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Carnival fever hits Liverpool

It's all rather colourful and exciting this weekend in Liverpool, Heather Smith is glad to report

Published on July 31st 2009.


Carnival fever hits Liverpool

On the batter
WE hear the sound of distant drums. Listen, they are getting closer.

Get ready for an explosion of noise and colour this Saturday night in the centre of Liverpool.

The annual Brazilian carnival parade from the Liverpool Carnival Company (well it's the second one, and that's annual enough for us), sees samba schools from across the UK and Europe converge on the city, with a spectacular night time parade this Saturday, through town.

Last year's carnival was part of the Capital of Culture celebrations and attracted over 20,000 people lining the route.

This year, 500 musicians and dancers from Liverpool the UK, Europe and Brazil will be taking to the streets in a sea of colour, with amazing costumes, glittering floats and irresistible samba.

From 8-30pm the parade can be watched from a host of venues along the route which takes in Hope St, Hardman St , Bold St, Concert Sq, Duke St and ends through the Chinese arch at around 10. Keep the kids up late, pretend you are in Rio, but with a Chinese twist, and don't miss.

Carnival 09, Sat August 1, 8.30pm. Liverpool city centre

Brouhaha time
Expect nothing short of hi-jinks over in Princes Park this Saturday afternoon as the bright Brouhaha spirit looks set to turn the green of L8 into a multi-coloured, multi-cultural performance space.

Worlds in Princes Park will showcase “Music Talks”, a project mixing young musicians from Holland, Germany, Poland and the UK, and ‘16 & A Bullet,’ a gun and knife crime focused hip hop dance project.

Plenty more performances will come from the international, national, local artists and community groups that collaborate every year for Brouhaha. Pack a picnic and enjoy all the festivities, for free.

*Brouhaha International 2009, Princes Park, Aigburth, Sat 01 Aug, 12pm-7pm, free

What are they up to?
Having joined forces with the Urban Strawberry Lunch-ers, the Fab Collective are responsible for August's photography exhibition effort at St. Luke’s.

Up To Something, which opens at the bombed out church this Saturday, combines the city’s favourite snappers' favourite city snaps.

That’s right, pretty pictures of the ‘pool taken by Pete Carr, Zaki Grant, Peter Goodbody and the like will be up on display for the whole of August, so you’ve plenty of time to squeeze in a trip.

*Up to Something, St Luke’s Church, Sat 01 Aug from 12pm, free.

Static Sundays
AFTER the success of Static’s Americana themed Independence Day celebrations, the Roscoe Street coffee bar has moved towards ‘similar stuff every Sunday’ sort of thing, which is always good to know, if you’re up that way and need something different.

The talented Candie Payne will play the weekly host, whilst the Loose Moose String Band will take up official music playing residency. It doesn’t have to all be about coffee either, you can enjoy a beer, wine or spirit with your Static sandwich you know, a decent bottle of crisp New Zealand white at only £11.95

*Static Sundays, Static Coffee Bar, Roscoe Lane, 12pm-8pm, free

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8 comments so far, continue the conversation, write a comment.

Professor ChucklebuttyJuly 31st 2009.

That's what's written under employment section on my passport.

boomerJuly 31st 2009.

This is what liverpool should be about, celebrate culture, diversity and artistic endeavour.Stop moaning about drugs, crime, and murder for gods sake.Liverpool may be rough but its vibrant like New York, Paris, or Los Angeles.Celebrate the violence it is part of the citys wonderful character.

Liverpool wagJuly 31st 2009.

Oh it's just the manc e-thug. Don't worry, all the emotional cripples have been here tonight, with the exception of professor chucklebutty

Ay! Carmela!July 31st 2009.

I did just read that, didn't I?

DigJuly 31st 2009.

Is it well paid being an emotional cripple? Mine stopped working years ago.

Ay!Carmela!July 31st 2009.

"Celebrate the violence it is part of the citys wonderful character.”

Ay!Carmela!July 31st 2009.

My passport doesn't have an employment section, which is a bit worrying.

Professor ChucklebuttyJuly 31st 2009.

That's my old passport from when I was living in Pimlico. The new one just has my bio- meteorlogical data and says Wet and Windy. It's all on a micro oven chip or fries with a twist as they say in Stalags.

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