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Cultural tourism cooperation brings Chinese lion dance to Seychelles

Cultural tourism cooperation brings Chinese lion dance to Seychelles ( Seychelles welcomed to its shores, the claws of the lion dance cultural show. This high-level delegation from Chinese Quangdong province, arrived in the country on Thursday for a glittering folkloric Chinese lion dance. The group is comprised of acrobats and martial arts dancers who have, over the years, cultivated a reputation among the troops of the Chinese lion dance. Their performances have been solicited within boundaries as their dance is to the Chinese nation one of the symbols of the land of the dragon’s civilization.

The cultural tourism approach is a driving force behind the works of the new Seychelles Minister responsible for Tourism and Culture. “Tourism needs culture to be really consolidated, and to have culture, we need to work with, and to recognize, our unique asset - our people,” Minister Alain St.Ange said. This latest cultural exchange program is in place because of the support of the Chinese Embassy in Seychelles.

The lion is a figurative of the king of the beasts, considered by the Chinese as a lucky charm, chasing away evil deeds and introduced in China more than two thousand years ago. The Chinese have venerated this animal. Inspired by the technique of lion taming, they have transformed it into a folkloric art of acrobatics and martial arts. Over the years, the lion dance has become more than just a ritual, but some sort of spiritual devotion showcasing the “undaunted perseverance of the Chinese people.”

In more than a two-hour show, the Seychellois public will be transformed by the charm of the lion dancers in a colorful cultural exchange at the Palais de Sport Complex. The Chinese lion dancers are in Seychelles on the invitation of the government, following their visit in the Quangdong province in 2011.

The Chinese delegation will be headed by the Deputy Secretary General of Quangdong province, Mr. Liu Xiaojie. The delegation has promised two vibrant shows on August 31 at 1830 hours and on September 1 at 1700 hours. The shows, the first of its kind to be performed in Seychelles, will be free of charge with a specter of the lion flares.


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