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Pick of the weekend (July 15-July 17)

It's the world in one city with carnivals, parades and parties wherever you turn. Oh yes

Written by . Published on July 14th 2011.

Pick of the weekend (July 15-July 17)

We hear the sound of distant drums
It is almost here. Latin fever will sweep Liverpool this weekend as the Liverpool Carnival Company and Orb Events bring Brazilica, a new international Brazilian carnival to the city, promising to be the biggest event of its kind in the UK.

On Friday, city centre shops and bars will play host to Samba in the City, a colourful taster to get Liverpool in the mood.

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Saturday will see the city come to life Latin style, with Brazilian and South American inspired activities  including a free, all-day street party, with open dance classes, music sessions, street football demonstrations and workshops taking place, Brazilian food, drink and fun for one and all.

The carnival steps up a gear in the evening as the streets are set ablaze with colour and the parade of over 1,000 people makes its way to the festival site, winding through the city centre streets, whilst the Brazilian bands and DJs take to the stage for the party to begin. Festivities will continue well into the evening finishing with an after party in the city centre.

Samba Sunday will see a whole host of themed events, workshops, and things to see and do taking place in arts and community venues across the city with a charity Zumbathon in Chavasse Park in Liverpool One on Sunday, July 17, where there will be an attempt to  raise money and break the world record by staging the biggest mass Zumbathon ever seen.
*Brazilica, Liverpool city centre, various sites, Friday-Sunday July 15-17, Free.

Brouhaha brewing

It’s hard to get away from the carnival atmosphere this weekend. You might think, “Bah, sod this Brazilian stuff for a lark, it’s St Helens and a quiet pie for me this Saturday.”

But there’s a big carry-on there too.


 Four continents, two stages and over 30 acts open the week-long  Brouhaha International Festival across Merseyside.  Artists from Europe, Africa and Asia will perform a vibrant mix of music, dance and street entertainment all day in Church Square.

On Sunday the action moves to the Contemporary Urban Centre  for the opening ceremony – an evening jam packed with local and international talent bringing you diverse cultural performances and a visual display that kicks of the carnival atmosphere long associated with Brouhaha International Street Festival. Request your ticket at tickets@brouhaha.uk.com

*Brouhaha International Festival, St. Helens Church Square, Saturday July 16, Free.
*17th Festival Opening Ceremony, 5 – 9pm, Sunday July 17, Novas Contemporary Urban Centre, 41 – 51 Greenland Street L1 0BS. Free, but ticket needed. See above.


Go for the snip

Scissors Sister
So you are stuck in St Helens. Might as well make a night of it.  American glam pop band the Scissor Sisters are going to rock Haydock Park racecourse this Saturday.

The group, known for their euphemistic name (ooh, don't) are currently receiving rave reviews on Lady Gaga’s worldwide Monster Ball Tour. 

*Scissors Sisters, Saturday Jul 16, Haydock Park Racecourse, St Helens. Tickets from £30

Tea and freedom

Celebrate Amnesty International hitting the big 50 this summer with as nice cuppa tea.


Amnesty is hosting a tea party in Sefton Park on Saturday and everyone is welcome to go down for a brew, a chomp on lovely cake. Oh and not to forget some tasty paella.

They say: “We will have muchos for the kids to get involved with as well as loads to do for the more mature amongst us. “

Such as? Well, amid the bouncy castle, face painting and badge-making larks there will be human rights film shorts, massages and holistic therapies, plus laughter workshops. There will be speakers from Amnesty International talking about North Africa and a Gambian journalist speaking about freedom in the press in a country where you cannot begin to understand what happens when you speak out of turn.

There’s also a shed load of live music from The Moguls, Police Squad, Speed Pets, Fonetiks, The Derry Airs / Last Orders Live Drumming Troup, Victoria Sharp and Anwar on his Oud.

*Amnestea in the Park, Sefton Park, Aigburth, L17, Saturday July 16, noon-8pm. Free.

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AnonymousJuly 15th 2011.

Definitely wana do some of this but it looks like rain

AnonymousJuly 15th 2011.


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