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Gates of KIA a Concert for Afghanistan

April 1, 2022 @ 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm AEDT

$ per ticket

Gates of KIA – Concert for Afghanistan
Friday 1 April – The Palais Theatre Franklin
7:30 PM Tickets: $45 Adults & $38 concession.
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Fred Smith and band will be presenting this extraordinary song cycle on Australia’s involvement in Afghanistan culminating in the dramatic evacuation from Kabul in August 2021. His epitaph for the mission is “it was what it was”, and we are left admiring the courage and tenacity of thousands of Afghans who braved the human cattle yards outside the gates of Kabul International Airport in a last-ditch dash for freedom. Fred was there at the beginning in Uruzgan Province and returned at the end working from Kabul International Airport (KIA) on the difficult evacuation.
“Finely observed snapshots of a harsh, sad and funny reality…In concert he has a knack for balancing drama and humour…towering artistic achievement”
John Shand, Sydney Morning Herald
“Fred Smith is an Australian national treasure. Diplomat, philosopher, poet and raconteur his songs reverberate with the prophetic voice of humanity…an extraordinary, wonderful and heart-uplifting concert.”
Peter Wilkins, Canberra Critics Circle
“A beautiful retelling of Australia’s Afghanistan experience…a sense of sharing collective grief.”
Adrienne Francis, ABC 666, Saturday Breakfast, 19 February 2022
“This was more than a concert. It was an astute analysis of Australia’s 20-year involvement in the Afghan War from a humanitarian who witnessed the many shades of war first hand.”
Ian McLean, City News
Performers: Fred Smith, Erin Collins, Dave McNamara, Rachel Myers, Jed Adams and Anna Spinaze.
About Fred Smith
“Fred Smith is simply the best folk/country musician working in this country…beyond writing some of the finest songs about Australians at war, he has created a repertoire that is wry, literate, witty, powerfully emotional and insightful.” (Bruce Elder, SMH). He blends tunes you can whistle with stories you will remember. His songs are subtle, wry and perceptive. His remarkable hybrid career is the subject of an Australian Story documentary. His memoir, the Dust of Uruzgan, was recently published by Allen and Unwin. Fred’s performances will have you laughing, thinking and feeling.

Gates of KIA a Concert for Afghanistan