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Seychelles’ first Arts Fair offers increased exposure for artists

Seychelles’ first Arts Fair offers increased exposure for artists ( Seychelles’ first Arts Fair has been crowned a real success. The Arts Fair was officially opened on April 5, 2013 on the grounds of the National Cultural Centre, and it was set to build momentum for artists from the Seychelles visual arts to have greater visibility and to be better able to promote their art works. The Seychelles Arts Fair has attained its objective of pushing to the forefront the country’s integral part of its creative industry.

In its setting on the grounds of the National Cultural Centre in Victoria, the Arts Fair has introduced fresh and professional local talents to the general public. In his official opening remark, Alain St.Ange, the Seychelles Minister for Tourism and Culture, said that the Arts Fair has been conceived to give artists maximum exposure.

“The Arts Fair was initiated with the purpose of being the needed opening for the Seychelles creative industry. When the Ministry of Tourism and Culture initiated the project together with the National Arts Council, the idea was to turn the Carrefour des Arts into an open air gallery where artists could come together to not only give visibility to their works, but to also promote their works to increase sales. The Arts Fair is a right step in this direction. The Ministry of Tourism and Culture will continue to bring innovative projects to support the artist community so that they find their rightful place in the creative industry of our country,” said Minister St.Ange.

Minister St.Ange also took the opportunity of the Arts Fair to publicize his discussions with the Seychelles postal services to bring that service at the Carrefour des Arts to help visitors mail their souvenirs right at the time of the purchase. The Minister has also asked the National Arts Council to collect feedback from artists and from the creative industry public about this first Arts Fair.

“I would like to extend my thanks to artists who have been supportive of this Arts Fair. You have voiced out your concern for the National Arts Council to be innovative in its approach in promoting the artists. We have listened to your concerns, and today we are here to witness the launch of an event that is the result of your ideas. This event is a concerted approach between the Ministry of Tourism and Culture, National Arts Council, and the artist community,” said Minister St.Ange.

Jimmy Savy, the Chief Executive Officer of the National Arts Council, has expressed words of satisfaction to his team for organizing the Seychelles first Arts Festival.

“This Arts Fair is in response to the artists’ major concern for the need of greater visibility for their work. Artists have always been calling for more promotion and marketing of their works. The National Arts Council is striving to develop arts in Seychelles and to bring more credibility for their industry. For this to happen, a lot more support is needed from partners especially those in the tourism industry,” Mr. Savy said.

Mr. Savy has expressed words of appreciations to the artists and thanked them for believing in the project by taking part in the fair and for showcasing their creations.

The Seychelles first Arts Fair attracted together more than 20 artists. Alcide Libanotis, the Chairperson of Visual Arts Association, said that creative works deserve to be scrutinized and appreciated by the public other than their creators. “The Arts Fair we are opening today offers a wide array of exposure for artists to obtain more visibility. We are convinced that for arts to expand in the country, such a platform of interaction is important to gather more ideas and to develop the creative industry,” he said.


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