North Coast Jazz festival ramps up entertainment /

When Louis Lee Sing start­ed the North Coast Jazz and Her­itage Fes­ti­val in 2017 he en­vi­sioned ral­ly­ing the qui­et rur­al com­mu­ni­ty of Blan­chisseuse to cre­ate a fore­most va­ca­tion des­ti­na­tion com­plete with an en­vi­able bed-and-break­fast in­dus­try and en­ter­tain­ment fa­cil­i­ties.

Five years on, he sees the fes­ti­val and «the most nat­ur­al of all our rur­al com­mu­ni­ties» on a steady course to­wards this goal.

«I re­main op­ti­mistic that it will be a mod­el for the de­vel­op­ment of rur­al com­mu­ni­ties, not on­ly in Trinidad but in the wider Caribbean and across the world. I think you’ve got to stop hop­ing that gov­ern­ments will come and do things. You’ve cer­tain­ly got to be­gin to de­vel­op your com­mu­ni­ty with peo­ple pool­ing their ef­forts–us­ing the same phi­los­o­phy of the co­op­er­a­tive move­ment–and their re­sources and build­ing for them­selves,» he said of Blan­chisseuse in a Sun­day Guardian in­ter­view.

LINK ORIGINAL: The Trinidad Guardian