———Lusaka Province Minister Freedom Sikazwe says government is doing everything possible to ensure the welfare of artists grows from strength to strength.
Mr. Sikazwe said government has shown unprecedented commitment to bettering the lives of all artists in the country by creating a Ministry responsible for arts and culture.
He said arts is one of governments priority areas of development as manifested in the sixth National Development Plan and the PF manifesto on arts and culture.
Mr. Sikazwe said this in Lusaka today during the Provincial Mini-Culture festival in preparation for the United Nations World Tourism Organisation conference.
He said the main purpose of holding the Mini Festival is to select crafts, traditional music and dances to be showcased during the interprovincial festival.
He observed that there is a lot of talent across Lusaka province and the country as a whole which need to be identified, nurture and developed.
Mr. Sikazwe said government is aware that many artists have been calling for recognition, support and investment into the cultural sector for many years.
He said the current government has responded through the creation of the Ministry of Tourism and Arts which is directly responsible arts and culture programmes and activities.
Speaking earlier Lusaka Province Permanent Secretary Brigadier General Emeldah Chola said the festival will enable the province identify talent.
Brig. Gen. Chola said this in a speech read for her by Director of Arts and Culture in the Ministry of Tourism and Arts, Monde Gwaba.
The Permanent Secretary called for effective in terms of entertainment and exhibitions during the conference in Livingstone.