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Brazilica and MRWA team up to offer free carnival craft workshops (24 May 2013)

Brazilica, the UK’s biggest samba carnival, has teamed up with Merseyside Recycling and Waste Authority to offer a series of fun, educational and eco-friendly craft workshops in the run up to this year’s festival, which hits Liverpool from 12-20 July (main carnival and parade day Sat 20 July).

The free workshops will all take place at the old Edge Hill Library on Lodge Lane, which has recently become a new home for Brazilica co-founders Liverpool Carnival Company. There are different workshops to suit various interests and abilities, taking place between 30 May and 23 June. Choose from:

  • Upcycling fabric and general recyclable waste to create colourful and wearable jewellery pieces
  • Creating kitchen treasures from recyclable household waste
  • Upcycling an old t-shirt to create a summer bikini
  • Upcycling textiles to create an all-purpose bag
  • Creating fun tribal headpieces from textiles and recyclable household waste
  • Creating festive tassle garlands from textiles and recyclable household waste

The workshops will be led by Maeve Morris, Director of Liverpool Carnival Company and co-founder of Brazilica Festival. Maeve has designed and made costumes for Brazilica since its humble beginnings in 2008. She has had experience of designing, making and selling garments in London and has owned several retail stores selling gemstones and embellishments in Liverpool. Maeve will be joined by freelance set and costume designer Jo Puletua and Liverpool’s very own Sambista Simone Reeves who has created many of the vibrant and spectacular samba costumes for her entertainment business, Viva Brasil.

Merseyside Recycling and Waste Authority (MRWA) is sponsoring the workshops. Councillor Joe DeAsha, Chairperson of MRWA, said: “People have got the hang of recycling and preventing general waste in the first place, but there is still an issue with clothes and thousands of tonnes end up in landfill every year. This work by Brazilica will show how clothes and textiles can be used again – and in a fun and creative way.”

For more information, images or interview requests please contact Jenny Morgan at Bill Elms Associates on 0151 245 0136 | jenny@billelms.com web: www.billelms.com

Notes to Editors:

Workshop Timetable (all will take place at The Old Edge Hill Library, Lodge Lane, Liverpool, L8 0QH).

Thursday 30th May 7:00pm-9:00pm
Maeve Morris
Upcycling fabric and general recyclable waste to create colourful and wearable jewellery pieces
Skillls required: Basic craft

Sunday 2nd June 2:00pm-3:30pm
Creating Kitchen Treasures out of recyclable household waste
Skills required: Basic Craft

Thursday 6th June 7:00pm-9:00pm
Upcycling an old t-shirt to create a summer bikini *(participants are required to bring along their own large t-shirt)
Skills required: Basic cutting and sewing.

Sunday 9th June 2:00pm-3:30pm
Upcycling textiles to create an all purpose bag
Skills required: Intermediate cutting and sewing.

Wednesday 12th June 7:00pm-8:00pm
Creating fun tribal headpieces out of textiles and recyclable household waste
Skills required. Basic craft.

Sunday 16th June 2:00pm-3:30pm
Creating festive tassle garlands out of textiles and recyclable household waste

Skills required: Basic craft

Thursday 20th June 7:00pm-8:30pm
Upcycling textiles to create an all purpose bag
Skills required: Intermediate cutting and sewing

Sunday 23rd June 2:00pm-3:30pm
Upcycling fabric and general recyclable waste to create colourful and wearable jewellery pieces
Skills required: Basic craft

A little about Merseyside Recycling & Waste Authority

Merseyside Recycling and Waste Authority (MRWA) is a statutory authority established in 1986, following the abolition of Merseyside County Council, to undertake the household waste disposal functions for local authorities across Merseyside – Knowsley, Liverpool, Sefton, St Helens and Wirral. MRWA takes a lead in advocating recycling, waste minimisation and the safe and effective disposal of household waste for Merseyside’s residents. MRWA has helped set up the Merseyside Textile Forum for local charities and stakeholders who currently collect textiles, with the aim of identifying and supporting ways to increase the recycling and reuse of textiles.

To find out more about Merseyside Recycling & Waste Authority see: http://www.merseysidewda.gov.uk/

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