Spirit of Anzac Centenary Experience voted Australia’s Favourite Event


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The largest and most technically advanced war history exhibition to ever tour Australia, the Spirit of Anzac Centenary Experience, has been recognised as Australia’s Favourite Event at the 2017 Australian Event Awards.

The Experience also took out the award for Best Achievement in Design, Look or Theming and Best Exhibition.

Designed and built by Sydney-based creative agency Imagination - around 400 staff and thousands of volunteers invested their time and effort to bring the Experience to the public.

During its 19 months on the road, the Experience had more than 368,000 visitors through its doors - including nearly 50,000 school students, and received 80,000 messages of thanks to our service men and women.

After opening in Albury-Wodonga in September 2015, the Experience travelled 216,000 kilometres to 23 capital cities and regional centres across Australia, ending its tour in Sydney on 27 April 2017.

The Spirit of Anzac Centenary Experience was the flagship domestic event of the Australian Government’s Anzac Centenary program and followed a chronological Century of Service timeline, beginning at pre-First World War Australia and spanning to the present day.

The Prime Minister, Malcom Turnbull, who visited the Spirit of Anzac Centenary Experience in Sydney, said that the exhibition is a poignant tribute to our Australian values.

“Freedom, parliamentary democracy, the rule of law, mutual respect, equality, the opportunity to get ahead, the fair go… This remarkable exhibition is a poignant tribute to those values. And at its heart are people, people and their unique stories of loss, of fear, of hope, of courage,” Prime Minister Turnbull said.

The project was a collaborative venture between the Australian Government, including the Department of Veterans’ Affairs, the Australian War Memorial and the Australian Defence Force, as well as two commercial partners, the Commonwealth Bank and Telstra.

While the Spirit of Anzac Centenary Experience may have closed its doors, there are still many ways you can honour the more than one million service men, women and peacekeepers who have represented our country since Federation - visit our domestic and overseas commemoration pages to find out how.