Theatre of Zambia

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Defining and describing the theatre of Zambia presents some challenges. The dramatic arts in Zambia draw from both traditional and Western influences and one is necessarily faced with issues of definition and aesthetic assumptions.

An organized Western-styled theatre movement can be found in Lusaka and other urban settings, but traditional dramatic arts are also part of the fabric of traditional life in many rural communities. In recent years, drama has been an especially important avenue for the fight against HIV/AIDS in Zambia.