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.
July 10, 2009
Draft Program for Jane Austen Festival 2010
Please note: the program is still to be confirmed, see the Jane Austen Festival Australia Website for more information and to see the full list of presenters and topics.
Tickets go on sale from November 1, 2009 for FRIENDS OF JANE AUSTEN FESTIVAL.
General sales commence on December 1, 2009.
To become a Friend of the Jane Austen Festival Australia click here.
"Regency" Exhibition of Costumes, Prints & Rare Books
Explore the fashions of Jane Austen's lifetime, with a focus on English women's style during the early 19th century. The charm and grace of this period is shown in fashion, prints and rare books. This ticket gives you access to the exhibition for the duration of the festival, so feel free to come back again.
Jane Austen Festival Get Together
An ideal opportunity to meet up with old friends and make new ones over a glass of wine and light refreshments.[limited tickets]
Regency Lady's Day
A special day for those interested in regency sewing and craft. Hand sewing, bonnet making, cooking, hair styles, crafts and fashion overviews. [limited tickets]
Jane Austen Study Day
Jane Austen offers tremendous insights into the larger historical and social world that surrounded her apparently enclosed fictions. Participate in round-table discussions, listen to selected readings from our feature-novel, Sense and Sensibility, and learn more about her novels from a fine selection of Australia's Jane Austen scholars. Morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea provided. [limited tickets]
Formal Regency Dinner & Concert
Formal regency dining experience. Vegetarian option available, inform bookings office if required. Guest Speaker followed by "Jane Austen's Music" concert and costumed regency dance display. [limited tickets]
Learn to Dance like Jane Austen
If you plan to attend the ball, then this is just for you! Some knowledge of the dances will make it easier for you to join in at the ball. Includes morning tea and lunch.
Beginners - Learn to dance like Jane Austen workshop for beginners, flat shoes advisable.
Intermediate - Learn to dance like Jane Austen workshop for those who have ‘had a go’ before.
An Afternoon Soiree with the Austens
Cards and other parlour games, music and afternoon tea - China tea, scones, preserves and delicious cake. Regency costume welcome.[limited tickets]
Jane Austen Ball
A special regency dance in the wonderful setting of St John's Church Hall. Regency-era desserts and refreshments will be served - labelled contributions welcome. Live band playing Regency-era music with a dancing master calling. Entertainments in the breaks.[limited tickets]
Regency Picnic & Promenade
Please join us for a lovely afternoon in the world of Jane Austen beside Lake Burley Griffin, where we shall be holding a picnic, followed by a promenade around the lake to the Farewell Dance venue. Our guests are invited to bring their own period-style picnic lunch and to make their picnic site look as period as possible (Please note that the event is not a potluck.)
Farewell English Country Dance
Monday 19 April
- Privately booked close-up examination of antique costumes.
- Bus Tour of Canberra, Yass and Goulburn visiting historical homes and collections dating to the Regency Era.