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Heritage Week – Celebrating our rich and diverse cultural heritage

1heriA host of activities under the theme ‘Heritage for Generation’ was launched yesterday to mark the start of Heritage Week.

The activities, held at the Ex-Supreme Court, were organised by the National Heritage Research and Protection Section (NHRPS) in collaboration with the Seychelles History Museum and the Seychelles Heritage Foundation.

Yesterday’s activities included the sale of local products, exhibition at the former Supreme Court, guided tours around Victoria, selling of assorted traditional craft  and heritage bazaar.

The aim of the activity was to celebrate our rich and diverse cultural heritage, and to renew efforts for the protection and conservation of our historical monuments. Heritage Day is an international event which is celebrated each year on April 18. It was initiated by the International Council on Monuments and Sites (Icomos) in 1982 and was approved by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (Unesco) in 1983. The aim of this event is to celebrate the diversity of heritage throughout the world.

In Seychelles activities to mark the occasion will spread over seven days.

In an interview with Seychelles NATION the principal research officer at the NHRPS, Berthilda Walter, stated that Heritage Week allows each individual to learn more about culture.

“Heritage Week is an occasion to not only reflect on the achievements and obstacles in the heritage domain but most importantly it is an opportunity to reconnect with our heritage and embrace the possibilities it offers in the future. The Heritage week is an occasion for us to celebrate our rich and diverse culture and renew our efforts of conservation and protection of the Seychellois culture,” she said.

She added such important activity provides us with the opportunity to reflect on the achievement and obstacles in conservation and protection of cultural heritage.

“Most importantly it is to celebrate the generational transfer of knowledge and embrace the possibilities it offers as livelihood for future generation,” she said.

Among the activities being organised during the week include cleaning of monuments, re-opening of the Craft Village, touring of Copolia trail, among others.

Source : Seychelles NATION

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