TALK CITY 91.1 FM intensifies its spotlight on all things Independence this week, as Trinidad & Tobago celebrates its Golden Jubilee of Independence.
On Monday 27 August, from 8 p.m., and Wednesday 29 August from 10 p.m., we re-broadcast CONVERSATIONS WITH PRIME MINISTERS. This lecture series was launched by the University of the West Indies (UWI), St Augustine Campus, back in November 2011, as part of the University’s celebrations of this country’s 50th Anniversary of Independence. The lectures were held at the Daaga Auditorium, and featured former prime ministers Arthur N.R. Robinson and Basdeo Panday.
On Monday, we share the session featuring former Prime Minister and President of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago, His Excellency Arthur N.R. Robinson. He shares views on the independence experience, his stewardship as Prime Minister and his vision for the future. He also addressed a number of topics including the Finance Act of 1966, his alleged involvement with Black Power elements and the No Vote Campaign, inter alia.
On Wednesday, we re-broadcast the session featuring former Prime Minister Basdeo Panday. Mr. Panday shares his views on the independence experience, his stewardship as Prime Minister, his vision for the future and related matters, and fielded questions from the audience.
On Tuesday, from 9 p.m., we re-live the excitement of the Lord Bryner Independence Calypso Monarch Competition, held in commemoration of our 50th Independence Anniversary. TALK CITY fans will have a golden opportunity to relive the amazing performances of the competition, and hear exactly how Roderick Chucky Gordon convincingly bested several former National Calypso Queens, Young Kings and Monarchs, to win the coveted prize of bragging rights, and half a million dollars.
On Thursday evening, from 8 p.m., TALK CITY 91.1 FM joins its sister television station CTV to bring you live coverage of the re-enactment of the First Independence Flag Raising Ceremony, and other historical activities on that fateful day back in 1962.
It’s live, simultaneous coverage again on Friday eveing from 8 p.m., as we share the Jubilee Celebrations, live from the Queen’s Park Oval.
Lovers of the national instrument, the steelpan, are in for a treat on Saturday 1st September, as we re-broadcast PAN ON A HIGHER NOTE, an Independence Concert by the National Steel Symphony Orchestra, featuring special visiting guest artistes, Tambores de Cabildo de Colombia. The concert took place in July this year, at the National Academy of the Performing Arts North Campus, NAPA.
We wrap up our Independence specials on Sunday evening with a re-broadcast of another special UWI lecture — “Trinidad and Tobago: Our Place in the Region” — which was recorded at the Naparima Bowl in San Fernando, in May of this year. Presented by UWI’s Open Lectures Committee, this panel discussion was chaired by Sir Shridath Ramphal, and featured panelists such as Ambassador Paulo Sergio Traballi Bozzi of the Brazilian Embassy, Mr. Arthur Lok Jack, Dr. Michele Reis and Professor Hollis Liverpool.