The amazing 2014 Zambian Art and Design Show

Zambian Art and Design Show 2014

Two intrepid show goers appear to be heading for the natural skin care stand …

The eighth Zambian Art and Design Show took place on a bright Sunday morning - 7th December 2014. As early as 7:30hrs exhibitors and show goers were lined up at the front gates eager to see what the show had in store for them. This year’s show had exhibitors from all over the country, and others from Zimbabwe and Malawi. Continue reading

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The annual ‘Swim for Nsumbu’ event

2014 Swim for Nsumbu  swimmersSwim for Nsumbu is an open water swimming event on Lake Tanganyika created to bring attention to the challenges facing Lake Tanganyika – challenges caused by overfishing, climate change, poaching and general environmental degradation. The 2014 swim for Nsumbu was a continuation of similar events held in 2012 and 2013. Continue reading

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Lusaka Markets #ZedVideoProject launches

Thanks to Kickstarter, we are thrilled to announce the launch of the Lusaka Markets Video! You can read this #ZedVideoProject fund raising story here and here. We take full responsibility for the delay in the launch and sincerely apologise for the time it has taken. We received the completed video towards the end of September and then had to carry out some edits. You can view the final version by clicking the play button below.

This video was made possible by some very special backers

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Fay Designs showcasing in Paris on Oct 25 2014

Fay DesignsOrganisers of the Africa Fashion Reception have for a second time selected Faith Mulenga Kabende of Fay Designs to showcase her collection at the fashion show in Paris on Saturday Oct 25 2014. (In July, Fay participated in the Abuja Fashion Show courtesy of the same organisers.) Apart from representing Zambia, Fay will be among 30 designers from across Africa. “I am very excited. They (the organisers) said they were very impressed with what I showcased last time. They invited me for the second time and I am ready to showcase haute couture, ready to wear, shoes, bags and jewellery,” Fay said. Together with 29 other African designers, Fay will be showcasing her designs at the Salle Wagram in Paris. Continue reading

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e18hteam and a personal view on Zambian soccer

e18hteam the movieWith the recent release of the brilliant Zambian film “e18hteam”, we thought this was a good time to reflect on Zambian soccer in general and the way forward.

The majority of the Zambian population enjoy soccer either at home or in a sports bar, making it one of the most popular spectator sports in Zambia. The Zambian team is popularly known as Chipololo for the men and She Polopolo for the ladies. e18hteam, produced by Juan Rodriguez-Briso and Ngosa Chungu, is all about “the epic Chipolopolo journey from tragedy to triumph”. It artfully combines retrospective clips of Italian football, Zambian football and the 1992 Gabon tragedy, together with the thrills of the 2012 Afcon victory game (you can watch the trailer here). The film seeks to express what all this means to the Zambian consciousness in terms of national identity and the evolution of a confident and achievement-oriented people. I believe it succeeds in this.

Zambia has had its fair share of wins and losses in the game of football. There were massive celebrations in 2012 when the Chipolopolo boys brought victory to Zambia by winning the Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) with Herve Renard as the head coach. This gave Zambia a continental title, becoming the fourteenth nation to win the title. Dedicated to the Zambian players who died in the 1993 plane crash, this win attracted investment into Zambian football. But there has not been too much to show for it. Continue reading

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