DUST OF URUZGAN: FRED SMITH

Artback NT: Arts Development & Touring with Barkly Regional Arts present FRED SMITH: DUST OF URUZGAN. Playing at The Tennant Creek RSL on Saturday May 17th, 2014.

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Fred Smith was the first Australian diplomat to be posted to Uruzgan in July of 2009.  He wrote a powerful collection of songs about the realities of life for soldiers and civilians in this difficult war, recently released on a high acclaimed album called Dust of Uruzgan.

Fred Smith’s Dust of Uruzgan harnesses the unique ability of song to convey what words alone cannot – an emotional sense of life for soldiers and civilians in Afghanistan.

The show uses a powerful combination of great song-writing, an extraordinary collection of photographs and first-hand accounts of life on the front line to offer audiences a three dimensional experience of what it has been like for our people in Afghanistan: the dust, the heat, the frustration, the camaraderie, the fighting and the mundane day-to-day.

Dust of Uruzgan is a rare opportunity for Australians to get an insight from someone who was there. Audience members have said they learned more about Afghanistan in this two-hour show than they have from twelve years of media coverage.

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Catch FRED SMITH in Tennant Creek on Saturday 17th May 2014, at the Tennant Creek RSL. $10 at the door, BBQ food available. This intimate show will also feature a special musical collaboration with the Winanjjikari Music Centre musicians.

Have a listen to ‘Dust of Uruzgan’ by FRED SMITH.

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