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Published on : Monday, November 25, 2013
International Press from La Reunion, Mauritius and the United Kingdom in Seychelles to cover 28th Editions of festival Kreol held from 25th – 31st October, have already published articles on the successful Festival Kreol held last October in the Seychelles. This will further contribute in the creation of a buzz around the event and keep Seychelles visible as a tourism destination.
British Freelance journalist, Stephen Spark’s article “Victoria shakes a leg’’ tells of a riot of colours of Seychelles most loved Festival. Once Mr Spark got down to writing about the official opening of Festival Kreol – and the ensuing wild 7 day party that followed – it was only natural that his debonair take on life spilled into his fascinating write-up.
“It begun in a traditional style with lively jigs and reels from la Troup Nasyonal Sesel and a celebration of creolite from poet Raspyek before Sandra ( Sandra Esparon) performed this year’s festival Kreol winning song’’
Mr Spark then claimed it was the “Best official opening ever! No argument there.”
“Sandra is one of Seychelles’ ‘Big 5’ music stars, and she was soon back on stage again with Patrick Victor, Jean-Marc Volcy, Elijah and Joseph Sinon, who followed in quick succession thanks to some of the quickest and slickest changeovers this reviewer has ever seen” said Mr Spark.
The official opening ceremony reached its peak when Emeline Michel, the Haitian singer and Dede Saint Prix from the Carribbean came on stage. He observed that Michel “definitely has the wow factor stealing the heart of every red- blooded male in the audience”.
However, Mr Spark explains that the opening ceremony was more than just a party; It was about fusing the ties with other Creole speaking nations. Although the official opening ceremony drew hundreds of spectators, the presence of VIP delegations from La Reunion, Mauritius and Rodrigues Island added special flavour to the Festival.
Stephen spark said “Seychelles and the French island of La Réunion have a close relationship these days, and with Didier Robert, president of Réunion’s Regional Council, sitting in the front row naturally there was going to be music from the island.”
Mr Spark concluded his article by boldly recognising that Creole is rooted in Seychelles as a language and a culture of the nation. President Michel noted in his festival-opening speech: “A people without culture are a people without a future”. There’s no danger of that in Seychelles.
Source:- Seychelles Tourism Board