22 Hours flight from Brisbane I arrive in Istanbul. Ready to travel the 4 or so hours to the Gallipoli peninsula.
I've been engaged to perform the Spirit of Place component of the Anzac ceremony in Gallipoli in 2017.
This is an important event on our calendar where we are reminded of what the campaign of the 25th of April was, where the Australian troops landed on this stretch of beach in 1915.
Many Australian and New Zealanders have made this trip, perhaps as part of retracing their connection with this place in connection with their family history, or simply as part of their bucket list, for me it's a journey to be part of this event to provide a First Nations cultural component to this ceremony and overall campaign.
As part of my preparations, it was important to connect with our Elders, and providing a platform for those stories to be told.
Uncle Harrie Allie, Pastor Raymond Minniecon and many others who have graciously shared their stories to provide me with a perspective before I stand on the ground of the battlefields of the Gallipoli Peninsula
I look forward to connecting with this and sharing these stories as I'm honoured to set the scene for the Dawn Service as we prepare for this event over the next couple of days.