Last Week, I had the opportunity to cover an event at the Queens Hall in St. Anns. The title of the function was the Queens Hall Client Appreciation and Excellence in Journalism Awards.
Chairman of Queens Hall, Dr.Helmer Hilwig gave a very direct and animated speech on the state of Journalism in Trinidad and Tobago. Dutch by birth, and a doctor, who also has experience in the medical field, is very passionate about theatre having been exposed to it from quite young. He asked the audience why is is that the media does not have a page for theatre in the newspapers? He continued that The New York Times has it, and so do many other media powerhouses around the world. He showed the audience samples of local newspaper clippings, of local events in full colour, "Why are these not front-page news, why must we see the picture of a bandit/rapist (italics ours) with his head covered by a t-shirt?" He even gave free suggestions on how to encourage theatre in Trinidad and Tobago, when he was done, there was a rousing applause, especially from Anne Hilton one of the Awardees and local Columnist. Without furthur ado I have added pics to put up details later.
There were three remarkable posthumous journalist Awardees: Keith Smith, former Editor-At-Large at the Trinidad Express (and one of my favourite Editors ever!), Allison Hennessy, and Terry Joseph. And the three currently living journalists who were in attendance to receive their Awards: Anne Hilton, Peter Ray Blood and Wayne Bowman. Mr. Caldeo Sookram, who was also a recipient of a Journalism award was not in attendance. The Honourable Winston Peters, Minister of the Arts and Multiculturalism was represented by Ms. Jennifer Jones.
|Carol La Chapelle greets a fellow guest|
|Ms. Yvonne Roberts-White and Dr. Helmer Hilwig|
|Love the Fashion!|
|From L-R: Sheelagh Besson (Allison Hennessy), Anne Hilton, Dr. Helmer Hilwig, Ms.Jennifer Jones, |
Louis Questel (Keith Smith), Peter Ray Blood, Wayne Bowman, Giselle Joseph (Terry Joseph)
|Jah Jah and Sons (Thanks Mary-Ann)|
|Peter Ray Blood, his daughter, and Natacha Jones|
|Love the outfit on the right.|
|Paul Keens-Douglas and Guest|
|Dr. Helmer Hilwig|
|Decor and Lighting|
2011©Lisa Marie Bonaparte