The SAMI PEOPLE will be Sweden’s representative at the 2014 edition of the carnival in Seychelles this 25th April
The 2014 edition of the Carnaval International de Victoria which is being jointly co-hosted by Seychelles, La Reunion, Madagascar, Mayotte and South Africa KwaZulu Natal will see the participation of Sweden for the first time.
The request for the SAMI People to be present in Seychelles for the carnival was made by Alain St.Ange, the Seychelles Minister responsible for Tourism and Culture when he was in Umea on the occasion of that Swedish City being awarded the title of the Cultural Capital of Europe. Minister St.Ange said that he was impressed by the singing of the SAMI People as they entertained the invited delegates at the Governor’s Residence in Umea in the presence of Sweden’s Princess Royal on the occasion of the Official Ceremonies in Umea.
Lennart Swenson, the Seychelles Honorary Consul in Sweden accompanied Minister Alain St.Ange at the different bilateral meetings he held in Sweden including when he lodged his request for a representation of the SAMI PEOPLE to be in Seychelles for the 2014 edition of the Carnaval International de Victoria. The SAMI PEOPLE primarily rear and hunt Rain Deers in the mountains of Sweden and neighbouring Countries. They have a very distinct culture which was until recently not recognised by Sweden.
Confirmation has now been received that two people from the SAMI PEOPLE will be in Seychelles for the 2014 edition of the carnival. Mr Jörgen Stenberg is a musician from the mountain ‘tribe’. He will be accompanied by Ms Lii Andersson in their traditional clothes and they will be performing at the opening ceremony of the carnival as well as parade in the carnival parade on the Saturday.
The Swedish delegation will be headed by Mrs Alenskär who will be representing the Government of Sweden. An "official program" for Mrs Alenskär is being prepared to enable her to follow-up on the different cooperation programs existing between Sweden and Seychelles.
Photo Caption: Joergen Stenberg in his traditional costume and his heard of Rain Deer.
Ministry of Tourism and Culture