Carnival is not just for grown-ups. Children too, take the pleasure of taking to the streets and letting themselves be carried by the joyful blur of carnival. In the coming edition of the 2014 Seychelles Carnaval International de Victoria, children will get their chance to strut their stuff on stage in costume just as fabulous as the grown-up versions.
The Seychelles Tourism Board, the main organizer of Seychelles Carnaval International de Victoria, has introduced a “Kiddies Carnival” or children’s carnival to spice up the traditional family fun day organized for Sunday, April 27, the last day of the carnival.
The Seychelles Tourism Board has brought on board Lima Calbio, the well-known entertainer from Trinidad and Tobago, to work on the “Kiddies Carnival.”
The “Kiddies Carnival”” is open for school children only, aged 5 to 12. All schools will be given a theme to work on. They will make their own costumes with locally-made fabrics. On the day of “Kiddies Carnival,” they will show their moves across the stage in their brightly-colored costumes before a panel of judges and also the local and international media present to cover Seychelles Carnaval International de Victoria. Colorful costumes, biggest band, and teams which portray the real carnival spirit will be awarded with prizes. Lima Calbio said she will work closely with the schools to make this first Seychelles “Kiddies Carnival” possible.
“Children need to be embedded with the spirit of developing their creativity. “Kiddies Carnival” is a good example where we will make it inexpensive for schools to come out with fascinating costumes,” Calbio added.
Kiddies carnival is encouraging children to promote the concept of recycling materials. Nathalie Didon, Chief Executive of the Seychelles Tourism Board, said that “Kiddies Carnival” is promoting an environmentally-friendly approach among the children.
“What we’re anticipating is to promote an environmentally-friendly approach to carnival, where school children will be parading by making use of the three Rs – reduce, recycle, and reuse – to prepare their costumes. ‘Kiddies Carnival’ is also there to inculcate the culture of Seychelles carnival in our children,” Nathalie Didon said.
The venue of “Kiddies Carnival” is yet to be determined. However, Lima said that she is working on her “jumpin’up” and “wave” concert for children, as a build-up to “Kiddies Carnival.” Dates and venues of the concert are not yet confirmed, but Lima said that it will take place a week before the official opening of Carnival International de Victoria. Lima said the popular Petit Amour Villa is on board to sponsor flags to a children’s concert for which she is calling on other sponsors to support the “Kiddies Carnival.”
PHOTO (L-R): Nathalie Didon, Deputy Chief Executive Officer, and Lima Calbio interviewed by Seychelles press on “Kiddies Carnival.”
Seychelles is a founding member of the International Coalition of Tourism Partners (ICTP) .