Seychelles launches First International Music Festival This Week
The Seychelles has announced the launch of its first Zikanzil International Music Festival. The event showcases music in the Indian Ocean and takes place from 15th-19th May, 2012 and is open to islanders and travellers going on Seychelles holidays.
The Seychelles is showcasing its brand of cultural tourism this month with the launch of the first edition of the Zikanzil International Music Festival.
The festival will take place from 15th to 19th May 2012 and will promote the talent of the Seychelles and Indian Ocean nations. Local islanders and tourists enjoying Seychelles holidays alike will be able to enjoy live music performances and entertainment throughout the five-day event.
The Seychelles Minister of Tourism and Culture, Alain St.Ange spoke during a joint Press Conference with the organising Committee of the Zikanzil International Music Festival.
“Zikanzil is one of a kind, an international music festival which showcases the artistic talents of the Seychelles and the Indian Ocean region,” he said.
“It’s a pure and culturally untamed experience which establishes bridges, mutual understanding and creative cooperation between representatives from many countries. It has passed the test of time and the challenges it has faced and all that remains is for this festival to become a major event of Seychelles’ destination attractiveness.”
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The festival will see several of the Seychelles biggest names in the music industry take to the stage such as Jany de Letourdie, David Andre, Ralf, and Patrick Victor. Musical talent for neighbouring nations includes Emmanuelle Peters & Rene Sida from the Reunion Islands; Linda Volahasiniaina and the masculine version of Vola, Michel Rafaralahy, from Madagascar; Joel Manglou and Jude Ally, from Reunion; and Abaji from Lebanon.
The organisers of the festival are hoping that the event will become one of the nation’s main cultural annual festivals and it will encourage more international holidaymakers to book holidays in the Seychelles.
Mrs. Marquise David, the Vice President of Alliance Francaise, one of the main organisers of the event, commented: “The Music Festival has the potential to become one of Seychelles’ niche cultural assets. The blend of cultural harmony which constitutes this festival showcases the dynamism of our culture. Zikanzil is a platform for cultural exchanges and that of universal language.”
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The Seychelles is an island country located in the Indian Ocean, northeast of Madagascar, spanning 115 beautiful islands. The archipelago boasts breathtaking natural landscapes made up of unspoilt white sand palm fringed beaches, warm turquoise crystal-clear ocean waters, lush green forests and rolling emerald green hills, and it is perfect for relaxing holidays to the Seychelles or luxury weddings and honeymoons.
The islands are home to an array of Seychelles hotels, from charming B&Bs and cottages, to upscale resorts, beach bungalows and overwater villas.
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