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.


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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