Madeira and Portugal news from Paul Abbiati:
Thanks to Peter for bringing the Madeira Botanical art work in London exhibition to my attention
Party at the Madeira Carnival 4-8 March 2011!!
“The Carnival, or Mardi Gras, celebrations in Madeira take the form of a great parade of floats the Saturday before Shrove Tuesday and remain an essentially folk festival.
Groups with thousands of participants flood the main streets of Funchal with music and contagious enjoyment.
This is a week of healthy madness that invades the hotels, bars and clubs, turning them into permanent parties.
The Cortejo Trapalhão
In an atmosphere of effusive revelry there are surprising examples of creativity and imagination and there is no shortage of daring caricatures in the Cortejo Trapalhão costume parade on Shrove Tuesday.”
Source: Madeira Tourism site.
What makes the Madeira Carnival special?
Its a Brazilian/latin theme carnival in Europe!! …In March the day air temperature is about 18.8 Celsius and at night around 13 Celsius. The sun shines for an average of 6.4 hours and the water temperature is about 18 Celsius
Flight time to Madeira from Lisbon is 1.5 hours and from London less than 4 hours and Madeira is great value for money…so see you at the carnival!
Madeira: Grande Prémio de Santo Amaro, January
Cultural events in Madeira
All here in CULTURAL AGENDA – a PDF file:
Madeira Botanical art work in London exhibition
In April, the Society of Botanical Artists holds their Annual London Open Exhibition between Friday 8 April and Sunday 17 April 2011. The season is a short one but a wonderful display is always guaranteed.
One of the works of Angie Martinussen who according to Press Reports has resided in Madeira for 18 months
“Botanical art is a centuries-old traditional art form, enjoying a wonderful renaissance at a time when so much art appears to celebrate ugliness and we are fortunate in being able to help keep it alive and regenerated. This showcase exhibition will feature some 700 selected works, embracing a wide variety of styles and technique. Wander around a diverse range of flower and plant images. Admire the work of Members and non members all eager to delight you with their skills. Enjoy the perennial favourites: watercolour, pastel and oil but also the increasingly popular coloured pencil and pencil work.
Members include many winners of prestigious awards not least of which are the Royal Horticultural Society’s Gold medals. Members’ paintings are exhibited in institutions worldwide and are held in many private collections.”
For more information and the full article:
Portuguese Prime Minister official visit to Gulf
“Portugal has raised the possibility of private placements of its public debt with Qatar, although prime minister José Sócrates has insisted that the issue is not on the agenda of an official visit to the Gulf.”
“Luís Amado, Portugal’s foreign minister, said potential purchases of Portuguese public debt by Qatar were “the subject of conversations between the respective finance ministers”.”
“Private debt placements, together with tough austerity measures and a campaign to boost export-led growth, are the main elements in Portugal’s strategy to avoid a rescue by the European financial stability facility (EFSF)” of the EU
“Lisbon is understood to be hopeful that
The Portuguese Government hopes that the “EU moves to give the EFSF new powers will enable it to buy Portuguese sovereign debt to relieve pressure on the country’s borrowing costs.”