Pamodzi Carnival of Zambia- a festival of dance, food and handicrafts

Pamodzi carnival is one of the major cultural events of Zambia, which showcase traditional dance, food and drink, music and handcrafts. The event is organized by the Department of Arts and Culture, Ministry of Tourism. This year’s carnival is on 18th August 2018 at Lusaka.

The event is expected to have participation from international groups with representation in Zambia. The event will also include a section of the traditional festive foods, where highly nutritious Zambian foods and drinks will be offered to visitors.


A handicraft exhibition will also be arranged at shopping malls around Lusaka and in the show grounds on the actual day. Two pre-marketing processions have been added to the traditional, one from the starting point to the main arena in the show grounds as a way to make the event be owned by the local communities around the Zambian capital city.

The carnival will start from Woodlands B Primary School in Lusaka into Chilimbulu Road through Chilenje, Libala and Kabwata up to Kabwata Cultural Village.

From Kabwata Cultural Village, the floats will move along Burma Road, to join Independence Avenue near the mosque, through Cairo Road up to Kabwe Roundabout before turning into Great East Road.

At Engen Filling Station, the procession will turn left on Makishi Road and proceed to Garden Township into Katima Mulilo Road all the way to the main arena in the Showgrounds as the final destination.

All traditions and performances will be represented in Zambian colours in the cultural diversity reaffirming a unique national identity that presents a rare spectacle to the country which has 73 ethnic tribes, and making it Africa’s fast becoming major cultural tourism destination of choice.