Early 19th Century Australian Ball Weekend | 17-19 April 2020 | Canberra

Join us for an Early Australian Ball Weekend at the historic Yarralumla Woolshed. To switch from the JAFA format for a bit but to still come together in late Georgian, Regency, or Victorian dress, let’s come together on Friday for an informal launch of John & Aylwen’s house museum of historic dance & costume books and antique clothing,  enjoy on the Saturday one of the A.C.T.’s most wonderful heritage venues, fabulous music by the pianist Sally Taylor and Earthly Delights friends, and dances led for all from lunch till late. On the Sunday roll on with a pot-luck recovery costume picnic (and more dancing and period games!) at a venue to be announced. The first JAFA 12 years ago fell on Aylwen’s birthday and this event will too. Save the date!

Jane Austen Festival Australia was the idea of Aylwen Gardiner-Garden from the Earthly Delights Historic Dance Academy and first took place in 2008. Aylwen’s aim was to hold an annual celebration where living history enthusiasts from all over Australia could come and indulge themselves in dance, music, food, games, costumes and books. These historic dance events are regular parts of the ACT Heritage Festival and Australian Heritage Week.