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Post  Sirop14 on Sun Feb 10, 2013 11:02 am

Seychelles and friends ready to party in 2013 Carnival! - 09.02.2013

It is carnival time in Seychelles and the party kicked off last night with the opening ceremony held at the International Conference Centre.

Minister St Ange Mrs Grandcourt

Moved from the streets of Victoria to the conference centre at the eleventh hour after threats of bad weather, the ceremony was nonetheless a colourful, vibrant one filled with various displays from a variety of cultures, truly turning the night into a ‘melting pot of cultures’.

Present at the ceremony was President James Michel, former President James Mancham, Vice-President Danny Faure, and many other high-ranking government officials.

Also there were the President of the Regional Council of Reunion Island Didier Robert, and many delegates representing various countries such as Zambia, Zimbabwe, Reunion, Madagascar, Mauritius and many more, as well as the biggest-ever delegation of foreign media teams in Seychelles to cover the event.

Representatives of the countries co-hosting this year’s carnival – Reunion, Seychelles, Madagascar and Zimbabwe

Before the carnival was officially launched, the chief executive of the Seychelles Tourism Board, Elsia Grandcourt, told the audience that the event is a unique chance to showcase to the watching world our respective cultures.

Amid foot-tapping, attention-grabbing song and dance performances from local artists, there were also captivating performances from overseas performers like Goa, Indonesia, Brazil, and Reunion, who kept the crowd on the edge of their seats, if not on their feet during the ceremony. From samba-dancing Brazil, to sega-singing Reunion to acrobatics-performing Seychelles, the kick-off to the carnival was one worth seeing.

When addressing the guests, the Minister for Tourism and Culture Alain St Ange said to get to where we are today the Seychellois people needed to take ownership of the carnival, and year after year, the organisers have appreciated the willingness of the people to take part and the faithful contributions from the business community.
“This event is so needed by the country for our tourism industry to consolidate itself, and because of the visibility that it brings to Seychelles,” he said.

“The carnival is a platform where countries, regardless of their political and religious beliefs and race, can gather together and celebrate together with the most reputed carnival in the world, this being the Carnaval International de Victoria.”

Minister St Ange then announced that the Seychelles tourism industry had come together and collected over R1 million for those affected by the recent spell of bad weather, which caused severe damage to various infrastructure, such as homes, roads and buildings.

Minister St Ange gave the cheque to the chairperson of the National Disaster Relief Fund Lekha Nair, who expressed on behalf of the government, the appreciation for the unity and solidarity of the tourism sector with the people. He then said the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) had also just pledged a donation of building materials to help in the re-construction of infrastructure, and that details would be given in due course.

A partial view of guests at the opening ceremony

A number of local artists who had taken part in a recent song competition for the carnival performed their winning songs, including top-prize winner Ion Kid.

The ceremony ended with all the performers coming on stage to take part in a last song, Joe Samy’s Vini, vini au Carnaval.
The main carnival float parade, which promises to be a colourful and vibrant affair, will take place this afternoon across several streets of Victoria.

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Post  Sirop14 on Sun Feb 10, 2013 11:11 am

Seychelles and Reunion agree to keep on co-hosting carnival - 09.02.2013

Seychelles and Reunion will continue to co-host the Carnaval International de Victoria and an agreement to that effect has been signed to formalise this.

Minister St Ange (right) and Mr Robert signing the agreement

A memorandum of understanding was signed on Thursday evening to make the agreement formal, signed on Seychelles’ behalf by the Minister for Tourism and Culture Alain St Ange and for Reunion by the President of the Regional Council Didier Robert.

This was at the Constance Ephelia Resort, in the presence of both local and foreign ministers, media teams and delegates from many countries such as China, Hawaii, Mauritius, Madagascar, Zambia, Zimbabwe and Reunion.

For three years now, Reunion and Seychelles have been collaborating in organising the carnival and now the MoU formalises the working partnership.

After the signing, Minister St Ange said Reunion island as a co-host gives Seychelles R1.8 million to help make the carnival what it is today and give the island essential visibility on the tourism market.
“We have today made a formal contract with Reunion island, who will remain a partner of Seychelles in organising the carnival,” he said.

“We have a good working partnership with Reunion and it is this great mutual agreement that consolidates the success of our work when we join up.”

Minister St Ange said Reunion will also remain a partner in the hotel industry, where they will continue with exchange programmes. This includes students from Reunion coming to Seychelles as part of their studies, and vice-versa.

The event also served as a press conference, where the various delegates and media teams could seek clarifications about the carnival, which was officially launched yesterday evening.

Some of the countries present also presented promotional materials about their countries, and invited the other guests to come see for themselves the wonders and attractions that they have.

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Post  Sirop14 on Sun Feb 10, 2013 11:20 am

Tourism ambassadors have special float at carnival - 09.02.2013

Our tourism ambassadors will today unveil their special float at the Carnaval Internationale de Victoria which opened yesterday evening.

Minister St Ange addressing the ambassadors at the lunch yesterday

This came out during a special lunch hosted for them by the Ministry of Tourism and Culture and Le Relax resort whose chairman Kalyan Kurji Patel is also this country’s tourism ambassador in Mauritius.

Present at the event were Tourism and Culture Minister Alain St Ange, tourism principal secretary Sherin Renaud, principal secretary for culture Benjamine Rose and the chief executive of the Seychelles Tourism Board Elsia Grandcourt.

Mr St Ange thanked the ambassadors for the hard work they are doing to promote the country saying:

“It is truly rewarding to see that you have come together to also prepare a float for the event. It is nice to see the Seychellois community overseas who are today recognised for who they are in their new countries of abode.”
He said the ministry and the board are “overwhelmed by the team’s dedication.

Mrs Renaud told Nation that the ambassadors play major roles in bringing in delegations from overseas and in this case they have spread the word about the carnival. She commended them for putting together the float.

She said they are a crucial link between us and the counties they live in and that they have helped promote the event well abroad.

The managing director of the resort Pravin Darad said they are helping the ambassadors design their float and the company is happy to help them do so under the guidance of Mr Patel.

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