Jane Austen Festival Australia | 21-23 April 2017 | Albert Hall, Canberra
Jane Austen Festival Australia is an annual celebration in Canberra where Austen and Napoleonic fans from all over Australia come and indulge themselves in everything Regency – including dancing, music, food, games, archery, fencing, theatre, promenades, grand balls, talks, workshops, costumes and books. Since its inception in 2008 this little festival has blossomed into one of the most delightful weekend anyone could experience each April in an old and beautiful part of Canberra, the Federal capital of Australia.
Jane Austen Festival Australia was the idea of Aylwen Gardiner-Garden and first took place in 2008. Aylwen’s aim was to hold an annual celebration where Austen and Napoleonic fans from all over Australia could come and indulge themselves in everything Regency – including dancing, music, food, games, costumes and books. This festival is now a regular part of the ACT Heritage Festival and Australian Heritage Week.
Each year the Festival grows with more people dressing in Regency costume celebrating the life and works of Jane Austen. Events are organised by the Festival team under the guidance of the festival director Aylwen Gardiner-Garden – small soirees, concerts, a costumed promenade, theatre, period games, fashion, food, lectures and of course LOTS of dancing feature over three days and four nights.
Apply now to present at our 2017 festival – which will be larger than before so that everyone can still have a choice of events to attend. Applications close on 29 July 2016. Tickets will be available online from 25 September 2016 for limited attendance classes.
Draft 2017 Program
19 April: Join an advanced dance workshop, learn to make a pair of men’s regency breeches and view an exhibition of antique Georgian & Regency men’s clothes at Canberra Baptist Church, Kingston.
20 April: Join an advanced dance workshop, attend the daytime Jane Austen Regency Symposium, learn to make a regency bonnet, learn to sew a Regency spencer, attend our informal potluck welcome night & collect your registration pack at at Canberra Baptist Church Hall, Kingston
21 April: Learn some Georgian & Regency dances, attend some talks/workshops and in the evening attend our grand Georgian Pleasure Evening at the Albert Hall.
22 April: Learn some Regency dances, visit our market stalls, attend some talks/workshops and in the evening attend our grand Napoleonic Ball at the Albert Hall.
23 April: Wake up to Breakfast with the Bennets, join our promenade and (longer)picnic & outdoor period games day, an afternoon tea dance and attend a very special evening event, details to be announced.
Most attend the festival in regency attire, this is optional though, and if your wardrobe is limited we do ask that you make an attempt at regency costume for the evening events and the promenade, and that women wear simple empire-line dresses and men wear trousers, long sleeved shirts & waistcoats for daytime sessions. The festival will have a small selection of costumes available for hire before the event.
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