Desertas Aquatica Award Winning Film, FNAC, Monday evening 7pm; NEW Madeira Film Festival 2012; Kyle Eastwood and Phamie Gow; Madeira’s Laurissilva forest the worlds largest; The ‘Laurissilva Award’ ; Fado becomes UNESCO World Heritage; EU structural funds: €21bn between 2014-2020; Public Holidays reduction in 2012;

International, Portugal and Madeira News from Paul Abbiati:

Desertas Aquatica Award Winning Film, FNAC store Madeira, Monday evening 7pm.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AEbEz79JfUo

The film shows the underwater natural beauty of the biodiversity of The Desertas Islands- Ilhas Desertas – a small Portuguese archipelago, located about 25 km to the southeast of Ponta de São Lourenço, the eastern tip of the island of Madeira.

NEW Madeira Film Festival May 2-6 2012

“The Madeira Film Festival 2012 intends to be Europe’s most exclusive and
independent festival. Held at the prestigious Reid’s Palace Hotel The
Madeira Film Festival serves as a platform to showcase independent feature,
short and documentary films from directors around the world. Indicative of
Madeira’s continued commitment to preserve the Natural History, flora and
fauna of the island, the festival will present a special environmental
category screening worldwide nature orientated films relating to trees.

Desertas Aquatica Award Winning Film, FNAC, Monday evening 7pm; NEW Madeira Film Festival 2012; Kyle Eastwood and Phamie Gow; Madeira's Laurissilva forest the worlds largest; The ‘Laurissilva Award’ ; Fado becomes UNESCO World Heritage; EU structural funds: €21bn between 2014-2020; Public Holidays reduction in 2012; 1

The aim of the Madeira Film Festival is to encourage creativity in all aspects
of film production, not dependant on financial and physical restrictions,
gender, geographical location, age or ability. We acknowledge and encourage
film making through diversity and ‘out of the box’ thinking and we pay
special attention to films ( shorts, docs and features ) pertaining to trees
and their relevance and importance in the world we live in as MMF holds a
nature orientated category.

Madeira’s Laurissilva forest – the worlds largest Laurissilva forest

The worlds largest Laurissilva forest is located on the island of Madeira.
In 1999 the 15,000 hectare indigenous ‘living relic’ was awarded the status
of UNESCO World Heritage Site. Through the medium of film MFF intends to
enhance education and global awareness of the Laurissilva and it’s
importance to the ecological balance of Madeira thus sustaining the endemic
flora and fauna.

The ‘Laurissilva Award’ and the roles of The Madeira Film Festival 2012

The Madeira Film Festival recognizes the integrity of filmmakers around the
world and consequently will present the ‘Laurissilva Award’ to the best
documentary, short, feature and nature oriented film judged by an
International Jury. MFF acts as a service to the local community and
audience as a launchpad providing an attractive slate of films.

Reid’s Palace Hotel

“Considered to be one of the finest hotel establishments in the world, Reid’s
is synonymous with excellence, grandeur and afternoon tea. Previous guests
include Sir Winston Churchill, George Bernard Shaw, Gregory Peck, Roger
Moore and King Umberto of Italy.”

The flowers and trees of Madeira blossom fervently during May..

“The flowers and trees of Madeira blossom fervently during May, especially
the Jacaranda trees as they flower profusely boasting a deep, rich purple
colour. The first week in May is indeed a wonderful time of year to visit
Madeira..”

From the official site of the 2012 New Madeira Film Festival:
http://www.madeirafilmfestival.com/pg_home.php

Kyle Eastwood and Phamie Gow

Guests will include Kyle Eastwood, the oldest son of the world famous film
Director and Actor Clint Eastwood and Phamie Gow “a Scottish harpist,
pianist, singer and composer. She has released six solo albums.
Gow was invited to perform in The Carnegie Hall in New York by Philip Glass
for the 2008 Tibet House Benefit Concert. She performed with Band of Horses,
Marisa Monte, Ashley MacIsaac, and Ray Davies. She has performed on the
Regis and Kelly Show USA. Her piano composition “War Song” has been released on two Classic FM/Universal compilation albums and is reaching well over 100,000 hits on
her youtube video. Her works on piano are regularly given airplay on Classic
FM and recently got to number 6 charts of the most played tracks in UK’s
Caffè Nero stores.”

From Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Phamie_Gow

Official site of the New Cinema Festival:
http://www.madeirafilmfestival.com/pg_home.php

Cáritas Diocesana in Madeira collects 30 tons of food in one weekend

The Diario Newspaper reports that the charity Cáritas Diocesana collected 30
tons of food in one weekend in Pingo Doce supermarkets in Madeira. Well done to all the
Cáritas Diocesana workers and contributors!

Desertas Aquatica Award Winning Film, FNAC, Monday evening 7pm; NEW Madeira Film Festival 2012; Kyle Eastwood and Phamie Gow; Madeira's Laurissilva forest the worlds largest; The ‘Laurissilva Award’ ; Fado becomes UNESCO World Heritage; EU structural funds: €21bn between 2014-2020; Public Holidays reduction in 2012; 3

A spokesman for the charity José Manuel Barbeito said he was not surprised
with the solidarity and generosity of Madeiran people and all those who
contributed.

Portugal should receive €21bn between 2014 and 2020

From Portugal Daily View

“Jornal de Notícias Newspaper reports that Portugal should receive €21bn
between 2014 and 2020» from the EU quoting a European Commissioner about the funds the
country should receive in the next package of structural funds…”

From Portugal Daily View

Public holidays which will be eliminated in 2012

“‘Holidays: 5 October, 1 December, 15 August and Corpus Christi to end in
2012’, writes i Nespaper, about the number of next year…”

http://www.portugaldailyview.com/category/01-whats-new

Fado becomes UNESCO World Heritage

From CriEnglish.com

“UNESCO decided Sunday that the most traditional Portuguese music genre, the
fado, will be included in the World Intangible Heritage list.

The decision was made at a meeting of the Intangible Cultural Heritage
Committee in the Indonesian resort of Bali island.

Fado was one of the 49 cultural expressions that were in consideration to be
part of the intangible cultural heritage. The Portuguese bid, unanimously
accepted, was considered to be a model for other countries that want their
cultural expressions recognized by UNESCO.

It took six years since former Lisbon mayor Pedro Santana Lopes came up with
the idea that fado should be considered as a cultural heritage.

“We are making a rescue plan of this music with five axes, that include the
creation of a repository network that will work integrated; we will build a
digital collection of all fado recordings,” said Sara Pereira, director of
the Fado Museum.

Efforts will also be made to publish the bibliographical sources on this
music gendre, launch an educative program that includes a special school
training luthiers specialized in the Portuguese guitar and include the fado
in school programs, said Pereira.

Fado route in Lisbon

They will also create a fado route in Lisbon, that will include all
important places for this gendre of music.”

link: http://english.cri.cn/6966/2011/11/28/2021s669188.htm

Fado is Portugal’s answer to the blues

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lLVCAkLhqsI

“Fado is Portugal’s answer to the blues, an often pained and passionate, but
sometimes upbeat style that is best experienced in the cramped, candle-lit
fado houses of Lisbon. But the finest fado singers are now in demand in
concert halls around the world, where they try to recreate the same intimate
atmosphere. Mariza’s most recent solution was to construct a fado house on
stage, while Ana Moura relied on dark, atmospheric lighting for a set that
was remarkable for its emotional but no-nonsense approach, musicianship and
variety.”

Source: Guardian review of Ana Moura concert at Barbican, London

link:
http://www.guardian.co.uk/music/2011/nov/01/ana-moura-review?newsfeed=true

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  1. Jon Pleased your Meo ok where you are. I bet Jardin dont use the one I am on. I just dont know how business in Madeira or think of coming here will think, one of the internet net providers not reliable.

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  2. Peter, I’m not sure where you live/reside on Madeira but I can assure you (and the blog readers) that from day one here (some 7 years ago) we have had outstanding internet and associated services – far better than the “base line” in the U.K. Be it television, land, mobile and NG phone services, including the basic electricity supply, brilliant!

    I can only add to anyone thinking of moving here, do it! The U.K. is very much behind the times in ALL matters re tele communications …. not to mention the customer service, smiles and genuine support provided therein here.

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  3. Peter, I have Meo package in Calheta, cable TV down the telephone line, Internet and telephone calls, free international calls between 9pm and 9am. Excellent service, recently had a fault, dealt with very quickly. Before Meo had Sapo, very slow at peak times, overall it cost more than the Meo package

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  4. Thank every one. I only just come back on line. If I was run a business here I would strongly would not recommend the one I am on. Madeira has people running business here and the internet I am using is letting everyone down, included Madeira. Jobs can be lost because of the net. I bet Jardin not on the one I am on.

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  5. Peter, suggest you change to MEO —— if you have a contract with CABO (dish or “stand alone” cable) then cite their failure to provide satisfactoyy service, as contracted, and terminate your agreement. Our service as per Richard’s – seriously faultless so far and we do rely on it to run our business…….good luck.

    Martin – welcome to Madeira? Hope journey good, we waved at “ARMAS”!

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