In the 2012 edition of the Carnaval International de Victoria, Germany made its presence felt with a carnival delegation from Dusseldorf. The Dusseldorf carnival’s presence in Seychelles confirmed that participation of all the best and most known carnivals parading together alongside cultural troupes from the Community of Nations. Germany’s participation with a carnival float during the parade was highlighted by an incredible acrobatic display from the Dusseldorf Carnival.
At the 2013 edition of the Carnaval International de Victoria in Seychelles, Germany was represented by a delegation put together by the German Tour Operator DERTOUR of Frankfurt.
The Vice President of the Dusseldorf Carnival Committee, Mr. Rolph Herpens, who is back in Seychelles for his annual holiday made time to call on Minister Alain St.Ange, the Seychelles Minister responsible for Tourism and Culture at his offices at the National Cultural Center in Victoria to confirm the participation of the Dusseldorf Carnival team in the 2014 edition of the Carnaval International de Victoria to be held between March 25-27, 2014.
During the meeting with Minister Alain St.Ange, the Seychelles Minister for Tourism and Culture in the presence of the Principal Secretary of Tourism, Mrs. Sherin Renaud; the Principal Secretary of Culture, Ms. Benjamine Rose; and the Chief Executive Officer of Seychelles Tourism Board, Mrs. Elsia Grandcourt, Mr. Rolph Herpens confirmed that the Dusseldorf Carnival team would be present at the fourth edition of Carnaval International de Victoria in 2014 as the new date of the carnival in Seychelles does not clash with the Dusseldorf carnival.
Minister St.Ange has welcomed the news stating that the Seychelles Tourism Board and the Ministry of Tourism and Culture appreciates the working partnership with and the support they are receiving from the Dusseldorf Carnival.
“Having the Notting Hill Carnival delegation from London, the Dusseldorf Carnival from Germany, the Brazil Carnival group, the Carnival delegation from Italy and the Trinidad&Tobago Carnival participate in the carnival in Seychelles is such a positive endorsement for Seychelles. We now need to get the Nice carnival from France and the Carnival from Nigeria and we would have all the greats together,” Minister St.Ange said.
To portray the existing bond that Dusseldorf Carnival team has with Carnaval International de Victoria, the Vice President of the Dusseldorf Carnival presented to Minister Alain St.Ange of the Seychelles their carnival book where their participation at the Seychelles carnival is well featured.
Minister St.Ange was also presented with a Dusseldorf Carnival medal as a token of appreciation for his close working partnership with the Dusseldorf Carnival team.
A working group will be put together to continue discussions with Dusseldorf Carnival committee to finalize arrangements for their participation in the 2014 edition of the Carnaval International de Victoria.