The idea of
starting this website came to me as a way of giving a special form of a thanks back to an
exceptional island that has treated me well, also as a way to try and provide proper, in-depth,
information about Ibiza, its history and culture as a comprehensive guide for
the benefit of people who are wanting to know more of the island's real background
with the ancient customs and traditions of Ibiza.
By the late 1990s it
was obvious to me that very little information of this nature was easily available
in the English language. Most of what was accessible at that time was the usual
mixture of tourism and other, sometimes rather exotic, material. Much of the latter
was not necessarily too reliable at best.
Here now finally is something about the culture and the distinctive way of life on the real island of Ibiza in an index of in-depth cultural articles with pictures of the island featuring its artists, anthropology, books, ecology, history, inhabitants, legends and myths, which were put together by several talented writers' who live on Ibiza.
ELECTRONIC LIVEIBIZA' A weekly newsletter that was launched on
Saturday 3rd March 2001 and with several diverse columnists and a rare collection
of photographs we set about chronicling the fun-loving island's more serious and
fascinating past of Ibiza.
ARCHIVE' A complete index of the original versions of the weekly newsletters as they were sent
out each weekend to our subscribers worldwide over a consecutive ninety-five week
period from Saturday 3rd March 2001 to Saturday 21st December 2002.
'Commentary'by Gary Hardy Edited the whole weekly news letter and single-handedly sponsors this website as well as regularly providing
commentary, photographs and also help to put together many of the articles about the island's artists.
Gary contributed ninety-five consecutive articles from Saturday 3rd March 2001 to Saturday
21st December 2002.
of Ibiza' by Emily Kaufman This section constitutes a history buff's guide to the island of Ibiza as seen through the eyes of long-time resident, Emily Kaufman. This American historical author chronicles going-on in her articles that provide random glimpses of the historical process from jurassic times to the early twentieth century. Among other topics, Ms. Kaufman discusses the history and human-interest anecdotes behind each of the islands' fiesta days, and also reports on some of the outstanding people who either visited or were born on Ibiza. Another series consists of an in-depth exploration into the cause behind the Spanish Civil War as well as the chain of events which ensured as that conflict played itself out in the sister islands of Ibiza and Formentera. She is currently working on a new book which incorporates and expands on this last mentioned series, titled Ibiza Meets the 20th Century. It is scheduled to be released in the autumn of 2007. Emily contributed
eighty-five remarkable articles on the fascinating history of the island of Ibiza
from Saturday 3rd March 2001 to Saturday 21st December 2002.
Life' by Sinclair Newton Strangely for such a hedonistic island, English journalist Sinclair Newton, who was a self-confessed reformed alcoholic, reported on the sober side of the sex, drugs and rock"n"roll culture, which normally dominates the tabloid headlines. Unfortunately, Sinclair died three days short of his 57th birthday on the morning of Monday 10th March 2003 at Tameside Hospital, Denton, Manchester, England of many complications around diabetes and a general breakdown of his health. Sinclair was cremated. However, Sinclair's witty 'Sober Life' columns' will always continue to live on as 'Sinclair's Virtual Memory'. Sinclair contributed eighty-eight amusing articles from Saturday 21st April 2001 through to Saturday 21st December 2002.
Ecology'by José P Ribas Our Ibicenco Eco-warrior
José describes little known flora and fauna and keeps a watchful eye on
threats to the island's environment from too much development and pollution. José
also help to put together the majority of articles for our series on 'Artists
of Ibiza'. José contributed forty-one intriguing articles on the ecology
of the island of Ibiza from Saturday 23rd June 2001 to Saturday 27th July 2002.
News'by Louise Wright Focused on local news, written
by 17-year-old local reporter Louise Wright, including the disappearance of a
young man who vanished on the day he arrived for a family holiday and a plane
carrying seven American businessmen that mysteriously disappeared over the island.
Louise contributed twenty-one news articles on the island of Ibiza from Saturday
14th July to 22nd December 2001.
Anthropological View' by Kirk W Huffman An anthropological
series for the general reader that looks at aspects of traditional Eivissenc (Ibicencan)
peasant life (attitudes to water, pigs, money, etc) and from there goes global,
delving into cultures worldwide as well as looking into topics as varied as environment
and climate change, pollution, GM crops and fast-food, etc. Huffman pursued studies
in anthropology, prehistoric archaeology and ethnology at the universities of
Newcastle, Oxford and Cambridge from 1966 to 1977. From 1977 until the end of
1989 he was the curator of the (National Museum) Vanuatu Cultural Centre in Vanuatu
in the south-western Pacific and currently Honorary Curator of that institution
(since 1991) so one might say that he tends to look at Eivissa (Ibiza) and the
world through Pacific eyes. He is also currently Research Associate of the Australian
Museum, Sydney; Honorary Associate, Macleay Museum, University of Sydney; and
Member, Scientific Committee, Museum of Tahiti and the Islands, Tahiti, French
Polynesia. Features have included a detailed study of the traditional rituals
surrounding the annual pig-killing, called a matança, where entire families
gather in turn to hold a special party turning the family's pig into spicy sausages
which last the entire winter. Kirk contributed forty-seven informative articles
from Saturday 18th August 2001 to Saturday 21st September 2002.
Corner'by Martin Davies A fresh look at some little-known
books about Ibiza and Formentera which deserve a wider audience. Six colourful
children's books are followed by a three-part series on Gaston Vuillier (author
of The Forgotten Isles, 1896), six novels and three Edwardian travel
accounts. The final four articles delve into Ibiza's remote past via Bes (an Egyptian
dwarf god with strong links to the island), a bizarre archaeological fantasy,
and a book about underwater treasure-hunting. Davies has since become a book publisher, putting together several books that feature on this website under the name "Barbary Press". To date these include two photo anthologies, Eivissa-Ibiza: A Hundred Years of Light and Shade (2000) and Eivissa-Ibiza: Island Out of Time (2005 and Birds of Ibiza (2006), the latter featuring Sarah Nechamkin's tempera paintings of twenty-six local species. Next off the production line will be an unusual travel book about a legendary part of Ibiza in the 1930s - The Road to San Vicente - translated from Norwegian into English, Spanish and German, and illustrated throughout with numerous wood engravings (watch this space for further developments). With an island as crammed full of talent as Ibiza, there is never any shortage of possible projects; the problem is finding the time to get them into production, plus the wherewithal to keep the Barbary xebec (its logo - a boat favoured by Ibizen corsairs) on true course. Martin contributed twenty-one articles
from Saturday 16th March to Saturday 23rd November 2002.
Remember Ibiza'by Harold Liebow "The persons, places and events described in the pages of 'I Remember Ibiza' are sometimes real and sometimes imagined. But the atmosphere of the island in the 1960s is always as accurately conveyed as it was possible for me to create it. Writing about the spirit of Ibiza in those days causes it to live on inside of me and I hope that reading about it will bring it alive for you, too." Harold passed away on Wednesday 7th July 2010 at the Clinica Vilas in Ibiza Town aged 90, and was laid to rest two days later in the (Cementeri Nou de Sant Jordi - Sant Francesç) new San Jorge cemetery just north of San Francisco church in Salinas (southern corner facing the south-east wall). His wide and varied circle of friends remember him with enormous affection and admiration, a model host at numerous gatherings in Can Felix, the casa payesa he reformed with such originality and style. Standing on sloping ground to the west of Ibiza town and enjoying marvellous views across to Formentera, it was a place where good company, fine conversation and marvellous hospitality were practically guaranteed. Harold is survived by his third wife, Anja, whom he met shortly after settling permanently on Ibiza in 1965. Harold contributed twenty-three articles from Saturday 8th June to Saturday 9th November 2002.
on Ibiza'by José P Ribas, Emily Kaufman, Louise
Wright, Harold Liebow, Sinclair Newton and Gary Hardy A series that features
the work and way of life on many of the talented artists on Ibiza, which include
painters, jewellers, sculptors of wood, stone, iron and bronze. There were twenty-five
fortnightly articles put together on the island's gifted artists from Saturday
27th October 2001 to Saturday 28th September 2002.
"The best on-line resource devoted to Ibizan culture, this site boasts expert contributors." Ian Stewart, author of 'The Rough Guide to Ibiza and Formentera' London, April 2003, p.21
The LiveIbiza Archive includes the complete and original versions of Artists on
Ibiza, Anthropological Views on Ibiza, Ibiza's Bibliomaniacs' Corner, History
of Ibiza, I Remember Ibiza, Island Ecology, Ibiza Local News, Sober Life and Commentary
Features on the island of Ibiza.
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