Zambia cultural festival celebrates Dr David Livingstone's birthday
The Southern Star, Zimbabwe, Sunday 19 May 2013
The Blantyre exporer's life will be celebrated ear Victoria Falls, which he brought to Europe's attention for the first time in 1855.
Representatives of 15 countries have been invited to the event, which will continue on the banks of the Zambezi river.
Masai warriors, dancers and drummers will gather on the Victoria Falls Bridge for the celebrations before moving on to Livingstone island. The street carnival will then make its way through the town named after the explorer.
Organisers have promised rhythm, colour and dancing to toast the missionary and his work in medicine, education and the abolition of slavery. The festival will take place on June 21 to 22 and aims to make Livingstone Island a tourist destination.
Organiser Belinda Hodge said : There will be a wonderful cacophony of music, drums and dancing as the street carnival winds its way slowly up through the centre of Livingstone on Friday.
"This will be an eye-catching extravaganza for all to enjoy."
There have been a range of events and festivities going on throughout Lanarkshire to celebrate the Scottish explorer.
In March, President Joyce Banda of Malawi visited The David Livingstone centre in Blantyre as part of the celebrations.
Lanarkshire schools have been working on projects with pupils in Zambia, connecting through storytelling, arts and cultural exchanges.
Blantyre schoolchildren joined International Development Minister Humza Yousaf and buried a time capsule int he grounds of the David Livingstone Centre which contained items sent from children at Chilamba Primary School, Dedzaron, Malawi.
David Livingstone was born in Blantrye on March 19, 1813, and died in north-eastern Zambia on May 1, 1873
Published by The Southern Star, Zimbabwe