Since 1948 the Grupo Folclórico da Casa do Povo da Camacha (GFCPC) maintains uninterrupted activity. Focused on the mission of collecting, preserving and disseminating the traditional and popular culture of Madeira, several initiatives on and out of the stage have been developed. In addition to the more conventional presentations on stage, the GFCPC has sought to be aware of the uses, traditions and experiences surrounding, by involving and taking part in various manifestations of traditional and popular culture that still persist in the parish, and also, by recovering / recreating other initiatives.
On and out of the stage, the challenge has been to rethink how the ways of life of our ancestors have been represented and performatized nowadays, and what new approaches can be made. Another event that must be highlighted is the Gala de Folclore Maria Ascensão (Folk Festival), which is organized by the GFCPC.
Gala de Folclore Maria Ascensão
The Grupo Folclórico da Casa do Povo da Camacha organizes the Gala de Folclore Maria Ascensão (Folklore Festival). This event has as main objective to honor all the components that have passed through the GFCPC throughout its years of existence. It takes the name of the one that was for many years the main face of the Group – Maria Ascensão Fernandes who, with her husband, Abel Policarpo de Freitas, for more than 4 decades guided this Group. The Folklore Gala takes place every two years, promoting the encounter of different cultures and peace among peoples.