"It makes perfect sense for the municipality to continue to support events that are all about our identity, our history, and that promote economic development and Funchal as a tourist destination," said Madalena Nunes, councilor with Department of Culture, today at the presentation of the event.
Funchal Folk – Arraial do Mundo brings this year to the Madeiran capital groups from Italy, Slovenia, Paraguay, Spain, Russia, Colombia and Portugal.
With this edition, the festival organization will seek certification from the International Committee of Organization of Folklore Festivals (CIOFF), linked to UNESCO.
The event kicks off on August 13th, starting at 6:30 pm, at Praça do Municipio, and includes a street in the city, as well as the holding of the International Gala of Ethnography and Folklore Manuel Ferreira Pio, already in the 8th edition, on August 16 at 9 pm at People's Square.
"Folklore is very much about preserving our identity, it is about knowing our community, and here it gives us the opportunity to meet other communities and customs, learning to respect and like the difference," said Madalena Nunes.