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In remembrance: ANZAC Day 2004

Wednesday 24 April For immediate release

In remembrance: ANZAC Day 2004

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Every year, Auckland War Memorial Museum marks Anzac Day with a special programme of commemorative events. This year, Anzac Day is particularly special as it marks 90 years since the outbreak of World War I.

The day commences with the dawn service at 5.30am, with a repeat service at 11. Opening to the public from 12 noon, the Museum will offer a range of performances, film screenings and craft activities for children.

At 12.30pm, Gunner Inglorious, a one-man play based on the autobiography of World War II veteran Jim Henderson, will be performed in the Manaia Room.

At 2pm, the University of Auckland Singers conducted by Karen Grylls will perform requiem pieces, including In Hora Ultima – At the Ultimate Hour by Lassus.

At 3pm, a compilation of historic films shot during World War I, entitled ‘Zealandia’s Great War on Film’, will screen in the Manaia Room. This screening is organised in association with the New Zealand Film Archive and marks the 90 years since the outbreak of World War I. Pianist Tama Karena will accompany these silent films.

Screening all day on the war memorial floor is a New Zealand documentary exploring Vietnam veteran’s shifting perspectives of the global phenomena of war, ‘From Memory’ by Zoe Roland. This film is shown in association with our special exhibitions, Another Vietnam: Pictures of the War from the Other Side and Vietnam - A Kiwi Snapshot, two eye-opening exhibitions commemorating the loss and suffering from both sides of the Vietnam war.

Between 12 noon and 4pm, jewellery-maker Kirsten Haydon will demonstrating her work in the Decorative Arts West Gallery, and will end the day with a tour of her exhibition, In the Drawer, which is based on her grandfather’s wartime experiences.

For the kids, poppy-making workshops will run in the Discovery Centre between 12 noon and 3pm.

Full programme of events follows.

Anzac Day

12:00noon – 5:00pm

5:30 Dawn Parade

11:00 Citizens’ Service,
Museum opens Make your own poppy
(12:00noon – 3:00pm) [T&T]
“Gunner Inglorious”
This one-man performance by Michael Burton is a play about the experience of a soldier in WWII, based on the book by Jim Henderson.
(12:30pm – 2:00pm) [MAN] 12:30
2:00 “The Auckland University Singers”, directed by Associate Professor Karen Grylls, will perform music, which includes In hora ultima ‘at the ultimate hour’ by Lassus, O nata lux by Tallis and works for double choir sung from the galleries especially for this solemn occasion.
(2:00pm – 2:20pm) [MEZ]
“Zealandia’s Great War, On Film”
Commemorating the 90th anniversary of the outbreak of WWI; with thanks to the Royal New Zealand Returned Services Association
(3:00pm) [MAN] 3:00
4:00 Kirsten Haydon will give a Gallery tour through her exhibition In the Drawer, an installation based on the recollections of her grandfather’s war-time experiences and her own memories of her Poppa.
(4:00pm) [WG]
“From Memory”, directed by Zoe Roland is an experimental documentary exploring New Zealnd Vietnam War Veterans shifting perspectives of the global phenomena of war.
(27 mininutes long) [ARM] ALL DAY Kirsten Haydon will demonstrate her work.
(12:00noon – 4:00pm) [WG]
Another Vietnam: Pictures of the War from the Other Side, a National Geographic Museum exhibition
admission $8/$6


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