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14 - 09 - 2009    15:42

 

"VILIKA VYA MBUNDA" CULTURAL EXTRAVAGANZA IN LUSAKA

 

Cheke Cha Mbunda Cultural and Writers Association will be holding a double event “Vilika Vya Mbunda” (Mbunda Activities) Cultural Extravaganza, a practical fundraising cultural bonanza, by using the Mbunda Cultural Heritage and showcasing the art, culture and life of the Mbunda Speaking People in Angola, Namibia and Zambia..  This will benefit a cross section of all Mbunda Speaking People Group who still have the skills to revive these cultural emblems.

 

It will be in line with the Government of Zambia (Ministry of Community Development) policy on culture in the country. In the 5th National Development Plan the Government of the Republic of Zambia seeks to provide work plans and resources to support the safeguarding of the intangible cultural heritage of its 73 ethnic groups, each with its own set of traditions and forms of expressions, demonstrating their cultural identity. 

 

This event will be an annual event.  The inauguration will be September this year, but subsequently every third and fourth Saturdays of April annually in Lusaka, before the start of the Mbunda Chiefs’ Ceremonies calendar.

 

This will be a first of its kind in an urban setting.  It will accord a tourist and locals who who have not visited their rural origins for a long time or never.

 

On Saturday the 19th of September 2009, thirty (30) or more Mbunda Makithi artifacts will perform a masquerade match from Kabwe roundabout along the Great East Road to Mulungushi International Conference Centre.

 

On Saturday the 26th of September 2009 , the Mbunda art, handcrafts and life style will be exhibited in the International School hall of Lusaka. This is meant not only to fundraise but also raise awareness in our people that the Mbunda Art and Culture can be a source of livelihood.  Thereby, serious engagement in production of these artworks can empower them to self employment and more money in their pockets, reducing poverty and illiteracy in their midst by taking their children to school.

 

It is expected to be attended by people from all works of life and Tourists. This event is hoped to raise funds to meet some of the costs at The Lukwakwa Ceremony of Senior Chief Sikufele of the Mbunda People at his Manyinga Palace on 1st - 3rd October 2009.

 

 

 

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