BY Lisa Lindblad
November 11, 2011
Fogo Island: The landscape is startling and honest, unsentimental and unafraid. The weather is a member of the community…the winds at the edge of the North Atlantic make cheeks burn and eyes water in February, but its breezes are a benediction on a warm July afternoon. Architecture here fights for life. Always poised at the edge, making the inhabitable habitable, but is ultimately part of the land. It is not uncommon for a herd of caribou to stroll past or a humpback whale to sail into the air as massive icebergs cruise southward in the middle of the summer. Partridgeberries flourish in the fall despite the everywhere rock, and many-coloured wildflowers spring up to make the most of a short but exceptional season.
Fogo is a remote island off the coast of a remote island.
And more and more.
There is theatre and film, foraging and festivals – all of these sponsored and nurtured by the Shorefast Foundation:
The Shorefast Foundation is anchored in this place and in a set of principles:
We believe in community and the inherent qualities and strengths and character of the people in a community.
We believe in the importance of roots and heritage and that looking at what has formed us in the past is essential to building a strong future.
We believe that there is a future for rural communities and that future is built on innovation, resilience, optimism and the ability to adapt.
And we believe the arts have a pivotal role to play in finding the path forward.