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Seychelles first edition of its Arts Fair will be a platform for visual artists to interact and to showcase their products

Seychelles first edition of its Arts Fair will be a platform for visual artists to interact and to showcase their products ( Victoria, the capital of Seychelles and the capital of the “World of Creoles,” is again on the move. New projects are being gradually rooted out to bring cultural-related activities to the smallest capital of the world. One such project that is today being talked about is the coming Arts Fair conceived by the National Arts Council of the Ministry of Tourism and Culture. The National Arts Council is the institution which promotes all forms of arts in the country and is gradually diversifying its activities to give artists their due recognition.

The Arts Fair is a new concept being organized by the National Arts Council that is geared to give the country's artists their due recognition. The National Arts Council's Chief Executive Officer, Jimmy Savy, has said that the Arts Fair “is being launched as a trial which eventually will grow to become a monthly event on the National Arts Council calendar of events.”

“The Arts Fair is to encourage viewers to respond to arts. Through this fair, visitors coming to Seychelles will have a unique opportunity to see what we produce locally and to be able to buy what they will want as souvenirs from their Seychelles holidays. This will be a ‘Made in Seychelles’ only fair. The Arts Fair will make artists more visible, and it will help to diversify the products Seychelles offers to its visitors and to the local public,” said Mr. Savy, the Chief Executive of Seychelles National Arts Council.

Mr. Savy said that with the success of this year’s edition of the Arts Festival, this Arts Fair will, as it grows, eventually bring in other groups in the show such as the musicians’ association. The Arts Fair’s first edition is said to be pivotal in establishing the importance and the richness of Seychelles’ visual arts by offering a dazzling array of outstanding paintings, sculptures, photographs, and to show that we have much more to see and appreciate.

On April 5, 2013, the National Cultural Centre Car Park will be transformed into a big fair giving a feeling of an open-air visual art gallery with the crowd buzzing in the rows of exhibits. The National Arts Council said that for this edition of the Arts Fair, emphasis is being put on encouraging original artistic expressions in Seychelles, providing artists with a platform to expose their artworks and to also promote arts as an effective educational tool.

“This Arts Fair will be a new way to support [the] visual art[s] and our artists. The Arts Fair is one of the most important events organized by National Arts Council this year. It is been organized for the benefit of artists and for the benefit of people who are interested in the arts to share their ideas and to interact with artists,” said the Event Coordinator, Vivenne Gonzalves.

The Arts Fair is the place to stop for buyers and for sellers of visual arts products. It will be a fair that will host great Seychellois names like sculptors and painters Egbert Marday, Colbert Nourrice, Nigel Henri, and Elcide Libanotis, to young artists of the School of Visual Arts with their subtle touch of eccentricity.

Seychelles first edition of its Arts Fair will kick start at 1000 hours and culminate with a Reggae show at 1800 hours by Group Tanmi at Stad Popiler’s Car Park.

PHOTO (L to R): Nigel Henry, Colbert Nourrice&Egbert Marday to feature in Seychelles First Arts Fair / Photo from Seychelles Ministry of Tourism and Culture


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