Seychelles gears up for 27th Festival Kreol


During six days Seychelles will proudly celebrate its Creole identity with friends of Creole speaking countries in a wide range of public and paid events geared for all segments of the population.

Meanwhile the event’s tailor-made programme encompassing cultural performances, gastronomy, painting and  poetry has been unveiled.

A spectacular official opening paying tribute to Seychelles’ personalities who have left their prints in our culture will kick start the festival on October 26, 2012 at the International Conference Centre. The one- hour official opening ceremony will be staged under the theme ‘Creole myth and mystical characters’.

The show will also be broadcast live at 18h00 on big screens to be erected at the National Cultural Centre and in the Children’s Playground in Victoria.

For this year’s Festival Kreol, Seychelles is bringing a new element to the event. The garden of the National Cultural Centre will house for three consecutive days – October 26 to 29 -- a village of Creole speaking countries showcasing their cuisine, music, painting and different facets of their Creole identity.

On a more serious note the teams from secondary schools who have secured a place in the final of the quiz competition will be battling for a first, second and third places at 10am on October 26 at the National Theatre.

The final of the quiz competition will be followed at 11am by the public speaking finals for adults.

At Kenwyn House, one of the oldest and most notable examples of French colonial architecture on the Mahe, art lovers will be able to discover Camille Mondon’s water collection of paintings. The solo exhibition will officially open at 5.30pm.

At 8pm, after the official opening of Festival Kreol, the stage will be decorated for the children’s variety show.

On Saturday October 27, the village of Creole speaking countries will welcome its visitors at 10am and will remain open until 6pm.

A first for Seychelles, Alliance Francaise will present at 10am a puppet show entitled ‘Tigouya Lo margouya te i  ve ale voir la mer’. The show, rich in colour and staged by theatre group Theatre des Alberts from Reunion, tells the story of a fascinating creature, a gecko symbol of Reunion Island  ‘Le Margouillat’, which takes the street for a journey to discover the richness of Reunion Island.

‘Tigouya’, the name given to the gecko in the puppet show, is staged by Eric Domenicone and played by Sylvie Esperance and Stéphane Deslande. The theatre group from Reunion will present two shows for the public and school children. The first will be at 10am on October 27 at the National Theatre.

The agriculture and horticulture show will open at 10am at Grand Anse Mahe and at 11.45am St. Anne Resort will feature an exhibition entitled ‘Coco de Mer’, a unique artwork by Marie-Laure Viebel de Villepin inspired by Seychelles coco de mer nut.

At 2.45pm the town of Victoria will glow with a stream of children parading in a serenade.

Dressed up in colourful flamboyant traditional clothes swinging to the beat of music, the school children will start their serenade at Huteau Lane, down to Albert Street converging in a flow of noises called “Pipili Kreol” at the Clock Tower. The children will then perform a variety of traditional dances with the backdrop of the Clock Tower. The night will end with a concert by Patrick Victor and a fashion show “Rhythm and Spice” at the Berjaya Beau Vallon Bay Resort & Casino.

The highlight of Sunday October 28 will be the popular Creole beach fair or ‘Dimans Kreol Borlanmer’ starting at 10am at Au Cap in the vicinity of the Creole Institute and La Plaine St. Andre.

A job fair will also be open from 10am until 4pm at the Creole Institute.
‘Tifin’, a degustation of Creole homemade cakes and a variety of pastries traditionally served at weddings and special gatherings, features once again on this year’s programme. The event will be hosted by the Beau Vallon district administration starting at 1pm. 

The discovery of Seychelles Heritage Routes and the district of Cascade is programmed for 8am. Hikers will be able to enjoy breathtaking views from atop Mont Sebert in the Cascade district. 

The Vye Marmit restaurant will open its doors to the public at 2pm for a traditional dance of “Tinge & Moureng” and at the Riverside Pentecostal Church a Creole Gospel concert will start at 2pm.

On the fourth day of the festival, Monday October 29, academics converging to Seychelles will join with their Seychellois counterparts in the international colloquium at the Creole Institute.

The official opening is set for 9.30am. Animation at the Village of Creole speaking countries continues for a third and last consecutive day from 10am until 6pm in the garden of the National Cultural Centre.

The hall of the National Cultural Centre will play host to the official opening of a collection of art works by young talented artists from the Creole speaking world. The exhibition under the theme “biodiversity’’ will open at 11am.

Another collection of paintings will be on display at the Carrefour des Arts exhibition hall. The exhibition will showcase artworks of professional artists from Praslin and La Digue. The official opening of the exhibition is set for 5pm. 

For a second consecutive year the Creole Institute will launch a collection of Creole books by Seychellois authors. Five Seychellois authors -- Bernard Valentin, Arzette Radegonde, Lise Morel, Colette Gillieaux and Penda Choppy will launch their books in the Literary evening called “Anba Moulapa”. Bernard Valentin’s  short story is titled “Lema Paviyon”, Arzette Radegonde’s romance “Dezyenm sans”, Lise Morel children’s collection “Mon ti a kontan vwar”, Colette Gillieaux children’s collection “Larantre” and Penda Choppy’s book for adolescent “Bingo” will be launched at 6.30pm.

On Tuesday October 30 the exhibition of young artists will be opened for public viewing at the National Cultural Centre at 9am. At the Carrefour des Arts the exhibition for professional artists on La Digue and Praslin will also be open for public viewing at 10am.

A second puppet show “Tigouya’’ will be staged for the public at 10am at the National Theatre and a food fair will open in the garden of the National Cultural Centre.

“Cine Sesel” presents at 7pm a film projection at the National Cultural Centre . Future Seychelles producers and actors will be given a 72-hour chrono to brainstorm on a given theme by “Cine Sesel” committee and produce a small Creole film. All films will be projected at 7pm.

At 8pm Seychelles’ talented singer Sandra will be live in concert at the International Conference Centre.

Wednesday October 31 the curtain will fall on Festival Kreol 2012 with a traditional Creole ball. The Leve Tradisyon band will throughout the night until six in the morning entertain the dancers.
This year’s “Voyaz” will pay tribute to Collette Gillieaux. This event will be held at l’Alliance Francaise at 10am. A special guest from La Reunion, Genevieve Ceccaldi, will be present at l’Alliance Francaise to present an animation show for school children.

The Garden of the National Cultural Centre will host a variety of events:  11am a food fair will be opened for the public and 4.30pm the public will be able to listen to poem and stories and watch a performance of the traditional troupe.

Jean Marc Volcy will be live in concert at 7pm at the International Conference Centre, a music performance of Seychellois and regional artists “Lakadans” is scheduled at 8pm at the ex-SMB Hall and a traditional ball “Bal Kreol” is programmed at 8pm at the International Conference Centre.

La Bastille will be open for the public at 9am for a Drumstick Leaves day and at 10am hikers will discover a second heritage routes on Mahe in the Port Glaud district.