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Something for the weekend – 3-5 August

Believe it or not, there's a huge open air party in Liverpool this weekend...

Published on August 3rd 2007.

Something for the weekend – 3-5 August
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The streets will be laden with revelry this Saturday as The Liverpool International Carnival, the region's largest multicultural parade, steers the Brouhaha Festival to a jovial finale.

Around 500 costumed partygoers will parade through the city, starting in Myrtle Street at noon, and will proceed through the streets of Liverpool to Princes Park, in the heart of L8. But they won't be wearing just any old costumes. No sir. They will be decked out in the finest attire of award winning carnival artist Ray Mahabir.

As the parade reaches its final destination, the party will move to the four main stages that will be awash with musical talent and star none other than reggae sages, Aswad. There’s also the habitual dosage of multi-cultural stalls and international cuisine. Plus performances from international acts everywhere. Go and join the jamboree!

Liverpool International Carnival, Saturday 4th August12pm Liverpool Community College, Myrtle Street, and Princes Park. Free

Meanwhile, down at the Albert Dock, everyone will be doing the conga (or probably not). Conga is the brand new weekly night hosted by Babycream and there will be a special themed night every first Friday of the month. This time the premise is masks, and although there might be scope for creative disguises, Hannibal Lector isn't going to get you past the bouncers. A fabulous array of Guest DJs are promised (including Babycream’s DJ competition winner, Cler Lever) and the music on offer has been interpreted as “a range of beats from soul influenced vocal house with latin rhythms, tinged with jazz to deep minimal tech house with acid elements”.
Warning. Be careful who you start flirting with. They may not be all they appear to be…

This Saturday night at MEET Brazilian Bar on Bold Street, it’s the launch of Miss Moneypenny’s, also billed as ‘The UKs most glamourous night’. Whether this means elegant or tacky may well depend on your pint half empty/full stance. Expect funky house and mini skirts rather than big band and ball gowns.
*“Conga @ Babycream”, Atlantic Pavilion, Albert Dock. Friday, August 3. 8pm-4am. Free. 0151 7030100. *Miss Moneypenny’s @ MEET Brazilian Bar, Bold Street. Saturday 4th August. Price: £8. 11pm-4am. 0151 707 6507

Staying rather ambiguously with the mask theme…This Saturday the Merseyside Maritime Museum hosts ‘La Bouche du Roi’ or “mouth of the king” to you..

The exhibition is based on an 18th century print of Liverpool ship The Brookes, and features over 300 masks arranged to represent a slave ship. The theme of the exhibition is designed to highlight the transatlantic slave trade as well as the modern petrol black market, and, therefore the masks are all made from old petrol cans used by motorcyclists who run black market fuel between Benin and Nigeria.

Perhaps if you’re struggling for inspiration for the mask party at Babycream, you could stop by the Maritime and find your muse there.

La Bouche du Roi @ Merseyside Maritime MuseumAlbert Dock. 4th August – 2nd September. 0151 478 4499/

Compiled by Ben Patey

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