The carnival of carnivals, as this Seychelles event is now refered to by the press accross the world, is still making its way into publications in the four corners of the world, bringing unprecedented visibility to the destination.
The latest overseas publication to relive the three-days of carnival, which took place in the Seychelles island’s capital of Victoria, is the highly-acclaimed Straight Times magazine in Singapore with an article entitled “Carnival in the Seychelles.”
The magazine comes out with its report on Seychelles’ “Carnival of Carnivals” as a special edition for Natas Trade Fair 2011 that took place from August 26-28 in Singapore. The magazine had its well-recognized journalist Lim Yann Ling travel to the islands of the Seychelles to personally experience the carnival. Lim Yann Ling starts the telltale account of the Carnaval International de Victoria by telling what really prompted her to travel to Seychelles to attend this mega festival.
“The aeroplane finally lands after a six-hour plus flight from Singapore. I remain skeptical of finding joie de vivre - what the French call the ‘joy of life’ – in Seychelles,” said Lim Yann Ling, adding that it was a phrase she found in the brochure on the island’s Carnival brochure. Indeed, she found the “joie de vivre” in the mid-ocean Creole Islands of Seychelles. Lim Yann Ling reveals that, “The Carnaval International de Victoria in the middle of the Indian Ocean is a rare occasion to experience island rhapsody and see a community in revelry.”
The Sport and Travel magazine journalist goes on to explain what sets the carnival of the small island nation of Seychelles apart and makes it so special from other grand carnivals of the world. “Unlike Mardi Gras celebrations elsewhere, the carnival carries a message of international friendship and aims to promote tourism for the African region,” wrote Lim Yann Ling.
The Seychelles Carnaval Internationale de Victoria is truly a stage where cultures of the world meet, and Lim Yann Ling wonderfully confirms that when she says, “In a three-day event that culminates in a street float parade, floats from international organizations and artists from many parts of Africa, Venice, Brazil, China, and the UK Notting Hill – the second largest street festival in the world – fly in for the celebration.”
The Seychelles Islands prides itself for having successfully launched a carnival that serves as a platform where international communities gather for a three days of celebrations in a friendly atmosphere away from the pressures of the world.
The Carnaval International de Victoria had some 21 international carnival floats that had traveled to Seychelles from the four corners of the world to participate alongside some 60 Seychelles national floats in a procession filled with colors, fun, and joy.