Reunion’s Regional President Didier Robert in the Seychelles for the Festival Kreol


(Posted 27th October 2016)

Victoria, Capital of the Creole World


(Seychelles’ Tourism Minister Alain St. Ange and on the right Reunion Regional President and French Senator Mr. Didier Robert)

Didier Robert, the Regional President of Reunion Island and also Senator for this French Indian Ocean island has arrived in Seychelles and was greeted at the island’s International Airport by Alain St.Ange, the Minister responsible for Tourism and Culture . Also present at the airport were Anne Lafortune, the PS for Tourism, Benjamine Rose, the PS for Culture and Sherin Francis, the CEO of the Seychelles Tourism Board.

Reunion Island like the Seychelles are defenders of the Creole Culture and Language and work closely alongside Mauritius and Rodrigues and the Creole Islands of the Caribbean inclusive of Haiti. Didier Robert will tomorrow co-chair a press conference with the Seychelles Minister St.Ange after a bilateral meeting between representatives of two islands. ‘This will be an opportunity to review the areas of co-operation between Seychelles and Reunion and analyze our successes‘ said Minister Alain St.Ange

Seychelles’ capital Victoria has been dubbed the Capital of the Creole World and the renaming of the Kreol Institute to International Kreol Institute is evidence how the paradise islands take their heritage seriously and encourage global cooperation among the Creole nation to preserve, protect and advance Creole culture, language, poetry, songs, fashion, art and of course cuisine.

This correspondent is on the main island of Mahe, reporting live from various events taking place to celebrate ‘Creolism‘ from around the world and showcase the archipelago’s most important cultural festival of the year.

In a related development was it learned that last Saturday morning Market Street, in the centre of Victoria of the Seychelles, saw local music by popular ‘moutya’ groups  being performed and appreciated by shoppers and visitors to Seychelles. This event was part of the 2016 Festival Kreol and was attended by Alain St.Ange, the island’s Minister responsible for Tourism and Culture and Benjamine Rose, the PS for Culture. The popular ‘moutya’ performer Norlice Rose of Fec Arive was himself present to pull the crowd of shoppers to the pedestrian part of Market Street as the newly crowned Miss Kreol International Omegan Jean-Marie Ciseau danced and entertained shoppers.

The Festival Organisers have this year increased the number of events where local artists have been invited to showcase their talent and increase awareness of the island’s annual Festival Kreol