The Media Youth and Culture Committee (MYCC), that is Chaired by Hon. Gervais Henrie, met with associations working to promote art and culture locally, on Thursday the 09th of July, last week.
The aim of the meeting was to explore innovative and creative projects that the Arts Associations can come up with post the COVID-19 pandemic so as to further establish the sector as a pillar of the economy by creating jobs and also contribute to the country’s foreign exchange earnings.
Many ideas were discussed and pointed out, such as the work of artists being advertised and televised more often on several media platforms so as to connect with the Seychellois people more. Moreover, some representatives felt that leaders should make decisions that benefit all artists and generate more respect towards their work in the end.
Some of the speakers also felt that the Members of Parliament should look more into the challenges that they face as artists when it comes to the financial aid they receive to manage all the work they have to undertake. A lack of funds is considered as a major issue for these artists as they find themselves having to invest a lot of their own money to see their projects through.
The idea of pushing for a “cultural tourism” was one that was stressed upon, whereby they wish to see tourists coming in post-COVID-19 to see their work and enjoy what they have to offer. The artists believe that with the right support, mechanisms and budget, they could be a great driving force for the country.
The Committee will be compiling these above-mentioned ideas, amongst others, into a working document to further discuss with Government as well as Non-Governmental entities to help boost the Art and Culture Sector.
Also present was the Honorary Cultural Ambassador for Seychelles, Mr. Patrick Victor, the CEO of the National Arts Council, Mr. Jimmy Savy and the Chairperson of the National Arts Council Board, Mr. Martin Kennedy.