Belgium is the latest European country to confirm their participation at the February 8-10 Carnaval International de Victoria. This spectacular unique event is staged annually in Seychelles and is this year being co-hosted by Seychelles, La Reunion, Madagascar, and Zimbabwe.
It is the Province de Namur of Belgium that will be flying the Belgium flag alongside those from the Community of Nations showcasing their country’s culture and people at the event now known as the “carnival of carnivals” because all the world’s best and most reputed carnivals all parade together followed by cultural troupes from proud nations from everywhere.
Mr. Christian Hebrant, the Chef de Cabinet from the Office of Governor Denis Mathen from the Province de Namur, has written to Alain St.Ange, the Seychelles Minister responsible for Tourism and Culture, to confirm Belgium’s participation. The request to have Belgium participate at the Carnaval International de Victoria was made to Governor Mathen by Minister St.Ange last year when the Seychelles Minister was on a working visit Belgium. It was at the Palais du Gouverneur that Governor Denis Mathen welcomed Minister Alain St.Ange and where they discussed cultural exchange programs and cooperation in hospitality training.
The Province of Namur is known for its group “Echasseurs” which walks and performs on stilts, and it is this group made up of some 17 Belgiums who will be traveling to Seychelles for the 2013 Carnaval International de Victoria, the Indian Ocean Vanilla Islands mid-ocean carnival.
Gouverneur Denis Mathen of the Province de Namur will also personally lead a delegation to Seychelles to be at the carnival as well as to continue of the discussions he and Minister St.Ange of the Seychelles have on the table.
“I am happy the Governor Mathen from the Belgium Province de Namur is coming to the carnival with a delegation of ‘Echasseurs.’ This is a new attraction for the 2013 carnival we are staging together with La Reunion, Madagascar, and Zimbabwe. The spirit of the melting pot of cultures remains alive and kicking as we see delegations upon delegations from North and South America, Europe, Africa, and Asia confirm their participation in the Vanilla Islands Carnival that we stage on the equator for the world to showcase their culture and their people,” Minister Alain St.Ange said.
Seychelles es miembro fundador de la Coalición internacional de socios turísticos (ICTP).