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The city of Machico, in Madeira, returns from Friday and during three days to the past with the accomplishment of another edition of the Sixteenth Century Market, (Mercado Quinhentista) an event that has the participation of hundreds of people.

This program, which will be in its 14th edition, became part of Madeira’s tourist animation calendar, reminding us of the arrival of the discoverers of the island in Machico, at the time of the 600th anniversary of the discovery of Madeira. of Porto Santo.

This celebration made the Regional Government almost double the investment it makes annually in this event, passing the support of 11 thousand to 21 thousand euros.

The program of this edition has the theme “The Desembarque” and has the participation of 47 groups that will animate the center of the city, having as a visible element a stage in the shape of a caravel installed in the main square of Machico.

The animation includes, among other activities, music, theater, dance, mountebanks, falconry and circus arts.

In addition to the 42 groups of schools and regional associations, five groups come from the continent (two of music and three of theater).

The landing of the navigators Tristão Vaz Teixeira and Gonçalves Zarco in Machico bay, followed by the cortege of the navigators, which includes 1,300 extras with costumes of the time, on Saturday, is one of the highlights of the program.

On the night of this day, the theater of fire “Ritual do Sacrifício” is planned.

On Sunday a pyromusical show, “À Luz das Caravelas”, a project by the company Macedos Pirotecnia, will be held, as well as a fireworks theater with the theme “O Festim”.

One of my Favourite Festivals on the island and well worth going to, if you can get to Machico…