August 29, 2008

Peacekeeping Musician Plays

MUSICIAN and peacekeeper Fred Smith is in New Plymouth for a concert this week.

Smith's work as a musician and radio broadcaster contributed to the success of the world's first unarmed peacekeeping force.

Between 1999 and 2003, he worked as a civilian adviser to the Australian Army's peacekeeping mission on Bougainville Island, the eastern-most province of Papua New Guinea, following civil war on the island. He became fluent in the pidgin language of the region, Tokpisin, and used his skills as a radio broadcaster and musician to promote peace and as a way of connecting with the locals.

Smith became famous for his work there, and this is the subject of a documentary film called Bougainville Sky, which will be shown at the gig.

It costs $15 for the concert and film, and will be held at the Devon Hotel from 7.30pm.

Tickets can be purchased from MusicWorks and there are door sales.

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