We are thrilled to announce that we are teaming up with Claremont Farm to develop the Wirral Food & Drink Festival for 2014 and organisers are promising the best festival offering yet.
The event – which attracted crowds in excess of 25,000 people at its peak – had suffered at the hands of poor weather conditions in 2011 and 2012 leading to the decision to cancel the 2013 festival.
Both organisations have been busy behind the scenes undertaking a detailed analysis of the event and creating new elements for the festival that are hoped will both increase revenue and attract a new audience demographic whilst still upholding the festival’s strong history.
Traditionally, the event has taken place over the August Bank Holiday weekend but it will now move to a new calendar location when it returns in 2014, taking place over the first Bank Holiday weekend in May. New elements being introduced to the festival include a two-day schools programme engaging with Leahurst, Chester University and John Moores University.
Also new for 2014 is an evening organic beer and cider festival to be accompanied by a bustling programme of entertainment that will include some great music, comedy and off-the-wall entertainment.
Over 100 exhibitors are expected to take-part showcasing the best cuisine and produce the region has to offer. There is an exciting line-up of celebrity chef demonstrations and ‘have-a-go’ workshops ensuring that there is something for everyone to enjoy.
Deborah Boyd, Managing Director of Orb Events said: “We have spent a lot of time working with Andrew to dissect the current model for the festival and have come up with some strong strategies to help take the event to the level that is deserves to be at. We are delighted to be taking on an event that completely fits within our organisation’s values.”
Andrew Pimbley, Manager of Claremont Farm said: “When I started the first festival in 2006, I had no idea that it would become the success it has. It has grown into an event that needs more time and attention than we at Claremont Farm and the committee can give to get the full potential from it. We are extremely excited to be working with Orb Events to develop the festival into something spectacular for its return in 2014.”
The Wirral Food & Drink Festival will return on Sunday 4th & Monday 5th May 2014. Visit www.wirralfoodfestival.co.uk or follow @WirralFoodFest on Twitter for up-to-date festival information.
LIVERPOOL’S MONTH OF SAMBA IN THE CITY IS HERE!
FULL BRAZILICA FESTIVAL PROGRAMME REVEALED – MUSIC, FOOD, FILM, VISUAL ARTS, DANCE, CRAFTS AND MORE
The final Brazilica 2013 countdown is on! This month, Samba fever will take over Liverpool as the country’s biggest samba carnival event returns for a third year, bigger and brighter than ever, with a week long programme of exciting events taking place in the run up to the main carnival day.
The main Brazilica carnival day on Saturday 20 July will see a 500-strong Evening Parade fill the city’s streets with colour, sparkle and music and Williamson Square will host a Music Stagethroughout the day and evening, hosted by DJs from 107.6 Juice FM. The stage will feature the best Brazilian bands such as headliners, Rio-based samba Beatle Band Sargento Pimenta celebrating the global legacy of Liverpool’s greatest musical export and innovative samba & jazz fusion quartet Tribo Da Pesada, both who command 100,000-strong audiences in their native country. A host of other great samba and funk bands, dancers and DJs will also be on hand to entertain revellers who will be able to eat, drink and be merry as they experience this great programme of music and samba dancing, with an outdoor ‘cocktail shack’ and stalls offering the best in Brazilian food.
A brand new element of this year’s carnival day is Brazilica Capoeira Encontro at St Luke’s ‘Bombed Out’ Church – an afternoon of capoeira demonstrations and performances from internationally renowned Capoeira master Mestre Parente of Capoeira Cordão de Ouro. Pop down between 12noon and 2pm onSaturday 20 July to watch the masters in action and maybe even have a go yourself!
Friday 19 July, the eve of the main carnival day – is an evening of Carnival Queens and Kings! The evening’s festivities kick off with another new and exciting event for Brazilica 2013 – bringing one of the country’s oldest traditions to Liverpool! The appearance of Carnival King character Rey Momotraditionally signals the start of carnival festivities across several Latin American countries and this year Liverpool will have its very own Rey Momo in the shape of Juice FM’s Baz Todd who – in full costume and accompanied by dancers and samba musicians will arrive at Liverpool Town Hall at 5.30pm to be handed the key to the Brazilica Carnival by Liverpool’s very own Lord Mayor Cllr Gary Millar.
With the festival fanfare officially started, the Friday night fun then continues at the nearby exclusive Newz Bar with the yearly Brazilica Carnival Queen competition! Brazilian dancers from far and wide will battle for samba supremacy which will see each dancer showcase their best routine, most dazzling costume, and of course their sparkling personality and energy. Featuring dancers from some of the World’s most renowned Samba Schools, the public are invited to attend the competition which takes place from 7pm on Friday 19 July.
A week long programme of events will lead up to this carnival extravaganza, a highlight of which is Frevo Drop - a stunning exhibition of hand-painted and illuminated umbrellas is going on display as part of this year’s Brazilica festival. Frevo Drop is curated by arts collective Braziliality, and comes to Liverpool from the London V&A Museum. The installation of 30 original frevo umbrellas will be available to view inMetquarter from Friday July 12, right through the Brazilica festival week. Metquarter will also be holding costume-making workshops suitable for all the family. Frevo is a Brazilian style of high tempo carnival music and dance so distinct to the culture of the north east region of Perambuco that it is recognised by UNESCO. Dancers with frevo bands are known for their energetic moves accompanied with the waving of colourful parasols.
Saturday 13 July sees the ever-popular Afrosamba return to Brazilica for an evening of samba beats
at Leaf on Bold Street in what is the perfect pre-carnival weekend warm-up event! From 7.30pm-late, tickets for this fun and funky event cost just £5.
Firm festival favourite, The Brazilica Zumbathon® will be back and this year raise funds for both the Roy Castle Lung Cancer Foundation and the Liverpool Carnival Company. This popular fixture of the festival hits Liverpool ONE’s Chavasse Park on Sunday 14 July and is led by Zumba Liverpool’s Karen. Participants are encouraged to dress in carnival costume or don feathered headdress with their gym attire and anyone can join the party! The Brazilica Zumbathon® will also feature a special “Brazilicathon” section carefully choreographed by Simone Reeves, Carnival Queen and lead dancer at Liverpool Samba School and, which will be in keeping with the Zumba® Fitness Movement. The Zumbathon costs £8 in advance or £10 on the day to enter, with all proceeds going to the Roy Castle Lung Cancer Foundation and the Liverpool Carnival Company. To register, visitwww.brazilicafestival.co.uk
The old Edge Hill Library on Lodge Lane (home of Liverpool Carnival Company) will be the venue forSamba Drumming and Dance lessons on Monday 15 July at 7.30 (dance – FREE) and 8.30 (drumming – £5) which interested parties of all ages and abilities are welcome to attend.
The festival week boasts 2 night time Brazilian film screenings at St Luke’s (Bombed Out) Church. Tuesday 16 July brings Orfeus Negro (Black Orpheus) a fascinating Academy Award-winning 1950’s film directed by Marcel Camus is love story set in the modern context of a favela in Rio de Janeiro during Carnival and on Thursday 18 July see O Ano em Que Meus Pais Saíram de Férias (The Year My Parents Went on Vacation), the 2006 film directed by Cao Hamburger. It follows the story of a boy left alone in a Jewish neighbourhood in the city of São Paulo in the year of 1970 amongst the excitement of the upcoming World Cup and whilst the country is under strict rule from a military government. Both screenings begin at 9.30pm and are free to attend but a small donation on the door is encouraged.
Visit the Metquarter on Wednesday 17 July to take part in a free Carnival Headdress Workshop! The Liverpool Carnival Company’s chief costumière Maeve Morris will be on hand to help participants make their very own carnival headdress from 12.30-2pm.
Rounding off all the fun on Saturday 20 July is the now legendary Brazilica After Party! This year at a new location: HAUS Warehouse on Greenland Street – off Jamaica Street, for what promises to be an unforgettable evening of great food, drink and of course music. All the beautiful Carnival Queens, Samba bands and drum troops will be there cutting loose and enjoying the party, joining them will be a collection of live performances from a vibrant array of artists featured in the carnival. The night will then carry on with some amazing DJ acts playing out Samba and Latin-House vibes keeping the crowds on their feet and entertained until 4am. Prices for this awesome night’s entertainment start from just £6 with an on the night door price of £10. To purchase tickets please visit http://skdl.it/12kZUnq
This year’s Brazilica programme truly offers something for everyone – for more information on all of the above events please visit www.brazilicafestival.co.uk
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Notes to Editors:
A little about Liverpool Carnival Company
Liverpool Carnival Company was created 6 years ago by husband and wife creative team, Roger & Maeve Morris. Roger’s career as a professional percussionist spans the last 40 years and includes accolades such as performing with The Real Thing, Jools Holland and Novo Balanço. Maeve, his wife of 30 years, produces almost single-handedly all of the exquisite costumes worn by the drummers and fabulous dancers from the Liverpool Samba School. They have delivered and participated in over 900 events in Brazil, Amsterdam, Ireland, and the UK. Liverpool Samba School holds the accolade for being one of the only non Brazilian samba schools to play in the Rio Carnival parade, with an ongoing partnership with Mangueira samba school -the oldest school in Brazil and a multiple Carnival winner.
Liverpool Carnival Company has delivered a Rio-style carnival in Liverpool since its European Capital of Culture year in 2008 with the focus on involving and engaging local communities in its preparation and performance as well as presenting a memorable spectacle for the people of Liverpool and visitors from further afield.
A little about Orb Events
Orb Events is a value-led, full-service event management company based in Liverpool’s emerging creative quarter, the Baltic Triangle. The team have been behind some of the city’s largest events including Liverpool Pride and Brazilica and have recently been contracted to deliver the All Wales Boat Show for 2013. For more information about the company, visit www.orb-events.co.uk.
More information can be found at www.brazilicafestival.com
Keep up-to-date with Liverpool Carnival Company’s events on Twitter at: http://twitter.com/brazilicafest
BRAZILICA is operated by registered charity; The Liverpool Carnival Company.
Company Registration No: 6208453
Charity Registration No: 1123036
Registered office: 25 Rodney St, Liverpool, L1 9EH
Good afternoon all!
All the Orbsters are really excited about our upcoming events and we anticipate another successful summer for everything Orb!
Be sure to keep your eye on our somewhat neglected blog page. We have been entirely focused on the wonderful things we have in store for you this summer – but we promise to keep you posted over the coming weeks with all kinds of great stuff!
Love as always,
Orb Events has been appointed by SBARC Ltd. to provide event services for the 2013 All Wales Boat Show. The company has secured a contract to manage a 70-strong on-the-water boat show; indoor exhibition; food and drink concessions as well as sponsorship opportunities for the event that will take place from 24th – 28th July 2013 in Conwy.
The show – which was established in 2008 and ran successfully for four years at the Faenol Estate in Bangor – has recently come under new management and will take place at the new location of Deganwy Quays Marina for the first time.
Over 100 exhibitors will be on hand showcasing their products and services over the 5 days. Adding to the excitement, there will be opportunities to take part in educational on-the-water activities and watch stunning daily entertainment.
Deborah Boyd, director of Orb Events, said: “We are delighted to add the All Wales Boat Show to our rapidly growing portfolio of major outdoor events. We are excited to be delivering our services in the North Wales region for the first time and are certain that our hard-working team can replicate the success achieved at our previous events.”
The event announcement comes after a hugely successful summer for Orb Events having delivered the UK’s biggest Samba Carnival – Brazilica – and production management for the UK’s biggest free Pride festival outside of the capital – Liverpool Pride – amongst a host of other events.
For more information and to purchase tickets for the show, visit the North Wales Boat show website at www.allwalesboatshow.com.