THE just ended third Livingstone International Arts and Cultural Festival (LICAF) has put the Zambian tourism sector on a new footing and given the country an opportunity to showcase all of its cultural attractions, says Tourism minister Jean Kapata.
Ms Kapata said the festival, which was attended by representatives from 10 countries, promoted the ‘‘One Zambia, One Nation’’ motto because all traditional ceremonies were represented.
“The festival brought about unity through culture especially that we engaged every province. There was display of different dances from all different provinces.
“Traditional ceremonies were all represented and promoted love for one another and also promoted the One Zambia, One Nation motto. We had countries such as India, China, Seychelles, Namibia, Zimbabwe and Egypt to mention just a few; we had about 10 countries at the festival that came in,” she said.
Ms Kapata said the festival also attracted many tourists who wanted to see what Zambia and other countries could offer.
She said events such as LICAF were key in uniting the country as they brought people together from all walks of life regardless of their tribe.
Ms Kapata said events that promoted cultural values should be promoted in order to unite people regardless of their tribe and political affiliation.
“The spirit of One Zambia One Nation should be promoted as such events unfold and I am happy that foreign countries have responded very well to our invitation,” she said.
The two-day cultural extravaganza was held from March 27 t0 28.
LICAF is Zambia’s only international cultural festival platform where the country showcases its traditional heritage to the local and the international community.