Counting the days to the Carnaval of Carnivals by STB
It was with the back drop of the extravagantly decorated colonial house at La Plaine St Andre, that the Minister for Tourism and Culture officially began the Carnival 2014 Countdown.
“Seychelles ‘Carnaval International de Victoria’ is arriving again. It is moving as a fast train. Seychelles and the world is in for a good surprise,’’ said the Minister for Tourism and Culture, Alain St Ange.
In his address to the friends of the carnival, sponsors, artists and performers Minister St.Ange said that if Seychelles wanted an event like the carnival it needed committed partners working with Seychelles Tourism Board and Ministry of Tourism and Culture.
Incidentally, Air Seychelles/Etihad has decided to be this year’s Carnival’s partner airline – a commitment Mr St. Ange thanked the airline, and all sponsors for making. To note other partners in the Carnival are Airtel Telecommunication, Seychelles Civil Aviation Authority (SCAA), Seychelles Petroleum Company (Seypec) and Hunt Deltel.
“Without your support the Ministry of Tourism and Culture and Seychelles Tourism Board will not be able to stage this important event. If we are here, it’s because we have companies like you who believed in what we are doing,’’ he said.
Meanwhile, Mr St. Ange has also confirmed that a long list of countries will be taking part in this year’s celebrations – which aim to be bigger and better than the previous editions.
"The list of confirmed delegations coming to the carnival is long. All the best and most known carnivals will be parading together aging this year and cultural troupes from countries wanting to promote their countries using their culture and in so doing their people are confirming their presence as well. Minister St.Ange said more countries from the Community of Nations are set to confirm in the coming days that they are also sending their cultural troupe to the carnival in Seychelles to increase their visibility as a tourism destination" Minister St.Ange said.
Mr St. Ange also urged the local business community to prepare their own carnival floats that would showcase their businesses to Seychelles and the world.
“My appeal to local trade is to use the carnival as a platform to showcase yourself. The carnival will again this year bring the biggest media bank ever on to the shores of the Seychelles, use their presence here to showcase your businesses to the world,” he said.
The festive launching of the Carnaval International de Victoria ended with a short prize giving ceremony to the winners of the song competition held earlier. The best song in the numerous entries STB had received for the contest was Travis Julienne with ‘Ole Ola, en sel lavwa’ – whose efforst have also won him R30,000.
George Payet came in second with his song ‘Carnaval Ile Vanille’ and Regi, KJ and Xtra Big came in third with ‘Carnaval n’arive’.