ZAMBIA is to host an international arts festival in Livingstone this month-end to show-case the best of Africa’s cultural products that will include songs, dances and food, says Zambia Tourism Board managing director Felix Chaila.
Mr Chaila said the planned festival was meant to celebrate Zambia and Africa’s cultural identity by show-casing the best of Africa’s cultural product that include dances food and songs
He said about five countries have since confirmed participation at the 2015 festival which opens on March 26 -28.
Mr Chaila was speaking in Lusaka recently during the second launch of the International Arts Festival campaign.
He said over 2,000 international and local exhibitors were expected to converge in Livingstone to celebrate culture and arts exhibitions.
“So far the countries that have confirmed participation are Botswana, Mozambique, Seychelles and Zimbabwe, and the activities that have been lined up include traditional dance workshops, food bazaar, contemporary music performances, street carnival fashion shows to depict Zambia’s designs including gala dinners, among other things,” he said.
Mr Chaila urged the public to support and witness the birth of an annual international cultural and arts festival that would help change the face of Livingstone to a preferred regional and international destination of choice for tourists.
“The event is anchored by the Board and organized in partnership with Zambia Wildlife Authority (ZAWA), National Arts Council, National Heritage Conservation Commission and other stake holders in the tourism sector,” he said.
And Seychelles Tourism Ambassador to Zambia Jimmy Butt said he was impressed with the level of support that Zambia had in developing the tourism industry.
Ambassador Butt said the partnership with Zambia and Seychelles would be long out-standing in developing the tourism and culture of the two countries.