SATURDAY 1 August 2009, 20.30 onwards across Liverpool City Centre
Liverpool’s second annual Brazilian carnival promises to drive away the clouds of the recession this summer with an explosion of music, colour, and fairytale costumes to brighten up the city.
The countdown has begun for this year’s Rio-style carnival to transform Liverpool city centre with a phenomenal parade of fantastical beasts, mythical monsters and dazzling queens – all dancing to sensational samba bands from around the country.
After the huge success of last year’s debut event, volunteers at the Liverpool Carnival Company have been working tirelessly to bring the Brazilian dream to life for a second year running.
Despite the credit crunch and cuts in Arts Council funding, this grassroots charity is promising to be a major tourist attraction for Merseyside – and a focal point for the creative arts in the city.
Born from the imagination of Liverpool husband-and-wife team, Roger and Maeve Morris, the vision of a Brazilian-style carnival developed after the couple founded the Liverpool Samba School in 1995.
The Liverpool Samba School will now be joined by samba schools from all over the UK, including Edinburgh, Manchester and Cambridge, to make the city streets beat with Latin rhythms.
The Carnival Company is also collaborating with local community groups, including Hope Street (the international creation centre) to showcase some of the city’s freshest theatrical talent.
Cambridge Street, Oxford Street, Hope Street, Hardman Street, Leece Street, Bold Street, Slater Street, Wood Street, Concert Square, Fleet Street, Slater Street, Duke Street and climaxes at the Chinese Arch.