Friday 19 April, 2019

Leve changing the game for sustainable living & environment awareness

On May 5, Tourism Intelligence International will host its exclusive tourism and lifestyle invitation-only event, Leve, at the formidable Villa Being in Arnos Vale Tobago.

Under the theme of “Fashioning Our Future”, Leve incorporates the key Caribbean lifestyle elements of fine art, fashion, culinary delights, rum, rhythm, drama and performing art that will showcase the multi-faceted creativity of Trinidad and Tobago and the wider Caribbean region.

Dr. Auliana Poon, Head of the Leve Group of Companies, Managing Director of Tourism Intelligence International, and creator of Leve the event, stressed that “my company is committed to making its business model and its operations more and more sustainable; adopting environmentally-friendly and sustainable development criteria in all areas of its business. She added, “We intend to show the rest of the world, sustainability at its best; that sustainability can be sexy; sustainability can be elegant”.

Under the creative artistry of Richard Young, the presenting designers of the production include Caribbean fashion social conscious powerhouse Robert Young/The Cloth, Carnival and resort wear designers Christian Boucaud, and Rhion Romany, as well as rising star in resort and swimsuit, wear Dominic Hutch.

Fine art, including local artists Isaiah James Boodhoo and Jason Nedd as well as regional visual artist and environmental activist Roberto Tjon-A-Meeuw (who is based in Curacao) and Dominica’s best-known painter Earl Etienne, will also be at the show. Tobago-born artist Tomley Roberts will be coordinating the artistic display.

Chef Xenon Thomas will provide a unique experience fusing indigenous cuisines with international concepts and influences. An eclectic mix of entertainment will also be provided.

Over 300 people, including prominent heads of corporations, representatives of the diplomatic corps, philanthropists, fashionistas, serious art lovers and high-level government executives, are expected to attend this can’t-miss staple on Tobago's signature event calendar that will positively impact Tobago’s tourism sector.  

The event will be streamed live on Facebook. An auction of local and regional paintings will also take place to benefit the Tourism Intelligence Academy whose work is focused on environment sustainability and people upliftment.

In its fourth year, the objectives of Leve 2019 are:

-To pro-actively demonstrate social responsibility and provide a platform for personal and community actions that will ensure an environmentally safe and sustainable environment for future generations.

-To showcase talented “Trinbagonian” fashion designers, culinary practitioners, accessories producers and entertainers to an international audience.

-To promote the island of Tobago as the quintessential ecotourism vacation spot

-The "green story" of Villa Being, the venue for Leve, starts from its architecture. It is built in complete harmony with the surrounding landscape and with Caribbean-infused architecture and aesthetics. Only local paintings and other artworks decorate the inner and outer part of the buildings.

Continuing, Dr. Poon announced that “at Leve 2019, we are bringing together creatives, fashion designers, culinary artists, and innovators striving to create better more ethical and sustainable Caribbean lifestyles. We are focusing on introducing real actionable change, posing challenging questions such as "How do you champion sustainable living?” to our guests at Leve and indeed to the Caribbean region at large”.

The operational needs of Villa Being are both environmentally sustainable and with a very low impact on nature.  Even the outdoor furniture is made from recycled milk bottles and all woodworking and other services are 100% local.

Over 10 acres, Villa Being is an organic estate where there are over 30 different species of palms, as well as more than 20 different species of fruit trees and a wide range of vegetables and herbs.

The Patron for Leve 2019 is Mr. Aad Biesebroek, Head of the European Union Delegation to Trinidad and Tobago.

Guests can look forward to a fabulous fashion show from a new generation of Trinidad and Tobago fashion designers who are transforming the industry and using the changing public perception towards environment sustainability to develop a new design ethos. 

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