Jane Austen Festival Australia | 10-12 April 2015 | 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 four days 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, archery, period games, fashion, food, lectures and of course LOTS of dancing feature over three days and four nights.

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Tickets go on sale in late September to Friends of Jane Austen Festival Australia, followed a week later to the general public.

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 wear simple empire-line dresses or trousers, long sleeved shirts & waistcoats for daytime sessions. The festival does have a small selection of costumes available for hire and for sale.

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Our sewing pattern store is under construction. Please see https://www.etsy.com/shop/Aylwen for a selection of patterns available.