Dust of Uruzgan - Launceston
In 2011, songwriter and diplomat Fred Smith returned from 18 months in Uruzgan Province, southern Afghanistan with a collection of songs he released as the album Dust of Uruzgan. The album won rave reviews and coverage on national radio, television and print.
In 2013 Smith was back in Uruzgan working alongside Australian troops as they prepared to withdraw from the province by Christmas. In 2014 the stage show Dust of Uruzgan tours Australia wide.
The show combines songs, humour, and commentary with a stunning set of projected photographs by military and civilian photographers. Smith was actually there and the stories he tells are of real people and events.
As our soldiers finally come home from Afghanistan, the Dust of Uruzgan show is a unique and important opportunity for an Australian public hungry to know what it was all about, and to understand the experiences of 10,000 young Australians who, for the last eight years, have struggled to make a difference in one of the poorest provinces of this war-ravaged country.
Poignant, educational, and at times humorous, Dust of Uruzgan is an enlightening and entertaining live music performance.
Fred Smith was the subject of a moving and revealing episode of ABC Television's Australian Story.