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Translation from DN

The Municipal Council of Machico will invest about 40 thousand euros in the production of a documentary film about the cultural tradition of the “Fachos”, a unique event in the Autonomous Region of Madeira.

This documentary project initiated by the Autarchy in 2016 and submitted to the Rural Development Program for the Autonomous Region of Madeira 2014-2020 – PRODERAM 2020, aims to promote and preserve this ethno-religious tradition, taking advantage of its tourism potential for the economic development of municipality of Machico.

The official presentation of the documentary is scheduled for April 4, 2018, integrated in the National Day Celebrations of Historic Centres, which this year and for the first time, take place in Machico.

On the occasion of the National Day of Historic Centres, an exhibition will also be held on all the works of documentary film preparation “Fachos”, in the Exhibition Hall of the Nucleus of the Solar do Ribeirinho Museum. Also in this scope, the process of classification of the “Fachos” as an immaterial cultural heritage of municipal interest is being prepared.

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It is recalled that, as the DIARIO reported yesterday, the Parliamentary Group of the Juntos por Povo (JPP) has submitted to the Legislative Assembly of Madeira (ALRAM) for discussion a draft resolution calling for “inventory, classification and dissemination of the Machico fagots as an intangible cultural heritage “, based on the Legal Regime for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of RAM.

Currently, this secular tradition of Madeira and Porto Santo is only represented in Machico, in the religious festivities of the Blessed Sacrament.