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Eurobeat ! Almost Eurovision Wed 1st Oct-2nd Oct 7.15pm

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This week, the Blue Lounge at New Brighton Floral Pavilion, will welcome Eurobeat! It will be transformed into a packed capital city arena, as screaming fans wave flags for their Eurovision superstars.

This is a theatre experience like no other, fun, laughter and musical entertainment, and I aim to be there.

Here in sunny Sarajevo, for the greatest, gaudiest celebration of dodgy Europop.

This is a mock Eurovision competition containing almost everything you expect from a Eurovision final.
This riotously entertaining musical smorgasbord is a glorious and dazzling homage to the biggest annual song contest in the world.

On arrival, if you wish to experience this magical musical festival, you will be assigned a country. You’ll then be whisked across Europe to Sarajevo where your hosts, Boyka and Sergei guide you.
Ten countries compete for the vote. But like Eurovision, you can’t vote for your own country!

It’s all a musical banquet, a glamour-fest, a political minefield, with acts representing an eclectic mix of countries.

Written by Craig Christie and Andrew Patterson, it’s a production that’s gained multiple five star awards.

It is impossible not to love this.

It’s hilarious in song and dance routines but certainly one competition you won’t want to miss out on.

We have the Swedish pop group entry Avla, the Russian boy band KGBoiz, the Hungarian triplets, the Molnar Sisters with powerful folk music (sung in Hungarian of course) and the heartfelt longing of the song for Ireland presented by Ronan Corr.

The event is reinvented every night as the audience dictates who the winners are.

If you love the Eurovision Song Contest then go to see this show and if you don’t, go to see it anyway…it’s colourful, it’s funny and a fun night out. It’s got something for everyone, supported by brilliant technical wizardry.
Don’t miss……..Eurobeat!

Floral Pavilion, Marine Promenade, New Brighton.
01516660000 http://www.floralpavilion.com

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

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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.

see updated guides on http://www.brazilicafestival.com

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.

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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!

http://www.brazilicafestival.com
http://www.bigdance.org.uk
http://www.brouhahafestival.com

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