Beginning of September the grape harvest and wine making process starts on the island of Madeira, Estreito de Camara de Lobos. This is known as the Festa do Vinho da Madeira (Madeira Wine Festival) … Madeira’s oldest festival. The picking of the grapes, the Parade of the Pickers, treading the grapes and the whole ritual is a distinctly Madeiran tradition.
Check out the beautiful images captured during this years Madeira Wine Festival in Estreito de Camara de Lobos …
We need to learn the past …. to understand the present … and prepare for the future.
This magnificent project, created by Eduardo Costa Audiovisual Productions, aims an encounter with the valuable past, the Folklore and Ethnography of the archipelago of Madeira. It portraits in terrific details the daily life and activities the small nation in the past, but in some places still present-day culture and profession.
The project “Raízes de um Povo” (Roots of a People) is a 13 documentaries about 25 minutes. Each county of Madeira will have its own documentary. There will be a dedicated version for the Christmas period on Madeira. The main objective is to produce a true and accurate reference that guarantees historical consistency and validity.
Madeira, an island that rises about 6 km from the floor of the Atlantic Ocean, reaching, even surpassing the clouds. Therefore Madeira has two surfaces, namely one above the sea and below the clouds …. another one above clouds.
This photo gallery is dedicated to the second territory … that is surrounded by a white ocean and covered by a blue sky with one big yellow light (the sun).
Laninka from Canada has sent us a link to a beautiful Youtube video (actually a slide show) of old photos of Madeira Island from 1840 till 1960. It show mainly Funchal with its surroundings, landscapes, customs, how people lived and the types of public transport that were used during those years. Between the photos are also paintings and engravings of the 18th and 19th century.
Sit back … have a Poncha or Madeira Wine, if possible, and watch the rich historical video created by Gil Santos from Madeira. Duration 8 and a half minutes.