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Immer für ein Fest zu haben!

Partie die ganze Zeit!

Madeira ist ein Land voller fröhlicher und populärer Veranstaltungen - und das gilt besonders für Funchal, wo jede Jahreszeit durch traditionelle Feste, Musikfestivals, Unterhaltung und von verschiedenen kulturellen Veranstaltungen geprägt ist. Das alltägliche Leben hier ist gewiss nicht monoton. Selbst wenn Sie zu jeder Jahreszeit nach Funchal reisen, können Sie sich mitten einer riesigen Party wiederfinden!
Carnival flowers 

The year’s first festivities are a good-humoured way of anticipating the arrival of springtime. Funchal citizens have a very intense way of experiencing Carnival, one of the city’s biggest tourist attractions. 

On Saturday before Mardi Gras, the party begins with the “Great Allegorical Parade”, the main event — it is known for its huge impact and dimension, with thousands of costumed participants running through the streets with dances and choreographies. On Tuesday (“Terça-Feira Gorda”, or Mardi Gras), it is time for the “Cortejo Trapalhão” (the “Clumsy Parade”), open to all who want to take part in the costumed extravaganza and poke fun at daily life.

After all that partying, one most recover their strength and appreciate the beauty of the arrival of Spring. This is a good time to show the best of Madeira’s flora to the world: marguerite daisies, Madeira geraniums... The Flower Party (Festa da Flor) allows people to get to know these species. The event attracts tourists from all over the world and takes place between in April. It includes a parade of vehicles decorated by flowers that runs through the city centre and fills it with natural colours and aromas.
There is also a market and a floral exhibition in the centre, near Largo da Restauração, as well as activities for children, floral arrangement competitions, dance shows and classical music concerts.  

I can hear the Summer from here!

After the flowers, the heat comes. It’s time to enjoy good music, preferably in an open air space. The Festival do Atlântico takes place between in June. The event has several components: the Madeira Music Festival, is essentially dedicated to art music and opera, with Portuguese and international performers; the Madeira International Pyrotechnics Contest has participants from several countries and allows the audience to enjoy fireworks combined with music; finally, the program also includes performances by several local philharmonic orchestras.

This is also a season for jazz, which is an important part of Funchal’s cultural routine. The month of July is filled with the sounds of the Funchal Jazz festival, which has welcomed to its stage several internationally renowned musicians, as well as national talents. The main stage is in Santa Catarina Park, but there are several parallel events in other places: gigs in smaller venues, jam sessions in bars, exhibitions and film sessions, as well as workshops led by some of the guest musicians.

Autumn with a drink

The late Summer and early Autumn period is wine harvest season, so naturally the Wine Festival is a perfect digestive for a musical summer. It usually takes place in late August or early September at several locations in downtown Funchal. The programme includes street entertainment and music by philharmonic groups, as well as events paying tribute to Madeira wine,  the harvest and the cultural traditions associated with it.

But soon afterwards, it is time to get back to work. The people of Madeira do not like to waste time and in October, preparations begin for Christmas and the end of the year.
Im Herbst und im frühen Winter sind die Straßen mit solchen Dekorationen versehen, die es versuchen die Stadt in eine riesige Krippe zu verwandeln. All dies wird am 23. Dezember mit kulturellen, künstlerischen und ethnographischen Ereignissen als auch von einer großen Marktmesse (Markt Nacht / Noite do Mercado) begleitet, wo jeder seinen letzten Weihnachtseinkauf erledigen kann.

Die Feierlichkeiten enden am Neujahrsabend - Funchals Revéillon ist berühmt für seine epische Feuerwerksschau, die das neue Jahr begrüßt, indem es den Himmel für mehr als zehn Minuten erleuchtet.

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