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Published on : Saturday, November 9, 2013
This year’s Festival Kreol in the Seychelles was instrumental in rallying political leaders in the region to display the existing political will for the world at large to see. The display of political will by the Creole Community of Nations is essential to unite the creole population and to help build promote the Creole identity through out the world of creoles.
The organisers of the 2013 Festival Kreol have said that they were thankful to Mauritius, La Reunion and Rodrigues for being represented at the 2013 edition of the annual Festival Kreol at the highest political level. The annual event that is held in Victoria, Seychelles also now known as the Creole Capital of the World, said as they closed this year’s event that the island nation was already looking forward to the planning for the 29th edition Festival Kreol in 2014.
It must be noted that high level political dignitaries from Rodrigues, Mauritius, La Reunion and host country Seychelles stood firmly together throughout the festival starting on 24 October and ending on 31 October. “Despite our own political beliefs, and despite of our religion we all continue to speak of uniting Creole speaking people of the world to proudly fly their creole cultural flag” said Alain St.Ange, the Seychelles Minister responsible for Tourism and Culture.
The Vice President of the Republic of Mauritius, Madame Agnes Ohsan Bellepeau, the President of La Reunion Island, Mr Didier Robert, the President of General Council of La Reunion, Madame Nassimah Dindar, and Madame Rose De Lima Edouard, the Commissioner of Culture of Rodrigues Island joined Alain St.Ange, the Seychelles Minister for Tourism and Culture in all creole cultural manifestations at the 2013 Festival Kreol showing their personal support to the Festival and re-enforcing the statement that culture is a powerful tool when used to unite nations.
Mrs Bellepeau, the Vice President of Mauritius, currently following an approach of continuity in the preservation of Creole identity in Rodgriues and Mauritius said she was “honoured to be part and parcel of this year’s Festival Kreol’’.
Mr Robert and Mrs Dindar of La Reunion Island have gone even further in reaffirming their political will to work with Seychelles in conserving the Creole heritage by signing a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) aimed at providing the Creole Institute with an international standing. La Reunion Island also helped Seychelles unveil commemorative plaques at the island’s Bel Air cemetery and at the slave ruins of Venns Town at Mission Lodge. “This is another sign of the existing friendship and deep bonds between the two islands” said President Didier Robert of La Reunion.