Artistic Foundation to launch in Seychelles

Seychellois Patrick Victor has been planning an artistic foundation for a while, and today, it was announced that it will be launched next month.

Minister Alain St.Ange, the Seychelles Minister responsible for Tourism and Culture, this morning heard from Patrick Victor and Emmanuel D’Offay on their proposal for a new private sector foundation that will be called the “Patrick Victor Artistic Foundation” which is set to be launched on July 15. The foundation that has as its motto, “Cultural Emancipation for All,” is the brainchild of Patrick Victor himself, assisted by Emmanuel D’Offay, among others.

The promoters explained to Minister St.Ange in the presence of Benjamine Rose, the PS for Culture, and Jimmy Savy, the CEO of the National Arts Council (NAC), that their objective is to work to complement the cultural development between the private sector and the government. This non-government organization (NGO) will be managed by a board made up of private individuals along with government representatives.

Patrick Victor confirmed that he has been invited to lead a Seychellois delegation of renowned musicians to the Festival 6-8/Sega Typic et Maloya in Mauritius by Bruno Raya of Live N Direk Entertainment, Ltd. This participation by Seychellois artists will come just after the official launch of the Patrick Victor Artistic Foundation. The Seychellois artists invited to travel to Mauritius for the Festival 6-8/Sega Typic et Maloya are: Jean Marc Volcy, Brian Matombe, Jany de Letourdie, Elvis Seraphine, and Chanel Kilindo. It was agreed at this morning’s meeting that the government will be supporting this trip, and Benjamine Rose, the PS for Culture, and Jimmy Savy, the CEO of the National Arts Council, will also accompany the musicians to show support by the government for the continued development of culture.

Minister St.Ange said as he congratulated Patrick Victor and Emmanuel D’Offay on the project to launch the Patrick Victor Artistic Foundation that Seychelles has one cultural industry, and that it was refreshing to see the private sector players move to lead their industry. “We have but one cultural industry; we do not have one for the government and one for the artists. It is, therefore, refreshing to see artists move to create a foundation that they will lead and that will work alongside the government to deliver on the aspirations of the people of Seychelles,” said Minister Alain St.Ange.

The discussions of this morning follow the first ever participation of Seychelles in MIDEM, the big gathering of the arts and music world. Jimmy Savy, the CEO of the National Arts Council, personally led the Seychelles delegation to this event in France.

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