Madeira island news and views.
Events – June 2012
June is devoted essentially to classical music at the Madeira Music Festival, which is part of the Atlantic Festival.
There are also traditional celebrations in honour of the folk saints
1st to 10th – Madeira Music Festival | Funchal
The municipality of Funchal hosts the 33rd edition of the Madeira Music Festival, a unique high-quality cultural event that takes place in some of the most emblematic buildings on the city centre, such as the Baltazar Dias Municipal Theatre and the Colégio Church, and also the Casa das Mudas’ Arts Centre, in Calheta.
Part of the Atlantic Festival celebrations, this cultural initiative offers a wide range of musical concerts and dance performances by national and international renowned artists, such as Jean-Patrice Brosse, the Viento de Tango Orchestra and Ministers Capella, amongst others.
Organized by the Regional Secretariat for Culture, Tourism and Transports in association with DRAC | Regional Directorate for Cultural Affairs, the Madeira Music Festival promotes a symbiosis between music and the regional legacy of Madeira.
For further information: http://www.festivaldemusicadamadeira.com/
8th to 10th – 7th ‘Quinhentista’ Market | Machico
The municipality of Machico, located on the eastern part of the island, welcomes the 7th edition of the ‘Quinhentista’ Market (Fifteenth Century market), an event that has gained a prominent cultural status by evoking the archipelagos history.
Organized by Machico´s Town Hall and the local Primary and Secondary School, this event offers a series of cultural and musical activities taking place in Largo da Praça at Dr. José António de Almada Avenue.
9th – Madeira Island Ultra Trail
The 2012 edition of the Madeira Island Ultra Trail will cross the island of Madeira from east to west within a specific timeframe. This initiative consists of three main routes of 25 km, 55 km and 105 km, starting at sea level up to the highest mountain peaks on the island, like Pico do Areeiro (1818 m) and Pico Ruivo (1861 m), passing through areas where one can get in touch with the astounding Laurissilva Forest.
During this event the participants will face several challenges, like ranges of temperature and visibility, conditions that requires some experience and resistance.
For further information check out the following link: http://madeiraultratrail.com/
9th to 30th – Atlantic Festival | Funchal
Throughout the month of June, Madeira will host one of the most well-known tourism events of its annual entertainment calendar – the Atlantic Festival.
This event includes numerous cultural initiatives, such as piro musical shows taking place on each Saturday night, the 33rd edition of the Madeira Music Festival and the Regional Week of Arts.
This internationally well renowned cultural event transforms Madeira’s main capital into a stage of culture, offering tourists and locals alike with unforgettable cultural and entertainment performances.
For further information: www.visitmadeira.pt
10th – 15th Shearing Festival | Ribeira dos Boeiros, Camacha
The rural village of Camacha promotes this event every year at Ribeira dos Boieiros (Ovil), in order to preserve the tradition of shearing, an activity that is nowadays rare in Madeira Island.
This event, organized by the Camacha Parish Council, offers a wide entertainment programme that includes a photographic exhibition on this activity, food and drink stalls and small booths with items made from sheep’s wool.
12th to 13th and 23rd – Popular Marches | Funchal
On the 12th and 13th June, the parish of Santo António, in Funchal, hosts the festivities in honour of its patron saint, St. Anthony, also known as the patron saint of weddings.
On the eve of St. John’s, the Parishes of São Pedro and São João, organize popular marches leaving from Largo de São Pedro, around 9 pm, and march along ‘Rua das Pretas’ street, ‘Rua da Carreira’ and ‘Rua de São João’.
Come and share moments of great joy and celebration, so typical of the popular saint’s festive evenings!
15th to 24th – Feast of St. John’s Altars | Funchal
The streets of ‘Figueira Preta’, ‘Conceição’, ‘Travessa dos Reis’ and ‘Largo do Carmo’ host this event annually, characterized by ambiance typical of a Madeiran religious festivity. Here you can get in touch with the creativity of the local merchants who built religious altars in honour of St. John, and also, enjoy some of the regional delicacies and musical entertainment.
16th and 17th – Cherry Festival | Jardm da Serra
The Parish Council of Jardim da Serra annually promotes the Cherry Festival, an event that intends to preserve the local customs and traditions of this rural village located in the upper part of the municipality of Câmara de Lobos.
This festival offers a wide range of sport and leisure activities and culminates with an ethnographic parade that pays tribute to the harvest of this fruit.
20th to 24th – Feast of St John | Porto Santo
Integrated on the commemorations of the municipality of Porto Santo, this festivity is one of the main and most important tourist attractions of this island.
The night of the 23rd is the one that stands out the most, with the Marches of St. John, a tribute to this islands patron saint.
Groups of well-dressed participants parade along the main streets of the city centre to the sound of popular music, evoking the traditions and customs of the people of Porto Santo, in a festive and colourful setting, enhanced by the scent of sweet basil and the sound of crackling bonfires.
This festivity constitutes an excellent opportunity to promote the islands typical gastronomy.
At the same time, numerous sporting and cultural activities can be enjoyed, ranging from golf and tennis tournaments to musical shows.
28th and 29th – Feast of St. Peter | Ribeira Brava
This is a popular event characterised by the traditional popular marches in honour of St. Peter that parade along the main streets of the city centre on the night of 28th, around 10 pm.
There are market stalls throughout the city centre, where the traditional ‘Espetada’ (beef skewered) is made and served with the delicious ‘Bolo do Caco’ ( homemade bread), apart from other delicacies.
In addition, tourist boat trips leaving from the Marina of Funchal provide you with a pleasant alternative to attend this event.
These festivities culminate with a firework display at midnight, lighting up the skies of this small western town located by the seafront.
28th June to July 3rd – Black Scabbard Fish Festival | Câmara de Lobos
The Black Scabbard Fish festival takes place every year at the picturesque bay of Câmara de Lobos, an event that intends to promote the fishing activity in this municipality and one of the most typical gastronomic specialties of Madeira.
This festivity also offers a wide range of musical entertainment performances.
More information: http://www.visitmadeira.pt
Atlantic Festival 2012
From 09th to 30th June
The Atlantic Festival, an event that marks the beginning of the summer season in Madeira, will this year integrate a diverse set of initiatives spread throughout the month of June, most importantly the piromusical shows; the Madeira Music Festival; the Regional Arts Week; and the “25th Tour of Madeira in Classic Cars – Classic Car Rally”.
More Information: http://www.festivalatlantico.com
Funchal will be the centre stage of the first edition of the Culture Festival, an event organized by this municipality in collaboration with the Regional Secretariat of Culture, Tourism and Transports and the Regional Secretariat for Education and Human Resources.
The municipality of Funchal annually organizes this important cultural initiative. The Book Festival has the participation of most of Madeira bookshops as well as some national publishers.
This event takes place on the Arriaga Avenue and is complemented with some entertainment events, conferences, book launches, concerts and exhibitions held in the Auditorium of the Municipal Garden and also at the Baltazar Dias Municipal Theatre.
This year’s edition will be integrated on the activities programmed for the 1st edition of the Culture Festival.
More informations: http://www1.cm-funchal.pt/en
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• Realize o Batizado na Capela dos Jardins do Palheiro
• Celebre ocasiões familiares na Casa Velha do Palheiro
• Realize as suas reuniões ou eventos privados no Restaurante Clubhouse – Palheiro Golf
• Descontraia durante a preparação de um evento no Palheiro Spa
• Aprecie um Cocktail a bordo do “Motor Yacht Balancal”
Uma paisagem primorosa, um serviço discreto e um pacote feito ao seu gosto para um evento único.
Com uma vista fabulosa sobre a cidade do Funchal e o oceano, o Restaurante Clubhouse é o espaço ideal para festas de casamento e eventos privados.
• Capacidade – Empratado: 80 pessoas
– Buffet: 100 pessoas
– Cocktail (volante): 100 pessoas
• Pista de dança
O ambiente elegante e privado da Casa Velha do Palheiro propõe almoços ou reuniões familiares ou de negócios.
• Capacidade – 50 pessoas
A Capela de São João Batista, com 200 anos de História está disponível para renovação de votos e batizados.
• Capacidade – 45 pessoas sentadas
• Decoração do altar com flores da época e bancos de jardim incluídos
Casa de Chá
Uma alternativa casual, ideal para pequenos eventos como festas de aniversários ou lanches.
– interior: 15 pessoas
– exterior: 18 pessoas
As diferentes facilidades e o leque de massagens e tratamentos estão disponíveis para os momentos de relaxamento antes ou durante a organização do evento.
• Piscina interior com jacuzzi, banho turco, sauna e sala de relaxamento
• Massagens corporais e tratamentos de rosto à escolha
• Capacidade – Passeio: 10 pessoas
– Pesca: 6 pessoas
• Bebidas e Snacks a bordo