Jane Austen Festival Australia | 12-14 April 2019 | Albert Hall, Canberra

Jane Austen Festival Australia is an annual celebration in Canberra where living history enthusiasts from all over Australia come and indulge themselves in everything Georgian, Regency & Early Victorian – 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 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. 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 historic 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 four days and four nights.

In 2019 we explore a few themes: 200 years since the publication of  Jane Austen’s “Northanger Abbey”, the 250th Anniversary of James Cook’s first voyage to Australia and the Pacific and one of Jane Austen’s lesser-known books, The History of England.

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.