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Madeira Wine Festival August 28th to September 11th

The Madeira Wine Festival is one of the island´s main tourist attractions that pays tribute to this precious nectar and its undeniable socioeconomic significance.

Taking place during the grape harvest in late August, early September, this event aims to recreate the old traditions of Madeira, which were developed over centuries of labour in viticulture.
This event has been commemorated since the late seventies of the last century. It begins in Funchal and includes European Folklore Week, ornamentations, exhibitions and live portraits depicting wine and its crafts and light and traditional music performances.
This Festival culminates in Estreito de Câmara de Lobos, with the Wine Harvest Festival. Find out more about what to expect from the Madeira Wine Festival:
Saturday
On Saturday morning all attention is focused on the Estreito de Câmara de Lobos, where the Wine Harvest Festival takes place. The harvest takes place on a Madeiran farm, followed by an ethnographic parade with the participation of a large number of folklore and ethnography groups. After the parade, the treading of the grapes is re-enacted – participation is free – using a traditional press in a festive atmosphere with lots of musical entertainment and regional cuisine.
European Folklore Week
European Folklore Week, an event organised by the Boa Nova Ethnography and Folk Group, is a folklore festival that aims to promote an intercultural gathering and promote ethnographic realities, with the participation of national and foreign groups.
Live Wine Harvest
On Saturday morning all attention is focused on the Estreito de Câmara de Lobos, where the Wine Harvest Festival takes place. The harvest takes place on a Madeiran farm, followed by an ethnographic parade with the participation of a large number of folklore and ethnography groups. After the parade the treading of the grapes is re-enacted – participation is free – using a traditional press in a festive atmosphere with lots of musical entertainment and regional cuisine.
Street Entertainment
The city centre of Funchal, especially the central walkway of Avenida Arriaga, will be filled with various adornments comprising several viticulture tools (presses, casks, barrels, grape picking baskets, traditional means of transportation), living portraits and actors who re-enact the winemaking process in Madeira (grape pressing, re-enactment of the regional craftsmen traditional customs), food, Madeira wine tastings and exhibitions and regional handicrafts. Performances by local folklore groups, traditional Madeiran music and light music performances by the Madeira Light Orchestra will also liven up the four days of the festival.

MACHICO GASTRONOMIC FAIR 
July,29th to August,7th

Promoted by the Municipality of Machico this event has as main objective promoting the regional cuisine, in particular the delicacies of this municipality located in the eastern part of the island.
The event also offers a lot of entertainment, live music and musical attractions at the regional and national levels, for a week full of flavours, snacks and typical food from the seaside.13692995_1807121139509946_1299825269888674882_o

São Vicente Festivities

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For a week, the picturesque town of São Vicente, located on the North coast of Madeira, hosts the festivities in tribute to the municipality with the same name.
This initiative, which is already a well-known regional reference, offers an intense program of cultural and social events, in addition to plenty of cuisine and entertainment.

As in previous years, this event will also have the participation of some regional and national bands.
+ Info Turismo da Madeira

Gastronomy Exhibit of Santana

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Santana

July,22nd to 29th
The municipality of Santana annually promotes the Gastronomy Exhibit, an initiative whose main objective is to contribute to the promotion and appreciation of local cuisine.


This exhibit has a varied programme of events, with the participation of some artists of the regional and national music scene.

Spa Package

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Package includes:

  • Accommodation in Double Garden Wing Room
  • Transfers Airport – Hotel upon arrival and departure
  • 30 minute Aroma Facial
  • 30 minute Body Scrub
  • 30 minute Back Wrap
  • 30 minute Back Massage
  • Access to all Palheiro Spa’s facilities which include: Indoor heated hydro pool, Finnish sauna, Turkish steam bath, Experience showers, Relaxation areas, Changing rooms with lockers, bathrobes, and towels.
  • Fitness Room which includes: Power Plate with programs, cardio machines, free weights, stretching mats and exercise balls.
  • Complimentary access to Palheiro Gardens
  • Conservatory where a Snack Bar menu is available

Madeira Festivities

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CHRISTMAS AND NEW YEAR CELEBRATIONS – MADEIRA FESTIVITIES

December, 8th 2015 to January 6th, 2016

December, 8th – Tuesday 

General Illumination of Funchal’s downtown area and amphitheatre

December, 9th – Wednesday 

Opening of the exhibition “Christmas at Casa da Calçada” – Frederico de Freitas Museum (until January, 16th- 2016)

December, 11th – Friday 

3pm-8pm – Performances by Philharmonic Bands and Folklore Groups – Funchal city centre 3pm – Ethnographic exhibitions and live scenes: – “Nativity Crib 2015” – Av. Arriaga main square – “Ethnographic Village” – Largo da Restauração – “Small Christmas Market” – Av. Arriaga main square – “Children’s Christmas” – Municipal Garden 

7pm – 7.50pm – Mandolins Orchestra – Regional Association for Artistic Education – north garden of the S. Lourenço’s Palace 

8pm– 8.50pm – Youth Choir – Regional Association for Artistic Education – Main square in front of the Cathedral (Sé)

December, 12th – Saturday

10am– 8pm – Performances by Philharmonic Bands and Folklore Groups – Funchal city centre 11am– 11.50am – Children’s Choir – Regional Association for Artistic Education – north garden of the S. Lourenço’s Palace 

5pm-5.50pm – Clarinet Ensemble – Regional Association for Artistic Education – north garden of the S. Lourenço’s Palace 6pm – Concert by Madeira Classic Orchestra – Baltazar Dias Municipal Theatre 

7.30pm-8.30pm – Performance by the Black and White Dixieland Jazz Band – north garden of the S. Lourenço’s Palace 

 9pm – XXI Madeira Meeting of University Music Groups – “Academic Soirée”– Auditorium of the Casino of Madeira Congress Centre

December, 13th – Sunday

10am– 8pm – Performances by Philharmonic Bands and Folklore Groups – Funchal city centre 11am– 11.50am – Youth Choir – Regional Association for Artistic Education – Main square in front of the Cathedral (Sé) 

5pm-5.50pm – Si que Brade Band – Regional Association for Artistic Education – north garden of the S. Lourenço’s Palace

6pm – Piano Recital by Vincenzo Balzani – Friends of the Madeira Music Conservatory – Baltazar Dias Municipal Theatre

December, 14th – Monday

10am– 8pm – Performances by Philharmonic Bands and Folklore Groups – Funchal city centre 7pm – 7.50pm – Youth Choir – Regional Association for Artistic Education – Main square in front of the Cathedral (Sé)

8pm– 8.50pm – Mandolins Orchestra – Regional Association for Artistic Education – north garden of the S. Lourenço’s Palace

December, 15th – Tuesday 

Official Opening of the exhibit “Urban and Modern Craftwork, Madeiran Cribs” – Madeira Ethnographic Museum – Ribeira Brava (til March, 20th – 2016)

10am– 8pm – Performances by Philharmonic Bands and Folklore Groups – Funchal city centre 7pm – 7.50pm – Performance by the Regina Pacis Vocal Ensemble – Regional Association for Artistic Education – Main square in front of the Cathedral (Sé) 

8pm – 8.50pm – Bisel Consort – Regional Association for Artistic Education – north garden of the S. Lourenço’s Palace

December, 16th – Wednesday

07.30am – “Childbirth Masses” and performances by a group of traditional Christmas Carols singers, taking place after the mass – Cathedral (Sé) courtyard 

10am– 8pm – Performances by Philharmonic Bands and Folklore Groups – Funchal city centre 5.15pm – Official Opening of the exhibition “1866 – Madeira New Year’s Celebrations…”, by José Luís Ferreira de Sousa –Infoart– Regional Secretariat for Economy, Tourism and Culture (until January,6th 2016) 

7pm – 7.50pm –Youth Choir – Regional Association for Artistic Education – Main square in front of the Cathedral (Sé) 

8pm – 8.50pm – Strings Ensemble – Regional Association for Artistic Education – north garden of the S. Lourenço’s Palace

December, 17th – Thursday 

07.30am – “Childbirth Masses” and performances by a group of traditional Christmas Carols singers, taking place after the mass – Cathedral (Sé) courtyard

10am– 8pm – Performances by Philharmonic Bands and Folklore Groups – Funchal city centre 7pm – 7.50pm – Clarinet Ensemble – Regional Association for Artistic Education – north garden of S. Lourenço’s Palace 

8pm – 8.50pm – Regina Pacis Vocal Ensemble – Regional Association for Artistic Education – Main square in front of the Cathedral (Sé)

December, 18th – Friday 

07.30am – “Childbirth Masses” and performances by a group of traditional Christmas Carols singers, taking place after the mass – Cathedral (Sé) courtyard

10am– 8pm – Performances by Philharmonic Bands and Folklore Groups – Funchal city centre 7pm – 7.50pm – Accordion Orchestra – Regional Association for Artistic Education – North garden ofS. Lourenço’s Palace 

8pm – 8.50pm – Youth Choir – Regional Association for Artistic Education – Main square in front of the Cathedral (Sé) 

9pm – Christmas Concert by Madeira Mandolin Orchestra – Auditorium of the Casino of Madeira Congress Centre

 December, 19th – Saturday 

07.30am – “Childbirth Masses” and performances by a group of traditional Christmas Carols singers, taking place after the mass – Cathedral (Sé) courtyard 

10am– 8pm – Performances by Philharmonic Bands and Folklore Groups – Funchal city centre 11am – 11.50am – Children’s Choir – Regional Association for Artistic Education – Main square in front of the Cathedral (Sé) 

5pm– 5.50pm – Clarinet Ensemble – Regional Association for Artistic Education – north garden of theS. Lourenço’s Palace

December, 20th – Sunday 

07.30am – “Childbirth Masses” and performances by a group of traditional Christmas Carols singers, taking place after the mass – Cathedral (Sé) courtyard 

10am– 8pm – Performances by Philharmonic Bands and Folklore Groups – Funchal city centre 11am – 11.50am – Youth Choir – Regional Association for Artistic Education – Main square in front of the Cathedral (Sé) 

3pm – Concert by Funchal Municipal Band – Main Square in front of the Cathedral (Sé) 5pm– 5.50pm – Mandolin Orchestra – Regional Association for Artistic Education – north garden of theS. Lourenço’s Palace 

6pm – Concert: “The Lady of the World: Christmas Renaissance Songs”, by the Palace Ancient Music Ensemble – Friends of the Madeira Music Conservatory – Holy Trinity Church – Funchal 

7pm –18th Christmas Choir Festival – “Christmas in Funchal”, performance by Orfeão Madeirense – north garden of theS. Lourenço’s Palace 

8pm – “Christmas is Colour”, performances by the Geringonça Entertainment Association – until December 31st – Auditorium of the Municipal Garden

December, 21st – Monday 

07.30am – “Childbirth Masses” and performances by a group of traditional Christmas Carols singers, taking place after the mass – Cathedral (Sé) courtyard 

10am – 8pm – Performances by Philharmonic Bands and Folklore Groups – Funchal city centre 11am – 11.50am – Youth Choir – Regional Association for Artistic Education – Main square in front of the Cathedral (Sé) 

5pm – 5.50pm –Accordions Ensemble – Regional Association for Artistic Education – – north garden of theS. Lourenço’s Palace 

6pm – Christmas Concert – Madeira Classic Orchestra – Baltazar Dias Municipal Theatre.

December, 22nd – Tuesday 

07.30am – “Childbirth Masses” and performances by a group of traditional Christmas Carols singers, taking place after the mass – Cathedral (Sé) courtyard 

10am – 8pm – Performances by Philharmonic Bands and Folklore Groups – Funchal city centre 11am – 11.50am – Strings Orchestra – Regional Association for Artistic Education – north garden of theS. Lourenço’s Palace 

5pm – 5.50pm – Children Choir – Regional Association for Artistic Education – Main square in front of the Cathedral (Sé) 

7pm – 18th Christmas Choir Festival – “Christmas in Funchal”, by Orfeão Madeirense – north garden of theS. Lourenço’s Palace

December, 23rd – Wednesday 

07.30am – “Childbirth Masses” and performances by a group of traditional Christmas Carols singers, taking place after the mass – Cathedral (Sé) courtyard 

10am – 8pm – Performances by Philharmonic Bands and Folklore Groups – Funchal city centre 11am – 11.50am – Children Choir – Regional Association for Artistic Education – Main square in front of the Cathedral (Sé) 

5pm – 5.50pm – Performance by theSi Que Brade band – Regional Association for Artistic Education – north garden of theS. Lourenço’s Palace 

7.30pm – 8.30pm – Performance by the Black and White Dixieland Jazz Band – north garden ofS. Lourenço’s Palace 

8pm – “Night of the Farmers’ Market” – Funchal Municipal Council

December, 24th – Thursday 

“Childbirth Masses” and performances by a group of traditional Christmas Carols singers, taking place after the mass – Cathedral (Sé) courtyard 

10am – 8pm – Performances by Philharmonic Bands and Folklore Groups – Funchal city centre 11am – 11.50am – Children´s Choir – Regional Association for Artistic Education – Main square in front of the Cathedral (Sé)

December, 26th – Saturday 

10am – 8pm – Performances by Philharmonic Bands and Folklore Groups – Funchal city centre 5pm – 5.50pm – Youth Choir – Regional Association for Artistic Education – Main square in front of the Cathedral (Sé)

December, 27th – Sunday

10am – 8pm – Performances by Philharmonic Bands and Folklore Groups – Funchal city centre 11am – 11.50am – Ensemble Vocal Regina Pacis – Regional Association for Artistic Education – Main square in front of the Cathedral (Sé) 

5pm – 5.50pm – Guitar Ensemble – Regional Association for Artistic Education – north garden of theS. Lourenço’s Palace 

7.30pm – 8.30pm – Performance by the Black and White Dixieland Jazz Band – north garden ofS. Lourenço’s Palace 

9pm – Concert by the Madeira Traditional Chordophones Orchestra – north garden of theS. Lourenço’s Palace 

9.30pm – 18th Christmas Choir Festival – “Christmas in Funchal”, by Orfeão Madeirense – Cathedral (Sé)

December, 28th – Monday 

10am – 8pm – Performances by Philharmonic Bands and Folklore Groups – Funchal city centre 11am – 11.50am – Youth Choir – Regional Association for Artistic Education – Main square in front of the Cathedral (Sé) 

5pm – 5.50pm – Bisel Consort – Regional Association for Artistic Education – north garden of theS. Lourenço’s Palace 

9pm – 57th Tour of Funchal – Athletics

December, 29th – Tuesday 

10am – 8pm – Performances by Philharmonic Bands and Folklore Groups – Funchal city centre 11am – 11.50am – “Nóveis Tangedores” Band – Regional Association for Artistic Education – north garden of theS. Lourenço’s Palace 

5pm – 5.50pm – Youth Choir – Regional Association for Artistic Education – Main square in front of the Cathedral (Sé) 

6pm – Christmas Concert by the Madeira Classical Orchestra – Baltazar Dias Municipal Theatre 9pm – “Chants for Baby Jesus – the religious and the profane in Madeira’s traditional Christmas” by the Xarabanda Music and Culture Association – north garden of the S. Lourenço’s Palace 

9.30pm – 18th Christmas Choir Festival – “Christmas in Funchal”, by Orfeão Madeirense – Carmo Church

December, 30th – Wednesday 

10am – 8pm – Performances by Philharmonic Bands and Folklore Groups – Funchal city centre 11am – 11.50am – Guitar Ensemble – Regional Association for Artistic Education – north garden of theS. Lourenço’s Palace 

5pm – 5.50pm – Youth Choir – Regional Association for Artistic Education – Main square in front of the Cathedral (Sé)

6pm – Concert “Two-Piano Eight-Hand Extravaganza Festival” – Friends of the Madeira Music Conservatory – Baltazar Dias Municipal Theatre

7.30pm – 8.30pm – Performance by the Black and White Dixieland Jazz Band – North Garden of S. Lourenço’s Palace 

9.30pm – 18th Christmas Choir Festival – “Christmas in Funchal”, by Orfeão Madeirense – College/Jesuits Church

December, 31st – Thursday 

10am – 8pm – Performances by Philharmonic Bands and Folklore Groups – Funchal city centre 11am – 11.50am – Children’s Choir – Regional Association for Artistic Education – Main square in front of the Cathedral (Sé) 5pm – End of Year Mass andTe Deum by Madeira’s Chamber Choir – Cathedral (Sé) 

6.30pm – 7.20pm – Youth Choir – Regional Association for Artistic Education – Main square in front of the Cathedral (Sé) 

9pm to 4am – Show “New Year’s Eve 2015/2016” by Madeira Light Orchestra Association – Praça do Povo 11pm – Cruise liners Ships horns Concert – Funchal bay Midnight – New Year’s Eve Fireworks Display

January, 1st 2016 – Friday 

10am – 8pm – Performances by Philharmonic Bands and Folklore Groups – Funchal city centre 6pm and 9.30pm – New Year’s Concert by Madeira Classical Orchestra – Baltazar Dias Municipal Theatre 9pm – New Year’s Concert by Madeira Mandolin Orchestra – Madeira Congress Centre Auditorium

January, 2nd 2016 – Saturday 

10am – 8pm – Performances by Philharmonic Bands and Folklore Groups – Funchal city centre

January, 3rd 2016 – Sunday

10am – 8pm – Performances by Philharmonic Bands and Folklore Groups – Funchal city centre

January, 4th 2016 – Monday

10am – 8pm – Performances by Philharmonic Bands and folklore Groups – Funchal city centre

January, 5th 2016 – Tuesday

10am – 8pm – Performances by Philharmonic Bands and folklore Groups – Funchal city centre 8m – Performance by theCasas do Povo of Madeira “Twelfth Night Songs”– Municipal Gardens Auditorium

January, 6th 2016 – Wednesday 

10am– 8pm – Performances by Philharmonic Bands and folklore Groups – Funchal city centre

Obs: This programme may be subject to change + info. VisitMadeira

Bird Watching at Palheiro

On the 7th of November Palheiro estate will be hosting a bird watching excursion together with SPEA (Portuguese Ornithological Society) in an attempt to spot some of the rarer species to be found at Palheiro Estate.

There are more than 20 species of birds at Palheiro Estate, a fair share of those to be found on the island. We are also privileged to have two rare endemic species nesting at Palheiro (The Macaronesian Sparrowhawk and Trocaz Pigeon) and have recently been visited by several migratory birds such as the Red-footed Falcon (in pic) and Cuckoo.

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Madeira Film Festival and Palheiro Estate

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Palheiro Estate is delighted to announce their continued support of the Madeira Film Festival for 2015.

Jonathan Fletcher director of Palheiro Estate explains; ‘this year for the first time we have created exciting packages, whereby guests at the Casa Velha do Palheiro or Palheiro Village will be able to participate in many of the activities going on during the week.  This includes a visit to the magical Laurissilva forest to see a show, tickets to all films, invitations to the opening cocktail at Belmond Reid’s as well as to the Gala dinner.’

Also this year for the first time there will be a Golf day at Palheiro Golf on 28th April for film makers and our guests.  This will be a unique opportunity to meet some of the filmmakers and play golf with them.

Madeira Film Festival Package
Take part in the Madeira Film Festival whilst staying in a double garden wing room at the Casa Velha or at one of our luxury one-bedroom sea view apartments in the Palheiro Village:

Package includes:
·  One week’s accommodation for two
·   A bottle of sparkling wine upon arrival
·   Complementary Wi-Fi in the room or apartment
·   One dinner for two in the Casa Velha do Palheiro (table d´hote)
·   Tickets to all movies shown during the Madeira Film Festival
·   Participation during the following program activities:
– Meet and greet of Film makers and an excursion to the Laurissilva Forest
– Opening Cocktail at Belmond Reid’s Palace
– Gala Dinner at Belmond Reid´s Palace

Prices from €960

For more information and bookings please visit our website: Casa Velha do Palheiro

Visit Madeira Film Festival official website: http://madeirafilmfestival.com/

Camellias at Quinta do Palheiro

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Now is the time to visit the Palheiro gardens and see the Camellias in full bloom.
The early Camellia Sasanqua start in October together with the famous Granthamiana from Hong Kong and finishes about now.
The Camellia Japonica, white, pink, red and striped flower from December through to end of April.  Single and double, a mass of beauty!  Also the huge pink and red blooms of the Camellia reticulata are showing.
From the gate house entrance along the drive, at the bottom of the main garden and in the Ribeira do Inferno you will see masses of plants; the walk continues to the Chapel, surrounded by more Camellias and then towards the huge Araucarias by Casa Velha hotel. Yes, they are everywhere.
You may notice there has been much pruning work going on in the Camellia Avenue, also along the west side of the main garden and along the drive (remnants of the fire in July 2012).
You will also see to the south of the entrance gate an extensive replanting program underway, using mainly Madeira indigenous and endemic species.
The Gardens are open every day between 09.00 – 17.30
Bus from Funchal that stops by the entrance gate, number 36A and 37.

Christina Blandy Feb 2015

The Essence of Wine – Madeira 2014

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In 2012, the “main wine experience in Portugal” debuted on Madeiran soil. The success of the initiative dictated the annual scheduling of the event in the Region, where the third edition will be taking place later this month.

“The Essence of Wine – Madeira” brings together dozens of Portuguese producers, as well as the most emblematic wine producing houses on the island.
In addition to the free tasting, visitors will have the opportunity to take part in themed wine tasting sessions and show cooking’s in the presence of renowned experts. More than 1000 wines to taste of around 100 national and international producers, 30% of which will be present for the first time.

Tickets:
1 Day – €10 per person
3 Days – €25 per person

More information: http://www.essenciadovinhomadeira.com/

Photo: mercadopuro.blogspot.com