NZ'S FIRST WORLD WAR CENTENARY 2014–2019

Anzac Day 2018 events in Le Quesnoy

A comprehensive programme of lectures, concerts, exhibitions, seminars, performances and official commemorations in Le Quesnoy and open to the public around Anzac Day.

The Battle of Le Quesnoy in northern France on 4 November 1918 was one of New Zealand’s most important victories, but also the last. A few days after the liberation of the town, the Armistice ending the First World War was signed in Compiegne, France. The liberation of Le Quesnoy is still anchored in the memory of New Zealanders and the people of the town.

A comprehensive programme of lectures, concerts, exhibitions, seminars, performances and official commemorations will take place in Le Quesnoy around Anzac Day 2018, and is open to the public.

  • Friday 2 February at 7pm: «Maori Art» lecture by Gaëlle Cordier, lecturer/guide at the Matisse Museum. Venue: Salon d’Honneur, Hotel de Ville Le Quesnoy. With the support of the Le Quesnoy-New Zealand Association. Entrance free.
  • Friday 6 April at 7pm: Writers in the Great War, Genevoix in the Meuse in 1915, Manning in the Somme in 1916, Jünger and Artois in 1918. How and why talk about “his war” lecture by Jean-Pierre Ramette, Associate of Classical Letters. Venue: Salon d’Honneur, Hotel de Ville Le Quesnoy. With the support of the Le Quesnoy-New Zealand Association. Entrance free.
  • Saturday 21 April 21 at 9.30am: «How NZ soldiers came to be in Le Quesnoy» guided tour in English by Herbert Farrant, New Zealand Military Historical Society. Meeting point: place du Colonel Blyth, Beaudignies. Duration: 2h30. Lunch 12pm-2pm at the Salle des Fêtes in Beaudignies (rue du Marais) followed by a march of remembrance 2pm-4pm. With the support of the Le Quesnoy-New Zealand Association. Reservations: kiwilequesnoy@wanadoo.fr or tel: +33 (0)6 82 63 94 57. Entrance free.
  • Saturday 21 April 21 at 3pm: «Remembrance Day» guided tour in French & English. A 1.5km circuit suitable for families and school children. Duration: 1h30. Price: 3€ per person. Reservations: infotourisme@cc-paysdemormal.fr or through the Le Quesnoy Tourism Office tel: +33 (0)3 27 20 54 70.
  • Saturday 21 April 21 at 5pm: Voices for Peace concert «L'homme armé» (The Armed Man) by Karl Jenkins performed by the choir Voce Allegre and Les Chorales Quercitaines. Venue: Théâtre des 3 Chênes.  Duration: 1h30. Entrance free. With the support of the Le Quesnoy-New Zealand Association.
  • Sunday 22 April: Anzac Day commemorations. 5.45am: Dawn ceremony at the Commonwealth War Graves Commission Cemetery annex (route de Sepmeries, Le Quesnoy). Duration: 1 hour. Entrance: free. Organised by the New Zealand Defence Force in conjunction with the New Zealand Embassy.
  • 11am: Official commemorations (place Leclerc, Le Quesnoy). Duration: 1 hour. Entrance: free. Organised by the town of Le Quesnoy in conjunction with the New Zealand Embassy and the New Zealand Defence Force.
  • Sunday 22 April at 3pm: «Remembrance Day» «Remembrance Day» guided tour in English. Duration: 1h30. Price: 3€ per person. A 1.5km circuit suitable for families and school children. Reservations: infotourisme@cc-paysdemormal.fr or through the Le Quesnoy Tourism Office tel: +33 (0)3 27 20 54 70.
This activity is being worked on from
2018
 to 
25 April 2018
Date added: 26 January 2018 | Last updated: 29 March 2018

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