Celebrating the Diversity of Livingstone – 2

Livingstone beats to a vibrant tune

Barefeet Theatre Company performs in August

Livingstone Zambia is preparing to beat to a very different and vibrant tune next year in 2013. A whole range of exciting, fun, lively and colourful events and festivals will be running between 19 March through to 16 November 2013 to commemorate Dr David Livingstone and the bicentenary of his birth.

We are delighted to announce the Provisional Calendar of Events & Festivals for Livingstone 2013. 

Come and participate in our celebrations on the banks of the Zambezi River in Livingstone, Zambia, 2013!

Visit our website to find out all there is to know about Livingstone 2013... What's OnWhere to StayWhat to do and how to join in.

Community Projects

In the frame and on the drawing board are cultural and business links between UK, Zambia and USA, a medical exchange between Livingstone Hospital and Scotland, 2-way education packs for schools, plus other charitable and sustainable projects
Maureen Lilanda

Maureen Lilanda's
distinctive voice, unique talent and generous spirit have secured her a place as one of Zambias top musicians and best female artiste. 

Livingstone's Legacy

2013 is the bicentenary of the birth of Dr David Livingstone, the renowned Victorian explorer, who was born in Blantyre Scotland on 19 March 1813. He went on to become not only a great explorer, but also a missionary, doctor, educator, ardent opponent of the slave trade, mapper and artist.

Many of these are relevant today and combined in some way with many of our events. For more information visit


Lined up so far we have in early March, a Motocross Enduro Rally – a weekend of family fun at the start of the Motocross season. This will be followed by a Gala start to the main Bicentenary Celebrations, an International Cultural Festival – a fun, vibrant and musical festival to the beat of the African drums. 


In June/July, there will be a National Traditional Cultural Dancing Competition, plus a National Contemporary Music Competition, and the long weekend of 29 June to 2 July we have a Fishing Competition on the Zambezi.

Loads more...

If that is not enough, we still have the following events to confirm, including The Zambezi Football Team coming to Livingstone to play a friendly match and afterwards meet with school children. Photographic/Art Competition of the FallsRugby 7s, 5-aside Southern Province Football Competition. 


The 5th International Rowing Regatta will be held in Livingstone on 30 September 2012.
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For April 2013, we have The Inaugural Zambezi Gorge Ultra Marathon Trail Run which will take place on 27 April (South Africa's Freedom Day), finishing in view of the Falls. And... from 19–21 April we are hosting an International Academic Conference here in Livingstone on David Livingstone. 

Barefoot Theatre Company


Agricultural Weekend in Zambia, 2–5 August, promises to be lively with Barefeet Theatre bringing dance, drumming, street theatre and acrobatics to town as well as their acclaimed play Tujuka must Die.

And... for music lovers, Zambia's best female artiste, Maureen Lilanda, will be performing with her band Ashilile. Lots more to be cofirmed as we as a 4WD rally.
Map of Livingstone

Sponsors & Partners

We welcome sponsors and partners in this Bicentenary Initiative. If you would like to sponsor an event or partner with us please email events@livingstone


May 2013 is going to start with a Mountain Bike Cross Country Race on 4–5 May, and on African Freedom Day Weekend in Zambia, we have Namvula Rennie lined up for a riverside performance under the full Moon on 25 May.


The Bicentenary celebrations will end with a 2-day K1 Canoe Race on the upper Zambezi and a Grande Finale on 16 November 2013, with events focused on Livingstone Island on the date that Livingstone first viewed the Victoria Falls back in 1855.

Participants & Visitors Welcome...

We will be updating our website regularly and adding to the provisional Events Calendar online. For further information, please contact

We are most grateful to British Airways for supporting this initiative.
British Airways logo

We also very much appreciate Safari Par Excellence and The David Livingstone Safari Lodge & Spa for sponsoring our inaugural Official Launch in February 2012, as featured in our last newsletter. Wildside Tours continues to be an inspirational supporter of the initiative.

The Bicentenary Initiative is supporting The Anglican Street Children's Project Zambia. For further information please visit

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We would like to acknowledge the following for use of their images: the Barefeet Theatre, Maureen Lilanda, Jacob Crawfrrd, amygdala_imagery for mountain bike image, Ruslan Dashinsky for jogging shoes image, Chanyut Sribua-rawd for motocross image, Heinrich Volschenk for the image of the statue of Livingstone and the  Zambian Tourism Board for permission to use the Chipolopolo image.