Street carnival greets Livingstone

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The 2012 Livingstone International  Culture and Arts Festival has entered its third day with a street carnival from Falls Park Mall along Musi-oa- tunya  way to the Post office in the town centre.

And Chief Mukuni of  the Toka Leya speaking people has called for a two phased approach in marketing tourism in the country.

With the Zambia Army brass band leading the pack of local and international dancing groups, the match past snaked through the middle of the city bringing traffic to a halt.

Tourism and Arts Permanent Secretary Steven  Mwansa was by broadcast time unable to attend  the carnival as he was in Lusaka attending to other equally important national matters, but was able to arrive in Livingstone in readiness for the remaining LICAF program.

After an hour of the match past, the festival culminated into a dance competition among various invited groups.

Although Zimbabwe national dance troupe stole the show with acrobatic dances, it was the Seychelles Dancing troupe who stunned the crowd in their five minute unique dance performance.

The hosts had their share of traditional Ngoni dancing taking center stage.

A five year old toddler set the event alight with his intricate Ngoni dance much to the amusement of the crowd who showered him with Zambian kwacha notes.

Dignitaries left  for a tree planting occasion near Chanters lodge after which crowds slowly dispersed in readiness for the evening Gala Dinner at the Zambia Air Force (ZAF ) mess in Livingstone.

Meanwhile, Chief Mukuni of the Toka Leya speaking people has called for a two phased approach in marketing tourism in the country.

Chief Mukuni told ZANIS  in an exclusive interview that Zambia should consider coming up with a two phased approach to marketing tourism in the country.

He said one approach was to introduce cheaper and cost effective tourism where Zambians could access facilities.

He said while it was everyone’s responsibility to develop the tourism sector, it was up to government to set up a cost effective tourism that will attract ordinary Zambians to the facility.

 

Photo Credit – Zambia Tourism

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