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Seychelles and South Africa move to consolidate cultural exchange possibilities

Seychelles and South Africa move to consolidate cultural exchange possibilities ( Ms. Benjamine Rose, the Principal Secretary at the Department of Culture, in the Seychelles Ministry of Tourism and Culture, has returned home from a working visit in South Africa where she met with Mr. Mashatile, the South African Minister for Arts and Culture and discussed cultural exchange possibilities with South Africa.

The South African Minister and the Seychelles Principal Secretary for Culture discussed a number of bi-lateral cooperation issues on the arts and culture, with the creative industries featuring high on their agenda. “Our new Creative Industries Policy and the Implementation Strategy for Music Development has already been approved by the Cabinet of Ministers, and this is currently in the process of being implemented. South Africa on its part has already embarked on a massive promotional campaign entitled ‘The Golden Economy,’ which foresees the creative industries becoming a major pillar of the South African economy. It is in this light that Seychelles will be able to benefit from technical expertise from South Africa, which will help develop our own creative industries within the Seychelles context,” PS Benjamine Rose said.

Ms. Rose also said that it is expected that through further cultural exchanges between South Africa and Seychelles, artists from South Africa will be able to participate in a number of our major cultural festivals such as FetAfrik, the Festival Kreol, and the Carnaval International de Victoria, among others.

“The Department of Culture is planning a Choir Festival during the end-of-year festive season, and we hope to invite the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University Choir, from Durban, to feature in this event, which we hope will add to our Christmas cultural festivities to liven Victoria this year. This choir also includes Seychellois students studying at this university in Durban,” Ms. Rose added.

Ms. Rose described her meeting with Mr. Mashatile, the South African Minister, as very rewarding, saying that both parties had agreed to initiate concrete steps to further expand cultural cooperation between South Africa and Seychelles.

PHOTO (L to R): Minister Mashatile&PS Benjamine Rose / Photo from Seychelles Ministry of Tourism and Culture


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