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The Zambia Tourism Board and The David Livingstone Bicentenary & Livingstone 2013 initiative are collaborating to host this Livingstone International Cultural Arts Festival - a vibrant, colourful and fun weekend for everyone to enjoy. We are inviting cultural dance and music groups from surrounding countries and overseas, including a Caribbean steel band.




This inaugural Livingstone festival will take place on 21-22 June 2013. There will be a street carnival procession on Friday 21 June along the main street, followed by a Gala Dinner on Friday evening. On Saturday 22 June from 09.35 to 17.00 there will be cultural dancing, African drumming, arts and crafts, food stalls, music and more with well-known Zambia pop musicians performing in the closing concert from 1700 to 21hours. 




Bring or make a drum and come and join us on Saturday. We invite the whole community to get involved.  



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 Twsana cultural dancers, the Masai from Kenya, The Melodians Caribbean Steel Orchestra from the UK,Sulumam Chimbetu Orchestra Dendera Kings, Chipawo Ensemble, Beverly Sibanda & Dancing Queen, Zoey Sifelani & The Red Angels from Zimbabwe, and from Zambia : the NgoniKuomboka, 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 CactusJK, 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
   Tickets only KWR 150, available from the Zambian Tourism Board plus hotels and lodges.


The Festival... From 09.30 - 21.00 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 :
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• Courtyard Hotel:
• Protea Hotel
• The David Livingstone Safari Lodge & Spa:
• The Zambezi Waterfront :
• Sun International  
  T: +260 978 77 70 44 / +260 213 321122 |  
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Barclays • Bushtracks Africa • Ethiopian Airways • G4S • Gemfields • Jaguar LandRover (Alliance Motors Zambia) • Kenya Airways • Livingstone's Adventure • Nederburg • Proflight • Safari Par Excellence • Southern Sun Ridgeway Hotel • Wild Horizons • The Zambezi Traveller • Zambezi FM • Zambezi Waterfront • Zambia Sugar 

if you would like to become a sponsor, please contact 
Felix Chaila at the Zambia Tourism Board | T: +260 977 778 284

Pre-Festival Entertainment

The Melodians at The Zambezi Waterfront, Thursday 20 June...

Nine 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...

The 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.

Upcoming river events...

The 5th Zambezi International Rowing Regatta, Sunday 22 September...

Oxford and Cambridge University alumni rowing eights, plus boats from South African universities will battle it out on the Zambezi River on Sunday 22 September.  Come and join us at the Livingstone Boat Club from 09.30 till 15.00. For further information, please contact Peter Jones at The River Club.

The Zambezi River Festival, Saturday, 26 October - Saturday 2nd November

One week packed full of races, competition, prizes and parties on one of the greatest rivers in the world. Book your time off work, come and take part and kayak the Zambezi. Organised by Kayak The Zambezi.

The David Livingstone Bicentenary 3-day Canoe Safari, Thursday 14 November - Saturday 16 November...

As part of the bicentennial celebrations of David Livingstone’s birthday 200 years ago, Bundu Adventures are presenting a 3-day canoeing safari down the Upper Zambezi from Mambova rapids (85 km upstream from Victoria Falls) up to Livingstone Island, right on the edge of the Victoria Falls where David Livingstone saw the Falls for the first time on the 16th November 1855. We have events planned for this very special occasion. Discover hidden channels between numerous islands, negotiate some easy but exciting rapids; and watch the wildlife (elephants, warthog, kudu are commonly seen) coming down to the river to drink. If you enjoy the African wilderness, this is for you. Read more...

The Zambezi River Challenge, Friday 22 November - Sunday 1 December


Challenge yourself to make a difference....Help support the Hell an High Water Zambezi Challenge one of the recent BBC Comic Relief Red Nose Day challenges and raise money to send vulnerable children in Zambia to school. Take part in the unique Zambezi River Challenge, organised by Charity Challenge UK, with Safari Par Excellence on the ground here in Zambia. You will be following in the slipstream of the recent BBC Comic Relief Zambezi Challenge celebritiesThis 10-day trip ties in closely with what our own Official Charity is doing - The Anglican Street Children's Programme. On this unique, varied and exhilarating river challenge, you will paddle your way over 100kms down one of the toughest rivers in Africa - the mighty Zambezi. Enduring sweltering heat, blistered hands, high humidity and harsh conditions, you will paddle mokoros (traditional dug out wooden canoes) and inflatable kayaks on the upper river towards Victoria Falls, negotiating unforgiving  rapids and dodging myriad wildlife including crocodiles and the most aggressive and dangerous animals in Africa – the hippo! Read more...

For full information on all that is happening under the David Livingstone Bicentenary and Livingstone 2013 Initiative, please visit

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