Call for action: We must face reality, says Barry Gendron, right, with Lewis Betsy
14th October 2021
 Paradise may be a pre-conceived idea and a portrayal that all is well in the so-called Garden of Eden. In fact, some say, the garden is in full bloom, roses are in abundance. Others question thi... more...
Ready for the tournament: President Ramkalawan, and British High Commissioner Patrick Lynch, centre,  with players in the Premier League team strips
14th October 2021
An inspirational new sporting initiative has been launched to encourage youngsters to play football in Seychelles.The Seychelles Schools Premier League is a collaboration with the British Government i... more...
I mourn the loss of a great Seychellois George Uzice
14th October 2021
By Lewis Betsy It is with great sadness that I learned of the death of my friend George Uzice who I regard as a great Seychellois.George died in in Miama, Florida, USA, where he was living.The ne... more...
Recalling the past: Gilbert Eliza at the Espace Building
14th October 2021
By Lewis Betsy I met up with an old friend recently and was reminded of his remarkable history. His name is Gilbert Eliza and he told me about how he joined the British Army 60 years ago… ... more...
Quizzed: Ian Withers tells the TRNUC about his work for Rene by video link
14th October 2021
By Lewis Betsy IAN Withers, who spied on our freedom fighters for the murderous Rene regime, gave a telling account of his activities to a TRNUC hearing live by Skype. The ex-private detecti... more...
Concerned: Lewis Betsy is still waiting for answers about his TRNUC case
14th October 2021
By Lewis Betsy As a complainant in the Truth, Reconciliation and National Unity Commission hearings (my case is number two) I have to express the concern and disappointment I have with the Attorn... more...
Top job: Kevin Betsy is the new Under 23-team coach at Arsenal
12th August 2021
Congratulations have been pouring in from all over the world after Kevin Betsy took up a new job managing the Under 23-team at top London football club, Arsenal.Seychellois-born Kevin, 43, had previou... more...
Campaigners for Press freedom: Lewis Betsy, left, and Bernard Verlaque
29th June 2021
By Lewis Betsy From the moment I left Seychelles on 1st April, 1980, and then settled in the UK, my thoughts have always turned to the same thing: the vital need for Seychelles to have a free Pre... more...

Seychelles' greatest carnival is a beacon to the world for unity, peace and harmony

3rd May 2016

The organisers of Seychelles' biggest carnival chose a poignant theme for this year's event.

With countries across the globe suffering the effects of extremism, terror attacks and mass migration, Carnaval International de Victoria concentrated on the values of national unity and harmony.

The carnival has now become the most important event in the Seychelles’ cultural calendar and Seychelles Tourism Minister Alain St Ange said that with the sixth edition “the dream of uniting people through culture is becoming a reality”.

President Michel, Founding President James Mancham and Vice-President Danny Faure and other prominent people were among the enthusiastic crowd at the opening ceremony in Stad Popiler.

Mr St Ange told them: “We have but one Seychelles and we are but one people and at this cultural event we are all standing together, and will stand together tomorrow and throughout the day crammed along the streets of Victoria, and we shall all realise that political affiliation is not a ticket to divide us as a people.” 

He went on: “We are and we remain one people in our Seychelles as we enjoy this carnival, spreading the theme of unity here in Seychelles and in the world at large.”

To the many international representatives he said: “You are once again proudly flying your flag, at an event now referred to as the United Nations gathering of culture.”

Sherin Naiken, chief executive of Seychelles Tourism Board, said that the Seychelles carnival made a strong statement at a time of international turmoil and pointed the way to a better world. 

She said: “We want the Seychelles carnival to be seen as a symbol of the coming together of peoples of different colours, faith and political ideals. Rallying under one banner – that of harmony, understanding, and faith in a common future.” 

A total of 23 international delegations, including singer and artist Sofia Jannok who represented an indigenous community in Sweden, took part in the carnival and emphasising its global appeal Sherin Naiken said more than 100 journalists from across the world covered the event.

She told them: “It’s through your work that we are able to spread the message of the carnival across the world. Every year if there’s one message we try to pass on it is the message of unity and the message of peace because it is through this carnival you see countries parading side by side.”

The three days of celebrations included displays from the UK's Notting Hill Carnival, the Brazil Carnival, the Carnival from Indonesia, the Dusseldorf and Cologne Carnivals from Germany and troupes from Cuba, China, Vietnam, South Africa, Madagascar, Ethiopia, Mauritius, Kenya, Lebanon, Italy, Zambia, and Zimbabwe. 

At the begininng of the celebrations, the atmosphere was set when a Brazilian samba group joined with Indian dancers and drummers from Réunion and Seychelles' own Patrick Victor, Joe Samy and the Mardilo dancers from La Digue.

Praslinois also got a taste of the carnival as top entertainers from Brazil, Notting Hill, China, Germany and Italy crossed to the island.

It was the first time that carnival delegations travelled to another part of the archipelago.

At the end, judges decided on the contest winners. The Notting Hill Carnival Roadshow Company from the UK took the best international float title for the fifth time. Reunion island and Indonesia were second and third.

The reclaimed island of Perseverance, which has the largest ongoing social housing project, won best local float.

La Digue, Seychelles' third largest island, retained the title it won in 2015 for best cultural float, depicting the economic activities that take place at L’Union Estate.

The Seychelles Tourism Academy won best school float, while China and India were rewarded for having put up an exceptional show during the carnival parade. 

With a display of traditional pirates, La Retraite primary school was the grand winner of the Kiddies Carnival in the Paradis des Enfants in Victoria and won R7,500 from the Seychelles Tourism Board.

Today, the organisers of the carnival can perhaps best judge how successful it was from the comments of Phillipe Mroimana of Reunion. 

He said: “Participating in the Seychelles carnival is a time of fraternity, unity and Indian Ocean cooperation.”

Latest News

We are in a trance. Now we must become more pro-active to achieve real change in Seychelles at this confusing time
14th October 2021
Call for action: We must face reality, says Barry Gendron, right, with Lewis Betsy
 Paradise may be a pre-conceived idea and a portrayal that all is well in the so-called Garden… more...
Young footballers ready to kick off like stars from the Premier League
14th October 2021
Ready for the tournament: President Ramkalawan, and British High Commissioner Patrick Lynch, centre,  with players in the Premier League team strips
An inspirational new sporting initiative has been launched to encourage youngsters to play football… more...
I mourn the loss of a great Seychellois George Uzice
14th October 2021
I mourn the loss of a great Seychellois George Uzice
By Lewis Betsy It is with great sadness that I learned of the death of my friend George Uzice… more...
Veteran Gilbert recalls the day young men scrambled to join the British Army
14th October 2021
Recalling the past: Gilbert Eliza at the Espace Building
By Lewis Betsy I met up with an old friend recently and was reminded of his remarkable history.… more...
The man with no remorse is exposed by Skype
14th October 2021
Quizzed: Ian Withers tells the TRNUC about his work for Rene by video link
By Lewis Betsy IAN Withers, who spied on our freedom fighters for the murderous Rene regime,… more...
What is going on with the Truth Commission? People are in despair and fear their complaints will be ignored
14th October 2021
Concerned: Lewis Betsy is still waiting for answers about his TRNUC case
By Lewis Betsy As a complainant in the Truth, Reconciliation and National Unity Commission… more...
Praise from across the globe as Seychellois-born football star Kevin Betsy takes key job at Arsenal
12th August 2021
Top job: Kevin Betsy is the new Under 23-team coach at Arsenal
Congratulations have been pouring in from all over the world after Kevin Betsy took up a new job… more...
Seychelles Life will offer a new voice for the people of our islands… one that will promote unity and compassion
29th June 2021
Campaigners for Press freedom: Lewis Betsy, left, and Bernard Verlaque
By Lewis Betsy From the moment I left Seychelles on 1st April, 1980, and then settled in the… more...
October's News
News Archive