Lusaka Province UNWTO ambassadors selected


THE Zambia National Service (ZNS) Cultural group and Chota Dance Troupe have been selected to perform during the United Nations World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO) General Assembly to be held in Livingstone this August.
The two groups will share stage with other traditional dance groups from different provinces. The two groups were selected after their splendid performances during a competition organised by the Lusaka Province cultural department.
The groups beat other 25 groups, who participated in the completion. The groups convinced a panel of adjudicators with their traditional music and dance coupled with good display of professionalism capable of entertaining both local and international guests during the general assembly.
The one-day event, where different cultural groups displayed varied talents, was held in the Lusaka Showgrounds.
The event was also used as an opportunity to bring together different cultural groups for possible future collaboration.
Since the suspension of cultural performances at Kabwata Cultural Village, cultural groups rarely interact and only come together at such occasions as the agriculture and commercial shows.
The event that was graced by Lusaka Province minister Freedom Sikazwe saw a number of traditional dances from across the country showcased by the competing cultural groups.
Apart from the participating groups and government officials, the mini festival attracted on-lookers from within the hinterland.
Apart from the display of talents by competing cultural groups, on the menu of the event were also diverse competition categories for crafts men and women, as well as organisations that would like to take part in a number of activities during the UNWTO General Assembly.
Other participating groups were: Kulamba, UNZA, Africa Dance Factory, Likumbi Liya Mize, Madalas, Tiyanjane, Insukamin, Ama Zulu, Soli Culture, Intambi, Chalilubemba, Ngoni Warriors, and Malipenga.
The rest are Green Buffaloes, Zuba Ni Moto, Acrobatics, Kamanga, Parklands, Amaombe, Taonga, Nomakajani, Africa Directions, and Barefeet.
And delivering his speech, Mr Sikazwe said Zambia has a lot of talents that need to be identified, nurtured and developed.
Sikazwe said Government is aware that many of the artists have been crying for recognition, support and investment in the arts and cultural sector and this is government’s priority area of development as manifested in the Sixth National Development Plan and the PF manifesto.
He said apart from creating a ministry responsible for arts, his government is in the process of establishing the national commission for arts and culture, whose mandate will be to administer the mechanism and authority to support the development of all forms of arts and culture.