The editorial of the April issue of the VIOAS (Voice of the Indian and the Arabian Sea) magazine starts with the following lines: “By all standards and expectations, Seychelles Carnival 2011 – styled ‘Carnaval International de Victoria,’ was a great success. Before that, there have been two other carnivals in Seychelles, both under the initiative of Seychelles founding President James R. Mancham who as Chief Minister, in 1972 launched the first carnival that was held under the patronage of Her Royal Highness Princess Margaret and her husband the Hon. Anthony Armstrong Jones. The second carnival was an integral part of the Seychelles Independence celebrations on June 29, 1976.
“Thirty-two years later, it took the initiative of the Director of Tourism – Alain St.Ange – with the encouragement of President James A. Michel to bring back the carnival atmosphere in Seychelles…
“…For this reason, all those associated with the success of this carnival from President James A. Michel, Mr. Alain St.Ange, Mrs. Marimonde Matatiken, and the STB [Seychelles Tourism Board] staff, the general sponsors and all the participants must be thanked and congratulated for a show extremely well done, taking into account time constraints and other unexpected impediments.”
The front cover of the last issue of VIOAS magazine was dedicated to a picture of Lima Calbio, the Soca Queen from Trinidad & Tobago, as she was performing in the Seychelles Carnival 2011. The historic picture was in Victoria’s city center under the iconic Clock Tower or as is commonly refered to, the little Big Ben.
Three VIOAS staff covered the 2011 Seychelles carnival. The magazine’s editor Roland Hoareau was assisted by Derek Pothin, his Marketing Director, and Alexander Mancham, the magazine’s Assistant Editor. They dedicated the center two pages of the April issue of their VIOAS to pictures of the carnival of carnivals staged in Seychelles in March of this year. Their selection of pictures brings out for all to see the diversity of participants at the 2011 Seychelles carnival.
Alain St.Ange, the CEO of the Seychelles Tourism Board, said that he was thankful to the editor and staff of the Voice of the Indian and Arabian Sea for the coverage accorded to the Seychelles 2011 carnival. “They have done justice to an event that was organized for the Community of Nations to showcase their own culture and people alongside the best carnivals of the world. The pictures they have published on the center pages of their magazine shows clearly that the Seychelles carnival of carnivals 2011 brought together the best in their category and field,” Alain St.Ange said.