A dynamic ecosystem for Beau Plan and the region
One cannot imagine Beau Plan in 20 years without considering the cultural and artistic dimension that is currently flourishing there. This creative aspect is more than ever part of the DNA of the Smart City project. The objective: to contribute to the development of cultural and creative industries in the region, so that it then expands across the island.
The cultural and creative aspects perfectly suit the region of Pamplemousses, one of the oldest villages of the island. The Village is home to a Botanical Garden and l’Aventure du Sucre, which highlights the industrial heritage of the island, not to mention the ruins of the old powder magazine, near the Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam National (SSRN) Hospital, which will form part of a museum project in the future. Emeric Vigier de Latour, Communications Manager for the Terra group, highlights that Beau Plan has nothing to envy to other parts of the island. In fact, Beau Plan has a rich history and some of its buildings date back more than 150 years.
“Beau Plan existed before us and will continue to exist for the future generations. Hence the objective of developing a city on a human scale, designed by man and for man which highlights all the existing heritage’’, emphasizes Emeric.
Over the past decade, Beau Plan has hosted unifying events, such as Dreamers and the Kaz’Out festival – with which Terra has been partnered for five years. This festival has evolved a lot with the participation of both foreign and local artists.
Following the festival, links have been established between the organizers and the young people of the region. Some have undergone training in the event sector; others have built up experience in coordinating projects. During the last festival, members of the Youth Council of Bois Rouge shared their eco-friendly ideas: sorting bins, energy saving awareness posters, among others. The festival served as a link between cultural actors and young people in the region.
This interaction continues with several projects launched recently. The brand-new Atelier des Artisans, located in an historical building in the Creative Park, is being inalized. Craftsmen, rattan weavers, tinsmiths, carpenters, seamstresses, shoemakers, and others will be supported by designers and decorators who will guide them to better meet current market expectations. The Mount factory is also involved in large scale projects, including cast iron work and large carpentry projects.
By doing so, Beau Plan supports the development of the cultural and creative sector and helps artisans to professionalize their activities. “The Creative Park can support them through communication, organising events or sponsorships. It is also about connecting people, to promote collaboration between local artisans and event organizers’’, points out Emeric Vigier de Latour.
On the upcoming events calendar, of course depending on the health situation, we highlight firstly, Cheers for Culture, a monthly event organized by l’Aventure du Sure in partnership with potters, jewellery makers, dancers, and musicians. The second edition of the Gourmet Experience which welcomed approximately 2,000 visitors last year! And finally, the “Art’péros” by Grays.
So many opportunities for Beau Plan’s partners to develop their activities, so as to establish over the years, a creative and dynamic ecosystem that will continue to boost the city and neighbouring regions.
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