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Seychelles Minister thanks the islands’ youth for showcasing their support for tradition in Pipili Kreol in Victoria

Seychelles Minister thanks the islands’ youth for showcasing their support for tradition in Pipili Kreol in Victoria ( Victoria, the capital of the Seychelles, has for many years boasted that it is the capital of the world of Creoles. This last week, Victoria again saw a stream of some 400 young Seychellois parading in a serenade before stopping at the City Center to showcase a display of Creole traditional dances.

All were members of the island’s National Youth Organization and these 400+ young Seychellois were dressed in colorful and flamboyant traditional clothes. Their serenade took them from Huteau Lane before converging at the Clock Tower for their traditional Creole dancing display.

The Clock Tower is strategically positioned in the center of Victoria when the 4 main streets - the Independence Avenue, State House Avenue, Francis Rachel Street, and Albert Street - merge. The young Seychellois were delighted to be working with the Ministry of Tourism and Culture to keep the flag of Victoria as the Creole capital of the world. “It is Victoria, the capital of the Seychelles, that is the Creole capital of the world. It is not a car park but Victoria, our capital, we want to see retain the title as the Creole capital of the world,” the parading youth were saying when asked to move to the National Cultural Center to get to the Kreole kiosks manned by entertainers from Mauritius, Rodrigues, La Reunion, Praslin, and La Digue.

Through rapturous applause, this large group of young people proudly showcased their country’s culture and tradition in the presence of Alain St.Ange, the Seychelles Minister for Tourism and Culture; Benjamine Rose, the Principle Secretary for the Department of Culture; and a large contingent of both local and international press. A wide variety of traditional dance was performed by these Seychellois youth.

The Creole serenade, known as the annual “Pipili,” brought together a large number of spectators, as hundreds of people lined up the streets of Victoria to watch the show. After their performance, the young enthusiasts marched to Francis Rachel street to converge onto the National Culture Center where they danced again. In a very jovial mood, hundreds of young Seychellois joined the international delegations at the Creole Village to continue the partying.

Alain St.Ange, the Seychelles Minister responsible for Tourism and Culture, has thanked the Seychellois youth who rallied to support Festival Kreol alongside the island’s National Youth Organization. “The Seychelles Festival Kreol is for the country, it is for Seychelles, and we are so happy to see so many come out to show their solidarity and to participate for Seychelles. We are thankful for the support. The youth group who took over Victoria with their dancing display were just unbelievable. They took over the city center of Victoria, the Creole capital of the world, to give their Creole dance show and in so doing brought life to the City Center. We understood the appeal by the youth to keep the activities in the City Center, and to keep it all together instead of spreading the activities thin,” the Minister for Tourism and Culture said.

PHOTOS (Bottom): Seychelles Minister Alain St. Ange


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