Scrooge Comes To Madeira (But Misses Funchal?)

Source : Diário de Noticias 29/10/07

It seems that for some parts of Madeira, christmas spending is going to be tight. More for some regions than others, with cuts in the budgets for festivities. In part this is due to restrictions imposed by council financial spending rules.

In Câmara de Lobos, the usual fairground activities in the town are to be pretty much shelved, whilst the street decoration and festivities will carry on as normal, with highlights from the municipal band and some live music events.

In Porto Moniz, the budget cuts will hit the street lighting and decorations, and cuts are also likely to hit Ponta do Sol and Machico, although the latter say they still hope to produce something equivalent to last year, intending to switch on the lights on the 7th December.

Funchal is mentioned in the article, with some details of the highlights given, but with no real suggestion of any budgetary cuts So if one were to conclude that christmas in Madeira is more for tourists than for the Madeirans and the other taxpaying residents, then that can be added to the already long list of financial and social injustices that exist between Funchal and the rest of Madeira.

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3 thoughts on “Scrooge Comes To Madeira (But Misses Funchal?)”

  1. This from the Turismo Website, 1st November 2007. I don't think the cutbacks in Funchal seem tooooo severe!

    The preparations for the Christmas and end-of-year celebrations start in the middle of November.

    On this day, the main streets in the centre of Funchal will be invaded by lights of all sizes and colours to produce designs that are very representative of the island’s symbology and the time of year. One week later, on 30 November, the outskirts of Funchal will also be lit up transforming Funchal into a real, life-size "nativity scene".
    In early December, the squares are decked with flowers. Poinsettias, holly and lady’s slipper orchids all help to brighten up the city’s streets. And then there are the Christmas carols ringing out in all the streets as if by magic inspiring everyone with the festive spirit. The streets fill with people in this atmosphere of great joy. Some are here to do their Christmas shopping, while others just want to enjoy the holiday buzz and atmosphere emanating throughout the city.

    Christmas and New Year celebrations

    Christmas traditions are deeply rooted in the Madeirans’ habits and are combined with the New Year celebrations in a varied programme of cultural, folk and artistic events, beginning in November, when the lights are switched on in the centre of Funchal, lasting all through December and only ending on Twelfth Night.

    –Der
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  2. Source Diário de Notícias 10/11/2007

    Reported that the xmas budget for Funchal & Porto Santo is a massive €5.2 million. This covers street decoration, live music from orchestras and bands, and a mindblowing €1.2 million for fireworks, and other things no doubt.

    Whilst I hope everyone enjoys themselves, spare a thought for those locals who won't be going for lack of transport or money, and will have to manage in their community on reduced budget events.

    You would have thought that with that much money to spend, a few thousand euros could have been set aside for free buses for the locals.
    –Der

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