ANZAC Day is on Saturday 25 April. Part 2 of our What’s on in Melbourne review for April focuses on the events commemorating or supporting ANZAC Day and Australia’s veterans. For the What’s on in Melbourne guide for everything else, take a look at Part 1 of our review.
ANZAC Day protocols are much the same wherever you choose to attend: the day starts with a dawn service followed by a parade, then a service of remembrance and finally a sunset service, and Melbourne is no exception. The events held this year are particularly poignant as they commemorate the 100th anniversary of the landings at Gallipoli. Full details on all events on the website.
Where: Shrine of Remembrance, Birdwood Avenue, Melbourne VIC 3001
When: Saturday 25 April 2015 commencing at 6am, but get there between 4 and 5am if you want to take part.
This event is taking place at cities across Australia on the eve of the 100th anniversary of the landings at Gallipoli.
It aims to provide an opportunity for groups and individuals to camp together as the Diggers did during the First World War. There are no tents or camping stoves, just an opportunity to sleep under the stars and “join in a night of entertainment and remembrance”. In the morning a dawn service is followed by breakfast prior to the closure of the camp.
Where: The Melbourne Showgrounds Epsom Rd, Ascot Vale VIC 3032
When: Friday 24 April 2015 from 3pm
Cost: Including dinner and breakfast: Adult $121, Concession/Junior (3-15) $99
Excluding food: Adult $88 Concession/Junior $77
Photo courtesy of Camp Gallipoli website
The eve of the 100th anniversary of the Battle of Gallipoli will see the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra play Beethoven’s Incidental music to Egmont, with its themes of love and defiance; and his Choral Symphony No 9 – with its themes of brotherhood and unity – in remembrance of those who fought.
Where: Hamer Hall, 100 St Kilda Road, Melbourne
When: 8pm, Thursday 23 and Friday 24 April 2015
Cost: Thursday $35 to $149; Friday $40 to $149
Photo courtesy of Melbourne Symphony Orchestra website
ANZAC Day Race
As well as the racing, Flemington is hosting a remembrance service. Servicemen and women are invited to take part. They’ll also receive free entry and a complimentary drink at the bar between noon and 1pm. ANZAC Day Appeal pins are being sold to support veterans.
Where: Flemington Racecourse, 400 Epsom Road, Flemington, Victoria, 3031
When: Saturday 25 April. Gates open at 12 noon with the first race at 1pm
Cost: Adult $12, Student $10, Seniors $7, Under 16s free
Photo courtesy of Flemington Racing website