The Anzac Eve Peace Vigil renews an ancient custom of keeping watch in the night, calling the spirit of a community to a sacred purpose.

At 5.30pm, as dusk falls on 24 April we meet on top of Mt Ainslie. Handmade lanterns are shared about .

With lanterns alight we gather round a fire, singing together.

We look over our city, acknowledging the beauty of our country and the wisdom of its custodians through the millennia before us.

Elders welcome us.

We hear laments and love songs.

We remember the terrible cost of war and how much we cherish peace.

And together, we listen into the hope in the 'Spirit Songs' that A Chorus of Women sing every year ...

People, hear the law
of the seeds in your lament
Dark seeds in the fire
humming like a new song growing
Opening with your longing
sprouting in the night
Flowering new songs
old songs the love songs
Lulay Lulay

The Vigil continues through the night ---

Listen here. A Chorus of Women sing Lest We Forget.

Walking into darkness
departing 6.15 pm
from on top of Mt Ainslie

We begin a lantern-lit procession down the mountain track.
We walk in silence, carrying a light into the darkness of grief.
Please note, the walk is only for the sure-footed and personal safety is each person's responsibility.

Walkers are greeted with community singing at the end of the walk in Remembrance Park before a procession across the road into the War Memorial grounds.

Voices of Lament, Voices of Yearning
About 7.15 pm
Forecourt, Australian War Memorial

Within a circle of lantern light, we gather round the peace fire to lament the sorrows of war and express our yearnings for peace with personal storytelling, poetry and song.

Around 8.15 the lantern lit procession continues down Anzac Parade towards the West Block building.

Night Watch
From about 8.30 pm
outside West Block cnr of Anzac Parade and Constitution Avenue, Reid.

Around 8.15pm the lantern lit procession continues down Anzac Parade towards the Lake to a campfire outside West Block for stories, poetry, singing and conversation all through night. Warming soup will be offered, and also after the Anzac Dawn Service next morning. Remember to BYO mug, rug and chair.

Downloadable DL sized flyer: Front (5.9 Mb). Back (102 KB) .

Graeme Dunstan, Master of Lanterns, 0407 951 688

Johanna McBride, Musical Co-ordinator,
A Chorus of Women 0402 050 885

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There is limited parking on the top of Mount Ainslie and it's a long uphill walk to get back to cars parked there.

We suggest car sharing between friends, one car at top another at the bottom.

At the completion of our ceremony in the Australian War Memorial Forecourt, and before we depart, we will sort out lifts to help people get back to their transport.

The Anzac Peace Vigil is the fruit of the creative efforts of a circle of friends. We have no government funding, We welcome donations.

Account name: Peacebus
BSB: 728-728
Account Number:22289422