As befits Zambia’s largest city and capital, Lusaka is home to almost 2,000,000 people and is one of the fastest growing cities in southern Africa. As you can imagine, there is a lot of commercial activity surrounding the capital as both local and international companies look to benefit from the country’s rise in stature. This has created a rising standard of living, especially for people in and around Lusaka itself. It has also attracted a number of artists, both young and old, who are finding the capital city to be an excellent place to find an appreciative audience for whatever type of items they produce. For the last several years, they have had an excellent venue, which has the perfect timing to display their crafts. Welcome to the Zambian Art and Design Show.
Merry Christmas Everybody
One of the things that makes the Zambian Art and Design Show so successful is the fact that the organisers wisely have been scheduling it for just before the Christmas holiday period. What a great time to find unusual and attractive things such as jewellery on display, which often make them the perfect Christmas present for a loved one. There are always a lot of different types of items to choose from. There are lots of toys to buy for the young ones, which are definitely not going to be the same things that you find at a regular store, but unique and handcrafted, making them very special. Jewellery is another item that many artists produce and they too can be expected to be unique designs, born from the imagination and artistry of the craftsmen themselves.
Something for the Visitor
The Zambian Art and design show will also have many other types of items, many of which may be perfect for tourists to bring back to their home country. Items such as pottery (which will have to be stored securely), and clothing could make perfect presents. Who wouldn’t appreciate a unique and colourful piece of clothing, absolutely original and likely to be produced in bold patterns and colours? If the timing is just right, visitors will have the chance to return home for their holidays, right before Christmas, with a suitcase filled with unique and one-of-a-kind items. Any visitor is going to find the Lusaka hotels to be quite modern and extremely comfortable, with all the amenities and luxuries of any top-notch hotel.
Getting to Know Zambia
Apart from the great arts and crafts that you can find, Zambia also has an ancient culture which is definitely worth exploring. Although it finally gained its independence from Great Britain in 1964, its cultural roots extend back almost 1000 years. As a result, you will find unique aspects to its culture which are definitely worth exploring. If you decide to venture outside of Lusaka, you can encounter many outstanding game reserves, where you will see native species in their natural habitat. The combination of art, culture and wildlife make Zambia a destination that is desired by many.
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