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This year, Anzac Day will be like no other. Let’s all #StandAtDawn #LightuptheDawn – apart, but together as one. The Anzac spirit has taught us many things: endurance, courage, ingenuity, good humour and mateship.  And in these unprecedented times, it’s important we unite demonstrating all of these qualities. In the United Kingdom, New Zealanders, Australians and friends of our countries are encouraged to honour the day, and below are various ways in which you may like to join the commemorations.

8.30pm Friday 24 April
On Friday evening at 8.30pm and repeated at dawn in the UK, join Australians in a service of national commemoration broadcast live from the Australian War Memorial in Canberra.

5.30am, Saturday 25 April
The New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF) and Returned Services Association (RSA) and the RSL (Returned Services League) this year are asking New Zealanders, Australians and friends to Stand at Dawn. A programme of events will be broadcast on the ABC and Radio New Zealand. We are encouraged to do the same here in the UK, and Stand at Dawn in our homes, driveways or hallways with lighted candles. We will post program links once these have gone live, so that you too can listen as others will have done earlier.

This is a unique way for families and communities to remember Anzac Day within the respective safety of their home bubbles.

11am, Saturday 25 April
In lieu of the various traditional Anzac Day Services held in London annually, this year the New Zealand and Australian High Commissions, together with Westminster Abbey, will host a special commemoration service. You will be able to view this on the social media channels of both the NZ and Australian High Commissions as well as Westminster Abbey’s Facebook page.

The pre-recorded service will include a number of elements of the usual events held at the Hyde Park Corner Memorials, Cenotaph and Westminster Abbey, while observing UK Government guidance on social distancing and public gatherings.


Australia House invites you to enjoy a cultural program that honours the past and speaks to the nation’s future.

To view events live see links below.

3pm, Saturday 25 April Hope and Remembrance recital
As part of the Australian High Commission's ANZAC Day program the Australia House Ensemble and Friends will present Hope and Remembrance, a 30-minute virtual concert of classic and contemporary Australian and other music, ranging from Waltzing Matilda and Irkanda I by Australian composer Peter Sculthorpe to Shostakovich’s 8th string quartet (2nd movt) and Messiaen’s Quartet for the End of Time, part VIII.

AHE: Rebecca Chan - violin, (AHE Lead); Iona Allan - violin; Sasha Bota - viola; Daniel Pini - cello 
Friends of AHE: Thomas Rann - cello; James Wannan - viola; Cameron Roberts - piano; Eliza Boom - soprano


 7.30pm, Saturday 25 April Alan Seymour’s The One Day of the Year reading
Bestselling Australian/British author Kathy Lette will guest present a special reading of Alan Seymour’s iconic play The One Day of the Year via Zoom. Directed by Wayne Harrison, former artistic director of the Sydney Theatre Company, the production features a stellar line-up of Australian and New Zealand actors, including Mark Little (Alf), Kerry Fox (Dot), Daniel Monk (Hughie), Celeste Dodwell (Jan) and Paul Haley (Wacka) – all appearing from the safety of their own homes, of course!

 ‘’Well, you know what day this is? This day used to mean someth’n’ once...If it wasn’t for men like my old man this country’d never bin heard of. They put Australia on the map they did, the ANZACs did. An’ bloody died doin’ it.”

Is ANZAC Day just an excuse for “one long grog-up” or is it a day when Australians reflect on those who have paid the ultimate price?

For war veterans like Alf and his friend Wacka, ANZAC Day is an opportunity to commemorate history and the forging of Australia's national identity.  For Alf’s son Hughie, reacting against everything his father stands for, ANZAC Day is a just an out-of-date nationalist nostalgia fest.

The reading, produced by Trish Wadley, will be available via a link published on The Australian High Commission website and Facebook page and will be available until 31 May 2020.



27 April – 3 May, BookBound 2020


Five New Zealand authors will be taking part in new online literary festival BookBound, bringing together writers and book-lovers for a series of readings, story-times and live author-to-author conversations.
Look out for Pip Adam, creator of the Better Off Read podcast, whose forthcoming novel is Nothing to See; Sydney-based audio producer and journalist Sarah Allely, who created critically-acclaimed documentary podcast series Brain on Nature; writer and performer Freya Daly Sadgrove, whose first book Head Girl is published this year; legendary poet and playwright Renee, 90, whose recent publications are the memoir These Two Hands and her first crime novel The Wild Card, and poet and journalist Jamie Trower, who has published two poetry collections: A Sign of Light and Anatomy, about living with physical disability.

Tait Tuesdays

The Tait Memorial Trust’s live online concerts go from strength to strength with Tait awardees performing from their homes to yours.

Upcoming concerts:

May 5th – Courtenay Cleary, violin; Phillipa Robinson, clarinet; Kathy Sander, piano
May 12th – Joseph Tawadros AM, oud
May 19th – Paul Tabone, tenor
All tickets via Eventbrite

That's it! Keep checking the website for updates - new EVENTS are being added regularly - and check out the NEWS section to see who's winning prizes, launching new books - and generally causing a stir in the arts world!

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