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Issue:- 11 July 2013


BRAZILICA is the hotly anticipated event of Liverpool's summer, and as the sun sets on 9 days of samba shenanigans, organisers can now reveal plans for exclusive after show party to keep the post carnival blues at bay for a little while longer. With a dazzling array of live performances and DJ acts, guests will be invited to continue enjoying the lively atmosphere of the carnival spectacular, bringing an electric climax to Liverpool's largest free festival.

Brazilica – now in its 3rd year, is THE extravagant celebration of Brazilian culture. Attracting crowds of more than 80,000 in 2012, this year's festivities are expected to be busier than ever with attractions spread over a full week leading up to the main carnival event on Saturday, 20 July 2013.

After all the action of the Rio-style carnival main event finishes, the party continues at its new location: HAUS Warehouse on Greenland Street – off Jamaica Street, for what promises to be an unforgettable evening of great food, drink and of course music.

All the beautiful Carnival Queens, Samba bands and drum troops will be there cutting loose and enjoying the party, joining them will be a collection of live performances from a vibrant array of artists featured in the carnival. The night will then carry on with some amazing DJ acts playing out Samba and Latin-House vibes keeping the crowds on their feet and entertained until 4am.

If that wasn't enough, guests will also be able to enjoy a true flavour of Brazil with food vendors selling traditional tasty treats. There will also be a fabulous Caipirinha cocktail-shack at the event, so be sure to get your mouth in shape for some amazing exotic and fruity taste sensations.

With its incredible line up and lively atmosphere, be sure not to miss this Brazilian sound sensation. Prices for this awesome night's entertainment start from just £6 with an on the night door price of £10. To purchase tickets please visit:-

For further information on the event visit the Brazilica website or their Facebook or Twitter pages.

Brazilica promises to wow the crowds bringing Samba to the streets of Liverpool and this is the perfect way to bring a week of celebrating Brazilian life and culture to an explosive close for another year.


A local warmth scheme is celebrating after reaching a major milestone. In total, more than £7.5million has been spent in Merseyside to support vulnerable people with heating and insulation measures.

npower Health Through Warmth has leveraged £6.5million in the region, raising money from many sources, including charities, grants and local authorities to help fund work. In addition, a further £1million has been contributed from the unique npower Health Through Warmth Crisis Fund.

npower Health Through Warmth is managed locally by Energy Project Plus, in partnership with local authorities in Halton, Sefton, Wirral, Knowsley and Liverpool, to offer insulation and to install or repair heating systems for vulnerable people whose health is made worse by cold living conditions.

The scheme is available to homeowners who have a long-term illness, a low income with little or no savings and who are unable to fully fund measures, such as a new boiler or heating system. You do not have to be, or become, an npower customer to benefit from the scheme.

Local co-ordinator Robbie McAndrew comments:- "We're delighted to have reached such a major milestone and would like to thank everyone involved for helping make the scheme such a success.  We hope to continue to build our relationships with community organisations to help identify people in need, so even more local residents can benefit from the scheme."

Elaine Midwinter, npower Health Through Warmth scheme manager, continues:- "Although summer is here and we are all enjoying the warmer weather, we're keen to make people aware that help is still available from Health Through Warmth. It is great to have reached this fantastic milestone, but we hope to help even more people in Merseyside in the coming months so they are ready for the winter."

Since the scheme was founded in 2000, more than 80,000 vulnerable residents in England and Wales have been referred to npower Health Through Warmth for aid with heating and insulation. More than £68.3million has been levered to help fund the work required, which includes £1.8million from charitable organisations. In addition, £9million has been contributed from the npower Health Through Warmth Crisis Fund.

Tell us which bike you like!

THE LAUNCH of Liverpool's Cycle Hire scheme is drawing ever closer – now people are being invited to hop on a range of bikes from all over Europe and help pick the best for the City.

Liverpool's Cycle Hire Demonstration Week takes place from Tuesday, 9 July to Wednesday, 17 July 2013, bringing 5 leading suppliers to the City to showcase their systems. Each will set up their unique cycle hire stations and bikes in the City centre, giving everyone the chance to take the bikes for a spin and see which they like best.

Ever wondered how they do it in Italy? You can try out the 'Bicincitta'. Think the German approach might be the best fit for Liverpool? Hop onto the 'Nextbike'.  Arriva Deutsche Bahn's cycle hire system will bring a pan-European flavour to proceedings, while there will be UK suppliers on-hand in the shape of Hourbike and Grand Scheme.

Liverpool City Council's Cabinet Member for Transport, Councillor Tim Moore, said:- "We think our cycle hire scheme has the potential to massively boost sustainable transport in Liverpool and we want everyone to benefit from it; from commuters and tourists to shoppers and students.  We are already talking to people through our survey, but these demonstration events will give people the chance to actually try out the bikes and give their opinions on which they like best.  The feedback will help shape how we deliver this important scheme. So come along, have a go, and let us know what you think."

People who want to try out the bikes can pop along to one of the stations, between 9.30am and 4.30pm on Mount Pleasant or in St Paul's Square, register, pick up a route map and get cycling. When they return the bike to the station, they will be asked to fill out a form, giving their feedback.

The suppliers offer a range of different bike styles and systems, from 'Cleverboxes' built into the bikes themselves, which allow people to make hire payment using their mobile phone; to dedicated consoles within the stations, enabling people to pay by credit card.

Everyone who completes forms from at least three different suppliers will be entered into a prize draw on 30 July, led by Olympic cycling Chris Boardman, when one lucky person will win £100 of shopping vouchers.

The Cycle Hire Demonstrations will also play a key role in the City's Environmental Awareness and Green Travel Day on Friday, 12 July 2013. The event, which is delivered by CBRE's Liverpool Environmental Team, will see all five suppliers based, together, in St Pauls Square, to offer bike trials and answer questions.

Liverpool's Cycle Hire Scheme is due to launch later this year, offering people a cheaper, healthier and more environmentally friendly way of getting around the City.

The Cycle Hire Demonstration Day forms part of the wider consultation over the plans. A survey has also been launched by City Central BID and Liverpool Commercial District BID on behalf of the City Council. It aims to gauge the views of businesses and members of the public on the scheme and is available to view online.

The survey; which runs until 31 July 2013, and which has already received hundreds of responses; will help to inform and shape the proposals for the scheme.

People can express their views on where the stations should be, what types of trips they would use the bikes for and how much they think scheme membership should cost. 

Ged Gibbons, Chief Operating Officer for City Central BID, which represents more than 630 businesses in Liverpool City centre, said:- ''More than 500 people have so far taken part in the cycle survey, which is a great response and shows the interest there in this scheme. We've also had a huge response from businesses and I'm sure once the bikes hit the road the appetite to get on board will continue to grow.''

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