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Issue:- 09 January 2015

Brazilica Festival returns for July, 2015!

THE organisers Liverpool Carnival Company is delighted to announce that the annual Brazilica Festival will once again cover the City, in full colour, for the 8th consecutive year. This event is increasingly popular and is set to grow in 2015. So make a not as the dates for 2015 are confirmed as Friday, 17 July 2015 to Sunday, 19 July 2015.

Last year's festival included a packed programme of events leading up to the main Carnival Day on the Saturday; and this year promises to be just as colourful with an abundance of sights, sounds and tastes of Brazil.

Organisers are keen not to give away too many surprises so soon, but have revealed that the 2015 festival will include a 2 week film festival and fringe events packed with great music and exciting activities in venues across the City.

This year also marks the 20th Birthday of the now world famous Liverpool Samba School, so you can be sure that the group will also feature prominently in this year's proceedings.

The spectacular Carnival Parade which features Samba bands from across the UK and overseas will also remain as the main festival highlight.

Maeve Morris of Liverpool Carnival Company said:- "Last year's event proved a massive success so we are working tirelessly to improve and build on the successful event which people have grown to love over the last 7 years. The costumes, music and overall atmosphere are key factors for the essence of the event; all of which we can guarantee festivalgoers in 2015 with a more compact 3 day event."

Further announcements will be made when entertainment and activities are confirmed.

To get involved in Brazilica Festival 2015 as a media partner, sponsor, volunteer or sales concession please visit the website or follow it via Facebook and on Twitter - @BrazilicaFest.

Denis Betts has signed 1 year contract extension and will coach the Vikings through to the end of 2017

ON 9 January 2015, Widnes Vikings announced that they are:- "pleased to announce that Head Coach Denis Betts has signed a 1 year extension to his current contract. The new deal will take Betts' contract through to the end of the 2017 and the next exciting chapter in the Vikings' evolution."

Denis spoke to Widnes Vikings on agreeing his new deal. "This is a real honour for me. I am committed to the Club and my belief is that we are growing something that's really special here. Having the ability to continue the work we've been doing for a further three years, an extra year on top of the contract I already had, is fantastic. I think you can see the hard work that has gone into the Club over the last three years since we came back into Super League. We're now heading into a new phase and having the ability to work with James (Rule) on this next phase of this Club's development is a real privilege. Although we've done a great deal of work I feel that we've got so much more to do. We have sown the seeds to make things work really well. We've got a really good foundation and we've got lots of good people here. I've been given the opportunity now to continue working with this Club for the next 3 years and I will work really hard on making this Club a great Club again at the top half of the table. To have the chance to work with these players and to be involved in this great Club with these great supporters over the next three years is an honour. It's a huge privilege for me to be able to coach this side. 1 of the big things about Widnes Vikings is that this Club is about evolution not revolution. We don't change our team a lot and we haven't really made mass changes over these three years. We've looked at developing everyone that's been in place. As a coaching team and as a Club we want to make people better. We have a fantastic academy structure and we can see that there are players there that are looking to come through to the 1st team. We are looking to work well with them to develop talent and secure a bright future for the Club."

James Rule commented on Betts' contract extension:- "The 2014 season was the most successful in the Club's Super League history and Denis was the driving force behind this success. His work ethic, philisophies and leadership have shaped an exceptional performance department across playing personal, coaching and medical staff. As we seek to make continuous improvements to all aspects of our operation it is essential that we have stability and continuity in our leadership roles. As a board of directors we are delighted to reward Denis with his contract extension and are hugely excited to work with him as we continue to grow, evolve and improve in all aspects of our operation."

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