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.

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

August 04, 2016

Playing the Harp at Jane Austen Festival Australia

At JAFA 2016 the Regency Ladies School taught festival attendees how to play a little on the harp, how to stand at the harp to have your portrait painted or photo taken. In 2017 there are plans for even bigger and brighter things as we invite you to bring your own or borrow a harp to bring with you to Jane Austen Festival Australia in April 2017 for our largest gathering yet of harps and harp players. Jane Austen Festival Friends are invited to send their contact details to registration@janeaustenfestival.com.au if they would like to learn some of the tunes beforehand. Whilst harps are the main instrument with this project, you are welcome to join and play a different instrument.

What do you think Jane Austen was telling us when Mary Crawford played the harp? Jeffrey Nigro shares with us a wonderful article exploring the history of harp playing in relation to Jane Austen: "The Many Meanings of Mary Crawford’s Harp" http://www.jasna.org/persuasions/on-line/vol35no1/nigro.html

There is harp and pianoforte music in the Austen Family Collection available online at https://ia601308.us.archive.org/.../austen1677439-2001.pdf

Jane Austen may have played a lovely Scottish Aire Robin Adair, for there were several variations of the song in her folio collection of music and Jane Fairfax played this tune in Emma.

I found a copy of the original in the Internet Archive and was particularly excited to find it was arranged for harp or piano forte.
Robin Adair, The Much Admired Ballad Sung with enthusiastic applause by Mr. Braham at the Lyceum Theatre, The Symphony & Accompaniments, Composed & Arranged For The Harp Or Piano Forte By W. Reeve, London, Printed by Button & Whitaker, St. Paul's Church Yard, n. d. [1811/12]

Two young men singing Robin Adair at Chawton House in 2014.