The University of Liverpool has been host to many Brazilian Erasmus students over the years and the blue skies and golden beaches of their homeland seemed a world apart from the perennially drizzly Liverpool we call home.

Brazilica Bold Street parade - Photo Credit: David Munn

The Brazilica Parade on Bold Street. Photo Credit: David Munn

But fear not! The Brazilica Festival is due to return for the eighth consecutive year with the dates confirmed as Friday 17th to Sunday 19th July 2015.

The organisers of the event, the Liverpool Carnival Company, are delighted to announce that the festival will once again cover the city in colour and have promised to include a two-week film festival and fringe events packed with great music and exciting activities in venues across the city.

The spectacular Carnival Parade which features Samba bands from across the UK and overseas will also remain as the main festival highlight and Liverpool’s own Samba School is celebrating its 20th birthday so you can be sure that the group will also feature prominently in this year’s proceedings.

Liverpool Carnival Company has delivered a Rio-style carnival in Liverpool since its European Capital of Culture status 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.

Maeve Morris of Liverpool Carnival Company said: “Last year’s event proved a massive success so we are working tirelessly to improve and build on the successful event which people have grown to love over the last seven years. The costumes, music and overall atmosphere are key factors for the essence of the event – all of which we can guarantee festivalgoers in 2015 with a more compact three day event.”

If you’re heading back home for the summer after uni finishes, it might be worth a trip back to the ‘pool for this!