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Seychelles releases first copies of carnival souvenir book

Seychelles releases first copies of carnival souvenir book ( A new Seychelles carnival souvenir book has now been released in Seychelles, with the first copies presented to the National Library and National Archives yesterday.

The full-color book captures the highlights, vibrancy, and colors of the first “Carnaval International de Victoria" held in March and is entitled “Seychelles, Enters the World of Carnival."

Besides Seychelles President James Michel, who holds the portfolio for tourism, the National Library and National Archives were the first to receive copies of this book, which arrived in the Seychelles on Wednesday from the printers in Dubai.

The 84-page book was designed and put together by a team at the Seychelles Tourism Board and produced by its Chief Executive, Alain St.Ange.

It was during a short ceremony at the tourism board’s offices at Bel Ombre yesterday morning that Mr. St.Ange presented a copy of the carnival book to the director of National Archives, Mr. Alain Lucas, and the head of National Library Services, Mrs. Marylyn Henrie.

Mr. St.Ange said since the carnival was the biggest event hosted by the tourism board to date, it was important to document it so as to appreciate its importance on the country’s calendar of events and the joy it brought to the whole nation.

“The carnival was an exciting time for the whole country, and we are happy that we have been able to produce a book that captures all these moments,” said Mr. St.Ange, adding that book will be an important promotional tool with which to stimulate further interest in the carnival over the coming years.

Mr. St.Ange also noted that since the book was done locally, it brings the feeling of a nation having succeeded together to organize an event that has gone down very well in the world and where the attributes of the country were put forward.

“Now that both the National Archives and National Library have their own copy, more people can have access to the book and appreciate what a great event it was,” he said.

Mr. Lucas on his part thanked the tourism board for taking the initiative to document the event and said the book would be a good source to promote both tourism in Seychelles and the carnival.

Ms. Henrie said the donation of the book to the National Library comes at a good time as they are building the national collection of events and happenings in Seychelles, which will boost up research resources at the library.

Copies of the carnival book were also presented to other people who have played a key role in both the planning of the event or in the realization of the book. Marianna Tirant, who was referred to as the “carnival queen," because she featured a lot in the posters and promotional materials of the event, also received a copy, alongside Marymonde Matatiken who oversees the Events and Convention section in the tourism board.

The other two recipients were Olivia Alvis and Michel Agrippine who designed and put together the book on behalf of the tourism board.

The book has the ISBN number: 9 780987 145802. It is of high quality as a book, it has been printed as a limited edition. Mr. St.Ange revealed only about 400 copies will be made available for sale in Seychelles due to high demand, and the selling price will be announced at a later date.

There will be only one edition of the hard-cover book, as future carnivals will be documented in magazine style from now on, he noted. The carnival book, which covers three main sections - the carnival’s official opening ceremony at the Clock Tower in Victoria on March 4, the carnival procession of March 5, and the family fun day and carnival’s closing ceremony and prize giving ceremony of March 6, also carries two pages of past carnivals in Seychelles, in 1972 and 1976, in a bid to trace the carnival history of the country.

MEDIA CONTACT: Alain St. Ange, CEO, Seychelles Tourism Board, Email:

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