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Liverpool Brazilica 2015

The Brazilica Festival is the largest celebration of Brazilian culture in the United Kingdom that has been held annually in Liverpool, England since July 2008. It is produced by the Liverpool Carnival Company, an organisation that has operated as a registered charity since 2007.The festival began during Liverpool's reign as European Capital of Culture in 2008 when a Rio-style Carnival Parade swept through the streets of the city.In its current format, the festival consists of a week-long celebration of Brazilian culture including music, art, food, film and dance events that take place at indoor venues across the city which build up to an outdoor city centre carnival street party that takes place in Williamson Square and samba carnival parade.

 

The Liverpool Samba School was set up by husband and wife creative team Roger and Maeve Morris in 1995. The school performed at the Rio Carnival in 2000 and wanted to bring a touch of the Carnival's magic to streets in their own city. In 2007, the creative team established the Liverpool Carnival Company with an aim of delivering a Carnival event the following year.

 

The first official Carnival Parade took place on Saturday 2 August 2008 as part of the European Capital of Culture celebrations with over 500 performers from across the UK, Brazil (Mangueira), Holland, Ireland, Germany and Spain taking part. The Parade led to an evening street party held at iconic Liverpool music venue The Picket. A similar event followed on Saturday 1 August in 2009 and at the slightly earlier date of Saturday 17 July in 2010. In 2010, the first Carnival Queen competition was held which went on to become a popular annual fixture in the festival calendar.

 

Liverpool City Centre July 2015

 

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Taken on July 18, 2015