Carnival Time in Seychelles
29 April 2016
People from all over the world converge on the Seychelles every year for the cultural event they have themselves named as the United Nations Gathering of Culture. The latest edition of this carnival in the tropics took place from the 22nd to the 24th of April 2016 and 23 International Delegations joined the proud Seychellois people to walk alongside delegations from seven of the top and most popular carnivals of the world.
It was a colourful celebration from the community of nations. The theme for this year’s carnival was unity and peace and this message was echoed by the island’s Minister Alain St.Ange in his opening remarks. The Minister emphasised that the Community of Nations should not only work together, but to get to know each other in cultural events such as the Carnaval in Seychelles where everyone is treated as children of the world immaterial of the colour of their skin, immaterial of their religious beliefs and immaterial of political affiliation.
This year Notting Hill Carnival of the UK, the Brazil Carnival, the Carnival from Indonesia, the Dusseldorf Carnival from Germany, the Italy Carnival, the Cologne Carnival from Germany and the Carnival from France were all in Seychelles and paraded side by side in the parade in Victoria.
The Carnival presented South Africa an opportunity to showcase its rich heritage and cultural assets and saw the participation of a diverse group including Basotho; Bapedi; Batsonga; Pantsula; Indians; and Folkspele. The delegation comprised a 30 member troupe from five regions of Gauteng, 10 Minstrels from Cape Town amongst other participants. Jeena Dance Productions from Pretoria were excited to be part of the delegation. South African Minister of Tourism Mr Derek Hanekom also attended the event. South Africa and Seychelles signed a tourism cooperation agreement in August 2013. The relationship between the two countries has been progressive with the display of support for strategic tourism events, hosted in each country, and a shared vision for regional tourism development and integration.
"The Carnaval International de Victoria is a good event for Seychelles. It brings press in large numbers to our shores which is good for the visibility of our islands, and it provides a plus for us the people of Seychelles and also for our visitors,” said Seychelles Minister of Tourism and Culture Alain St.Ange on the conclusion of the country’s annual Carnaval International de Victoria.
Photos: Seychelles Tourist Office