Kreol Festival

October
Îles de Mahé, Praslin et La Digue
Tel. : (248) 321333
Genre : Festival
Column : Music, Literature, Dance

For two centuries Seychelles has been a melting pot of different races, traditions and religions. Fusing ethnic diversity into a colorful, trilingual creole nation. The predominant Roman Catholic Church exist happily alongside other creeds, reflecting the religious and racial harmony that is the mainstay of this peaceful yet vibrant nation.

The creole festival is, at it's core, a manifestation of Seychellois and creole identity and a celebration of culture of the island as experienced through music, dance, arts, craft, cuisine, customs and the general way of life.

It offers the visitors a fascinating week full of the colors sound flavours and fragrances of one corner of the creole world that treasures its traditions while embracing the opportunities of the present. Seychelles is a prominent pioneer in the promotion of the Creole language and culture, proud of its pivotal role in hosting the twenty second Kreol Festival this October,
26th to 31st October 2007.

The festival is an event attracting an increasing international audience coming to appreciate the festival's highlights that includes Fashion Show, Sware Kreativite, Dimans Kreol Bor Lanmer {Sunday on the beach} at
Beau-Vallon, music performance….

Celebrated on all the main islands of Mahe, Praslin and La Digue from 26th to 31th October 2007, the Kreol Festival is the main cultural event of the year in Seychelles that gives the visitors the opportunity to experience the different aspects of the Creole culture.

…In tales of adventures lost in time, pirates and Arab seafarers navigated the course of their destinies through these waters leaving little but legends and names behind. Besides one cursory landing by a British expedition and undoubtedly several more by pirates, it would take until the mid 1700's before French, with their innate eye for beauty, made Seychelles their home. From a diverse and prophetic assortment of'fifteen whites, five Malabar Indians, and eight Africans' the population grew to 3,500 persons by the time Seychelles was ceded to Britain in 1914. The capital Victoria, some large estates and the municipal facilities are a heritage of Seychelles' 162 years as a British colony. Seychelles became an independent republic within the Commonwealth in 1976 - a vibrant nation living in a pristine, natural environment.

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