Anzac Day Saturday 25 April 2020

Event Details

  • 16 Sep 19 12:00 - 25 Apr 20 05:30
  • Commemorative
  • Virtual #StandAtDawn

Tena koe,

Although it is unfortunately not possible to participate in Anzac Day events in the traditional way this year, the New Zealand High Commission, along with the Australian High Commission and with the support of Westminster Abbey, are pleased to invite you to join us for various virtual Anzac Day commemorations for 2020.

This year, Anzac Day will be like no other. Let's all #StandAtDawn – apart, but together as one. 

The Anzac spirit has taught us many things: endurance, courage, ingenuity, good humour and mateship. In these unprecedented times, it's important we unite together using 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.

 5.30am, Saturday 25 April

The New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF) and Returned Services Association (RSA) this year are asking New Zealanders, Australians and friends to Stand at Dawn, and have arranged a programme of events which will be broadcast on Radio New Zealand at 6am. We're encouraging you to do the same here in the UK, and Stand at Dawn in your homes, driveways or at your front door at 5.30am UK time. We will post links on our website to the RNZ broadcast once those have gone live, so that you too can listen as they will have in New Zealand hours before.

"This is a unique way for families and communities to remember Anzac Day within the respective safety of their home 'Bubbles'. The sacrifice everyone is being asked to make as part of the COVID-19 Lockdown is the same kind of Anzac spirit that we honour for all those who have served New Zealand past, present and future" says RNZSA National President B J Clark.

 On the Stand at Dawn website, you will find resources and activities you may like to work on at home. We encourage you to have a go at any of those, and post photos of them on Instagram or Twitter using the hashtag #StandatDawn and tagging @nzinuk, then we will share them on Anzac Day.

 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 release an online Service at 11am on Saturday 25 April. This will be available to view on the following Social Media channels:

New Zealand High CommissionFacebook

Australian High CommissionFacebook

Westminster AbbeyWebsite and Facebook

 This 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. We encourage you to join us virtually for this Service, and share with friends and family, both here and at home.

 We are also aware of various other services being held online across the UK. More details of those are being gathered as we learn of them, and will be added HERE as we get them.

 In addition, the Australian High Commission will be hosting two online cultural events.

  • ​From 3pm (BST) on Saturday 25 April, the Australia House Ensemble and Friends will present 'Hope and Remembrance', a 30-minute virtual recital of well-known and new music from Waltzing Matilda to music by Australian composer Peter Sculthorpe. Details are on the Australian High Commission's Facebook page (external link).
  • ​At 7:30pm (BST) on Saturday 25 April, Trish Wadley Productions will present a full reading of Alan Seymour's iconic play, The One Day of the Year via Zoom. The reading, presented by best-selling Australian-British author Kathy Lette, will be directed by Wayne Harrison, former artistic director of The Sydney Theatre Company, and features a stellar line up of Australian and New Zealand actors appearing from the safety of their homes. The reading will be available to watch via a link published on the Australian High Commission website (externallink) and Facebook page (external link), and will be available until 31 May 2020.

​​We hope you are able to join us in remembering this important day. Any further details and updates will be added to our Anzac Day London Services page of our website.

Ngā mihi nui,

David Evans, New Zealand Acting High Commissioner to the UK