Zambia: L/Stone to Host International Cultural Arts Festival
RENOWNED Masai Warriors from Kenya are next month expected to be among global artistes who will participate at the first ever Livingstone International Cultural Arts Festival to celebrate the 200th anniversary of the birth of David Livingstone who was born on March 19, 1813.
The festival, which would be held from June 21 to 22 this year, has been organised in collaboration by the Livingstone Arts, Cultural and Sporting Events Development Organisation (LACSEDO), David Livingstone Bicentenary and Livingstone 2013 Initiative, Zambia Tourism Board, Ministry of Tourism and Arts and other organisations.
David Livingstone Bicentenary and Livingstone 2013 Initiative international relations chairperson Belinda Hodge said the festival was timed to coincide with the arrival of the new direct flights from Nairobi to Livingstone in Zambia by Kenyan Airways.
Ms Hodge said Kenyan Airways, which was the major sponsor of the arts festival, would be flying in a cultural group of Masai Warriors to mark the launch of direct flights from Kenya to Livingstone and also join in the Arts Festival.
She said the International Cultural Arts Festival would become an annual event on the international calendar in the tourist capital. "Many countries around the world have already shown great interest in this event and these include Seychelles, Zimbabwe, Nigeria, Kenya, India and Cuba.
Invitations have gone out to 15 nations in total including the United States of America (USA), China, Turkey, United Kingdom (UK), South Korea and Egypt among others to come and participate and bring a cultural dance or music group to the Festival," Ms Hodge said.
She said the renowned UK Caribbean Steel Orchestra known as The Melodians would be coming to Livingstone to take part in the festival.
"This will add a very different lively rhythm and beat to the festival, yet one which also has its roots in Africa.
Over these two days, we will be celebrating the vibrant and colourful diversity of culture not only from here in Africa but also elsewhere in the world," she said.