For the second year in a row the Mauritian/Rodriguan/Seychellois community in Victoria showcased its rich, diverse and colourful culture on a big scale! Organised by the "Cultural Historical Association of Mauritians & Rodriguans in Victoria " [C.H.A.R.M. Vic], La Faya Festival 2005 proved a huge success. Thousands of people of Mauritian, Rodriguan and Seychellois background and others from the wider community visited "Federation Square" in Melbourne on Sunday 17 April 2005 to learn and appreciate the cultural diversity of these small Indian Ocean islands.
Live entertainment was provided on the main stage by a number of well known artists from these islands. There were performances of traditional dances and songs, exotic food and drinks catered for by Le Bon Café and Le Cocotier, face painting and other activities for the kids at a Kids Corner, a Health Corner providing general information, massages and more, and for the very first time, to celebrate National Youth Week, the La Faya Idol 2005 Final was on the programme.
Many viewed an exhibition exploring the history of the community's migration and settlement in Victoria, an artist display, a reading corner and historical photos.
Various Mauritian, Rodriguan and Seychellois social and cultural groups and clubs displayed aspects of their social, community and educational activities in Melbourne.
CHARM Vic is a community based, non-profit organisation incorporated in Victoria since 28 July 2003. The organisation is run by volunteers and the main focus is on promoting cultural diversity in harmony through community building projects.
The "La Faya" Festival is a community building event proudly brought to you by C.H.A.R.M Vic in collaboration with the Mauritians and Rodriguans in Victoria. La Faya showcases the rich and exotic culture of these islands.
CHARM'S aim is to show case the wide variety of cultures that make up what is known to be Mauritius, Rodrigues and Seychelles to the local and broader communities of Melbourne and Australia
La Faya 2005 Award Winners!!!
The CHARM organisation were proud to recognise the work of many people within the Mauritian, Rodriguan & Seychelles community with the following awards.
Outstanding achievements in the Community Award
Presented to SACIM Vic & Patricia Kimtia
Presented to Tanya Constance & Jimmy Frederic
Presented to Kreoles' Finest & Tania Constance
Sports and Recreation Award
Presented to The Keysborough Soccer Club