Who’s coming to the Jane Austen Festival Australia in Canberra from 12-15 April 2018? Dance workshops, sewing and other workshops, demonstrations, promenade and picnic, and the Napoleonic Ball – wonderful fun!
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Season Tickets provide you with entry to 4 days and nights of festival dance workshops, morning and afternoon tea talks, promenade & picnic and the evening balls. Session Registration will open in January 2018 for limited attendance daytime talks and workshops that may have extra costs for materials and the Thursday night dinner sit-down buffet dinner. Those who subscribe and become a 2017-2018 Festival Friend will be invited to register into sessions and for the limited-seat dinner a week before general ticket holders. Lunches will be available for sale on Friday and Saturday and you are invited to bring your own lunch or picnic basket on Thursday and Sunday. Complimentary tea and coffee is available each day.
Please note: Jane Austen Festival Australia and its Director reserve the right to alter the program and the acts as circumstances deem necessary.
THURSDAY 12 APRIL
- 9.00-5.00 Pre-festival 1/2 and 1-day workshops. Morning and afternoon teas provided, please bring a packed lunch.
- 6.30-10.30 OFFICIAL OPENING to Jane Austen Festival Australia! We are organising a special theatrical treat with a sit-down buffet dinner.
FRIDAY 13 APRIL
- 8.30–5.00 Learn dances, participate in sewing/art/writing/croquet workshops and/or listen to talks from the 18th and 19th Century. View the Historic Trades Fair. Morning tea and afternoon tea provided with tea and coffee available all day. Please bring your own lunch or money to purchase lunch from onsite vendor.
- 6.30 for 7:00-11.00: GEORGIAN PLEASURES EVENING—Enjoy guest musical, theatre and dance performances and lots of participation. Join-in on all the 18th century dances previewed in the daytime workshops, dances of the kind enjoyed at a Bath Assembly or Paris Operabal public. Appropriate dress would be Georgian, Regency or something semi-formal. A sweet buffet supper will be served half-way through the evening.
SATURDAY 14 APRIL
- 8.30-5:00: Learn dances, participate in sewing/art/writing/croquet workshops and/or listen to talks from the period of Jane Austen’s novels. View the Historic Trades Fair. Morning tea and afternoon tea provided with tea and coffee available all day. Please bring your own lunch or money to purchase lunch from onsite vendor.
- 6.30 for 7:00-11.00: THE GRAND NAPOLEONIC BALL— Enjoy all the dances the Jane Austen / Napoleonic War period dances previewed in the daytime workshops. Serve yourself from the mid-evening supper tables and taste some of our favourite regency delights. Appropriate dress would be Regency/Napoleonic or something formal. A sweet buffet supper will be served half-way through the evening.
SUNDAY 23 APRIL
- 8.00-9.00 Breakfast with the Bennets – enjoy pancakes, fruit salad, tea and coffee.
- 9.00-10.30 Morning workshops or an extended breakfast!
- 11.00-1.30 Timeline of History Promenade, Period Games, Dancing, Music and byo Picnic on the lawns of the Old Parliament House.
- 1.30-3.00: Learn dances, participate in sewing/art/writing workshops and/or listen to talks.
- 3.00-3.30 Devonshire Tea and Tasting of Jane Austen’s Tea.
- 3.30-5.00 More workshops and ball preparation
- 6.30 for 7:00-10.30 : THE WAVERLEY BALL —The popularity of the historical novels of Sir Walter Scott (a contemporary and favourable reviewer of Jane Austen) gave rise to costumed balls to which guests would come dressed as characters from his novels (his first in 1814 entitled ‘Waverley’) and groups of friends would try and costume to the same theme for the opening quadrille. Soon any historical dress was acceptable and Waverley balls were even being held in Australia and New Zealand. Let’s revive the glory! Any dress from the Medieval to Georgian era, or something Regency, Scottish or from the 1840s (the height of the craze) will be equally appropriate. The evening will feature dances from the 1820s-40s (as previewed in daytime workshops), a savoury cold buffet supper and lots of farewell fun!
REFUNDS: Please note: we do not offer refunds for any reason but do allow tickets to be sold at the same or lesser value to other people as long as you notify us of the change of name for registration purposes. It is a condition of sale that by purchasing this ticket you allow us to take photos and videos of you and your spouse or children at the event that might be added to our website and be used for future promotions of this event.
SMOKING: IN LINE WITH ACT GOVERNMENT REGULATIONS SMOKING IS NOT ALLOWED WITHIN 20m OF THE ALBERT HALL.