TOURISM and Arts minister Ronald Chitotela has promised to meet the ‘Art family’ saying government is keen to revamp culture and the arts industry.
Speaking in Mwansabombwe where he graced this year’s Umutomboko Ceremony of the Lunda People of Senior Chief Mwata Kazembe in Luapula Province on Sunday, Chitotela said the government was keen on elevation of culture and arts to international stage.
He said culture and arts were not only tourist attractions but also a spice to the everyday living in the community.
He indicated that culture had always played a pivotal role in people’s daily lives as it reminded humanity of their origin and set-up.
Chitotela emphasised that culture and art were actually an important part of tourism as many international visitors and/or tourists were desirous to learn the origin and beliefs of the Zambians.
“Art has been one of the best ways of communicating about various issues surrounding our communities hence the need to solidify and revamp the industry as a matter of urgency. I promise to engage the National Arts Council (NAC), NAMA and many other arts associations to find an amicable way forward of reviving the art industry, which has seen setbacks in the recent past,” said Chitotela.