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20071224-vs-2771

20071224-vs-2771
‘Noite do Mercado’ - traditional Venezuelan music played on the street, in front of the ‘Mercado dos Lavradores’, Funchal, Madeira Island

Every year, on the night of the 23rd December, almost everyone on the island (or at least it seems) gathers at the ‘Mercado dos Lavradores’ (farmers market) and its neighbouring streets for some last minute Christmas shopping, or actually just to enjoy the fun of meeting friends, singing Christmas carols, the smell of fresh fruit.
This year I found this group playing in front of the market and they succeeded in bringing joy to the night with their caribbean rhythms and songs.
Madeira is such a small island, with a little less than 300,000 inhabitants, that it is believed that there more madeirans are living abroad than here.
The Venezuela community is one of the largest outside Madeira.

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