PrintThe Zambia Tourism Board and LACSEDO and The David Livingstone Bicentenary & Livingstone 2013 Initiative, in conjunction with The Department of Culture and the UNWTO Local Organising Committee announce:


Livingstone Zambia welcomes nations to the Inaugural LIVINGSTONE INTERNATIONAL Cultural Arts Festival – 21-22 JUNE 2013.

The Beat is here…
Livingstone opens its doors to the rhythm and beat of African cultures

Cultural dance, music and arts groups from Botswana, Kenya, The Seychelles, The UK and Zimbabwe  plus Zambian cultural performers as hosts are converging on Livingstone Zambia this weekend for the inaugural Livingstone International Cultural Arts Festival and Street Carnival.

This Festival – a lead-up event to the forthcoming UNWTO General Assembly and one of the highlights of The David Livingstone Bicentenary & Livingstone 2013 Initiative – aims to bring together an eclectic mix of different cultures, arts, rhythm and music, and foreign invitations have been sent out via Embassies and national tourism boards.

The main sponsor the Zambia Tourism Board have co-organised this event jointly with The David Livingstone Bicentenary & Livingstone 2013 Initiative in conjunction with the Department of Culture and the UNWTO Local Organising Committee.

LACSEDO and the David Livingstone Bicentenary & Livingstone 2013 Initiative acknowledges the vital role and support of the Zambian Government to this new International Cultural Arts Festival – through the Ministry of Tourism & Arts, the generous sponsorship, partnership and enthusiasm of the Zambia Tourism Board and the help and guidance of the Department of Culture. With us all working together we have achieved far more than would have been possible individually and thus this Festival has become a much bigger and more interesting event than originally anticipated. The event is expected to attract wide local and international media coverage.

Livingstone 2013On 20th June, 2013, the eve of the cultural festival Zambia Tourism Board will host the Regional Tourism Organisation of Southern Africa (RETOSA) who have organised a one day inaugural Tourism Chief Executives Forum. The forum will not only increase international attendance to the festival, but it will also be an opportunity to market Zambia to potential delegates to the forthcoming General Assembly.

Objectives to be achieved among others, the key objectives to be achieved by LICAF are:

  • To serve as a curtain raiser and communication platform for the forthcoming General Assembly, targeting an audience of more than 5000 people.
  • To be used as a tool for increasing tourist arrivals to Livingstone and Zambia.
  • To create economic benefit to the Livingstone private sector, local artists and the Livingstone community in general. This will be highlighted as one of the benefits from hosting the General Assembly.

The minister of Tourism and Arts, Honourable Sylvia T. Masebo MP will officiate at the following key events during the LICAF.

  • Official opening of Inaugural RETOSA Tourism Chief Executives’ forum at the Zambezi Sun on 20 June, 20.13 – 09.30 hrs.
  • Official opening of the LICAF at the Gala dinner on Friday 21 June, 2013 Zambezi Sun – 18.00 hrs.
  • Preside at the Street Carnival procession on Friday 21 June 2013 – 12.00 hrs, along Mosi-oa-Tunya Road, which will mark the start of the Carnival.
  • Preside at the Saturday Festival at the Livingstone Golf Club, and present awards to winners.

The festival has received good support and involvement of the Livingstone tourism private sector.

The Festivities
Livingstone and The Victoria Falls Zambia – locally known as Mosi-oa-Tunya (translated as The Smoke that Thunders), will be humming to the rhythm and colour of calypso, African drums, cultural dancing, masked dancers and a cacaphony of music.

The organisers are delighted by the response from other African countries for this first-ever International festival here in Zambia.  We have a great line-up of international and Zambian performers, and it kicks-off at 1200 on Friday, 21 June, with a Street Carnival.

A panel of judges will be strategically positioned near The Post Office and we are hoping that, by timing the Carnival for lunchtime, many people will come out and line the streets to watch the colourful procession wind its way up through town along the Mosi-oa-Tunya Road.

We want to encourage the whole community to join in the fun and especially school children, so that they, too, enjoy themselves and feel a part of the Festival. We hope to encourage participation in the future, as it is planned to hold the Festival annually in future years.

In the evening at The Zambezi Sun Hotel, the Festival will be officially opened at the Festival Gala Night by the Guest of Honour, The Minister of Tourism & Arts, Honourable Mrs Sylvia T. Masebo (MP). The Guest List will include senior Government officials and diplomats and there will be tickets for sale to the general public, available through the ZTB.

ZTBThe evening will start at 18.00 with speeches, followed by a Buffet Dinner and a great programme of entertainment by performing artists throughout the evening. There will be Zambian performers greeting guests as they park their cars, The Matsoangwao Arts Troupe of Twsana cultural dancers from Botswana will welcome the guests at the entrance to the Zambezi Sun Hotel, and while guests gather and are seated, The UK-Caribbean Steel Orchestra and Zambian Marimba band will entertain. Tujatane School will sing the National Anthem after the arrival of the Guest of Honour, and from then on there will be lively, musical, colourful entertainment by other international and Zambian cultural groups, with well-known Zambian pop musicians towards the end of the evening.

Saturday, 22 June, will be a day of festivities from 09.30 through to 21.00. Cultural performances throughout the day, arts and crafts stalls, food stalls, African drumming and a whole lot more. There will be an Awards Ceremony at approximately 16.30, after which the serious partying will begin. Five groups of Zambian pop singers have been lined-up and I am sure many of the cultural musicians will join in, too.


FRIDAY, 21 June

The Street Carnival Wonderfully exciting eclectic mix of cultures will form a procession of dancers, musicians, masks, floats and Caribbean steel drums and depart 12.00 from Falls Park Mall. The procession will wind its way along the main Mosi-oa-Tunya Road up through the centre of Livingstone, as part of the David Livingstone Bicentenary & Livingstone 2013 celebrations and the lead-up to the forthcoming UNWTO General Assembly. Seychelles Sega dancers, The Matsosangwao Arts Troupe of Twsana cultural dancers, the Masai from Kenya, The Melodians Caribbean Steel Orchestra from the UK, the Sulumam Chimbetu Orchestra Dendera Kings, Chipawo Ensemble, Beverly Sibanda & Dancing Queen, Zoey Sifelani & The Red Angels from Zimbabwe, and from Zambia : the Ngoni, Kuomboka, Zonda Uzalema, Tujatane, the Zambia National Dance Troupe and many others.

Venue: Mosi-oa-Tunya Road and the Town Centre
Time: Parade starts Falls Park Mall at 12.00, (ends approximately 13.45)
FREE for all to come and enjoy. Line the streets, bring flags and have a whole lot of fun.

Festival Gala Night at the Zambezi Sun… Come along and join us in the evening for a Buffet Dinner, lots of musical entertainment from our international Festival participants, plus Cactus, JK, Pompi, Slap D and Amayenga pop groups which will round of the evening festivities. Guest of Honour: The Minister for Tourism & Arts, The Honourable Sylvia T. Masebo (MP)

Venue: The Zambezi Sun, Livingstone
Time: 18.00 ‘til late (doors open at 1700)
Tickets only KWR 150, available from the Zambian Tourism Board plus hotels and lodges.


The Festival… From 09.30 to 21.00 at The Royal Livingstone Golf & Country Club will be humming to African drums, rhythms, music, and dancing, with arts and crafts marquee pavilions showcasing our international visitors own countries, tourism and culture, food stalls, craft stalls, and a whole lot more. Awards Ceremony will take place shortly before 17.00 and then The FESTIVAL PARTY begins. Live music festival from JK, Cactus, Pompi, Slap D, Amayenga and no doubt many of the bands taking part through the day will rock into the night until around 21.00. Lots of music, fun and dancing for everyone to enjoy.

The following hotels and lodges have offered “specials” for Festival goers. Please contact direct with the accommodation providers and say you are coming to attend the Livingstone International Cultural Arts Festival:
• Chrismar Hotel-T: +260 213 323141 / 324578  |  E:
• Courtyard Hotel -T: +260 213 320884 | E:
• Protea Hotel-T: +260 213 324630  |  E:
• The David Livingstone Safari Lodge & Spa-T: +260 213 324601 | E:
• The Zambezi Waterfront-T: +260 213 320606 |  E:
• Sun International-T: +260 978 77 70 44 / +260 213 321122 |  E:

Main sponsor – Zambia Tourism Board

Event Sponsors:
Barclays • Bushtracks Africa • Courtyard Hotel • Ethiopian Airways • Falls FM • G4S • Gemfields •
Jaguar LandRover (Alliance Motors Zambia) • Kenya Airways • Livingstone’s Adventure • Muvi TV •
NACC • Nederburg • Proflight Safari Par Excellence • Southern Sun Ridgeway Hotel •
The David Livingstone Safari Lodge & Spa • The Zambezi Traveller • Tongabezi • Wild Horizons
Zambezi FM • Zambezi Waterfront • Zambia Sugar • ZNBC

For sponsorship opportunities, please contact Mato Shimabale, Zambia Tourism Board • T: +260 978 980 165

Pre-Festival Entertainment

The Melodians at The Zambezi Waterfront, Thursday 20 June…
The_Melodians_steel_band_Pedestrian_CrossingNine members of The Melodians – the renowned UK-Caribbean Steel Band, seen here on the famous Abbey Road Zebra Crossing in London – will be performing at the Zambezi Waterfront Deck on Thursday, 20 June, from 17.30 – 19.00. Come along and enjoy the evening listening to their wonderfully resonating music right by the Zambezi River and try out the newly refurbished Waterfront Bar. Terry Noel, the Trinadadian born leader of the group, tells us that they are fresh from the 2013 Venice Biennale and just this week The Queen’s Birthday Celebrations at the British High Commission in Lusaka, where they met Zambia’s first President Kenneth Kaunda.

Post-Festival Entertainment

The PUT FOOT Rally Half Way Party at The Waterfront, Tuesday 25 June…
Put_foot_me_and_mr_brownThe Put Foot Rally is coming to town on Tuesday 25 June and during the day they will be doing their Zambia Shoe Drop, donating 354 new pairs of shoes to Zambian children in Livingstone during their half-way stop on their 18-day long rally around Southern Africa. Continue the post-Festival partying and come and experience the amazing atmosphere at the Put Foot Rally Half Way Party in Livingstone, at The Zambezi Waterfront within sight of the spray from The Victoria Falls, Zambia. The band Me and Mr Brown will be playing from 21.00 ‘til late.

Background to The David Livingstone Bicentenary and Livingstone 2013 Initiative

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 being held on 21-22 June and will become an annual event on the international calendar here in Livingstone, Zambia.


By: 5VictoriaFalls24

Date: 19 June 2013