Details of Aung San Suu Kyi's visit to Ireland announced

Wednesday 30 May 2012 22.08
Aung San Suu Kyi will attend a special concert in Dublin
Aung San Suu Kyi will attend a special concert in Dublin

Details have been announced of the visit by Burma's pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi to Ireland.

The whistle-stop trip will take place on 18 June.

The Nobel Peace Prize winner of 1991 will arrive in Ireland from the Norwegian capital of Oslo after collecting the prize.

Efforts are being made to arrange a meeting with President Michael D Higgins before Aung San Suu Kyi attends a special concert at the Bord Gáis Energy Theatre.

Electric Burma will feature music, dance and spoken word.

Contributors confirmed so far include Bob Geldof, Vannesa Redgrave and Riverdance.

Bono will present Aung San Suu Kyi with Amnesty International’s Ambassador of Conscience award.

She is also due to receive the Freedom of Dublin, which she was awarded during her detention.

Tickets for the event go on sale this Friday at 9am, with prices starting at €25.

Efforts are also under way to arrange a public event outside the theatre after the concert.

The democracy icon has spent 15 of the past 22 years under house arrest.

Aung San Suu Kyi arrived in Thailand yesterday on her first overseas trip from Burma, officially known as Myanmar, in more than two decades.

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