Liverpool Carnival Company


Liverpool Carnival Company is the arts charity that presents the Brazilica Festival, founded in 2007 to oversee the production of the very first Brazilica parade for Liverpool’s Capital of Culture year, it was the brainchild of Roger, the musical director of Liverpool Samba School.

Thousands of people across the world are members of samba schools and there are over 300 schools in the UK alone.

  • Liverpool Samba School was formed in 1995

In 1997 we started the monthly ‘Carnival at Cream’ night – not so much a club night as an event in itself; with it’s own street parade, dancers, live music, DJ’s and performers, it was nominated by ‘Mix Mag’ as one of the top 10 club nights in the NW.
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In 2000 members of the Liverpool Samba School took part in the Parade of Champions in the Sambadrome in Rio’s Millennium Carnaval. What an experience! After two more visits to Brazil we became determined to bring the UK’s first Brazilian festival to Liverpool, providing an exciting platform for groups to get together and celebrate their passion for Brazilian music and the magic of carnival.

In 2007  Liverpool Carnival Company (reg. charity 1123036) was formed and was commissioned to produce the first Brazilian Samba Carnival Parade in Liverpool, as part of the city’s 2008 Capital of Culture celebrations. This glittering night-time parade attracted an audience of 30,000 people in its first year.

Now in its 10th year the carnival parade is getting bigger and better. From the beginnings of the night-time parade, in 2010 we created a massive three day festival and since 2011 with the support of City Central Bid, Williamson Square at the heart of the city centre we hosted a main stage with music and dance from bands and djs from across the globe. Building on the success of previous years, Brazilica Festival 2018 promises to be even bigger and better than ever before!


Find out how you can get involved!

You may  want to meet other people, and have some fun parading in costume…

You may be a Textiles or Music Student who would like to learn more about making fabulous costumes and the amazing music…


We are always delighted to welcome new people who would like to join in: why not give us a call or come down to the HQ at the Old Library on Lodge Lane?

You might like to try drumming with the bateria, or attend a workshop to make a headdress and costume, or you may fancy helping to make the floats. Whatever your interest or motivation, we would love to meet you!

Contact the team at /call us on 0151 734 1110


Companies Interest:

Charity Sponsorship

Our corporate sponsorship packages are  now available, please contact for a copy of the 2018 sponsorship pdf

or call us on 07516273310  .

Your employees can get involved, too! We hold team building workshops throughout the year and we can tailor these to suit your needs: choose from drumming or costume and float building or contact us to discuss your requirements.

Clients have included:

  • Unilever
  • Innocent Smoothies
  • Arvato
  • Grant Thornton

Corporate Responsibility

Could your employees volunteer their time to help the charity in the run-up to Brazilica carnival parade?

  • Staff from Grant Thornton spent a week making a costume section for the carnival parade. Everyone enjoyed their time with us and had a taster of the magic of the costumes, music and atmosphere of carnival!
  • Employees from Unilever organised their own carnival parade section and took part in front of an audience of over 30,000 visitors! You could, too.

Some of the many ways to get involved are:

  • costume and head-dressmaking
  • join the Samba School and be in the bateria
  • float-building
  • joining any of the workshops: dance, textiles
  • joining in the parade
  • marketing
  • design
  • driving
  • ‘runner’ to help with the film festival
  • stewarding at the parade
  • tea making!