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Seychelles Ministry of Tourism and Culture launches Cultural District Award

November 22, 2013 Tourist Boards No Comments Email Email

Seychelles launches its first edition of Cultural District Award.

Initiated by the Ministry of Tourism & Culture, the Cultural District Award is an innovative project geared towards making culture every one’s business as much in the districts and on the national level. The idea of the Cultural District Award is to encourage district administration, private residences, villages, churches, schools and other grouping in the communities to rally to promote the Seychelles Culture and to showcase these cultural assets starting at district level. moutya

The national Cultural District Award will evaluate the districts competitiveness in four categories: built & national heritage, artistic heritage, people living heritage and traditional games & performances.

Cash prizes will be given in all categories. An overall best cash prize will be given to district collecting the highest points from members of the juries.  Marcel Rosalie, the Director General for Culture in the Ministry of Tourism and Culture is spearheading the Cultural District Award. Mr Rosalie said that this award will give culture its rightful place in the communities.

“ Culture should not be seen only as a form of entertain, but also a money generating machine for the districts’’

Through the launching of Cultural District Award, the Ministry of Tourism and Culture stands to ensure that Culture does not remain solely an affair of the Ministry responsible of Culture.

The Ministry of Tourism and Culture’s long term plan “is for culture to become at the heart of sustainable development in districts and in so doing in Seychelles’’

District Cultural Award will be launched on 27th November 2013.  Submission of preliminary inventory of cultural assets of districts will be held on 31st January 2014. Districts have until 31st of March to submit their registration forms of the categories in which they are participating. Prize giving ceremony of Cultural District Award will be held on third week of November 2014. To ensure that proper guidance advice and assistance are given to districts enrolling in the competition a Cultural District Award committee comprises of key professionals the field of arts heritage architecture history culture and tourism will be set up. Cultural District Award will be bi annual event.

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