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Issue:- 24 July 2014
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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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,
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route through the City on Friday, with the event culminating in them
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