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