The publisher of this magazine, Prensa Ibérica, has been enjoying a year of celebrations both nationally, and internationally. All the Group’s different publications have recently hosted different events in the Balearic Islands; on Friday 29 June, Diario de Ibiza, celebrated its 125th anniversary in the Pityuses, and the previous day, Diario de Mallorca presented its annual awards to eight outstanding women. At the end of May, Mallorca Zeitung also held its very first award-giving ceremony, highlighting three important members of the Islands’ German-speaking community. All these events have coincided in a very special year, with Prensa Ibérica marking its 40th anniversary at all its publications nationwide, especially at its leading newspapers: Nueva España in Asturias, Faro de Vigo in Galicia, Levante e Información in the Valencian Community, La Provincia in the Canary Islands and Diario de Mallorca in the Balearic Islands.

A touring 40th anniversary exhibition is set to arrive in Mallorca at the end of October 2018. It will feature the most relevant events to appear in our leading publications over the past 40 years through a collection of videos and front covers. The Prensa Ibérica group started life in the Canary Islands in 1978 under the leadership of editor Javier Moll, coinciding with our country’s emerging democracy. It expanded over the following years, incorporating already established newspapers and creating new ones to achieve the 17 publications in existence today, along with other media outlets such as radio stations, television channels, two book publisher – Alba Editorial in Spain and Allison&Busby in the United Kingdon- and even a newspaper in far off Australia.

To reach the ripe old age of 125 isn’t an easy feat, even less so for a newspaper. Diario de Ibiza, which was founded in the 19th century, is one of the few to have ever achieved it. The daily newspaper marked its 125th birthday with a glittering party attended by the Board of Prensa Ibérica, as well as the cream of Ibizan society and Island institutions, headed by the President of the Government of the Balearic Islands, Francina Armengol. Around 400 guests were welcomed by the President of Prensa Ibérica, Javier Moll, the Vice President, Arantza Sarasola, and CEO, Aitor Moll, Managing Director of Content, Joan Serra and the Director of Diario de Ibiza, Cristina Martín. This event was also the setting for the Diario de Ibiza awards ceremony, with awards going to Las Dalias Hippy Market, the Palliative Care Unit of the hospital Can Misses, the Alianza Mar Blava (Blue Sea Alliance) and the writer, lecturer and communicator Felip Cirer.

Diario de Mallorca also celebrated its Annual Awards Gala in style. Over 400 guests from Mallorcan society, the world of business, politics and the legal profession, as well as artists, writers and civil society in general, all attended the event in the Club’s auditorium to watch the live awards presentation. Eight women, who in the newspaper’s opinion were the most worthy winners, picked up all the gongs. The awards, which covered all areas of society, went to: María Antonia Oliver for her social activism, actress Catalina Solivellas, Carmen Riu in recognition of her business endeavours, Catalina Vadell for healthcare, sportswoman Mavi García, Michelin-starred chef Macarena de Castro, researcher Dora Romaguera and writer Llucia Ramis. Diario columnist Merce Marrero was the evening’s compere and the awards were presented by Directors from Editora Balear, Prensa Ibérica and the President of the Government of the Balearic Islands, Francina Armengol. After the official ceremony, the newspaper’s gardens were the setting for relaxed conversations between guests, award winners, organisers and institutions.

Mallorca Zeitung, the Group’s weekly German publication, also held its first award-giving event in May in the incomparable setting of the bodega at Castell Miquel in Alaró. The editor of Mallorca Zeitung hosted the occasion, which was attended by 250 guests, mostly German. Franz Kraus from Fet a Sóller received an award in recognition of his 25-year business trajectory promoting Mallorcan products from his adopted city of Sóller. Evelin Tewes for her Foundation for the Protection of the Black Vulture, a species in danger of extinction. And Sandra Seeling, creator of the Mallorca Film Festival, which attracts big movies and big stars to the Island every year. Professor Michael Popp, owner of the bodega and the company Bionorica, was the evening’s host, while Carmen Molinar presented the awards and Ciro Krauthausen, director of Mallorca Zeitung, and Bel Busquets, Vice President of the Government of the Balearic Islands, all addressed the invitees. At the final gathering, while the guests enjoyed the acclaimed catering by Fera, the extravaganza of fire and dance Colla de dimonis del Secar de la Real provided the most spectacular finish to the day.

In all, a celebratory month in the Balearic Islands, culminating at the end of October with the Prensa Ibérica 40th Anniversary events.

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