Main events of the
Each year, National committee responsible for the organisation of
the festival Creole designates a district for the opening ceremony.
The idea is to decentralise the Festival and to bring it closer
to the people on our three main islands: Mahé. Praslin, La
Digue. Some districts continually express the wish of hosting the
event. An organizing committee is set up in the chosen district.
The content of the ceremony varies depending on the space available,
and the other characteristics. The ceremony starts at 6p.m and is
divided in two parts: the official ceremony – this is the
first part of the opening of the Festival with ceremonies and official
speeches. The street party: this is when the Festival really start
with a variety of activities: shows, kreol disco, tasting of Kreol
dishes, dances, dominoes, Kreol ambiance in homes etc, the party
goes on till morning.
”Zenn Artis Lemonn Kreolofonn” is a regional and international art
competition open to all kreolofonn youths aged between four and
twenty one years old. The aim of the competition is to develop
creativity and sensibility in young people, while at the same time
fostering in them an appreciation of the values and richness of
kreol culture. An exhibition of the submitted artwork is organized
during the festival.
Inter-school quiz competition open to all schoolchildren, which
aims to lead children to appreciate the rich values inherent in the
kreol language and culture.
The competition is opened to all young Seychellois aged between
fifteen and thirty, including District Youth Club members. To participate,
participant must form teams of four, and choose a theme for their
speech. The aim of the competition is to give young people the opportunity
to carry out research in Kreol and on the Kreol language. The competition
also permits them to master, and discover the beauty of our language.
‘Dimans Kreol bor Lanmer’
Dimans Kreol Borlanmer is an activity, which takes place by the
seaside. There are varied attractions of kreol music, cuisine,
traditional games and watersports.
Film - Special Project to launch Film Making in Kreol in Seychelles
Lakadans is a get-together of the best-known artists from
Seychelles and their kreol-speaking neighbours. This extravaganza
proposes a musical journey through a repertoire of rhythms both
traditional and modern, played before a large and enthusiastic crowd
who dance until way into the night.
Once a year, during the Kreol Festival writers and linguists meet
at Lenstiti Kreol and reflect on the role, place and development
of the Kreol as a language used by eighteen million readers and
writers in the world. Each year, the Komite Lalang kreol chooses
a theme for the Kolok. After the discussions, recommendations are
made concerning the Kreol language.
‘Animasyon dan lavil’
Musicians, singers, actors, story tellers….. From the Seychelles
and elsewhere offer live entertainment in certain parts of Victoria
during the Festival. Street shows are staged between and 7p.m on
week days, and 10a.m to 4p.m during weekends. They contribute greatly
to the festive atmosphere, which reigns in Victoria during this
period, entertaining locals and tourists alike. The artists propose
a hundred percent Kreol repertoire.
Amusical show with the participation of singers and musicians from
the School of Music and National College of the Arts. The show brings
back old Seychellois melodies and songs. The artists perform either
solo, trios or groups, accompanied by instruments taught by the
School of Music: the guitar, the violin, the drums, the tam-tam,
the piano and the copper instruments. The show is completely differentfrom
the Lakadans, which takes place in the Stad Lanmizik in Victoria.
Kreolisimo is the ideal occasion for the School of Music to pay
tribute to Seychellois music stars and veterans.
A variety show featuring schoolchildren from all schools on
Mahe, Praslin, La Digue and Silhouette. This is where our young
generation gets the opportunity to demonstrate their diverse
artistic talents as well as an effective means of discovering new,
competition which is open to all young Seychellois, aged between 15
and 30 years. Teams of four are formed, each one with as theme for
their speech, with the objective of encouraging the youth to
research the kreol language and achieve mastery of it.
Sale of Traditional artisanal objects and
is an evening of Poem and Song recitals in Kreol and the launching
of new publications in Kreol
This is where the Festival Kreol reaches out to the
various districts of Seychelles, to highlight the diversity, which
underpins the local culture, and which each districts are invited to
contribute to in its own unique way. These activities range from
bazaars and balls to cultural evenings, picnics and processions.
Various religious denominations also play their role by holding
special kreol mass.
'Vilaz Kreol/Bazaar Artisanal'
Vilaz kreol is created at the Victoria waterfront
whereby there is sale of traditional food, locally made garments,
local souvenirs and musical entertainment.
The village is opened from morning till late in
the evening and it is a very popular place for workers around the
town area who comes there during lunchtime to buy food.
This activity encapsulates the more academic
pursuits with international participation, which takes place at
Lenstiti Kreol, and it reflects on the role, place and development
of the kreol language. Each year the committee chooses a specific
theme for the “kolok” about which discussions are held and
recommendations made concerning the kreol language.
This is the essence of traditional kreol music and
dance that is distinctly and recognizably Seychellois. It is a
social evening during which several dances are performed, with the
highlight being the “kontredans”
Fon Lanmal is a fashion show featuring talented young Seychellois
designers showing off their latest creations in clothing and
accessories, often crafted from local raw materials. This show also
includes finalists of the School of Design and Fashion of the
Polytechnic and it also attracts foreign designers.
‘Bal Asosye’The Bal Asosye,
is so named because it was financed by the invitees and would follow
a strict pattern to its early morning finale that would commence
with a traditional waltz followed through the night by a series of
various traditional dances until 6am the next day.
Bal Asosye is a traditional kreol evening with entertainment at
its best and features a selection of Seychelles’ favourite
traditional music played by live bands. Guests are invited to dance
the night away to the strains of kanmtole bands while delicious
kreol fare available in the form of cassava, black pudding, chips
and traditional drinks such as toddy are served.