GIS – 17 November, 2016: The 11th edition of the Festival International Kreol 2016, an initiative of the Ministry of Tourism and External Communications in collaboration with the Ministry of Arts and Culture, aiming at promoting the authenticity of the kreol culture through local music, arts, language and cuisine, kicks off today with a conference on the theme ‘Lang Kreol: Siman la Nasion’ at Octave Wiehe Auditorium, Réduit.
In this context, His Majesty Otumfuo Osei Tutu II, monarch of the Kingdom of Ashanti, Ghana, will visit Mauritius from 23 to 26 November 2016 as Chief Guest. He will be accompanied by a high-level delegation of about 20 businessmen to explore business possibilities with Mauritian counterparts with a view to concluding mutually beneficial business agreements, said the Acting Prime Minister, Minister of Tourism and External Communications, Mr Xavier-Luc Duval, during a press conference in Port Louis yesterday.
A series of activities will be proposed for the Festival, including a concert tribute to Kaya at Roche-Bois; a culinary festival and a regatta at Mahebourg Waterfront; a ‘Sega Tipik’ competition at Plaza, Rose-Hill. Other activities comprise workshops on printing and drawings at Curepipe; a ‘Dikte Kreol’ at Bambous and an all-night mega concert by regional and local artists, from Saturday 26 to Sunday 27 November 2016 at Les Salines.
As a novelty, a competition of short films in Kreol will be held at the Municipality of Quatre Bornes and an African costume ball at the Citadel. Furthermore, in a bid to promote the Mauritian creativity, about 200 craftsmen will also be placed in hotels from 18 to 26 November 2016 so that they can sell their products to tourists.
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