March highlights in Madeira

Happy March and welcome to Madeira Official Tourist Guides monthly events calendar. As the days begin to get longer, March sees a sign of spring with gardens filled with flowers and a rare green forest to enjoy. Browse Madeira’s March highlights for an idea of the festivals, performances and other special events throughout the month. For more inspiration search in these other Madeira event guides: Cultural Agenda and Municipal Theatre Baltazar Dias.

Fri, 2nd “CELEBRATION CONCERT – 130TH ANNIVERSARY
OF THE BALTAZAR DIAS MUNICIPAL THEATRE” | BALTAZAR DIAS MUNICIPAL THEATRE
18 h| 10 €
“MADEIRA CLASSICAL ORCHESTRA
Guest Conductor: Cesário Costa”

Sat, 3rd; Sun, 4th PORTO SANTO NATURE TRAIL | Porto Santo Island

The Porto Santo Nature Trail, consists of four races covering the island from one end to the other: the main race being 42,3 km; then, 21.9 km; 8.9 km and ” Porto Santo Kids Trail (KTPS). The competition integrates the Regional Trail Championship, in the distance Half Marathon and Marathon.

Sat, 3rd Music | Boa Nova Church – Funchal
20h00| Free Ensemble Vocal Regina Pacis

Sun, 4th 5th SEASON OF “MUSIC IN THE CHAPELS” | São Sebastião Chapel – Ponta do Sol
20h30| Free
“RA” O REI “JÃO” – This concert aims at promoting our Rajão, (Madeiran musical instrument). Musician: Roberto Moniz

Tue, 6th CONCERT BY THE MADEIRA BANDOLINS ORCHESTRA | Congress Center of Madeira Casino Auditorium
21 h| “Artistic Manager: André Martins Programme: Light Classics Vivaldi • Ketèlbey • Monti • Waldteufel • Strauss • Ponchielli”

Wed, 7th “CHAMBER MUSIC WIND QUINTET “AtlântIDA”” | HOTEL BELMOND REID’S PALACE
21h30| €
“CHAMBER MUSIC WIND QUINTET “Atlântida” – joseph Haydn [1732 – 1809] Fun júlio Medaglia [1938 – ] Brazilian Popular Suite Felix Mendelssohn [1809-1847] [arr. David Walter] quintet in E flat major, op.13 N. 2”

Sat, 10th MADEIRA SUP CHALLENGE 2nd Edition | 

Madeira Island is an active holiday destination blessed by a unique natural beauty. This meeting for stand up padleboard (SUP) athletes involves a 21 km route in padleboard entitled “Around the corner” held between the villages of Porto Moniz and Paul do Mar, and also a workshop that welcomed in the 2017 edition several renowned SUP athletes including Leonard Nika, a Top 10 world circuit athlete.

Sat, 10th CONCERT BY THE MADEIRA BANDOLINS ORCHESTRA | Congress Center of Madeira Casino Auditorium
21h| “Artistic Manager: André Martins Programme: Light Classics Vivaldi • Ketèlbey • Monti • Waldteufel • Strauss • Ponchielli”

Sat,10th – Mon,12th THE STARS ROUTE – 9th Edition |

“This is one of the most important high quality gastronomic festivals that take place in Portugal, involving more than half a hundred national and foreign chefs awarded with the famous Michelin Guide stars.Now on its 9th edition, “The Stars Route” will once again be hosted at Il Gallo d’Oro, one of the two only Michelin-star restaurants in Madeira.
Chef Benoît Sinthon will be the host of this itinerant gourmet gastronomic festival, held between the 10th and the 13th of March. The event takes place over the course of several dinners, with a tasting menu jointly prepared by several international guest chefs.
The festival also includes showcookings, workshops, wine tasting and guided tours to promote local gastronomic products. Further information can be found at the event’s official website.”
+ INFO https://rotadasestrelas.com/stars-route/

Tue, 13th – Sat, 17th MADEIRA LITERARY FESTIVAL | Municipal Theatre “Baltazar Dias”

This festival which is part of the international literary calendar, receives some of the most famous names in literature, even Nobel Prize winners. For several days, this event offers debates and different discussions about the most diverse subjects, several book launches and also music concerts.
+ INFO http://www.festivalliterariodamadeira.pt | facebook/festivalliterario

Tue 13th CONCERT BY THE MADEIRA BANDOLINS ORCHESTRA | Congress Center of Madeira Casino Auditorium
21h| € “Artistic Manager: André Martins Programme: Light Classics
Vivaldi • Ketèlbey • Monti • Waldteufel • Strauss • Ponchielli”

Sat, 17th  Music| Etnographic Museum – Ribeira Brava
18h00| € Consort Bisel

Wed, 21st CONCERT BY THE MADEIRA BANDOLINS ORCHESTRA | Congress Center of Madeira Casino Auditorium
21h| € “Artistic Manager: André Martins Programme: Light Classics Vivaldi • Ketèlbey • Monti • Waldteufel • Strauss • Ponchielli”

Thu, 22nd – 25th NATIONAL JUNIORS AND SENIORS ABSOLUTE CHAMPIONSHIP | Funchal Olimpic Swimming Pool Complex
This sports event is organised by the Portuguese Swimming Federation in collaboration with the Madeira Swimming Association and is considered the greatest of its kind in Portugal.
+ INFO http://www.anatacaodamadeira.pt/ |

Fri, 23rd – 1st Apr MADEIRA’S THEATRE SHOW – 9th Edition | Auditorium of the Camacha’s Casa do Povo and Baltazar Dias Municipal Theatre
If you love theatre you will surely want to go to this Festival that will have the participation of 13 local and national theatre companies. In 2017, besides the local company, TEC – Teatro Experimental da Camacha, other theatre groups from different countries namely the group “Teatro Amador de Pombal” and “Craq´Otchod”, among others, participated in this Festival. This festival gives a stage to both professional and amateur theatre companies.
+ INFO facebook/amoteatro/ | facebook/tecamacha

Fri, 24th Sat, 25th SUGARCANE SHOW | Canhas Farmers Market at Ponta do Sol
The programm offers lots of music and entertainment, and an exhibition regarding the sugar cane honey production process. You can take part in the sugarcane harvest which takes place on Saturday morning.
+ INFO http://www.cm-pontadosol.pt/

Sat, 24th Planet Night Run | Several Locations
Millions of people around the Globe take part of it and so can you, no matter how faster or longer you run. In Madeira, several cities turn off the lights of many buildings, for one hour of respect for our Planet.
+ INFO http://www.cm-funchal.pt/ http://www.cmcalheta.pt/

Don’t forget to spring forward 1 hour tonight, so we all lose an hours sleep…

Sat, 24th Music | Casa da Cultura – Santa Cruz
19h00| Free Ensemble de Guitarras

Sat, 24th 5th SEASON OF “MUSIC IN THE CHAPELS” | São Sebastião Chapel – Ponta do Sol
20h30| Free
““THE GRUMPIES” – This group has a diversified repertoire, from the 50s up until the present, also exploring the Brazilian rhythm of Bossa Nova. Musicians: Cláudia Sardinha: Voice, Eduardo Santana: Guitar, Flávio Martinho: Cajon”

Sat, 24th THE “Direção de Serviços de Educação Artística e Multimédia” (DSEAM) presentS: Music by: | Salão Paroquial – Santana
21h00| Free “Ninfas do Atlântico”

Sun, 25th “OCEAN LAVA MADEIRA” LONG DISTANCE TRIATHLON | Machico
“This event is part of an international circuit. This is a very difficult and demanding competition with more than 100 km of swimming, cycling and running. The Long Distance Triathlon “Quinta do Lorde” – Ocean Lava 2018 competition will have three triathlon competitions available:
 Long distance, the main one (1.9 Km of Swimming, 90 Km of Cycling and 19.5 Km of Running).
 Olympic distance (1.5 km of Swimming, 41 km of Cycling and 10 km of Running)
 Sprint distance (750m of Swimming, 25 Km of Cycling and 3.5 km of Running).”
+ INFO triatlomadeira.com | http://www.cm-machico.pt

Sun, 25th Music |
11h00| Free Coro Juvenil Cathedral of Funchal

Tue, 27th 5th SEASON OF “MUSIC IN THE CHAPELS” | São Sebastião Chapel – Ponta do Sol
20h30| Free
ENDLESSGARDEN | WITH FRANCISCO LOPES – This concert delivers the message to the listener that man is responsible for the planet’s devastating climate changes. Clearly, the fusion of painting with music is abstract. Musician: Francisco Lopes: Guitar

Wed, 28th CONCERT BY THE MADEIRA BANDOLINS ORCHESTRA | Congress Center of Madeira Casino Auditorium
21h| € “Artistic Manager: André Martins Programme: Light Classics Vivaldi • Ketèlbey • Monti • Waldteufel • Strauss • Ponchielli”

Fri, 30th Music in Museums | Francisco Franco Museum
19h| FREE
Performance of the Si Que Brade

Source: Internet

Marla Castro (Official Tourist Guide)