Hugo Reis was born in Funchal in 1971 and works as a photographer. Through international auctions, private sellers and throughout internet, Hugo Reis has acquired since 1996 films (film reels) related to Madeira. These films vary in their format (35mm, 16mm, 9.5 mm (Pathé), 8mm and Super 8mm).
Aware of the fragility of the film degrading easily over time and the importance of preserving these memories from the past, Hugo Reis proceeded with the digital conversion of about half of his collection (about 30 film reels) in order to preserve them permanently. These digital conversions were made in a proper studio in the U.K. The rest of the collection (about 40 films of various formats) are awaiting the opportunity to be converted in the near future.
The Columbus Festival was first held in 2000 with the aim of launching a quality cultural tourism offer on the island of Porto Santo. This year it will be held from 15th till 17th of September 2011.
The event is based around the historical figure of Christopher Columbus, who had close links with Madeira both as a sugar trader during the island’s sugar boom years and as the result of his marriage to Filipa de Moniz, the daughter of Isabel Moniz and Bartolomeu Perestrelo, the first Captain-Donatory of Porto Santo, and is held in tribute to the man who became a famous 15th century explorer.
In recent years, the festival has taken on the format of a historical recreation of everyday life in the 15th century, in particular in the period marked by Columbus’s time on the island, which enchants tourists and residents alike.
The programme includes a 15th century fair and supper, the landing of Christopher Columbus, a military detachment, a children’s area with Renaissance games, circus displays, plays, displays by groups of buccaneers and non-stop fun and entertainment including lots of music and European and oriental dances.
The local population and tourists are encouraged to take the part of characters in the festival and period costumes are provided that give an authentic feel to the event.
There are other side attractions taking place simultaneously, including regional gastronomy, crafts and other activities adding to the general bustle amid the historical figures.
Source: Madeira Turismo
This festival needs a better disclosure. Write the dates down in your agenda and visit Porto Santo on those days. It is worth it!
Located in between the lido swimming pool and clubhouse Naval do Funchal (that was before Quinta Calaça), is the former Pier Wilson, now known as Cais do Carvão (Coal Wharf). The pier was built in 1903. From here many vapour-vessels passing were supplied with coal on their way through Funchal to America and Africa.
The importance of coal in the development of steam powered machines and the affirmation of Funchal as required warehouse to supply the vessels and operation of sugar mills, forced the assembly of infrastructure support. And so existed the deposits of coal, of which was known as the coal wharf, which was owned by the company Wilson & Co Ltd, where in 2004 the aquarium was build including the the Marine Biology Service Station.
Nowadays it is a forgotten monument, now and then visited by curious travelers and local fishermen. Still these elderly walls have withstand the most fierce storms during the last decades. While the newer walls of few marinas on Madeira have lost their battle against the mighty ocean … the walls of Cais do Carvão are still standing tall.
Some things seems trivial nowadays, but in the past they were unthinkable, … for example ice.
With the advent of refrigerators and other similar devices today it has become possible to have ice all year-round. Now … imagine 100 years ago …. how could one get ice? Only in winter and in the highest regions of Madeira, when it snowed or hailed.
Madeira ancestors solved the problem by building reservoirs in which they could store and preserve the ice and snow that winter brought to them those days. It was then used by hospitals and hotels, … thus resulting in the famous Wells of Snow (Poços da Neve).
These wells were based on deep excavations, walled and covered with stone chips to the surface being shaped like an igloo. They were built in the mountains of São Roque and the area of Pico do Arieiro.
According to history, the snow and ice were stored in these pits of snow, and then carried on the back in the leather bags … all the way to their final destination. It was no doubt a tremendous achievement.
Only one of these reservoirs have reached our days and is in a good condition, situated near the Pico do Arieiro at the Ecological Park of Funchal …. at 1,600 meters of altitude.