I stood before the Ocean in the middle of the Night, and because I Loved her so, I asked her then if she would be my wife, she said “How could I place my trust in thee for I am bound and you are Free? So many men have took my hand and so many of them left me for the land. There were fisherman, whalers, seaman and sailors, but for all it’s just me and the Moon. And for each Star above me ten more have loved me. How could it be different with you?”
Meeting Aung San Suu Kyi at Electric Burma Concert, Dublin
The Electric Burma concert was held in the Bord Gas Energy Theatre, Dublin for Amnesty International to honor Aung San Suu Kyi for the outstanding work she has done and the sacrifices she has made for nearly 25 years. At this event she received the Amnesty International Ambassador of Conscience Award. After this Concert an event was held outside for all members of the public.
Tickets for the event sold within 10 minutes of public release and less than 2000 tickets went on sale. Fortunately I was lucky enough to obtain a ticket for this event. Even though it was not starting until 5pm doors opened at 3.30pm. I decided I would go an hour before hand so as I wouldn’t miss anything. I arrived a 4pm and even at that time there were crowds forming outside. There was a red carpet outside the doors of the theatre and photographers and reporters everywhere.
me on the red carpet
The crowd inside was a good mixture of people from well-known news reporters, politicians, celebrities, humanitarian aid workers and Burmese citizens. There was excitement in the air as everyone was awaiting for the guest of honour to arrive.
Once everyone had taken their seats Aung San Suu Kyi arrived. Everyone immediately stood to welcome Daw Suu. Members of Amnesty and Bono accompanied her. Once as everyone had settled and Aung San Suu Kyi had taken her seat the concert began.
Performances on the night had many people from around the world. The event opened with Riverdance followed by poetry readings from Jack Gleeson, Saoirse Ronnan and Vanessa Redgrave who read pieces written by Seamus Heaney. Declan O’Rourke, Bob Geldof and Martin Hayes also carried out performances
Many people such as Wu'er Kaixi, Nazanin Afshin Jam and Zarganar spoke about experiences in their countries and how it has affected the lives of citizens living there and the need for democracy and freedom of speech
Aung San Suu Kyi also gave a heart warming speech on the night. You can listen to her speech here
During intermission I was lucky enough to get a chance to meet Daw Suu Kyi. She seemed honored and genuinely humbled by the reception she was being given in Ireland.
Daw Suu Kyi and I
After intermission there were performances by Damien Rice and Bono, Lupe Fiasco and Kate Tempest. The concert ended with everyone coming back on stage and signing Bob Marley’s song “Get Up Stand Up”
After the concert there were thousands of people waiting outside to see Aung San Suu Kyi. The Lord Mayor of Dublin gave a speech and presented Suu Kyi with the Freedom of Dublin. As it was her birthday the following day, she was given a birthday cake and the crowd outside sang happy birthday.
It was an amazing and surreal night, it was thought provoking in so many ways and would really make you appreciate the freedoms and privileges we have in Ireland that are often taken for granted. I wish Aung San Suu Kyi the best of luck in her travels and hopefully the rest of the 400 political prisoners in Burma will be released soon
Declan O'Rourke & Ingrid Berman Marin
Donal Lunny & Yungchen Lhamo
Romain Descharmes & Sarah Nemantu
Khin Thant Han & Bono Presenting the Amnesty International Ambassador of Conscience Award to Aung San Suu Kyi
Damien Rice & Bono
Crowds outside waiting for Daw Suu
Daw Suu Kyi on stage with the Lord Mayor of Dublin
We saw Declan O'Rourke again two weeks ago in Kinvara. I’ve never seen someone live who is such an amazing storyteller. I wish the audio quality on this was better- his skills as a musician and guitarist aren’t as obvious in this as they are when you’re watching him live (this is not a recording from the show we were at).
He closed with this song, and I cried. Listen to the lyrics.