Published on : Saturday, April 23, 2016
South Africa’s rich heritage and cultural assets are on display at the 6th Seychelles Carnival. The Tourism Department, led by Tourism Minister Derek Hanekom, on Friday said the event is an opportunity for South Africa to attract more tourists to the country.
The carnival started today (April 23) and ends on Sunday.
The following cultural groups will be performing at this year’s carnival: Basotho, Bapedi, Batsonga, Pantsula, Indians and Folkspele (Afrikaaners).
The Department of Tourism liaised with the Department of Arts and Culture (DAC), the Gauteng Provincial Department of Sports, Arts and Culture as well as the KwaZulu-Natal Provincial Department of Economic Development, Tourism and Environmental Affairs to coordinate South Africa’s participation at the carnival.
Following the Minister’s attendance at the 5th Seychelles Carnival in Victoria in 2015, it was decided that a comprehensive South African delegation should be organised for the 2016 carnival.
The Minister’s delegation comprises a 30-member troupe from five regions of Gauteng and 10 Minstrels from Cape Town, among other participants.
The carnival troupe is called Afrogination Carnival Troupe, which denotes a fusion of South African cultures within the context of Africa.
South Africa and Seychelles signed a tourism cooperation agreement in August 2013.