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Ibiza has been internationally recognised from the decade of the 50's for its plastic production thanks to the presence of well-known artists, the creation of one of the first contemporary arts museum of the Spanish Government, the international biennial exhibitions…, which keeps attracting public nowadays. This has been the panorama as for the plastic arts but regarding the poetry, only the name of María Villangómez was known. However, this situation has changed since the mid-80's, when a poetic movement in Ibiza was initiated due to the proliferation of creators and for the quality of their plays, which were significantly important outside the island.




If we go back to the beginnings of this movement in history we will see that it became a reality and materialised from 1986 with the poetic readings organised by a bank entity. Later, in the month of February of 1992 it came out the "Trobades Poètics a la Llum del Amentllers en Flor" ("Poetic Encounters at the Light of the Almond Trees in Blossom"). Also, and from the same year, in order to celebrate the arrival of the summer it takes place annually "Les Llunes d'Estiu" (2 Moons of Summer"), which always coincide with the full moon in June.

The Contemporary Arts Museum of Dalt Vila is a world point of reference to the contemporary engraving circles.
The Archaeological Museum, that adjoins the Cathedral, shows a summary of the history of the Pitiusas Islands from prehistory (Old Bronze Era, 2000 BC) to the Islamic times. In the centre there is the head office of the old Universitat, body of self-government of the Pitiusas Islands set up by the King of Majorca Jaume II in 1299. This museum has an important collection of traces of the Punic times, that it is supplemented with that found in the necropolis des Puig des Molins shown in the.

The Museu Monogràfic of Puig des Molins (Monographic Museum) opened in 1966. It is a three-story building with square floors given over principally to the exhibition of several archaeological materials found in this Phoenician-Punic cemetery. The Punic necropolis can be visited within an itinerary including several tombs.

The hill of the necropolis is sown with olive trees since the holes made for the tombs were used to plant trees. This cemetery extends for more than 50.000 square meters, has around 3.000 tombs and it was used from the Phoenician times (6th century BC) to the Roman Empire times.
The Ethnological Museum of Santa Eulalia built in an old payesa house recreates customs and the way of life of the society years back.

Dances





Dances in Ibiza are danced to the sound of three main instruments: a small drum, big castañuelas of juniper wood and a flute of oleander wood, all three handcrafted instruments.
The dance from Ibiza is a courtship dance which origins are still unknown. Every one of the plays is appropriate for a special occasion. The most important are the dance that opens the evening, the dance of the llarga, similar to the previous one but quicker, and the nuptial dance to honour the newlyweds.

Any popular celebration misses the ball pagès (typical dance). More than twenty groups guarantee the survival of the folklore.

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