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Issue:- 24 July 2014

Liverpool's Brazilica Festival 2014
Report by Callum Pritchard, photos & video by Patrick Trollope

FOLLOWING the drama and excitement caused by the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, Liverpool has further enlightened its people about the Brazilians and their culture, with an 8 day long Brazilica festival. The festival, the UK's only Brazilian Festival and Samba Carnival, lasted from Friday, 11 July 2014 to Saturday, 19 July 2014, and played host to a wide range of Brazilian culture, with bands, food stalls and performers dotted all around main areas of the city centre, ensuring there was a bit of Brazil for everybody.

Saturday, the penultimate day of the festival, kicked off in Williamson Square, where the crowds that soon congregated were treated to outstanding performances by a host of fantastic bands throughout the day. Whilst there, they were able to wave their Brazil flags which had been handed out by smiling volunteers; to tuck into food from all around the world, including German and Lebanese, from the food stalls that circled the Square, and even wash their meals down at the bars, offering a large selection of beverages. All of this was accompanied by events for children; of course, with a face painting tent allowing the young ones to show off their love for all things Brazil, with the Brazilian flag, amongst other patterns, adorning their faces.

We at the Southport Reporter were left very impressed with the performances of the bands on stage who, by the end of the night, had completely packed Williamson Square, with huge crowds swarming to hear them perform after the Brazilica parade. There was a constant pleasant buzz of chatter and laughter reverberating around the Square all day, with people from all over the world (including an Italian couple who treated the crowd to a dance or 2 whilst one of the bands were playing!) congregating to enjoy the day. The majority of people who were at the event said that they very much enjoyed the atmosphere, and the buzz, of the event, and that they thought the event was very beneficial, both for Brazilian culture, and also for the City of Liverpool.

"I thought that the Brazilica festival was a fantastic spectacle. Not only did it represent Brazilian culture, but was also an excellent addition to Liverpool's fantastic line-up of Summer events. I particularly enjoyed the parade, as I think it really brought everybody together, as everybody was gathered together to watch the performers. The bands afterwards, in Williamson Square, were also very enjoyable."
said a 26 year old John Moores University student, Alex Mills.

The event also capitalised on the Brazilians' unwavering love for football, despite their unfortunate collapse at the World Cup, with a performer dubbed 'Mr Mad Footy Skills', showing off his footballing talents, and wowing the crowd with his incredible repertoire of tricks, eventually ending up juggling three balls at the same time; Brazil could have used his help during the tournament! Mr Mad Footy Skills even plucked a young member of the crowd out to participate, engaging the youngster in a battle of 'keepy-ups'. Whilst the youngster performed well, it was only a matter of time before Mr Mad Footy Skills stepped it up a notch, and began to really kick it into gear, leaving members of the crowd gobsmacked!

Williamson Square, however, was just part of the events during the day. On Church Street, Everton Football Club had set up a show of their own contribution, with volunteers of both a Red and Blue persuasion there to assist. The spectacle featured even more Brazilian singers and dancers performing. The set, whilst smaller, still received a rapturous reception from onlookers, who were more than happy to get involved in the Samba dancing, at one point even joining hands, and dancing along with the performers. 1 member of the crowd described the scene as a perfect example of Liverpool's friendly nature, and this, mixed with the exotic nature of Brazilian culture, proved to be a special event for both Liverpool and Brazil.

Following the day's events came the Brazilica parade. A huge host of performers, all with different, yet unique, appearances and talents prepared themselves on Mulberry Street, where they interacted with onlookers and press before setting off on their parade through the City. The start of the parade was greeted with an impressive reception, with crowds swelling to watch the performers go on their way. The crowds got bigger as they approached the City Centre, with Hardman Street full to the brim with an impressed crowd, all of whom said that they very much enjoyed the parade. The parade went from Mulberry Street, all the way down Bold Street, back to the heart of the action in Williamson Square, where the crowd remained to watch the acts for the night.

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The Giants are coming!
Video by Patrick Trollope.

IN next weeks issue we will have full coverage of the "Memories of August 1914" event, that takes place in Liverpool this weekend. The spectacular started on Wednesday, 23 July 2014, when the Grandmother Giant was revealed to the public for the first time, as she 'slept' in St George's Hall, over a 2 day build up to the main event. The Giants will start their route through the City on Friday, with the event culminating in them leaving along the River Mersey on Sunday lunchtime.

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