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Seychelles set to receive the Dusseldorf Carnival for the April 2014 Indian Ocean Vanilla Islands Carnival

Seychelles set to receive the Dusseldorf Carnival for the April 2014 Indian Ocean Vanilla Islands Carnival ( A news release published in EXPRESS.DE of Germany has confirmed that the known and very popular Dusseldorf Carnival is set to be back in Seychelles next April to fly the German flag and participate in the 2014 edition of the Indian Ocean Vanilla Islands Carnival.

The press release states: “Last year a delegation from Dusseldorf celebrated in the carnival in Seychelles for the first time. This year they could unfortunately not participate as the carnival in Seychelles was celebrated at the same time as the one in Dusseldorf. The “Jecken,” as the participants are known, were really missed in Victoria, the capital of the paradise island of the Seychelles in the Indian Ocean.

Rolf Herpens, Vice President of the Dusseldorf carnival committee, is in contact with the Seychelles Minister of Tourism and Culture, H.E. Alain St.Ange. “He would have liked us to participate this year, but because that was not possible Minister St.Ange suggested that we send our costumes to the Seychelles. Seychellois could have worn them and celebrated in the parade. A great idea, but we needed the costumes ourselves,” stated Mr. Herpens. “But we will celebrate in their carnival next year, as [a] green light was given by all involved. So that we don’t have an issue with dates again, Victoria will celebrate its carnival 2014 later, April 25-27,” Mr. Herpens reveals.

Dusseldorf is the capital city of the German state of North Rhine-Westphalia and center of the Rhine-Ruhr metropolitan region with 11.5 million people. Dusseldorf is known to have a long history in carnivals.

This is a report as it appeared in the German press:,5064818,22150772.html

Seychelles on the other hand plays host to a unique carnival annually. The carnival that unites the Indian Ocean Vanilla islands and Africa remains the only carnival that receives all the best and most known carnivals from the four corners of the world for a three-day carnival extravaganza. The world’s carnivals all parade side by side, and they are followed by Cultural Troupes from the Community of Nations. The diversity in the carnival parade has attracted the world press to Seychelles to cover the event seen as an explosion of color and culture. The carnival in Seychelles was this year co-hosted by Seychelles, La Reunion Island, Madagascar, and Zimbabwe.


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