Zimbabwe attracts thousands of tourists every year to enjoy its diverse and interesting wildlife, as well as the many Victoria Falls activities on offer around the ‘smoke that thunders’.
Livingstone and Victoria Falls activities are usually of the daring kind, with bungee jumping, kayaking and elephant back rides on offer, but there are also more sophisticated pastimes to enjoy in the area.
Those who are more inclined towards the artistic rather than the adventurous will do well to pop into the Livingstone Arts Café for a dash of exceptional entertainment with a Zambian flavour, when local artists take to the stage in a variety of delightful performances.
Daily craft workshops, live music, jam sessions, a bar, restaurant, and art gallery attract refined tourists as well as locals to this venue, but the piece de resistance is the live performance, ‘Dancing around Zambia’, which highlights the musical traditions of Zambia in an imaginary journey through all the provinces, performed by a talented cast of drummers, singers and dancers. The show is directed by Marilyn Gregory, one of the founders of the Arts Café.
Marilyn, and her husband Bob, hail from Ontario, Canada and made their way to Livingstone in 2009 to set up an NGO (the Livingstone Performing Arts Foundation) that harnesses the talents of local performers to capitalise on the discerning set of travellers who venture to this tourist hub every year.
Over 120 local hopefuls were auditioned for their first production, ‘African Shoes’, with 16 talented actors and four musicians making the cast. The show was very well-received, and a second show, ‘Dancing around Zambia’, was soon conceived.
In 2010, the Gregory’s decided to open their own cultural venue, called the Arts Café, and have enjoyed tremendous success with this venture.
All proceeds from the shows at Livingstone Arts Café are used to employ people in the arts, assist needy families, sponsor orphaned scholars and to support schools in their sports and arts programmes.
Guests staying at Victoria Falls accommodation can enjoy this exceptional experience by taking a ‘blue’ taxi, bus or transfer from Victoria Falls hotel to Livingstone, and this is made even easier now with the advent of the KAZA Univisa, which makes travel between Zambia and Zimbabwe a ‘red-tape free’ exercise.
Please note that the Livingstone Arts Café is open every day of the week, except Mondays. Contact Daisy Nalishuwa at 00263 977 37 1700 to discuss your needs and receive a quote.
Have you been to see ‘Dancing around Zambia’ yet?