The annual event held in the heart of Victoria, the Creole Capital of the World – will this year have the added benefit of participation of even Creole speaking states from the Caribbean.
Although Martinique has traditionally been an active member in the week-long celebrations held in Seychelles in the past, the country had been decidedly absent recently.
However, all’s well again now that Martinique and Haiti will be sending delegations to represent them in the festivities – well known groups like Kassav and Zouk Machine have in the past graced the Festival Kreol festivities in Seychelles.
This year Dede Saint Prix – an established musician from Martinique will be in Seychelles to bring in another aspect of the Creole culture being celebrated.
Andre Saint Prix – better known as Dede is a celebrated percussionist, composer, singer and multi instrumentalist who has worked with many known artists such as Tanya St Val, Joelle Ursull and Malavoi to name a few.
Closer to home, Reunion Island, Mauritius and Rodrigues will be sending over a delegation comprising of performing artists as well as a painter, among others.
Meanwhile in Seychelles, businesses and numerous other partners who are proud to display their pride of being a creole entity have been coming forward to Minister Alain St.Ange at the Ministry of Tourism and Culture to see how they can help make the Festival Kreol 2013 a roaring success.
This year the Ministry of Tourism and Culture plans to hold the celebrations with mass participation; the Laserenad – which involves many dressed in traditional garbs to the beat of catchy and infectious music parading in town centre – and various musical performances in Victoria are bound to catch locals and visitors attentions.
For those who happen to be in Victoria, the Creole capital of the world, the time to let down your hair and bask in everything Creole has finally come again. Just get your programme to take part in activities the Seychellois joie de vivre and Creole culture.