History

In 1967, Manuel Ferreira Pio, assisted by a group of people related to folklore and traditions, founds, in Levada da Corujeira, a grouping of folklore with the name MonteVerde. This group exhibited at various Island events, including aboard ships, hotels and public facilities.

On November of 1973, moved by a series of adversities, the group ceases its activity.

On February 14, 2002, Ms. Natividade Mendonça, husband and some children, worked hard to recover the then-extinct group.

It is worth highlighting the merit and commitment of its artistic director, Alexandre Rodrigues, in the research and reproduction of costumes; the recovery of the classic repertoires of the old groups of folklore of MonteVerde and Livramento.

Since 2011, the MonteVerde Folklore Group realizes the “Manuel Ferreira Pio” International Gala of Ethnography and Folklore; On August 9, 2012, the group released their first CD with the name “Anda Comigo Maria Ver a Senhora do Monte”.

In 2014, the MonteVerde Folklore Group participated in its first international folklore festival outside Portuguese territory, specifically the 47th edition of the Festival of Folklore in the Mediterranean held in Murcia, Spain.

In 2015, the Group returned to Spain and to an international festival this time in Tenerife in the Canary Islands.

On April 30, 2016 MonteVerde Folklore Group participated in the IPC SwimmingEuropean Open Championships Funchal, aswell as in the soap opera of SIC “Queen of Flowers” during the celebration of the Flower Festival.

17 and 31 July 2017 - Tour to Greece and Bulgaria, where we participated in several International Folklore Festivals.

18-08-2017 - VIIth International Gala of Ethnography and Folklore Manuel Ferreira Pio, with the theme “The Madeira Wine” (that ended up not being realized due to the tragedy that occurred in Monte on August 15). In previous years, the great size of this Festival and the diversification of cultures and traditions of other peoples, we have made known to the people of Madeira and to the tourists, dances, traditional games, costumes, songs and traditional touches of the various world cultures. The Group also counts with the presence on board of ships as an integral part of their animation in the AIDA cruise network.

From July 20 to 30, 2018 - participation in the Festival Danças do Mundo, held in Santa Maria da Feira.