What is an Arraial?

Madeira has various ‘Arraiais‘ all year round. Arraiais are traditional regional festivities that is celebrated with street processions, flower carpets, churches and street decorations with lights, colorful flags, music, traditional folklore, food and drink. Each town/parish has its own Arraial and they can differ one from another. To give you an impression of such an Arraial …. check out the following videos made by resp. Rui Martins and ‘Berdades’.

The Cherry Picker from Jardim da Serra

A beautiful video created by Heitor Rodrigues of a Madeiran cherry picker (apanhador de cerejas) Sr. Agostinho of the village Jardim da Serra.

Enjoy the serenity and un-stressfulness when Sr. Agostinho picks the cherries to sell them at the Funchal Market (Mercado dos Lavradores). Next time you buy and eat a Madeiran cherry …. remember this video.

FusiON Art by Porto Bay @ Zona Velha

More than 30 Portuguese and Spanish artists participated, live and in public, in ON by Porto Bay, … a fusion art festival that took place in Funchal’s historic Old Town.

Event organised by the Porto Bay Hotel Group designed to foster urban entertainment events in the city of Funchal, with the idea that private organisations should also contribute to making the city a more dynamic place. Festival aims to raise funds for charitable purposes.

For more information: www.onbyportobay.com

Pico Ruivo Time-lapse – Madeira

An excellent (time-lapse) video made by Hugo Câmara (photographer) …. 1862 meters (6107 ft) high above the clouds … Pico Ruivo.

Pico Ruivo, the highest peak on the Madeira Islands, which usually one could reach via Pico do Arieiro (a strenuous hike), but that path is temporary closed due to repair. Advice is to do it from Achada do Teixeira. Contact an official guide and/or Madeira Walking organization for details.

Vintage Film Madeira 1927 – 1975

VINTAGE FILM MADEIRA – Private collection of Hugo Reis – Year: 1927 – 1975. Production: Hugo Reis (www.hugoreis.com)

Madeira 1927-1975 Islands.Doc Festival

This film will be exhibited at the ISLANDS.DOC Festival
Date & Time: Saturday 21 of May at 15h00
Location: Centro das Artes – Casas das Mudas, Calheta – Madeira.
Click here to see where Casa das Mudas is located

Synopsis:
Hugo Reis was born in Funchal in 1971 and works as a photographer. Through international auctions, private sellers and throughout internet, Hugo Reis has acquired since 1996 films (film reels) related to Madeira. These films vary in their format (35mm, 16mm, 9.5 mm (Pathé), 8mm and Super 8mm).

Aware of the fragility of the film degrading easily over time and the importance of preserving these memories from the past, Hugo Reis proceeded with the digital conversion of about half of his collection (about 30 film reels) in order to preserve them permanently. These digital conversions were made in a proper studio in the U.K. The rest of the collection (about 40 films of various formats) are awaiting the opportunity to be converted in the near future.

Madeira … Walking About

We found another great (private) video about Madeira Island, filmed and edited by Dmitry Semaev.

Short interview with Dmitry Semaev:

Why the video?
“I have been to Madeira for 4 times, I’m one of those Madeira Island’s fans. Because of many stuff.”

What film equipment did you use?
“I used a Canon 7D, Lumix GH1, Gligetrack, Zoom H2.”

What do you think of Madeira?
“Madeira is one of the comfortable area to leave. It’s warm calm etc. quite safe. There are lots of gorgeous things to see. Welcome.”

Madeira Islands Golf

The Madeira Islands with their eternal spring are the perfect golf destination all year round. Two different islands, three magnificent golf courses and a wide range of accommodation, leisure and wellness for all golfers.

Their golfing tradition goes back to 1937, when three British men, Miles, Leacock and Blandy, built the first nine-hole course.

In Madeira you have two courses to choose from, Palheiro Golf with its 18 holes and Clube de Golfe do Santo da Serra with 27, both set in outstandingly beautiful scenery.

In Porto Santo, 40 km from Madeira, try the 27-hole course designed by the famous golfer, Severiano Ballesteros. Porto Santo is different from its “mother island” and its 9 km of beach and crystal-clear waters are just the thing after a game.

The annual Madeira Open is the most important golf tournament in the Madeira Islands and is part of the European PGA.

The islands have the facilities they need to welcome golfers with all handicaps, including high-quality hotels, making the islands a paradise for golf lovers, who are bound to enjoy the challenge of each hole and the charm of the surrounding countryside.

Wherever you play, you know you can count on impeccable maintenance and fabulous views of the ocean, Funchal Bay, exotic flora or deep valleys.

Source: Madeira Tourism

Who said this?

The isolation of these Islands makes their history and characteristics almost unknown to outsiders. Even those who come to visit see little beyond their first impressions.

This book is a discovery. It takes a modern look at the Island’s rich and individual history, many of the idiosyncrasies of which result from Madeira´s insularity.

It is also remarkable that one the authors is foreign. Through the culture of Europe this book traces the development of Madeira and pieces together the roots of present-day life.

I believe that all those who are interested in knowing Madeira better, or in making the Island known, will find this book a valuable instrument. I am thinking especially of the Madeiran communities in English-speaking countries.

Just as, through some photographs in this book, I relived times of my childhood (the holidays amidst the greenery of the Mount with the hammocks and toboggans going by) likewise other people will rediscover with fondness their own happy times.

Question: who said these words?