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Cultural District Award officially launched in Seychelles

Cultural District Award officially launched in Seychelles ( The Cultural District Award is a competition within districts. Minister St.Ange said that this award should not be seen only as a competition within districts, because it defeats its core objective.

"The main objective of the Cultural District Award is to give all Seychellois in all districts on Mahe, Praslin, and La Digue the scope to contribute and participate in the preservation of their cultural heritage and ensure that new projects are being conceived to bring development in their respective districts beneficial to their communities," Minister St.Ange said.

The Cultural District Award also takes into account its commercial spectrum.

"The Cultural District Award offers the opportunity for all districts to join forces, share ideas, and be an eye opener of different ways communities can contribute to the development of their districts, both on a cultural and commercial spectrum. In the commercial arena, the Cultural District Award does not simply imply short-term projects that will bring revenue, but one that will continuously grow and bring long-term investment. A business that will attract more tourists to visit the districts and bring added value to the community,” Minister Alain St.Ange said.

The Ministry of Tourism and Culture drafted a Cultural District Award booklet giving in-depth information about this award. Samples of the booklet were presented to Minister Vincent Meriton in his capacity as the Minister responsible for Community Development.

The official launching of the Cultural District Award culminated into the unveiling of the award logo designed by Urny Mathiot from the Ministry of the Department of Culture. The logo depicts the four categories of the competition: these are buildings and national heritage, artistic heritage, people living heritage, and traditional games and performances.

In November 2014, a Cultural District Award panel of judges will present awards to districts enrolled in the competition and excelling in the four categories detailed in the booklet. An overall award will also be given for the overall best. Application forms for the Cultural District Award are now available in all district administration offices on Mahe, Praslin, and La Digue.

Different cultural-based performances followed the official part of the evening.


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