Posted by: wildsidezambia | January 17, 2012

2013 – David Livingstone’s bi-centenary


Next year it will be 200 years since the birth of Dr David Livingstone in Blantyre in Scotland – on 19 March 1813. He went on to become famous for his expeditions in Africa as a medical missionary and to be the first European to set eyes on the magnificent Victoria Falls in the mid 1850’s which he named after Queen Victoria. The town of Livingstone, in turn, was named after him.

One can imagine how his jaw must have dropped at the awesome spectacle before him – just as many visitors still do today. He described it at the time as “Scenes so lovely must have been gazed upon by angels in their flight.”

To commemorate the bi-centenary a feast of cultural and sporting events as well as an international arts exhibition is being planned  in Livingstone between March (Livingstone’s birth month) and October 2013. These include theatre, street theatre, traditional dancing, bands and concerts, soccer, seven-a-side rugby, David Livingstone Classic golf, cycling, 3-country trail marathon, motorcrosse, 4WD rally, a kite festival, multi-day events on the Zambezi, fishing and cricket.

Interest has been shown by several organisations in the UK, including the National Museums of Scotland and the Royal Geographical Society. Neighbouring countries in Africa will be invited to participate in the 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 The Livingstone Arts, Cultural and Sporting Events Development Organisation, a non-profit-making Trust set up to ensure there is a lasting legacy moving forward from the David Livingstone Bicentenary to boost tourism, the local community and economy of Livingstone, as well as Zambian-based charities.

We will keep you posted of the various events as they are being finalised. If you are planning a visit to Livingstone, 2013 may just be a good year to pencil in your diary…

 For further information go to http://www.livingstone2013.com.

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