Events

Madeira Island Torch Festival

Have you ever heard of the Festa dos Fachos (torch festival) in Machico? It is one of the oldest traditions celebrated on the island. It originates back in the 16th Century when the Madeiran population used torches to warn the villages of attacks by pirates. We found a few good Read more…

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Madeira Flower Festival – Festa da Flor

Every year, two weeks after Easter, Madeira’s flower-festival comes alive on the main streets of Funchal’s centre with floats displaying a myriad of colourful flowers. This is one of the biggest celebrations in Madeira Island. On the Sunday a large parade of flower-decked cars get privileged use of the main Read more…

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Events

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 Read more…

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Carnival Tradition Madeira Island

Did you know that … Carnival was a foolish game of running around, which included water, flour, eggs and tomatoes battles that appeared before the serpentine battles? In Funchal there was a particularly lively area on Shrove Tuesday, where all this running took place: it was located right on the Read more…

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What is Carnival / Carnaval?

Soon the Carnival fever will start here on Madeira Island, but have you asked yourself … what does the word “Carnival” stand for? Wikipedia offers some answers: The Carnival Season is a holiday period during the two weeks before the traditional Christian fasting of Lent. The origin of the name Read more…

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Christopher Columbus Festival

On 13th to 15th of September Porto Santo will devote these days to one of its most important habitant who lived several years on this island ……. Christopher Columbus! 1478 was the year that Columbus traveled to Madeira for the first time. In those years Funchal ’s was one of Read more…

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Events

Happy Fireworks

I was hoping to find a lot of YouTube videos with film impressions of the latest International Fireworks Competition that took place at the Funchal marina (Madeira). But unfortunately not many have yet uploaded their videos. Ah well .... I did not had my video camera with me, but only my Canon Power Shot S50 digital camera, with it I captured a few images on film. It was on the last Saturday of the competition when country Portugal was giving a great show. As Portugal was the organizing country it did not compete for the title, but gave only a performance. Okay ... I have the video ... but now the Music. This time I have chosen one of my favourite music .... “Happy” from the Dutch rockband Intwine. Check out the video at YouTube ... for a “Happy Fireworks” show. (more…)

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Festival do Atl̢ntico РVideos

On this page/post you will find a video collection of the fireworks display during Festival do Atlântico (Festival of Atlantic). We are searching for video entries of this happening in YouTube and place them all here. Afterwards we will choose the best (amateur) films made of the pyro-musical display. If you are living on Madeira Island or have visited recently, and have captured one of the firework spectacle in Funchal and you want to show it here ... then you only need to upload it on YouTube and tag it with the word 'madeira' and 'fireworks'. For those who have missed the event, this is a page on which you can keep track of all previous competition that has taken place. Bookmark / add this link into your favourites as it will be updated frequently. To watch the videos just click on the arrow in the middle of the next image: (more…)

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Events

Funchal International Film Festival

The 3rd edition of Funchal International Film Festival – Madeira Islands will take place from 2 to 10 November 2007. This festival is sponsored by the Regional Government of Madeira to promote the films, as well as to promote the Islands of Madeira and the capital city of Funchal. Its Read more…

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NATO Parliamentary Assembly

About 340 parliamentarians from North America and Europe will be here on Madeira between the 25th to the 28th May for the NATO Parliamentary Assembly’s (PA) Spring Session event hosted by the Madeira Technopolo. NATO PA’s President, Jose Lello will start the meeting. Further the event will be marked by Read more…

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Events

Funchal 500 Regatta

Falmouth will host the Funchal 500 Regatta tall ships event … that will take place on September 10 till 13 year 2008. It is anticipated that up to eight of the large A Class vessels will assemble in Falmouth for the start of the race providing a magnificent sight. The Read more…

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Events

Madeira Island Open Golf

This year, the Madeira Island Open Golf Tournament 2007, one of the main PGA European Tour events, will be held between 21 and 25 March, at the Santo da Serra Golf Course. This year’s event will feature 144 competitors from the PGA European Tour competing for EUR 700,000 in prize Read more…

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Cultural Agenda March 2007

From the website of the Madeira Regional Tourism Department you can download the Cultural Agenda for the month March 2007. The Cultural Agenda is published every month by the Madeira Cultural Affairs Department (DRAC). Cultural Agenda, March 2007 – english (516 Kb)

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