Tuesday, 28 April 2015

Seychelles Carnival: a platform to showcase cultures without shame & fear

The Carnaval International de Victoria is a platform for the world to be able to showcase their cultures without shame and fear.

These words were echoed by the Minister for Tourism and Culture Alain St Ange during the carnival’s press conference a day prior to the official launch of the fifth Carnaval International de Victoria.

Savoy Resort and Spa at Beau Vallon hosted the VIPs and international and local media representatives to the event at its Gecko Bar facing the ocean.

With the backdrop of the sunset, the press conference started at 6 o’clock in the evening. Princess Sikhanyiso of the Kingdom of Swaziland graced the event with her presence and was seated at the head table on stage.

Others at the head table were Minister St Ange, Minister for Foreign Affairs and Transport of Seychelles Joel Morgan, Ghanaian Minister for Tourism, Culture and Creative Arts Elizabeth Ofosu-Adjare, Secretary of State and Vice Minister for Tourism in Cambodia So Mara, the Chief Executive of the Seychelles Tourism Board Sherin Naiken, and Reunion Island Tourism (IRT) Board member Dominque Fournel.

Also present at the press conference were high officials from Seychelles and other countries and delegations from around the world coming to take part in the carnival parade and sponsors of the carnival.

Speaking at the event, Minister St.Ange said when we touch culture you are touching people.
He described the carnival as an event that brings people from around the globe together, regardless of their religious denominations or race.

“The Carnaval International de Victoria which is now celebrating its fifth anniversary is a big achievement for Seychelles. It brings the world together as one and promotes peace and harmony among nations,” he said.

“This year we have new partners who have come on board for this carnival and more countries are taking part in our Carnaval International de Victoria.”

Altogether 29 countries have taken the call to bring their cultures to be showcased in Seychelles.

Those present at the press conference were given an avant-goût of what is expected for the carnival parade on Saturday afternoon.

Minister Morgan congratulated his colleague minister for staging an event such as the carnival.

He added that tourism and transport go hand in hand together.

Minister Morgan said the carnival is a plus for Seychelles as it gives our islands great visibility.

Two announcements were made by Minister Morgan at the press conference. Air Seychelles’ direct flight to Paris as from July was the first announcement made. This is being done in collaboration with Air France, as the airline company that will provide Air Seychelles with a wider network throughout Europe. The second was the start of direct flight from two cities in China as from July this year.

After the speeches and official announcements, journalists present had the chance to ask questions.

The mistresses of ceremony for the press conference were three beauty queens – Miss Seychelles…another world 2014 Camila Estico, Miss United States of America Elizabeth Safrit, and Miss Australia Courtney Thorpe.
Source: Eturbo News


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