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.

Madeira Music Videos & Movies

Madeira Island is the ideal location for music videos and film productions.

Funchal – Old Town (Zona Velha)

Pico Ruivo

Madeira Waters

Various Locations

Mysterious Forest

So Steven Spielberg, Quentin Tarantino, Tim Robbins, Paul Verhoeven, Bernardo Bertolucci, Lynne Ramsay, Lukas Moodysson, David Cronenberg, David Lynch and other filmmakers … come and discover your next film location …. Madeira

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.

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.”

Columbus Festival – Festival Colombo 2011

The Columbus Festival was first held in 2000 with the aim of launching a quality cultural tourism offer on the island of Porto Santo. This year it will be held from 15th till 17th of September 2011.

The event is based around the historical figure of Christopher Columbus, who had close links with Madeira both as a sugar trader during the island’s sugar boom years and as the result of his marriage to Filipa de Moniz, the daughter of Isabel Moniz and Bartolomeu Perestrelo, the first Captain-Donatory of Porto Santo, and is held in tribute to the man who became a famous 15th century explorer.

In recent years, the festival has taken on the format of a historical recreation of everyday life in the 15th century, in particular in the period marked by Columbus’s time on the island, which enchants tourists and residents alike.

The programme includes a 15th century fair and supper, the landing of Christopher Columbus, a military detachment, a children’s area with Renaissance games, circus displays, plays, displays by groups of buccaneers and non-stop fun and entertainment including lots of music and European and oriental dances.

The local population and tourists are encouraged to take the part of characters in the festival and period costumes are provided that give an authentic feel to the event.

There are other side attractions taking place simultaneously, including regional gastronomy, crafts and other activities adding to the general bustle amid the historical figures.

Source: Madeira Turismo

This festival needs a better disclosure. Write the dates down in your agenda and visit Porto Santo on those days. It is worth it!

Braguinha de Madeira

Machete (Braguinha) is characteristic instrument of Madeira Island. It is a small guitar with four gut strings that are tuned in thirds, with the exception of the two main strings, which have an interval of a fourth. This instrument is used by farmers at feasts and dance. The music is vulgar in a succession of simple chords, but in the hands of a gifted player, the machete is capable of much more pleasant harmonies, and strangers are sometimes pleasantly surprised to hear the music … in vogue played with considerable effect of an instrument that seems so insignificant. One or two farmers can often be seen on the field after a hard day of work … playing in their favorite instruments. Continue reading “Braguinha de Madeira”