Madeira island news and views.
8th ‘Quinhentista’ Market – Machico
June, 7th to 9th
The municipality of Machico, in cooperation with the local Elementary and Secondary School, promotes every year this important cultural project by evoking and recreating the historical period of the islands discovery.The ‘Quinhentista’ Market (Fifteenth Century Market) has continuously increased its prominent cultural status by offering a series of cultural and musical activities.
More information on: http://www.cm-machico.pt/ or http://mercadoquinhentista.wordpress.com/
34th Madeira Music Festival – Funchal
June, 7th to 16th
Some of the most emblematic buildings of Funchal city centre, such as the Baltazar Dias Municipal Theatre and the Colégio Church, will host the Madeira Music Festival 2013.Part of the Atlantic Festival programme, this music festival highlights several top quality musical performances executed by Portuguese and foreign artists.The 34th edition will gather several national and international renowned artists, such as the Paulo Ribeiro Company, Sigiswald Kuijen, the Trio Chausson and Eldar Nebolsin amongst others.
Organized and supervised by the Regional Secretariat for Culture, Tourism and Transports (SRT), through the Regional Directorate for Cultural Affairs (DRAC), the event sets the difference for the singular excellence of its classical music concerts and the rich heritage of Madeira Islands.
Atlantic Festival – Funchal
June, 8th to 29th
In June, the Madeira Islands host one of its most well-known international tourism events that integrate the island’s tourist entertainment calendar.
Pyro musical shows on every Saturday night, the Madeira Music Festival and the Regional Arts Week are distinctive references of this festival, turning Madeira’s capital into a genuine stage of culture.
More information: www.visitmadeira.pt
Popular Marches – Funchal
June 12th, 13th and 23rd
The month of June celebrates the festivities in honour of the popular saints, beginning with Santo António (Saint Anthony), commemorated with a particular interest by the local parishioners.On June 23rd, other municipal parishes of Funchal, like São Pedro and São João, also organizes popular marches along Rua das Pretas, Rua da Carreira and Rua de São João streets, a very lively celebration typical of the popular saint’s festive evenings.
Cherry Festival – Jardim da Serra
June, 15th and 16th
The rural village of Jardim da Serra, located in the upper part of Câmara de Lobos, hosts the Cherry Festival, a popular event that promotes the local tradition of this parish. This festivity offers a wide range of sports and leisure activities that culminate with an ethnographic parade in a tribute to the harvesting of this delicious fruit.
Feast of St John – Porto Santo
June, 20th to 24th
The Feast of St. John is one of the main and most famous popular attractions of Porto Santo Island, standing out for its popular saint’s march integrating several groups dressed appropriately for the occasion and parading through the main streets of the city centre to the sound of popular music, crackling bonfires and sweet basil scent in the air. At the same time, numerous sport and cultural activities take place, ranging from golf and tennis tournaments, gastronomic displays to musical entertainment.
Feast of St. John’s Altars – Funchal
June, 21st to 29th
This popular festivity is deeply lived and preserved in Madeira cultural traditions.Some streets and squares of Funchal downtown (Rua da Figueira Preta, Rua da Conceição, Travessa dos Reis and Largo do Carmo) are beautifully decorated in an atmosphere characteristic of the islands religious festivities. This occasion also provides the opportunity of experiencing a social gathering in which both locals and tourists can taste some of the regional delicacies while enjoying a very lively musical ambiance.
Feast of St. Peter – Ribeira Brava
June, 28th and 29th
The municipality of Ribeira Brava, located to the west of Madeira Island, hosts the popular saints’ marches in honour of Saint Peter.This event of popular roots is characterised by an ambiance typical of the religious festivities where food and beverage stalls can be found.These festivities culminate at midnight with a fireworks display, filling up the skies of the village with light and colour.
58th Agriculture Fair – Santa, Porto Moniz
June, 28th to 30th
Organised for the first time in 1955, this agricultural fair is promoted to encourage the development of the animal breeding sector in the island, displaying livestock and objects associated to the farming activity.This festival also presents outdoor stands that offer local gastronomic delicacies and beverages in a setting very similar to a religious popular feast.