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Dancilhas – Festival of Dance and Music

The Dancilhas is a party that promotes music and popular dance.

Participants are taken on a journey through Portuguese and international music and dance. The Dancilhas relive the practice of popular dance through line and group dances.

It all starts on Friday, the 17th of March at 19:00 in the Parish Council of S. Martinho gardens, with the group VELHA GUARDA (Xarabanda Musical and Cultural Association), comprising of Rui Camacho, João Viveiros, Paulo Esteireiro, Helena Camacho, who aim to showcase the richness of traditional Madeiran culture, its instruments, musical genres, and traditional dances.

On Saturday, the 18th of March there will be several dance workshops, highlighting dances from all over Europe. The workshops are suitable for everyone, as all the basic steps, techniques, posture, dynamics, and movement will be taught.

At 20:00 Madeiran group CALHAUS FOLK – Carmina Rodrigues, Mathew Ruiz, and Nélio Gonçalves- will take centre stage. The music comprises a mixture of influences from various musical genres with a fusion between traditional European and world music and dances. They play some original themes and others adapted from Trad/Folk inspiration.

At 21:30, and for the first time in Madeira, the group PERFUSIÓN-Afro-Galician, from Spain, will present a unique, natural, and energetic mixture of Galician music and African dance. A visual and sound spectacle with vibrant percussions, sweet melodies, and dances from both cultures creates a fusion that is sure to delight. Band members are – Eloy Perez Martinez, Vanessa Pérez Fernandez, Javier Perez Martinez, Roberto Pose Ramos, and Sabela Fernándes Monterira -.

It sounds like a fantastic and unmissable event for all dance and music lovers.

Samantha Gannon

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