Festival 200 years David Livingstone

Zambia, Livingstone festival logoIn 2013 it will be 200 years since the birth of David Livingstone, who was born in Blantyre, Scotland, on March 19, 1813. He went on to become famous for his expeditions in Africa as a medical missionary and was the first European to set eyes on the Victoria Falls in the mid-1890s, which he named after Queen Victoria. The town of Livingstone, in turn, was named after him.

To commemorate the bi-centenary, a selection of cultural and sporting events, along with an international arts exhibition is being planned in Livingstone between March and October 2013. These include theatre, street theatre, traditional dancing, bands and concerts, soccer, seven-a-side rugby, David Livingstone events on the Zambezi, fishing and cricket.

Neighbouring countries have been invited to participate in various events. “The idea is to develop and hold these events regularly as part of a world-class festival,” says Rory Young, Chairman of the Livingstone Arts, Cultural and Sporting Events Development Organisation, a non-profit trust set up to ensure there is a lasting legacy from the David Livingstone Bicentenary to boost tourism, the local community and economy of Livingstone, as well as Zambian-based charities.

Together with the festivities, the Zambian government plans to upgrade facilities and infrastructure in Livingstone, launching the city as Zambia’s official tourist capital. Minister of Information, Broadcasting and Tourism, Given Lubinda, said improvements were needed to infrastructure and services.

For more info, visit www.livingstone2013.com.

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