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Final touches for Summit Village

Members of the public will be able to enjoy the sight, sounds and tastes of the Summit Village tomorrow and Tuesday from noon to 6 p.m. and on Wednesday from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.

However, from Thursday, the village will be opened exclusively for accredited summit delegates and members of the media.

The outdoor pavilion-being put together by designer Brian MacFarlane-is planned to encourage visitors to lounge, shop and be entertained by some of the country's foremost entertainers.

The Sunday Express visited the Port of Spain Waterfront park yesterday where MacFarlane and his crew were busy putting the final touches to the village. As some workers landscaped the area with palm plants, others were seen putting the final touches on the booths, which take the form of gingerbread houses.

"We started preparations on Monday, but lost one day because of the opening of the Port of Spain Waterfront on the Wednesday," said MacFarlane as he looked on at the ongoing works from the esplanade.

"We keep getting rain in between, but we are going to be ready. We have been working around the clock, and we have a crew that comes out in the night."

The Summit Village takes on a "Classic Caribbean" look around a large fountain and tall palm trees, which is surrounded by a red-bricked walkway. MacFarlane's design is similar to that of the 2008 edition of Taste T&T.

"The reason I chose this kind of classic, clean, pristine, white Caribbean houses is because I wanted to give the people who are coming from all over the world a sense of history and nostalgia," he said.

"I thought it really worked well against the colours of the very contemporary, modern buildings that we have here at the waterfront. I think the combination is a very eclectic look of the old and new, the traditional to modern works very well, and that's why I went this way."

Entertainers scheduled to perform at the village include Shurwayne Winchester, Relator, Mungal Patasar, The Codrington Family, H20 Phlo, David Bereaux and Friends, Sitara Baal, Tobago Reel, The Shiv Shakti Dancers and David Rudder.