GET READY FOR CARNIVAL FEVER AS BRAZILICA RETURNS THIS WEEKEND!

Summer is about to get a whole lot hotter and set to the sounds of the samba beat as Brazilica, the UK’s only Brazilian festival and samba carnival returns to the Liverpool this weekend. Friday 17 – Sunday 19 July 2015.

The annual Carnival Queen Competition will kick the weekend off in sensational style on Fri 17 July at Alma De Cuba.Brazilian dancers from far and wide all battle for samba supremacy, which will see each dancer showcase their best routine, most dazzling costume, and of course their sparkling personality and energy. A highlight in the Brazilica calendar, the Carnival Queen competition hosted by DJ Ellie Phillips always proves to be a fun and highly entertaining evening which will get audiences in the samba spirit.

Then on Sat 18 July get ready to party as it is Carnival Day which as ever culminates in the spectacular night time Carnival Parade which remains the main festival highlight; the huge samba parade travels through the city from 8pm filling the streets with colour, music and fun. Featuring Samba bands from across the UK and overseas.

There will also be a fantastic variety of free performances from visiting bands taking place in the city centre on Sat 18 July in Clayton Square.  Beat N Drum from Belfast, Samba Funk Factory from France, Oya Batucada from Birmingham and Liverpool’s own Katumba will entertain shoppers over the Brazilica weekend.

Closing this year’s Brazilica, District and Constellations in the Baltic Quarter will host the carnival after parties on Sat 18 Julyfrom 10pm where the samba and Latin- House vibes are set to keep crowds partying until 3am.  A night set to be full of surprises, enjoy great music, dance and performances as we say goodbye to Brazilica for another year. Tickets for this amazing Brazilica send-off are just £5 with a wristband to swing between both venues, so be sure to join in for the carnival party of the year!

There is also plenty of fringe events to enjoy on the week leading up to carnival weekend.

New for 2015 and building on the success of the film screenings in previous years, organisers have announced Brazilica Film Festival in association with Fazenda Rodizio Bar & Grill. Twelve films celebrating Brazilian life and culture will be screened at various venues across the city between Wed 1 – Sun 19 July, with the majority of films free to attend.

There will also be a special Graffiti Art Exhibition at FACT running throughout the festival from Wed 1 – Sun 19 July which compliments the screening of Cidade Cinza, one of the films screened as part of the Film Festival.

Inspired by the work of graffiti artists Os Gemeos, Cranio and others, the exhibition presents the style of graffiti shown in the documentary that has made the bohemian suburb of Vila Madalena in Sao Paulo a tourist attraction, and brought some of the artist’s worldwide fame.

Be sure to watch out for the Carnival Parade route which organisers will be announcing shortly.

Keep up to date with all Brazilica Festival activity at:
www.brazilicafestival.co.uk

www.facebook.com/brazilicafestival

Twitter @BrazilicaFest

For further information on the film festival visit www.brazilicafestival.co.uk/brazilica-film-festival or follow on www.facebook.com/brazilicafilmfest or twitter @BrazilicaFilms
EVENT DETAILS
Graffiti Exhibition
FACT, 88 Wood Street, Liverpool, Merseyside L1 4DQ
Wed 1 – Sun 19 July
Tickets: Free Event

Samba Funk Factory
The Cavern, 10 Mathew Street, Liverpool, Merseyside L2 6RE
Fri 17 July
5pm
Tickets: Free Entry

Carnival Queen Competition
Alma De Cuba, Seel St, Liverpool, L1 4BH
Fri 17 July
9pm
Tickets: Free Entry

Forro de Alegria – Brazilica Launch Party
Arts Club, Seel St
Fri 17 July 10pm
Tickets: £7.50

Brazilica Carnival Parade
Liverpool City Centre
Sat 18 July
8pm
Tickets: Free Event

Brazilica After Party
District, 61 Jordan Street, L1 0BW
Sat 18 July
10pm
Tickets: £5 (Pay on the door)

FILM FESTIVAL LISTINGS
City of God – 10 Years Later (15)
Mon 13 July
Fredericks
32 Hope Street, Liverpool, L1 9BX
7:30pm
Tickets: Free

Flying Down to Rio (U)
Tue 14 July
St Luke’s Church (Bombed Out Church), Berry Street, Liverpool, L1 2TR
9:00pm
Tickets: £3

Cidade Cinza (PG)
Wed 15 July
FACT, 88 Wood Street, Liverpool, L1 4DQ
7:30pm
Tickets: Free

Trash (15)
Sun 19 July
The Brink, 21 Parr Street, Liverpool, L1 4JN
8:30pm
Tickets: Free