Seychellois trained as cultural mediators of project development

Published on : Monday, December 2, 2013

images-2Seychelles, unlike Madagascar, La Reunion, Mauritius, Comoros, and Mayotte has no comparable figures of cultural mediators accompanying musicians and singers in their professional spheres.

“To enable an artist to excel in his or in her profession they need to be accompanied by people who know this field. Today we see Comoriens, Mauritians, and Malagasies, people from La Reunion and Maldives who are leading cultural mediators. We don’t see Seychellois in this market. I am not saying that professionals in this field do not exist in Seychelles, it is just that they haven’t been discovered or they haven’t fully explored their potentials’’ Serge Trouillet said.

Three or four years ago the Ministry of Tourism and Culture, in close collaboration with a La Reunion based artistic organization ( Yoma) conceived a project to host the training program in Seychelles. Funded by the European Foundation ‘FEDER’ with the support of the French Embassy in Seychelles, the one week program gave the participants an overview of the regional geo politics and the techniques required for them to become mediators of cultural development.

Serge Trouillet outlined that culture should remain a vector of the economy.

“To bring a concert of high importance to Seychelles it’s not the same as developing a Seychellois project on both regional and international arenas. The commercial aspect of the project is also vital. Cultural mediator is more focused on creation instead of re-production, because the socio culture of a country is also taken into consideration in the process. It’s a culture for all class of the society. A cultural mediator should not take into account all segment of the population’’ explained Serge Trouillet.

He said that next year he will come in Seychelles to give more in depth training to the participants. The training was attended by officials of the Ministry of Tourism and Culture and the National Conservatoire of Performing Arts, actors and artists.

“In the region it took three to four months to train someone in the field of cultural mediation. This cannot be done in five days or 35 hours of training. We can help equip them with the basic tools. As of next year if everything goes according to plan we could introduce other modules to further enhance their knowledge because cultural mediator is a vast domain” explained Serge Trouillet.

Source:- Seychelles Tourism Board

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