Plenty of events on to commemorate Anzac Day
There are plenty of things you can get involved in on April 25 to mark Anzac Day 2014.
Anzac Day services Anzac Day is a chance to commemorate fallen New Zealanders from all the conflicts that our country has been involved in. The services are held to honour their selfless sacrifice and celebrate the freedom and privileges they secured for us. The largest is at the Auckland War Memorial Museum Court of Honour, The Domain, Parnell, April 25. Dawn Service 6am, Civic Service 11am.
Curated by acclaimed filmmaker Gaylene Preston, Illuminate 2014 shares archival footage, including some newly discovered WWI footage, never seen before by the public. The archival film footage will be projected on to the front of the Auckland War Memorial Museum in the days around Anzac Day. This year, for the first time, the compelling images will be brought to life with a contemporary soundtrack commissioned. April 22-24 , sunset until 10pm Auckland War Memorial Museum Free
One hundred years after the start of WWI Auckland Choral presents a programme entitled War and Peace. The concert opens with the powerful and famous Toccata and Fugue by JS Bach and includes Haydn’s Mass in Time of War composed as a cry for peace. April 25, 5pm Auckland Town Hall Tickets $10-$89 Book online or phone 09 970 9700
Entries to Auckland War Memorial Museum’s annual Anzac poetry competition are open until April 16. The Lest We Forget poetry competition gives people of all ages the opportunity to articulate their response to war in poetry or prose. The theme for this year is ‘‘duty and adventure’’. Writers can express their thoughts and feelings about those who went off to fight or those who were left behind. There age categories are 11 years and under, 12 to 17 years and 18 years and over. Entry forms can be downloaded from aucklandmuseum.com or phone 309 0443.
Lest We Forget poetry competition finalists’ readings. Six finalists will be invited to read their poems in the Auckland War Memorial Museum’s Hall of Memories during the Anzac Day commemorations. April 25, 1pm Auckland War Memorial Museum Hall Of Memories Free
Anzac Day Tours. Take a 45-minute guided tour around the Auckland War Memorial galleries focusing on you area of interest: World War I or World War II. Auckland War Memorial Museum Armoury Information Centre April 25 On the hour between 7.30am and 3.30pm Free
Auckland Youth Choir Fresh from its recital at the Dawn Commemorative Service, the Auckland Youth Choir will perform inside the museum. Auckland War Memorial Museum World War I Sanctuary April 25, 9am Free
The Graduate Choir New Zealand Join one of New Zealand’s premier choirs as it performs a tribute in music for Anzac Day. Auckland War Memorial Museum World War I Sanctuary April 25, 11.45am Free
Poppy making: Bring the kids along so they can make their own Anzac Day poppy. Auckland War Memorial Museum April 25, 12 to 4pm Free