including Elle, Marie Claire and L’Óreal.
He then moved on to classic artistic nudes, and in the Amnios collection showsthe nude in “ethereal and monumental form”.
Le Pigeon is on the Ibiza to San An road at km 1.8.
Marta Torres Gallery
- Claire B
- Ibiza Town
There’s an interesting exhibition in Ibiza Town at the Marta Torres gallery during November, entitled ‘Classic painters from Ibiza, some known… some forgotten’ (Pintores clásicos de Ibiza, unos conocidos… otros olvidados). The idea of gallery owner and painter Marta Torres was to bring together many of the artists who lived and worked on the island in the 1950s and 60s or thereabouts, when Ibiza experienced a cultural boom with many artists, photographers, filmmakers and writers on the island. The work of more than 20 artists is featured, including Miró, Manuel Viola, Elmyr de Hory, Portmany, Fernando Madurga, Charles Orloff, Boberman, Chico Prats, Tarrés, Sansegundo, Tur de Montis, Vayreda Canadell, Coll Bardolet, Jussara, Gaspar Romero, Adrián Rosa, Tur Costa, Ulbricht and the Grupo Puget Ferrer Guasch, Pomar y Calbet. The exhibition represents much of the history of painting in Ibiza in the middle of the 20th Century. As well as 3 pieces from Joan Miró, there are paintings of recognisable places in Ibiza and Ibiza Town in particular. There is also work from Charles Orloff who emigrated from Russia to New York in the 30s and had contacts with the mafia and had to escape being involved in shady business, going first to Paris and then settling in Santa Eulalia, where he devoted himself entirely to painting. Many of the paintings on display are from private collections. The exhibition is on until November 30. The gallery is at C / Conde de Roselló 1, just along from the Teatro Pereyra. More info at:
Santa Eulalia & Jesus
After a hot and wonderful summer, the time has come for me to pull up my sleeves again for the theatre in Ibiza.
I went to London in early July to see the musical comedy ‘Cleopatra’s key’ at the Bridewell theatre, in the heart of London. I was laughing from the very first minute of the play, feeling touched and amused all the way through and deeply moved at the end. There was no doubt in my mind that I was going to bring this new work to Ibiza, despite all the time and effort it takes to organise it!
‘Cleopatra’s key’ is historically-based and the story is more or less as follows: Cleopatra has been taken prisoner by the Romans and, rather than being humiliated and publicly paraded in Rome, she commits suicide. Her two slaves/servants are supposed to do the same so they can serve her in the afterlife. There is just one problem… They are not so keen!
In the ensuing sixty comical but profound minutes we witness how complicated it is to take full responsibility for our choices, lives and future, but how exciting it can be when we do.
The first performance will be
- Teatro España, Santa Eulària , Friday 20th Nov, 30pm
and the second and last is at
- Centro Cultural, Jesús, Saturday 21st Nov 8.30 pm.
On sale now from
- Santa Eulària; Stalls €12, Circle €10.
from the shop called Holidays, across the road from Teatro España.
- Jesus, all tickets €10
The tickets for the Saturday show at the Centro Cultural in Jesús are on sale at the Holy-Sport shop in Av. Ignacio Wallis 5, Ibiza town.
Tickets will also be available at the door on the night for the same price.
By bringing to Ibiza a quality play in English with original script, music and performance by some of the most talented young English artists, we wish to contribute to this island’s richness of culture, diversity and beauty.
As in previous years, we will also pay a visit to the Santa Eulària Children’s home with a much-loved clown to give them a great party. This year’s theme is “The Magic of Christmas”. At the end of each performance we will raise money for the same home. In 2013 we raised over €400 which was used to buy a course in English for the children. Last year we almost doubled that by delivering €800, which was used for dance classes for the same children. I had the pleasure to go and see them perform with more than a hundred other children; growing, creating and developing harmoniously all together.
I look forward to welcoming you to this wonderful new musical from London!
Christmas Time, Sticky Kids & Twine
- Bondi Kids Craft Sessions
We arrived early and were pleased to see that crafts were already being prepared. Blue was rather excited and being the first child there he sat at the large table inside and awaited instructions. He was given a choice of crafts to make – some Christmas related – pine cone Reindeers and others not quite so – a Minions pot (carefully crafted from a toilet roll). Of course Blue chose the Minions pot and was given instruction on how to complete it. The kids are given the pieces to cut out, pens to draw and any more help they need whilst helpers are there to use the glue gun) an absolute must in the tricky art of sticking kids craftwork together.
Within the hour, the club runs from 3.30-4.30pm, I was the proud owner of 2 Minions pots and a pine cone pig, ok Blue´s may not have been Christmassy this week but a great idea for little gifts for the family. It took me back to my childhood Blue Peter days, just without the need to save toilet rolls and wait for ´that washing up bottle´ as materials are covered by the 5€ cost per week. A great hour spent and we´re looking forward to next weeks creations.
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Happy Tuesday Kids Club
Playa d’en Bossa
Tuesdays at Forty Fives in Playa Dén Bossa are about to get happy! Every Tuesday morning from 10 – 12 the lovely Melanie will be opening her doors to welcome parents, carers and babies or toddlers to a drop in coffeebrunch and chat so that the grown ups can catch up whilst the kiddies play. Then in the afternoons it´s time for the bigger kids too, with different activitues each week including arts, crafts, games, movies and live entertainment!
Happy Tuesdays afternoon sessions will be launched on Tuesday 24th of November in collaboration with Ibiza Princess and Superhero Parties who are sending their two most popular Princesses along to join the fun! That´s right, they´re having a Frozen party from 4-6pm (prompt start, so get there early!) with live songs from Elsa and Anna, games, dancing, prizes, photo opportunities, a choice of make over or temporary glitter tattoo and a certificate to say your child has met the Ice Sisters… All for just 10 euros per child, payable on the day! What´s more, Forty Fives will be serving a delicious and nutricious 2 course kids menú throughout the afternoon for just 6 euros, and are fully licensed so you grown ups can kick back with a drink and something from the menú of the day whilst your little ones join the fun! So, get yourselves down there and prepare to Let It Go!
For more information about Happy Tuesdays, including future activities, join Mums Meet Ups Ibiza. For more about Frozen and other parties, follow Ibiza Princess and Superhero Parties on Facebook.
Sunday 21st November, 11am – Walking Ibiza kids walk to Heaven’s Gate
“Departing from Santa Agnes, we head into the forest and follow the trail to the headland with an incredible view point looking both north and south along coast, stopping off for a picnic along the way.
During the picnic, our guide Gem has an activity for the kids and a goody box to choose something from. Suggested donation 15.00 euros. Bring your own family picnic!
Meet in Santa Agnes, see google map at
Bring & Buy Sale
Cala de Bou
Starting on 22nd November Denise Hancocks starts her market at Apartmentos Bahia on Carrer Es Caló, opposite Mar i Pins, in the bay of San An
Denise is looking to make it a weekly event through the winter and the funds from her tables will all go to Age Concern.
The Bahia bar is open, there is an area for children, and they even supply the tables so all you need do is turn up with your unwanted items..
Stalls are just 3€
Call Denise on 659 759 500