Perhaps it’s the arrival of the New Year which inevitably reminds us of how quickly time passes. Working to publish this edition – no less than number 33 – has made us feel sentimental, and we didn’t want to miss the opportunity to say a big thank you to you all. Thank you for picking up a copy of the guide every month, for visiting our website in search of your favourite activities and events and for keeping up to date with the whole cultural sphere of Ibiza through our social networks.
Without you, these two crazy people would never have got to where they are now. Nor would they have done so without the support of all those institutions and companies that have believed in this project and have decided to invest in Ibiza and its culture. Especially the Consell d’Eivissa which has been supporting us since our third edition and the municipalities of Santa Eulària des Riu and Sant Josep de Sa Talaia, who have now also joined us on this adventure.
Those who know us know that we have a special weakness for culture: from classical and jazz music concerts to photography and painting exhibitions, cinema and theatre, we like to gorge on cultural content of all kinds and we are hopelessly insatiable. We feel fortunate to live on an island as small as Ibiza, which is overflowing with art. The guide was born from the desire to collect, order and publish all the leisure and cultural activities taking place in Ibiza so that, like us, you never miss anything.
In May 2017, the first issue of the Cultural Guide of Ibiza was published. And we won’t lie to you, we do feel a certain shame when looking back at that first edition which seems so amateur now; but that can only mean that the project has evolved. The initial idea was to develop a cultural guide for residents of Ibiza but then a few tourist offices told us that many foreign tourists were translating its content with the help (of course) of Google. We love a challenge, so, despite the extra workload, we decided to publish the guide in both Spanish and English.
Thanks to feedback from our readers, we started to include new sections like the children’s activities schedule, markets, exhibitions, featured events, articles and interviews with local artists, as well as the poet Ben Clark’s column in Ibiza’s local language. As you can see, the project has developed a lot since that first edition in May 2017.
We are the type of people who cannot stand still for a minute, so shortly after launching the paper version, we decided to get to work on the digital edition of ¿Qué Hago Hoy? After much trial and error, we built up the courage to go live and Quehagohoyibiza.com was born. Fortunately, it was as well-received as its analogue sister. The community continues to grow every day through social networks, where we publish our Top 10 list of the best activities every week.
You’re probably saying to yourselves that all this looks like a lot of work for this tiny team and, to be honest with you, getting here has not been easy. To get this project started, for the first two years, we had to combine it with other much more boring occupations and spend many, many sleepless nights. But what is clear from this impromptu retrospective exercise is that it was definitely worth it.
At ¿Qué Hago Hoy? we work to give visibility to large and small cultural initiatives on the island. Today, in addition to providing you with a physical space that combines all the leisure and culture programs, we collaborate with different festivals to do our part in promoting the cultural offerings of Ibiza. And we want to continue doing this for much longer, as long as you accompany us.
Thanks once again for getting us to where we are today!
Lina and Manuel.