Ponta do Sol Folklore Festival
The 27th National and International Festival of Folklore takes place this week in the village of Ponta do Sol, integrating with the opening of the municipal ‘Festas do Concelho’. The festival starts on August 24 (Thursday) with the inauguration of a photographic exhibition – from 5.00 pm there will be a display of the photos that make up “The Sugar Cane Culture at Ponta do Sol”, an exhibition that can be visited until September 24. Don’t forget that also worth a visit, in nearby Ribeira Brava, is the Sugar Cane Museum featured in detail on a previous post.
On the 25th (Friday) from 7pm, there will be the decoration of the stage in the centre of the picturesque village with the theme “The Sugar Cane Culture in Ponta do Sol” transforming the space into a typically rural scene. Throughout the following days there are performances from nine different Folklore Groups from Spain, Poland, Holland and the Portuguese regions of Aveiro, Viseu And Guimarães. From Madeira there will be the Folklore Groups of Santa Cruz, Gaula and Ponta do Sol. Throughout the history of the event, 210 groups and 8000 artists have performed on the stages of Ponta do Sol during the festival.
Thomas Cook Strike
The BBC are reporting this morning that Thomas Cook pilots are set to stage 12 hour strike as part of their ongoing dispute over pay. The British Airline Pilots’ Association confirms it has authorised the strike for September 8 following a ballot in which 91% voted to take action. The strike will take place from 3.00am to 3.00pm. The Thomas Cook pilots dispute follows nearly eight months of negotiations over a pay rise that they claim was due in April