It’s March and spring is ready to burst into action and what better way to end winter and welcome spring than with the Faial’s upbeat Cherimoya Fruit Festival (Festa da Anona) on the 7th and 8th featuring Madeira’s unique and delicious custard apples and if you have never tried one before, this is the perfect opportunity to do so. During the same weekend, the island of Porto Santo will host its annual Porto Santo Nature Trail on the 7th and 8th. Comprising of four races 42.3 km (marathon), 21.9 km (half marathon) short relay race of 8.9 km and the Porto Santo Kids Trail (KTPS).
Changing tack, between the 9th and the 31st as part of the 600 years of Madeira and Porto Santo celebrations the north of the island will be hosting a series of Baroque, classical music events held in the parishes of São Vicente, Porto Moniz, Ponta Delgada and São Jorge. Taking its inspiration from ‘Sacred Music’ the performances will include works by Vivaldi, Bach and the Portuguese Composer António Teixeira and is a must for all 17th and 18th century music lovers. Meanwhile, theatregoers have the chance of experiencing something unique with the Amo-Teatro Festival from the 19th to the 29th. Showcasing both amateur and professional drama groups with performances taking place at the Camacha Casa do Povo Auditorium and the Municipal Theatre Baltazar Dias.
Taking to the sea is the Madeira SUP (Stand Up Paddleboard) Challenge on the 21st. The event includes the historic 21 km ‘Around the Corner’ race from Porto Moniz to Paul do Mar, workshop as well as a guest appearance by Top 10 SUP World Athlete, Leonard Nika. Remaining with a natural theme the Madeira Forest and Tree Walk in the Funchal Ecological Parque is scheduled for the 21st. Teaming up with FNAC they will be hosting a variety of events including walks, talks and tree planting possibilities. Staying on an outdoors theme is the ‘Planet Earth Night Run’, which takes place at 20:30 on the 28th. Celebrated in over 7,000 cities the Planet Earth Run reminds us of how fragile our planet is and the need for conservation as the symbolic switching off of lights for one hour takes place in cities across the globe.
Concluding the month is the glitzy Madeira Film Festival from the 27th to the 1st of April. Both Belmond Reid’s Palace Hotel and the Municipal Theatre Baltazar Dias will be hosting the event, which includes cultural events, concerts, workshops, lectures, fashion parades and parties.