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Brazilica… Liverpool’s Global Collaboration……see, hear, connect….What’s on this weekend?


Brilliant weekend ahead with the Brazilica festivities still riding high with some fantastic venues lined up to impress.

Now in its sixth year, Brazilica remains the UK’s only Brazilian Festival and Samba Carnival-yet again, we’re one step ahead of the rest of the country.

After a week of food, dance, film, exhibitions and music, the 19th July will see a grand finale with the exciting Carnival and Parade day events ploughing through our city.

Williamson Square will host the main stage and exotic Brazilian market place with the streets lit up until 8pm with a magical night-time carnival parade.

Sample a wide range of traditional dishes and enjoy the atmosphere right in the heart of Liverpool.

The night-time carnival parade is the star of the show and the jewel in the crown, the showstopper of the summer!!!!!
World-class samba performers will be ready to descend upon Liverpool again in their masses with a glittering showcase of eye-catching costumes and spectacular floats that will wind their way through the streets of the city to the irresistible sounds of samba.

Follow them from 8pm- Williamson Square, Bold Street, Hardman Street, Hope Street, Oxford Street, to Abercromby Square.

The main stage at Williamson Square will have live bands such as Fabio Allman, Pepe Barcellos JP Courtney, Ziriguidum, and Marissa, a bossa nova band that opens the festival with its classics, original and nu bossa styles.

If you’re looking for a plan, then venture like me on a Saturday afternoon, into the Kazimier Garden from 2pm till late when they will be serving up great music, caipirinhas and a mean Brazilian barbecue. It’s got to be the best place in town to chill out, enjoy music and to bring the family.

The official closing party will be held at the Kazimier till late, between 10pm and 3am when, according to the bar staff yesterday, it’s going to be full of surprises.

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Street soccer returns to the city centre with the best three-a-side street soccer teams playing against each other in the finals for the Brazilica Street Soccer 2014 trophy!
If you want music as well then it can be sampled close to the action on the ‘Everton in the Community’ Stage on Church Street.

Finally, if I’m not downing caipirinhas, I’ll be visiting the Southport Flower Show at Chavasse Park, which has the theme this year of all things Brazil! Don’t miss this year’s promotion of the show with beautiful displays inspired by Brazil, and supported by pop-up performances from samba bands and dancers.

Last Saturday was one of the best street carnivals I’ve seen, so lets support this final farewell and give a big thankyou to all the performers from the city and all over the world, performers who have worked tirelessly behind the scenes to make Brazilia happen.

Brazilica is just one of many examples of how Liverpool does culture like no other city and better still, it’s free.
There’s no excuse for not getting into town and treating your eyes and ears to the fantastic work of the Liverpool Carnival Company.

Have a fantastic time and see you in the Kazimier Garden.

Brouhaha ! Yes! Yes! Yes! International Festival Princess Park.


This weekend will explode with an International fantasia of culture, music and physical performance second to none with performances in Princess Park, Stanley Park and Anfield with MDI’s ‘We are the City’ Big Dance Weekend Dance.

From one International Festival at the Hub to another. Immediately after the Accelerated Learning seminar at the Hub, where business executive colleagues warmed to my promotion of Liverpool Culture, especially in the promotion of the Giants. I was catapulted into the opening streets of Liverpool with a parade of Brouhaha. Wow, what a sight of colour, excitement and pulsating energy to promote the city.

Brouhaha International are renowned for putting together spectacular carnivals, arts engagement projects, festivals and community events. This year will be their best!

They have triumphantly promoted the idea that diversity is linked to creativity. They have previously brought over 300 incredible international companies to Liverpool which is one reason why I am so aligned to the International Business Festival 2014 today.

During the Brouhaha Festival, there will be a number of spectacles taking place in different parts of the city on various dates in July, all of which are completely free.

Not to be missed this year and I will be there tomorrow, positioned at the Princess Park Sun Gates, cheering on the 2014 International Carnival, a parade which will wind through the Toxteth tree lined avenues, and finish in Princess Park.

Themed ‘Our Commonwealth’ the carnival will feature over 1000 dazzling costumes and new large scale carnival structures.

At the ‘World in Princess Festival’, as it will be called, attendees can join in with performance work, get stuck into global foods and spend the day at family arts workshops.

The park will be bursting with exciting, new productions both home grown and a haven for International networking.

For one day only, another Festival, the beautiful North Festival will make its way through Stanley Park all the way to the Isla of Gladstone gardens and the magnificent Victorian glass house which will be hosting the stunning international performances.

Be around Lothiar Road Anfield tomorrow when choreographer Willi Dorner will create stunning moving installations and a tapestry of Liverpool life, with an original music score by Tom Rea Smith.

There will be a live parade of the people, associations and organisations that contribute to the City. See how local artists Paul Doyle, Ruth Jones, Jenifer Hale, Leila Chebbi and Jo Ashbridge are working with participants from across the city, such talent!.

See the work of MDI in Liverpool, a dance company that is always vibrant and enthusiastic with very visual dynamic movements.
Their last performances viewed by me at the Newsham Park Festival a few weeks ago was very impressive and energetic. Love them!

Take your pick of the carnival atmosphere here in Liverpool this weekend and enjoy this truly global city!

Holi One Colour Festival to delight all!!!!!


If there is one festival to be seen at it’s got to be this mad, mad, fantastic summer festival of colour with enough vibrancy to make you stir crazy!

The Holi One event is being held tomorrow, the 28th June with thousands of people dressed in white, all coming together to share music, dance, performance art and visual stimulation.

These events are really taking off around the country and Liverpool’s own colourful vibrant dance spectacular takes place at the unique venue of Stanley Park.

Against a backdrop of dance and DJ music, revellers will get to throw and cover each other in brightly coloured powder, on the hour, every hour, creating an explosion of colour and physical excitement aimed at celebrating togetherness and everyday life.

Don’t miss this spectacular launch that will bring an afternoon of carnival pleasure and an electric mix of music, with headline acts from Berlin Germany with Jonas Hain, and our own Anton Powers from Juice fm, expecting to attract thousands of revellers in the impressive surroundings of Stanley Park.

Kick-off starts at 12.00 with Ben Wood and catapults to midnight with music definitely taking centre stage to the rainbow dust.

For tickets to the event, for over 18’s only, visit

Further details of this magical event are available by visiting, clicking ‘like’ on the Liverpool HOLI ONE Facebook page (just like you clicked ours) or by following @holioneworld on Twitter.

Have a fantastic evening and remember, HOLI ONE recommends that a particular colour of clothing be worn for this lively buzz event in Stanley Park Liverpool!


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