Emirates’ float to be inspired by Seychellois’ artistic flair


25-February-2012

Hilary Denousse’s winning sketch

The winning entry of the young Seychellois, themed ‘Mix of Cultures’, depicts dancers from different parts of the world on the airline’s float.

Hilary has won a computer for her school as well as a gift pack and she will take part in the carnival parade on Emirates’ float, together with some of her school friends, on March 3.

The contribution of yet another Seychellois talent has been sought for the production of the float. Juliette Zelime, an award-winning student of the National College of Arts, has been chosen by the Dubai-based airline to design the float using Hilary’s sketch.

“We wanted our participation in the carnival as official airline to be an interactive one. Hence the idea of having our float imagined and created by young local talents. We wish to congratulate them and thank all those who have taken part in the competition,” said Oomar Ramtoola, Emirates’ manager for the Indian Ocean islands.

“Our participation in the carnival demonstrates our commitment to support the destination and the Seychelles Tourism Board in its marketing efforts,” added Mr Ramtoola.

“The Seychelles Tourism Board is thrilled that Emirates has chosen a theme for their 2012 float in the Carnaval International de Victoria from drawings submitted by a young student from Seychelles, following its nationwide competition. We are equally proud to see that the designing work on the float is also from the Seychelles, by an award-winning student from the National College of Arts. We wanted to see Seychellois, young and old, be involved in our annual carnival and what Emirates is doing is really what we wanted to see,” said Alain St Ange, chief executive of the Seychelles Tourism Board.

“Emirates has seen the merit for a carnival in the southern Africa and Indian Ocean region and they have become a key sponsor of this unique event” added Mr St Ange.

The official launch of the Carnaval International de Victoria is on March 2, with the float parade taking place the following day.

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