21-23 April 2017

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. This festival is now a regular part of the ACT Heritage Festival, Australian Heritage Week and is supported by the ACT Government, the Australian Costumers Guild and the Earthly Delights Historic Dance Academy. 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.

October 24, 2016

Announcement: this rare and complete Regency-era evening ensemble will be on display during the 2017 Jane Austen Festival of Australia

It is a rarity to find a set of matching period accessories, but to have them accompanied by their original outfit, is an amazing find!

This ensemble reportedly comes from the estate of Ms. Eliza Fox of Osmaston Hall in Derbyshire, UK and will be on exhibition at Jane Austen Festival Australia, 21-23 April 2017.

The canary yellow, trained ball dress, is fashioned from luminous and heavy silk, and decorated with metallic copper threads in a corded, braid-like trim. The high Empire-waist is decorated with a band of ruffled canary silk, and also a band of the chord trim. There is a shimmering medallion of jewels to the center of the neckline, which is accented by further ruffled silk.

The dainty, delicate sleeves and low neckline create the typical look of the Regency period.

The dress is fully lined in gauze and cotton and fastens with hook and eyes to the back, along with some muslin ties.

The quality construction, and hand sewing, is yet another wonder!

The ball shoes, are made from the same shade of canary silk as the dress and purse/reticule, and are decorated with the copper chord trim in a large gathered medallion. They are a lovely, classic pair Regency shoes, with a carved wooden "Louis"-style hard heel, ribbon ties, and kid leather lining.

The drawstring evening reticule is decorated with the braided trim, and fully lined in gauze. It too, is also fully hand sewn.

The complete set is a true treasure, has an astounding beauty and romance that should never be forgotten and always admired.

September 18, 2016

Teachers, presenters & performers in 2017

Here are some of the teachers, presenters and performers for Jane Austen Festival Australia 2017. There are more still to come and their photos will be added to this page once they have been confirmed.

September 07, 2016

Draft program for JAFA 2017

There are still more items to add to our program, but here is a taster of what we have in store for you in 2017....
Millinery Make a Regency Hat Making a Regency Beret  Make a Regency Bonnet Accessories Regency Necklace and Earrings Crochet workshop Hairstyles of the Regency Era History Jane Austen's England Pride and Prejudice and Aristotle Cotton prints 1790 - 1820 The Lost Textiles from Austen’s Time The History and the Making of Jane Austen's Quilt Sails of Glory - a miniatures game of battles under sail Bonapart: The effect of the actions of Napoleon on Europe
Fashion Regency Fashion Parade Cravat tying workshop How to do Cartridge Pleating Making a Regency Spencer 18th Century Frills & Furbelows
Art & Writing Watercolour painting workshop Cutting and using a feather quill for writing The Elegant Art of Letter Writing Writing a Regency Romance Dance & Evening Functions Dance workshops every day 9am-5pm Thursday: Welcome & Meet the Presenters Friday: Georgian Pleasure Evening Saturday: Grand Napoleonic Ball Sunday: Waverley Ball & Festival Roast Dinner