Livingstone International Cultural & Arts Festival
By Jakob Hoff, Vibrant Africa, 22 May 2013
The David Livingstone Bicentenary & Livingstone 2013 Initative in association with the Zambia Tourism Board announces: The FIRST EVER Livingstone International Cultural Arts Festival – LIVINGSTONE & The VICTORIA FALLS, ZAMBIA 2013.
Rhythm, music, arts and drums are coming to Livingstone Zambia to mark the Bicentenary of the birth of Dr David Livingstone, born 200 years ago. Throughout this year Livingstone Zambia is celebrating Dr David Livingstone’s commitment to exploration, medicine, education and eradication of slavery – still an active campaign 200 years later.
The David Livingstone Bicentenary and Livingstone 2013 Initiative see the bicentenary as a great opportunity for Livingstone and Zambia to bring together our own Zambian culture with those of our neighbouring countries – nations where David Livingstone also lived, worked, travelled and explored – through a Cultural Arts Festival and Street Carnival showcasing African culture, music, dance and art. The first ever Livingstone International Cultural Arts Festival will be held on 21-22 June and will become an annual event on the international calendar here in Livingstone, Zambia.
The Festival is timed to coincide with the arrival of the new direct flights from Nairobi to Livingstone, Zambia, by Kenyan Airways – a major sponsor of this event. The airline will be flying in a cultural group of Masai warriors to mark the occasion and they will join in the Festival.
There will be a wonderful cacaphony of music, drums and dancing as the Street Carnival winds its way slowly up through the centre of Livingstone on Friday afternoon, with participating countries processing along Livingstone’s main street - Mosi-oa-Tunya Road. This will be an eye-catching extravaganza for all to enjoy and the route will be from Falls Park Mall through town to the Livingstone Royal Golf & Country Club. Some groups will be on foot, some on flatbed trucks, which local artists will be invited to decorate. This will be followed by live bands performing on stage at the Golf Club in the evening and elsewhere in Livingstone foreign dignitaries will be invited to attend a Gala Dinner.
On Saturday 22 June, there will be fun for everyone with performances at the Golf Club, pavilions showcasing participating nations through culture, art and tourism. There will be Zambian masked dancers moving around amongst the spectators, African drumming, cultural dancing, arts, crafts, food, music and much more.
We want this to be a community festival, so we will be encouraging the people to come along, bring a drum or buy a drum at the festival and join in The African Beat later in the afternoon, when school children and students will join in concentric rainbow circles around the central stage prior to the Prize Giving and Finale.
This Festival is a collaboration between LACSEDO and The David Livingstone Bicentenary & Livingstone 2013 Initiative, The Zambia Tourism Board, The Ministry of Tourism, The Department of Culture and other organisations working in partnership.
Published by Vibrant Africa, 22 May 2013