Taking part in cultural activities during your holiday needn’t cost a fortune either. The Seychelles enjoy a busy calendar of festivals and celebrations, many of them offering free events.
In February, the islands celebrate Carnival with concerts, dances and a colourful float parade through the centre of Victoria. The Seychelles Arts Festival in May sees artists display their world across the islands, again accompanied by concerts and dances and the Ocean Festival in December features film screenings, photographic exhibitions and gala dinners with an eco-tourist focus.
The biggest celebration, however, is Festival Kreol, held every October. A celebration of the island’s’ unique creole culture, it boasts a packed calendar of events, most of them free. It features events held on smaller islands like Praslin and La Digue as well.
Speaking of Praslin and La Digue, they have their very own celebrations worth checking out as well. On August 15 every year, the islanders of La Digue celebrate Assumption Day. Houses are decorated, statues are spruced up and the island fills with music and fun. Very September, Praslin celebrates its annual Culinary & Arts Fiesta. Expect music, dancing and very tasty food.
More regularly, the new outdoor Acoustic Stage, set in a beautiful park down near the harbour in Victoria, showcases local musicians with impromptu concerts and acoustic sets.
Check with the Acoustic cafe, right next door for news on the next performance.