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Seychelles Minister for Tourism and Culture to meet with artists of visual and performing arts in a series of public meetings

Seychelles Minister for Tourism and Culture to meet with artists of visual and performing arts in a series of public meetings (Forimmediaterelease.net) Alain St.Ange, the Seychelles Minister for Tourism and Culture, is launching for a series of public meetings with artists of visual and performing arts.

Following his series of successful meetings with tourism trade partners on Mahe, Praslin, and La Digue, and the fact that Minister St.Ange holds two portfolios - tourism and culture - it was seen as perfectly fitting for him to remain connected with not only the needs and visions of people involved in the tourism sector but also that of the arts and culture sectors.

The first in a series of public meetings for performing and visual artists, as well as with anyone with interest in the works of the Cultural Department, museums, archives, libraries, the National Arts Council, and the National Heritage Foundation, will kick start on Mahe on Friday, September 28, at the Ex Assembly Hall at the Natural Culture Centre in Victoria.

Minister St.Ange, accompanied by PS Benjamine Rose; Special Advisor Onezime and the senior management team at the Department of Culture; together Mrs. Noelie Alexander, the Chairperson, and Mr. Jimmy Savy, the Chief Executive of the National Arts Council; and Mr. Marcel Rosalie, the Chairperson, and Mr. Patrick Nanty, the CEO of the National Heritage Foundation will meet the artists in two separate back-to-back meetings. The one-and-a-half-hour meeting with artists of performing arts is scheduled at 1300-1430 hours, which will be followed by the meeting of artists of visual arts at 1500 to 1630 hours.

These meetings are geared towards creating an open dialogue with the pool of artists of performing and of visual arts. The Ministry of Tourism and Culture also hopes to use the meetings to discuss issues of concern affecting the way forward of the creative industry.

Minister St.Ange said that as the mandated Minister for the culture portfolio it is vital for his ministry and on the one side, the National Arts Council, to disseminate the right information with artists of performing and visual arts, listen to their concerns, and establish a framework which will guide the National Arts Council (NAC) to formulate the right policies for artists of visual and performing arts and on the other side for the National Heritage Foundation to explain to those concerned the works and plans of the Foundation.

Minister St.Ange also stressed the need for artists of visual and performing arts to galvanize their efforts to work together as a team with the Ministry of Tourism and Culture and the National Arts Council. “The Department of Culture will work with willing artists to unlock all their potential in the world of arts and culture. It is willing artists who are out to help themselves who will see many new doors opening for them,” the Minister said.

Prior to hosting the series of public meetings, the Minister met with the chairpersons of arts association groupings, such as the musicians’ association (SEMAS), Pro Arts, Mizo Pwen, and the theatre, as well as board members of the National Arts Council.

Minister St.Ange has given his word that he will meet with the members and chairpersons of the associations on an individual basis after the series of public meetings with artists of visual and performing arts.

Public meetings for artists of visual and performing arts on Praslin and La Digue will be scheduled for a later date.

PHOTO: Minister Alain St.Ange at the meeting with the chairpersons of the different associations at the National Arts Council / Photo from Seychelles Ministry of Tourism&Culture

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