Madeira and Portugal News from Paul Abbiati:
Yellow alerts issued by the Instituto de Meteorologia for wind and rain in Madeira region for this weekend
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Prestige Dance Spectaular Tribute Machico Sunday?
Film above of a Prestige Dance Presentation in Forum Machico in 2006
Prestige Dance present ‘Em Ritmo de Dança’, homage and tribute to founder member Miguel Silva who died last August at Fórum Machico 5pm on Sunday? Entry is free and it is etimated that 120 performers will participate. Dancers from Kaleidoscope, The Gabinete Coordenador de Educação Artística and students from the Conservatório will participate in a programme including danças clássicas, latino-americanas, a contemporânea, dances of the world and dança moderna.
Yuriy Tsikhotskyy, director of the Club is responsible for the event.
‘Homens da Luta’, Universidade da Madeira, Saturday night, 22h30, Tickets 7 euros
More details below:
Homens da Luta (Men of the Struggle) is a Portuguese improvisational comedy and musical street performance group consisting of brothers Vasco Duarte (Falâncio) and Nuno Duarte “Jel” (Neto). Their songs are a parody of songs sung during the period after the 1974 Carnation Revolution, and the characters played are caricatures of the revolutionary singers of the time, such as Zeca Afonso and José Mário Branco. Homens da Luta often use the term “struggle” to invoke slogans that became famous during the revolutionary era, such as “A Luta Continua” (The Struggle Goes On). In 2010 Homens da Luta released an mp3 album called “A Canção é uma arma” (The song is a weapon) consisting of 14 songs. One of their most popular songs is “E o povo, pá?” (What about the people, man?).
Eurovision Song Contest
In 2010, Homens da Luta took part in the RTP Song Festival 2010, with the song “Luta assim não dá” (The struggle can’t go on like this). The song was disqualified as it had been previously performed, which was a breach of the rules of the Festival and the international ESC.
In 2011, they entered the contest again with the song “A luta é alegria” (The struggle is joy), lyrics by Nuno Duarte “Jel” and composed by Vasco Duarte. They were in sixth place until the public vote was counted, at which point they ended up on the first place, winning a place in Düsseldorf. They represented Portugal at the Eurovision Song Contest 2011 in Düsseldorf, Germany, but did not gain enough votes from other countries for a place in the final round. Since the group are comedians and not singers, and because their victory was also based on popular support rather than the selected jury, there were some negative reactions to their win on the site of the contest.”
Art exhibition in Prazeres, Calheta
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Art exhibition in Prazeres, Calheta of 2 artistas plásticas madeirenses Guida Ferraz e Alice Sousa was inaugurated yesterday Friday…..titled: ‘Águas do Tempo’and is displayed in the 2 exhibition areas of Prazeres Gallery situated in the Jardim Pedagogica cultural complex behind Prazeres village Church
THE ONDECK ATLANTIC ADVENTURE 2011
“Portugal – Madeira – Cape Verde – Barbados
Leg 1 : Porto (Portugal) – Funchal (Madeira) via Vilamoura Approx. 850nm
Leg 2: Funchal (Madeira) – Sao Vicente (Cape Verde) Approx. 1,058nm
Leg 3: Sao Vicente (Cape Verde) – Carlisle Bay (Barbados) Approx. 2,000nm
The Atlantic Adventure is split into 3 individual legs, each one increasing in time and distance. Setting sail from the Portuguese port of Porto in early October, the 3,500 nautical mile voyage to Barbados takes around 6 weeks to complete, ending in the third week of November.
The first 2 legs consist of fast cruising and teaching. The final leg, from the Cape Verde Islands to Barbados, is a competitive match race sponsored as a Red Cap Event by Mount Gay Rum.
If you don’t have the time to do the whole adventure in one go, you can gain confidence and experience over a number of years taking a leg at a time as each leg is no more than 2 weeks in duration.”
Film: “Clive Wheatley talks to Ondeck’s Kylea Trinder about his experiences so far as he crosses the Atlantic from Portsmouth to Barbados via Porto, Vilamoura, Madeira and the Cape Verde Islands…”
Madeira: excellent navigation facilities
From official Tourism Website:
“Madeira Autonomous Region offers excellent navigation facilities for the anchorage of vessels in the island, providing nautical adventurers with several marinas and ports of call.
Therefore Madeira will host another international nautical regatta – Transatlantic Adventure. The first stage of this event starts at Oporto in direction of Madeira Island. The following stage will begin at Funchal towards Sao Vicente Island in Cape Verde. This race will be concluded next November, with the crossing between Cape Verde and Barbados (in Carlisle Bay), in a total of 3,500 nautical miles.
Up to 2011, Madeira has recorded the arrival of various nautical races such as “Clipper”, “Transat” and “Transquadra”.”
14th Madeira International Bridge Open
From the official Tourism Website:
“The Bridge Open, organized by the Club Sports of Madeira, is held this year at the CS Madeira Atlantic Resort & Sea SPA Hotel, in Funchal, and is offering a total of € 19,000 in prize money.
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This event will bring together several teams and pairs over a period of seven days…”
Much information about the programme, registration, past Opens is on the website: www.bridge-madeira.com