Camp Gallipoli is an education-based not-for-profit project that commemorates ANZAC Day and other WW1 battles significant to Australia and New Zealand’s history.

Started by Adelaide man, Chris Fox, Camp GallipolI will see thousands of people keeping the ANZAC spirit alive all over the country.

Gathering their swags and sleeping bags, young Aussies will set up camp at outdoor venues around the country and join in a night of remembrance, entertainment and mateship commemorating the ANZAC spirit.

Youths in Brisbane, Melbourne, Perth, Adelaide and Sydney will sleep under the stars, before waking for the Dawn Service on ANZAC Day.

Five of Australia’s top young artists, Louise Adams (Adelaide), Dami Im (Brisbane), Taylor Henderson (Melbourne), Stan Walker (Perth), and Cyrus (Sydney). will perform live as part of the national commemorative events.

The music program also features local artists, school bands and choirs, interactive conversations and a number of very powerful films including The Last ANZACs.

Hailing from Mount Gambier, Louise Adams was runner up in the seventh series of Channel 7’s X Factor and she’s thrilled to be a part of Camp Gallipoli.

Camp Gallipoli National Poster“I am really looking forward to seeing young people being engaged in ANZAC Day; as a young person who has participated in services from a very early age (as my father and grandfather would always involve us in the day), it makes me feel really inspired to see community and younger generations learning and appreciating the meaning of ANZAC. I am also really looking forward to performing on the night, under the stars at Wayville, where I have seen countless bands perform,” she says.

ANZAC Day means a lot to Louise and has special significance to her, which she is hoping to share with audiences at Camp Gallipoli.

“ANZAC Day has always been a very special day for me, and like many families it has personal meaning. Both my dad and grandfather were ex-service men and my Nana was a Legacy child. She always told us about her dad (my Great-Grandfather) who died far too young due to poisonous gas in the trenches of WW1 over on the Western Front,” she says.

“As long as I can remember, I have been part of the activities; as a youngster going to watch my Papa play the bagpipes in the ANZAC Day parade in Adelaide, going to the Dawn Service with my dad every year from a young age, and these days I try to get to Adelaide to watch my Dad march on The Parade.

But wherever we are in the world, I get to a Dawn Service. One year, living in London, I even made the trek to The Western Front, visited the trenches and the memorials, and attended the Dawn Service. It was very special and quite overwhelming given my great-grandfather had served over there.”

As well as being amongst the South Aussie youngsters, Louise is also excited about sharing the experience and stories with her own little family.

“I am quite passionate about using ANZAC Day to not only remember and acknowledge what all of those service men and women have done for us over the years, but also to take the time to talk to these amazing people (old and young) and hear their stories and show them respect and appreciation. I also believe it is more important than ever to pass on the history, stories and educate younger generations about what ANZAC Day means. We take our little baby Frankie to the dawn service and the parade,” she says.

“I believe it is increasingly important to educate young people about why we have ANZAC Day, the history of Gallipoli and the continuing relevance of the day. In the last few years I think there are definitely more people attending services, and it’s lovely to see a lot more school aged kids and families attending. It’s an indication that initiatives like Camp Gallipoli are working!”

At Camp Gallipoli, Louise will be sharing a stack of songs from her album and hoping to hang out with the crowd a bit as well.

“I will be performing on the night with my full band, a unique group of talented musicians and singer/songwriters in their own right. We will be performing a bunch of my favourite songs off my album, in addition to a few new original songs. It’s going to be a lot of fun!” she says.

“I am also really looking forward to meeting as many of the people there as I can after my performance, signing albums and having a chat. I have my family coming and we are also looking forward to the other entertainers and festivities at the event. I’d better make sure I’m not in bed too late though, as we will be up for the Dawn Service the next morning!” she laughs.

The ‘spirit of mateship’ is a key theme at Camp Gallipoli and Louise shared with us why mateship is so important to her.

“Mateship, I believe, is a concept that is important to everyone. Having connection and support unconditionally from people in your lives makes for a happier life. The concept of mateship is something that really stands out with Aussies, both historically and still to this day, and I think it’s a fantastic trait for a nation to promote and encourage,” she says.

“I spend a lot of time on the road, travelling, as well as living regionally, and admittedly I’m a bit of a slacker when it comes to phone calls, but I have mates all around Australia and I love that time has no meaning when it comes to true friendship. Months, and sometimes years, can pass between a catch up, but when you do it’s great and there is always that connection and support, and it’s unconditional!”

And speaking of unconditional support, Louise has had plenty of that from friends and family while she’s building a successful career in music.

“My siblings and I had a very musical upbringing. For me, music was always there, it’s a very natural part of my life. In particular, my grandfather, Papa Andy, who was a huge believer of music, always encouraged me to have music in my life, and that it was a great skill to be able to share it with others, whether it be on a stage or in the backyard. This has been instilled in me from a very young age. We used to put on a Christmas concert every year for the family. I’m certainly on a very different stage now, and I’m extremely fortunate to be able to do it this, but still in some ways it is the same natural adrenalin rush and I just love it,” she says.

“I have always been a musician, since I first began playing piano at a young age, but something in my mid 20s made me look at taking that jump to the stage, and then even further, I quit my job as a lawyer and decided to pursue a career in music. Why? Not really sure, but I guess my parents and grandparents influenced me here, too. Papa always taught us to always keep learning and taking challenges. He did this right up until he passed away at 97!

“To any young people interested in pursuing a career in music, I would say this: firstly, start performing! Get on any stage such as open mics, parties, school concerts, cafés, pubs, and get that experience. Secondly, jump out of your comfort zone and give it a crack. Be open minded to opportunities and take chances. Remember, some of life’s greatest experiences come out of leaving your comfort zone. You got to risk it to get the biscuit!”

Register to join Camp Gallipoli at their website and join Louise as she shares her ANZAC spirit with Adelaide.

By Libby Parker