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Paul Kelly Set To Perform In Antarctica

11 February 2023 | 9:48 am | Mary Varvaris

Will you be joining Paul Kelly for Songs In The South?

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Paul Kelly is off to Antarctica in January 2024 as part of Chimu Adventures' exclusive charter, Songs In The South.

The beloved Aussie singer will be joined by respected journalists Andrew Denton and Jennifer Byrne, as well as local contemporary artist Ben Quilty.

Songs In The South is a 21-day voyage that departs on 8 January 2024 aboard Chimu’s polar vessel, the Ocean Endeavour. The adventure begins in Ushuaia, then crosses the famous Drake Passage before "discovering the magnificent South Shetland Islands and the Antarctic peninsula itself."

A press release says, "Guests will then explore South Georgia, renowned for its significance to Sir Ernest Shackleton's ill-fated Endurance expedition and the world’s largest king penguin colony, then visit the Falkland Islands, known for its rugged beauty and unique birdlife."

Book your cabin, transport, meals and tickets here.

Paul Kelly was due to perform in Antarctica in 2021 to raise funds for World Wide Fund (WWF) and climate crisis group Groundswell Giving. 

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“Paul Kelly shares many of Chimu’s views about the environment and climate change, and his latest single [Sleep, Australia, Sleep] shines an important light on these issues," Chimu Adventure co-founder, Chad Carey, said in February 2020.

"Being able to support WWF and The Groundswell Project via this expedition is something we are delighted to be able to do.”

In August last year, Paul Kelly was honoured with a lane named after him in Adelaide.

Formerly known as Pilgrim Lane, Paul Kelly Lane is one of five CBD laneways recognising the contributions of renowned Adelaide-born musicians with strong links to the city and runs from Flinders Street to Pirie Street behind the Adelaide Town Hall.

The unveiling is the latest in Adelaide’s City of Music Laneways Naming Project, with Kelly joining SiaCold ChiselNo Fixed Address and The Angels, all of whom have previously been honoured.

Each lane has accompanying artworks, with Kelly’s brought to life through the work of local artist Heidi Kenyon, who has created a series of light-based artworks.

The initiative was launched so that locals and visitors could learn more about the state’s rich music history, supporting artists and venues across the city in the process.