Almost all year around you can find regional festivities somewhere on the island.
For those that want to experience one of these typical Madeira feasts … we have gathered the dates of the festivities per parish.
ON: Porto Bayâ€™s initiative to revive Funchalâ€™s â€œOld Townâ€
The old section of Funchal, its revitalization and energizing, has motivated the Porto Bay group. This is where ON begins, a project of cultural and social intervention that brings together activities of â€œfusion artâ€ and artistic demonstrations which will take place on the following 1st, 2nd and 3rd of September. The name ON results from joining â€œOldâ€ and â€œNewâ€, meaning to set in motion, turn on, energize…
ON presents organized activities in the main streets of the Old Section. There will be live art outdoors in the painting areas, portraits, cartoons and sculpture in which nearly a dozen national and regional artists will be participating. Different exhibiting areas also allow for the display of works of art and photography. Craftwork displays, child painting workshops, design facilities, a multimedia room, floral arrangements and face painting are just a few other activities taking place. As for street entertainment, ON promises a diversity of music and the participation of various artists.
Profits go to APPC and Centro de Acolhimento de Santiago (Santiago Shelter)
ONâ€™s main goal is to contribute to social solidarity activities. On September 3rd an auction dinner will be held and the profits from exhibition sales and other activities will be handed over to two associations â€“ the Portuguese Cerebral Palsy Association of Madeira (APPCM) and the Santiago Shelter.
For those who thought that Porto Santo is a dull and deserted island â€¦. Well think again! The island of Porto Santo is hosting a musical event dedicated to lovers of electronic music, from 10 to 12 August …. Porto Santo @ Paradise
The line-up for this event includes famous international DJs such as Luca Ricci and Trentemoller, and more. Tickets for the event cost 5 euros per day, or 12 euros for the three days.
For those that have tickets for the festival there will be free transportation (busses) from/to Funchal at the building of Electricity Company (Casa da Electricidade).
Departures from Funchal: 17h00, 17h30, 19h00, 19h30, 21h00, 21h30, 23h00 and 23h30.
Departures from SÃ£o Vicente: Starting from 1h00 in the morning.
Form more information about the festival please check my previous blog article Jamiroquai and Juanes
Sometimes I will be posting non-Madeira things … although I think the picture was taken from a hotel here on the island
Anyway â€¦ for those who would like to learn to play piano on a â€˜funâ€™ way …. click on the image. And for the piano virtuosos among you can also have a go â€¦ and even make your own recording. Enjoy.
By the way â€¦ the site is both in English and Portuguese.
She was young, she was pure, she was new, she was nice
She was fair, she was sweet seventeen
He was old, he was vile, and no stranger to vice
He was base, he was bad, he was mean
He had slyly inveigled her up to his flat
To view his collection of stamps
And he said as he hastened to put out the cat
The wine, his cigar and the lamps
“Have some madeira, m’dear
You really have nothing to fear
I’m not trying to tempt you, that wouldn’t be right
You shouldn’t drink spirits at this time of night
Have some madeira, m’dear
It’s very much nicer than beer
I don’t care for sherry, one cannot drink stout
And port is a wine I can well do without
It’s simply a case of ‘chacun a son gout’
Have some madeira, m’dear”
Unaware of the wiles of the snake in the grass
And the fate of the maiden who topes
She lowered her standards by raising her glass
Her courage, her eyes and his hopes
She sipped it, she drank it, she drained it, she did
He quietly refilled it again
And he said as he secretly carved one more notch
On the butt of his goldâ€“handled cane
“Have some madeira, m’dear,
I’ve got a small cask of it here
And once it’s been opened, you know it won’t keep
Do finish it up, it will help you to sleep
Have some madeira, m’dear,
It’s really an excellent year
Now if it were gin, you’d be wrong to say yes
The evil gin does would be hard to assess
(Besides it’s inclined to affect me prowess)
Have some madeira, m’dear”
Then there flashed through her mind what her mother had said
With her antepenultimate breath
“Oh my child, should you look on the wine that is red
Be prepared for a fate worse than death!”
She let go her glass with a shrill little cry
Crash! tinkle! it fell to the floor
When he asked, “What in Heaven?” she made no reply
Up her mind, and a dash for the door
“Have some madeira, m’dear”,
Rang out down the hall loud and clear
A tremulous cry that was filled with despair
As she fought to take breath in the cool midnight air
“Have some madeira, m’dear”
The words seemed to ring in her ear
Until the next morning, she woke up in bed
With a smile on her lips and an ache in her head
And a beard in her ear ‘ole that tickled and said
“Have some madeira, m’dear”
â€” Michael Flanders
The company â€œFresh ProduÃ§Ãµesâ€, in an unusual initiative taking place between the 14th and 18th of June, is promoting the â€œFresh Weekendâ€ event, which, in addition to a musical component, also has other activities of great interest.
The â€œQuinta da Rochinhaâ€ lodge at Ponta de Sol and the Hotel Calheta Beach will be the hosts for this event where the philosophy is based on the â€œFreshâ€ spirit, in which ecological awareness, relaxation, nature and pure fun live together with culture and an urban life-style.
The objective is to promote Madeiras an attractive destination appealing to a young and active public. A special package, starting in Lisbon, has been created for people to attend this event and includes accommodation, guided visits to local cultural places and other sporting activities.
This event will have several high quality musical performances, with the highlights being â€œUnited Colors of Freshâ€, â€œBarbecue 01â€ in Seixal, â€œHi.Tech 01â€in sunset format at Ponta do Sol lodge, and â€œHi.Tech 02â€.
Source: Madeira Tourism Board
As I mentioned in my previous blog â€¦ each day I search for information about Madeira. I need to filter out all the â€˜woodâ€™ (translated in Portuguese is â€˜madeiraâ€™) and Madeira Beach (located in Florida). Lately I came across another interesting category â€¦ namely The Madeira â€¦. The band!
Yes â€¦ a band called â€˜The Madeiraâ€™ from the US â€¦ and they play â€¦ no! not the Madeira Bailinho or folklore music â€¦ this band plays â€˜Surf musicâ€™. What is Surf music?
I came across the next short film of Anton Withagen from Eindhoven (Netherlands). It gives an impression of the traditional folklore dance called Bailinho da Madeira (The dance of Madeira).
Now … do not go thinking that all inhabitants on the island of Madeira are dressed like this … and that they all love to dance this. If you think that …. then you also believe that all Dutch walks around in wooden shoes and are all living in windmills.
I have launched a new video of the Madeira series. A terrific view of the gala-dress that the city of Funchal is wearing during the New Yearâ€™s Eve. The lady capital of the island Madeira (Portugal) displays her with lights embroider dress, awaiting the countdown for the fireworks.
This was filmed aboard the catamaran Seaborn and the music is none other performed by the band … The Madeira. For more about this band and the video, follow the links below:
If you like the music in the film …. it is played by the band ‘The Madeira’. Click on the following image to order the CD.
Previous blog about Surf Music