The Director of the Cultural Commission of Rodrigues Island, Benoit Jolicoeur, has called on the Seychelles Minister for Tourism and Culture, Alain St.Ange. Rodrigues Island is part of Mauritius and belongs to the world of Creoles.
The candid discussion between Minister St.Ange and Benoit Jolicoeur formulated into the Seychelles Minister’s proposal for Rodrigues Island to participate alongside Mauritius in the 2012 Creole Festival to be held in Seychelles from October 2-30.
“The 2012 Creole Festival will see a revised program now that this event falls under the responsibility of the new Ministry of Tourism&Culture and is organized alongside the Carnaval International de Victoria, Fet Afrik, etc. This festival is set to become an event where Creole as a language, identity, and culture, finds its rightful place. The Creole-speaking countries participating in this festival should be able to proudly showcase their Creole identity. Rodrigues Island, as part of the Republic of Mauritius, should come together in Seychelles with the Creole-speaking nations and share this cultural background that ties and unifies our Creole speaking nations,” Minister Alain St.Ange said.
The Director of the Rodrigues Cultural Commission said that Rodrigues Island will very soon officially confirm its participation in the Creole Festival 2012 saying that it is “only through such an event that the Creole-speaking countries can promote their true identity.”
Minister St.Ange has also spoken about the Memorandum of Understanding to be signed between Seychelles and Rodrigues Island before the end of the year.
The signing of a cultural and tourism exchange document between Rodrigues Island and Seychelles will be symbolic because it will work but to consolidate the existing cooperation agreements in the field of cultural exchanges and tourism existing or being signed with Mauritius itself. Seychelles and Rodrigues have existing cultural exchanges through the signing of a previous Memorandum of Understanding between Seychelles and Mauritius.