July 13, 2013

The festival provides innumerable opportunities to try your hand at something new and dip your toes into a different culture

On the 12th of July Liverpool will once again see the return of Brazilica, the UK’s biggest, weeklong celebration of Brazilian culture. 2012 saw the festival nominated for a Best Cultural Event award at the Brazilian International Press Awards but 2013 is set to be even better as the festival plays host to over 100 different performers from around the world including Sargento Pimenta (That’s the Samba Beatles to you and me) from Rio de Janeiro, live at the one and only Cavern Club Friday 19th from 7pm.

Amongst other things the festival provides innumerable opportunities to try your hand at something new and dip your toes into a different culture. On Sunday 14th from Midday- 3pm Chavasse Park is set to hold a Zumbathon to raise money for charity, promising bright carnival costumes and an opportunity to have a dance to some samba and experience some salsa vibes. It’s all for a good cause but if, like myself, you have trouble coordinating your limbs you might want to opt for the free carnival headdress workshop on Wednesday 17th 12:30pm-2pm at the Metquarter instead.

Throughout the week the Metquarter will also house the Frevo drop Exhibition made by London based art collective Braziliality, featuring around 30 hand painted and original Frevo umbrellas, lit beautifully and brought to Liverpool especially for Brazilica. Other venues embracing Brazilica include St Luke’s Church, colloquially known as The Bombed Out Church which, weather permitting, plans to screen the award winning Orfeus Negro (Black Orpheus) by Marcel Camus at 9:30pm Tuesday 16th. Set in Rio de Janeiro during Carnival, Orfeus Negro follows Ofeu’s rocky relationship with his love Eurydice. The film is renowned for its soundtrack by the two Brazilian composers Antônio Carlos Jobim and Luiz Bonfá and is definitely worth a look.

If you were going to attend Brazilica on any day though, I’d strongly advise you picked Saturday 20th. The final day of the festival will see Williamson Square transformed into a carnival bloc party celebrating Carnival Day from 11am-11pm. Brazilian and Latin cuisine, capoeira demonstrations, Brazilian cocktails and numerous Brazilian performers will transport Liverpool to, well, Brazil (lets hope there’s weather to match). At 8pm head on up to Williamson Square where the grand finale of the Samba Carnival Parade will take place. Expect vibrant floats, lots of dancing and a lot of loud Brazilian music.

It’s going to be a busy week, but if any of you are still raring to go by Saturday night (which you all definitely should be), move your body down to the famous Carnival Closing Party held this year at our very own HAUS. The party starts at 10pm and goes on until early doors with Brazilian DJs and yes, you guessed it, lots and lots of Samba dancing. Don your hand made headdresses, down those Brazilian cocktails and show us your moves. Go here for more information on Brazilica. Tickets for the closing party can be bought here. Adeus!

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