Brazilica Films



Olhando Para as Estrelas   Looking at the Stars

Saturday 21st July 15.00

Baltic Creative the POD 49 Jordan St Liverpool L1 0AH

2016 | Documentary | 15 | 90 min | Portuguese Language with English Sub-titles | Dir. Alexandre Peralta


What does it mean to ask someone to look at the stars? For Geyza, a blind prima ballerina, it means the journey of her life. This feature documentary invites us into her world, and of a special ballet academy in Sao Paulo Brazil.

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Tudo Que Aprendemos Juntos    The Violin Teacher

Monday 23rd July 20.30

Bombed out Church  Leece St L1 2TR

2015 | Drama | 15 | 102 min | Dir. Sérgio Machado

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The movie tells the story of Laerte, a talented violinist who after failing to be admitted into the OSESP Orchestra is forced to give music classes to teenagers in a public school at Heliopolis. His path is full of difficulties, but the transforming power of music and the friendship arising between the teacher and the students open the door into a new world.











Tuesday 24th July 19.30

Fact 88 Wood St L1 4DQ

2016 | Drama | 18 | 145 min | Portuguese Language with English Sub-titles | Dir. Kleber Mendonça Filho

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Kleber Mendonça Filho’s follow up to his audacious 2012 debut, Neighbouring Sounds, shown last year, the Brazilian film critic, turned director, examines human life in urban spaces in his home town of Recife. Clara, a 65 year old widow and retired music critic, was born into a wealthy and traditional family in Recife, Brazil. She is the last resident of the Aquarius, an original two-story building, built in the 1940s, in the upper-class, seaside Avenida Boa Viagem, Recife. All the neighbouring apartments have already been acquired by a company which has other plans for that plot. Clara has pledged to only leave her place upon her death, and will engage in a cold war of sorts with the company. This tension both disturbs Clara and gives her that edge on her daily routine. It also gets her thinking about her loved ones, her past and her future.





Era a Hotel Cambridge   Cambridge Hotel

Thursday 26th July 19-30

The Old Library Lodge Lane L8 0QH



2017 | Docu-Fiction | PG | 99 min | Portuguese Language with English Sub-titles | Dir. Eliane Caffe

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This docu-fiction hybrid charts the trials, tribulations and triumphs of homeless Brazilians and refugees that squat together an abandoned Sao Paolo hotel, The Hotel Cambridge. The daily tension caused by the threat of eviction reveals the dramas and joys. A politically charged film which tackles the issues of homelessness and elevates it into something universal and urgently contemporary.









DIVINAS DIVAS / Divine Divas  

Monday 30th July 19-30

Output Gallery Seel St L1 4 BE

2016 | Documentary, Music | 15 | 110 min | Portuguese Language with English Sub-titles | Dir. Leandra Leal


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Divine Divas portrays eight Brazilian transvestite performers and drag artists of the 1960’s who revolutionized the sexual behaviour and challenged the conservatism of this time. One of the first stages to feature men dressed as women was the rival theatre, run by Americo Leal, grandfather of the director. They bravely challenged rigid morals at the height of a military dictatorship, and created a defining moment in the struggle for human rights and individual freedom in the Brazil of yesterday and today.



Brazilica Carnival Queen Competiton

Friday 13th July 8pm  Circo 13-21 Seel St  Liverpool L1 4 AU   free entry


One of the most popular events year after year, the Brazilica 2018 Carnival Queen Competition is all set to bring you the hottest and most talented samba dancers from across the UK.
We’ve a record-breaking 16 participants .

Held at the stunning Circo Liverpool,  dancers will battle it out, displaying their talent, charm, beauty and amazing samba moves to be crowned Brazilica Carnival Queen 2018 and our two Brazilica Carnival Princesses. Brazilica Carnival Queen 2017 Wendy Okoli  will be on hand to pass over her crown to the new queen!

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Save the date Saturday July 14th

Save the date  for Brazilica 2018

we’ll be posting  a full list of artists taking part in the next few weeks and  details of films, fringe events, workshops,exhibitions and club nights.

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Liverpool 2018

Liverpool 2018 – Ten Years in the Making

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Final plans are being put in place for Liverpool to stage an ambitious and forward looking culture programme to mark the tenth anniversary of its reign as European Capital of Culture.


Details of Liverpool 2018 – the year-long celebration of the city’s thriving creative scene – will be announced in January. This will be when the city gears up to once again step into the international spotlight and showcase its extraordinary culture offer, while looking forward to the next decade of cultural innovation.


A number of major projects within the programme have already been announced including;


  • China’s First Emperor and the Terracotta Warriors – coming to the UK for the first time in a generation


  • The Three Festivals Tall Ships Regatta linking Liverpool, Dublin and Bordeaux on 25 – 28 May


  • The finale of the Clipper Around the World Yacht Race which is set to race back onto the Mersey in late July


  • The Clothes Show which returns to the city for a second year from 19-21 October


  • Tate Liverpool’s 30th anniversary programme including an Egon Schiele retrospective


  • Liverpool Biennial’s 10th edition presenting leading visual artists from across the world takes place over 15 weeks


  • Rewire – A major new art and technology commission led by FACT with Invisible Flock, working with artists from across the globe and communities in Toxteth


Alongside this, Liverpool 2018 will also showcase premieres across the worlds of entertainment and sport, new major public artworks, some extraordinary one-off music moments and four artistic seasons each bursting with new commissions exploring:


  • China Dream – showcasing the best of modern Chinese culture
  • The Future World of Work – what does this mean for society
  • The Art of Football – the global relationship with the beautiful game
  • Nineteen Eighteen (working title) – the centenary of the end of the First World War


The city’s unrivalled festival offer – from Africa Oye and Liverpool International Music Festival right through to Milapfest – will mark the year with some of their most ambitious line ups ever, while brand new music events – including a piano festival like no other – will reinforce Liverpool’s position as a UNESCO City of Music.


To add to that, the team behind Liverpool 2018 can reveal plans for Easter Fire – a collaboration with renowned live event creators Walk the Plank. Easter Fire at St George’s Hall will take place during the Easter holidays, creating a world of fire, entertainment and gastronomy. Famous for their spectacular live performances, Walk the Plank are promising to create a unique experience in one of the hidden gems of the city. Tickets for the event and further details will be available from Friday 8 December.


Mayor Joe Anderson OBE, said: “European Capital of Culture was an extraordinary year for this city, but it was never just about 2008 – it was about the legacy that followed.


“Culture has been the backbone of Liverpool’s renaissance over the past decade, and Liverpool 2018 is a chance for us to recognise the growth in confidence, ambition, creativity and cultural engagement which is seen in every corner of Liverpool – putting us quite rightly as a cultural exemplar on a national and international stage.


“Liverpool 2018 is an opportunity for us to once again roll out the red carpet for people to come and visit for the first time, or to rediscover what we believe is the most exciting destination in the UK.


“Some of the projects which we will be announcing in the New Year really do raise the bar and it will be an incredible time for residents and visitors who will undoubtedly travel from across the world to experience how Liverpool puts on a show.”


Mayor of Liverpool City Region, Steve Rotheram, said: “The City Region Combined Authority is delighted to be supporting Liverpool 2018 with £5 million from our Single Investment Fund.


“It will kick-start a new cultural journey for the whole of the city region and it is my ambition that all areas feel the same benefits as Liverpool has done in the last decade. This region is blessed with a huge depth of talent and it is our job to provide the platforms to showcase that creativity and encourage participation. I was Lord Mayor in 2008 and saw first-hand the impact celebrating culture had on people and communities.

“I very much look forward to another outstanding year of culture that will hopefully enrich and improve the lives of all who live and visit here.”

For more information on already released projects and to help plan your visit to Liverpool go to

Brazilica 2018

2018 is the 10th anniversary of Liverpool’s Capital of Culture Year. There’s going to be an amazing line up of events throughout the year

and Brazilica is  one of them.

You can check out all events at

Our festival main day for 2018 is Saturday 14th July, with fringe events throughout June and July

we’ll be posting as soon as the programme’s complete.




Brazilica 2017

Eileen does it again, our favourite pic from 2016 and now a whole video and national press!





Brazilica Carnival Parade Sat 15th July

Starts from Abercromby Square at 8pm through the city to end Williamson Sq 10pm

check out the centre pages of our online brochure for route map  and samba groups performing here’s the link



 for anyone attending Carnival Queen Competition Friday 14th July we’ve had to relocate to Revolucion de Cuba at the Albert Dock it’s just around the corner but  all timings are the same. Apologies if anyone is inconvenienced  we only found out at 2pm today thursday 13th .

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