Watch: Love in the air at Leve 2018
Photo courtesy Jermaine Cruickshank
‘Love is in the air’ was the theme for this year’s Leve, an annual party held at the luxurious Villa Being in Arnos Vale, Tobago.
The brainchild of Dr Auliana Poon, owner of Villa Being and founder of Tourism Intelligence Ltd, a tourism consultancy that works with Governments across the world, Leve is a platform that seeks to promote indigenous talent.
The invitation-only event marries fashion designers, artists, chefs and manufacturers of artisanal products with the who’s who, people with deep pockets and networks who can invest in products they like or connect creatives with economic opportunities.
Dr Poon believes that the Caribbean has to sell more than sun, sea and sand and she created Leve, patois for ‘Lift Up’, to demonstrate that a unique product packaged for a high-end market is possible in the Caribbean.
With the likes of Tobago East and West MPs, Ayanna Webster-Roy and Shamfa Cudjoe, Minority Leader in the Tobago House of Assembly Watson Duke, THA Secretary of Tourism, Culture and Transportation, Nadine Stewart-Phillips, former Miss World Giselle Laronde-West, former Miss Universe Janelle Penny Commissiong and Chamber of Commerce CEO Gabriel Faria, among others, in attendance, Leve was a smorgasbord of visual and culinary delights.
There were fashion shows featuring bridal wear from Heather Jones, suits from the Savile Row-trained Marlon George of DAWW Creations as well as the work of emerging fashion talent Cassey Daniel of Yesa Deisgn and Tobago designer Dayle Abeje Angus.
Guests were treated to a menu of locally-inspired treats from Chef Adrian Cumberbatch such as Spicy Bazodee shrimp, Babash-glazed Chicken kebabs, pork skewers named after Tobago’s famous boxer Claude Noel and Mango jub jub. These bites were washed down with coconut water served in coconut shells, sorrel and cocktails from Angostura.
Colourful art adorned the walls around Villa Being. Veteran artist Ken Crichlow created a collection specifically for Leve called Into Lighted Space while Tomley Roberts, a Tobagonian, showcased his work which has garnered him the title of the man shaping Tobago’s artistic future.
Entertainment was provided by The Cartar’s, pannist Gerard Balfour and the Les Coteaux Folk Performers.
The highlight of the evening was the renewal of vows by some couples and the cutting of a cake made for the event.