Dust of Uruzgan – Fred Smith

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 sensory 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.

Audience members have said they learned more about Afghanistan in this two-hour show than they have from twelve years of media coverage.

See the right hand column for tour dates and links to booking venues.

Fred Smith - Dust of Uruzgan

Photographer: Geoffrey Dunn. Image courtesy of the artist.

Dust of Uruzgan is a rare opportunity for Australians to get an insight from someone who was there. It succeeds in providing this insight, not through lectures and headlines, but through witty storytelling, clever song writing and a touching array of images.  Artback NT are very proud to be presenting this unique and important work in the NT.

Listen here:
Dust of Uruzgan

Going Home

Find out more here:

Fred Smith’s website
Fred Smith on ABC Canberra

Download the Dust of Uruzgan education kit.

Northern Territory Government

Tim Fairfax Family Foundation

Artback NT acknowledges the Aboriginal Traditional Custodians of the Country on which we perform or exhibit.