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Summer Festivals and Parties Banned

While inspecting the renovation work at the Botanical Garden, the President of Madeira, confirmed that although the first major audience participative event to take place this year will be the Flower Festival procession, usual events, such as summer festivals and festivals in general will be prohibited.

Although he realises that it is possible to hold outdoor events, providing the audiences are seated and restricted in numbers, he believes that events such as Summer Opening, held in Santa Catarina Park, are more complicated, and that it will be difficult, and naïve for him or anyone to think, that people will remain seated throughout the whole event.

The President of the Regional Government emphasised that events that can be held outdoors without large concentrations of people can happen; he used the Portugal Day concert, which will be held in Praça do Povo, on the 10th of June as an example of just such an event.

This year’s Portugal Day celebrations will take place in Madeira, and the event will be attended by the President of the Republic, Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa.

Samantha Gannon

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