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Miranda bookOn Saturday 11 July the University of Liverpool and National Museums Liverpool will be hosting at the Museum of Liverpool. This public event marks the culmination of two initiatives inspired by the Decade of Health and Wellbeing: NML’s annual ‘House of Memories’ programme of activities, and the University’s project ‘Cinema, Memory and Wellbeing’, carried out by Dr Lisa Shaw (Department of Modern Languages and Cultures) and Professor Julia Hallam (Department of Media and Communication Studies) in collaboration with the Rowan Garth BUPA Nursing Home in Anfield and a health centre in Petrópolis, Brazil.

Tutti-frutti turban

Tutti-frutti turban

The event also promotes the ‘Brazilica’ carnival, the UK’s only Brazilian-themed street carnival, to be held in the city from 17 to 19 July, and celebrates the fact that Liverpool and Rio de Janeiro have been officially twinned since 2003 in recognition of the two cities’ rich musical heritage, as well as their shared passion for football. It also reflects the University of Liverpool’s long-standing international profile in the area of Brazilian Studies and increasing number of Brazilian students. In addition to live performances of Brazilian percussion by the Liverpool Samba School and a screening of Carmen Miranda’s film That Night in Rio (1941), the event will include a Brazilian-themed tea dance for the over 65s and the chance to watch clips of the star’s performances, to talk about the memories they evoke, and to even try on one of her trademark, fruit-laden turbans.