JANE AUSTEN FESTIVAL AUSTRALIA
12-15 April 2018

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.

January 27, 2008

2008 Jane Austen Festival, Canberra, Australia

Jane Austen Festival Program

18-20 April 2008
Canberra, Australia

Friday 18 April 2008

Regency Bonnet Making Workshop: learn how to make a regency bonnet to be worn at both the Regency Picnic and the Grand Regency Ball.
10.00 am - 3.30 pm

A Regency Candlelit Potluck Soiree:
Join us at 'The Garden Cottage' in Yarralumla, the perfect setting for an evening of light music, readings and supper. Please bring a contribution for supper.
7.30pm - 9.30pm

Saturday 19 April 2008

Dance Like Jane Austen [1]: This workshop will focus on the Country dance form popular in Jane Austen's day - and it wasn't always done exactly as in the movies! Recognised Regency dance expert John Garden will be leading the dance workshop and most of the workshop will be accompanied by live music. Participants will also learn how to create and lead their own dance - a skill expected of every lady and gentleman. No experience/partner necessary and soft, low heeled/flat shoes desirable. Refreshments provided - but bring contribution for brunch in break before 2nd workshop.
9.00 am - 11.00 am

Dance Like Jane Austen [2]: This workshop will focus on the popular English Regency dance forms that have not yet been shown in the movies - late cotillions, early quadrilles, the 4 different ways of waltzing, the Scotch Reel and the Finishing dances. Recognised Regency dance expert John Garden will be leading the dance workshop and most of the workshop will be accompanied by live music. No experience/partner necessary and soft, low heeled/flat shoes desirable. Refreshments provided.
11.30 am - 1.30 pm


Regency Promenade & Picnic: Join us for a costumed promenade through Reid, finishing with an outdoor picnic in Commonwealth Park.
Meeting point: St Johns Church Hall, Reid, 1.30 pm.
Bring your own picnic in a basket and rug.


Jane Austen Festival Grand Regency Ball and Supper: St Johns Church Hall, Reid.
There is to be a hot Regency-style meal from 6.00 pm with a prize for the best-dressed table, followed at 7.30 pm by Regency period music and dancing with the band Earthly Delights. Dances will all be lead in the Regency fashion and include both favourites from the many Jane Austen novel screen adaptations, and others, which though not yet featuring in any film, were all the rage in her day. Regency costume is strongly encouraged so all attendees can have a real 'stepping-back-in-time' experience and t
here will be a grand mid-evening photo of all attendees. There will be free refreshments and gaming throughout the evening.
6.00 pm - 11.30 pm

Sunday 20 April 2008

Brunch, Antique Regency Fashion & Books

Inspired by dresses, hats and dances in Jane Austen’s letters, novels and movie adaptations, John and Aylwen Garden are assembling a collection of antique and contemporary Regency dress and accessories and as many books on fashion, ettiquette, dance and food that they can find. Aylwen and John Garden will share their collections with you, while the audience relaxes with a simple brunch. Feel free to wear your own Regency finery and join us afterwards for the final dance event of the festival.
11.30am - 2.00 pm
'The Garden Cottage' , Yarralumla

Dancing on the Lake
3.30 pm - 6.00 pm Focusing on regency period dances which went on to become popular dances of the Victorian era - with a special look at the regency period originals of some of the dances popular in America at the time of the Civil War - to simultaneously conclude our Jane Austen Festival and start the 4 week run up to our 17 May 'Gone with the Wind' Ball.






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