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"Xanana Gusmao carries many titles .. freedom fighter .. presidential candidate .. big brother to a nation. In Australia this week he carried all these titles plus one other .. poet." Radio Australia
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Xanana's Poem: World Peace

Radio Australia

Audio: http://www.abc.net.au/asiapacific/audio/xanana_poem.asx

A powerful message

Xanana Gusmao carries many titles .. freedom fighter .. presidential candidate .. big brother to a nation. In Australia this week he carried all these titles plus one other .. poet.

And it was in this guise, that he openend the 2001 Melbourne Festival of Arts.

Xanana Gusmao’s poem entitled “World Peace”, has been republished here with his permission. You can also listen to his performance of it from the opening night of the Melbourne Festival at the Sidney Myer Music Bowl on October 11.

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12/10/2001
 

WORLD PEACE
Violence, death
Blood and tears

Intelligence in the service of destruction
The art of mobilising human beings to die
For principles, rights?
or power, ambition?

Suffering, grief
Despair, revenge

The result eclipsing their dimension
The numbers alone recorded by history
While many die
Others sow a hatred

Speaking of Peace
When a war rages

Innocents, the defenceless oppressed
Interests, politics at the fore
Principles to justify
And rights do not exist

Speaking of war
When peace prevails

Human conscience in alienation
Dignity debased in the absence of morals
A truth is preached
Then violations down-played

The violence screams
Dialogue the loser

There are no causes, forgotten
Spirits aroused, force is the answer
A world of fear
In the media of trauma

Justice, the claim
Punishment, a demand

Dragged into the tide of emotions
The human side of life, twisted
Where there is no courage
And no place for forgiveness

The opening night celebrations also included a performance by five young singers from Balibo - Inacio Santos da Cruz, Erson Guruh Pina, Ruben da Cruz, Maria Antonia Ambrosa Tasik Pina, Romana Pereira, Maria Zinha Olivera Maia de Carvalho.
12/10/2001


Warrior poet performs in Melbourne

East Timorese freedom fighter and likely first president Xanana Gusmao visited Australia to perform a reading of his own poetry at the Melbourne Festival. The poem was specially commissioned for the festival’s opening concert, accompanied by six teenage singers from the East Timorese city of Balibo.
24 days of dance, theatre, music, opera, visual arts and free events.
Info: Ms Raee Izett, Public Affairs Manager, Melbourne Festival Office Ph: 03 9652 8639; 0418 358 585 Email: r.izett@melbournefestival.com.au | http://www.melbournefestival.com.au
The Melbourne Festival
11 October to 3 November 2001
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Warrior poet to perform in Melbourne
 

MELBOURNE, Sept 10 AAP - East Timorese freedom fighter and likely first president Xanana Gusmao will visit Australia next month to perform a reading of his own poetry at the Melbourne Festival.

Mr Gusmao will read a specially commissioned poem at the festival’s opening concert, accompanied by six teenage singers from the East Timorese city of Balibo.

The performance could boost festival numbers by thousands, with many of Melbourne’s 10,000 strong East Timorese community expected to attend to see the much-loved resistance leader.

Victorian Premier Steve Bracks announced the visit in a statement yesterday (Sunday), saying he was delighted Mr Gusmao could attend.

He said the performance was part of an Australia-East  Timor cultural exchange aimed at forging greater artistic links between the two nations.

“I am delighted to lend my support to this important cultural exchange with the world’s newest democracy,” he said.

Mr Bracks said Victorians had already demonstrated a strong commitment to rebuilding East  Timor  as it moved towards independence, and he hoped the concert would inspire even greater support for the island nation.



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