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Seychelles Minister for Tourism and Culture historical move in meeting artists of visual and of performing arts

Seychelles Minister for Tourism and Culture historical move in meeting artists of visual and of performing arts (Forimmediaterelease.net) Seychelles artists of visual and of performing arts commended Alain St.Ange, the Seychelles Minister for Tourism and Culture, for his historical move in holding a public meeting with them in the first of a series of public meetings. In his introductory remarks, Minister Alain St.Ange explained to artists of visual and of performing arts attending the meetings that they represent a key component of the country’s creative industry. He added that their role as creator of arts is important in the work his Ministry is doing to unlock the potential of artists.

“The role of the National Arts Council is to create opportunities for artists. Artists should become more involved and proactive in the work being implemented by the National Arts Council, and artists should become the vector for change,” said Minister St.Ange.

The Seychelles Minister for Tourism and Culture used that public meeting to also highlight his plans for the artists.

“For 2013, the Ministry of Tourism and Culture will publish its complete calendar of events. This calendar will be disseminated worldwide to press and to all tour operators selling Seychelles. Through the international press, the Ministry will be giving visibility to participating local artists. There are many small events organized in the country, which are not necessarily raising the Seychelles visibility, these are but domestic events. The Ministry of Tourism and Culture is working on a comprehensive calendar of events to showcase the island’s culture through tourism marketing.”

Another element touched upon by Minister St.Ange was the proposed plan to build an Arts Village, a new infrastructure for artists to exhibit their art works and an open space for concerts.

“The government has approved the concept for the building of an Arts Village where artists could have their dedicated place to exhibit their artworks and an open space for public concerts. There is also a plan for the ministry to continue to work to have a history museum. As the mandated Minister for Culture, I believe in the embodiment of artists. I will work with the board representing them and will have an open door policy for their elected Chairman.”

Minister St.Ange also reiterated the working approach of his Ministry to keep an open door for dialogue with artists of visual and of performing arts. During the two back-to-back meetings, artists of visual and of performing arts have voiced out concerns for more visibility on the Seychelles Broadcasting Corporation.

Reacting to the point raised, Minister St.Ange said that there is a proposition with the National Arts Council to work with the aim to bring an Arts Desk at the Seychelles Broadcasting Cooperation to screen the works of artists. Minister St.Ange said that he was hoping to be able to meet with the National Arts Council board members to see how the Ministry can help in the materialization of this project.

There was also a suggestion for the drafting of a plan of action to liven up Victoria, the capital of the Seychelles – a proposal which the Minister said is already featured on his list of priorities to bring artists and musicians together to liven up the town center.

Artists of visual and of performing arts unanimously welcomed the Minister’s proposed plan for a calendar of events, adding that there should be collaborative approach between artists and the association representing them to come out with events to be featured on the calendar. Among many points raised included the support of the Ministry of Tourism and Culture for more exchange programs for students of Seychelles’ School of Visual Arts, reviving Seychelles cinema industry, and keeping artists better informed on the content of Memorandums of Understanding signed between the Ministry of Tourism and Culture and its different partners.

The back-to-back meeting for artists of visual and of performing arts was jointly chaired by Minister St.Ange; the Principal Secretary for Culture, Benjamine Rose; the Chief Executive of the National Arts Council, Jimmy Savy; the Director General for Culture, Marcel Rosalie; and Board Member of the National Arts Council, Peter Pierre-Louis.

The Seychelles Minister for Tourism and Culture and his delegation will next be meeting with artists of visual and of performing arts on the inner islands of Praslin and La Digue.

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