Posted on April 11, 2013
The UK’s biggest festival of Brazilian culture, Brazilica, has returned to Liverpool for the third year, running until July 20. This year’s festival will last even longer than previous celebrations, with a week-long programme of events at various city venues warming Liverpool up for the main carnival and parade day on Saturday, July 20.
Brazilica has become one of the flagship events of the year in Liverpool’s festival calendar, a colourful celebration of Brazilian music, dance, culture, food and football, and a fitting warm-up to Brazil hosting the World Cup 2014 and the 2016 Olympic Games.
Maeve Morris, artistic director of Liverpool Carnival Company, said: “It’s so exciting to watch Brazilica grow year on year, both in terms of audience and the range of art forms and events on offer. From its beginnings as a carnival parade in 2008 to the fully fledged festival it is today, we’re very proud of what we’ve achieved and hope to continue to bring the party to Liverpool for many years to come.”
Carnival day, July 20, will once again take place in Williamson Square, where there will be a wide selection of Latin American food and drink on offer, as well as authentic Brazilian musicians playing throughout the day.
Elsewhere in the city centre will see the return of the Soccer Zone and a second stage featuring vibrant music and dance performances.
The carnival parade will take place on the evening of July 20 and will include samba groups from Brazil, Singapore, France, Holland, Ireland, Germany and Spain, with prestigious bands such as Paraiso School of Samba (who featured in the 2012 Olympics Closing Ceremony) getting involved.
The festival will also see the return of the annual Carnival Ball and Carnival Queen Competition, Brazilian film screenings, carnival art exhibitions and Liverpool’s first capoeira competition.
Brazilica attracted over 60,000 visitors to Liverpool City Centre in 2011 and 80,000 in 2012 and organisers Liverpool Carnival Company and Orb Events have high hopes for this year’s event. Says Maeve Morris: “It’s an unrivalled chance to experience Brazilian culture, music, food and sport in the UK.”
In 2012 Brazilica was nominated for numerous awards including Best Cultural Event at the Brazilian International Press Awards, Best Cultural Event at the Juice FM Style Awards and Best Marketing Campaign at the City of Liverpool Business Awards.
Photograh: David Munn