12-14 April 2019

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.

April 04, 2012

Are you attending the Jane Austen Festival Ball?

Dear Friends,

You love dancing, know that our annual Jane Austen Festival is filled to the brim with dancing from the morning of Friday 13th to the evening of Sunday 15th April, know that each year there’s dozens of new dances and themes to be enjoyed and know that a great new experience awaits you even if you’ve been in past years (nothing ever cliché from Earthly Delights)—but you think you can only make one day. Which day do you choose?

We’d love to have you join all those dance enthusiasts from around the country who’ve bought season tickets but if you can really only manage to make one day, check out the various days on the program and the various single day tickets available. Don’t forget prices include lunch and all day and evening light refreshments.

If you want us to help you decide, Saturday 14th April is certainly a day a keen dancer must not miss! There’s dance workshops all day and they all point to towards that evening’s grand regency ball. To give as many novice and experienced dancers alike the opportunity to experience the ball dances before the ball, and to make for an even finer (less-calling, more-dancing) evening, we are not selling separate ball tickets, just all day tickets. So even if you can’t join us for the whole weekend, do quickly get your ticket for that one big day of dance with its splendid evening ball. Numbers are capped at 120 and we are almost there!

For those who can join us for the whole festival, here’s a glimpse (see our JAFA2012 and program pages for more details and grab a season ticket):

On Thursday evening we start with a welcome and film screening at the National Film and Sound Archives. Read more at http://nfsa.gov.au/calendar/event/3402-pride-and-prejudice/ and phone 6248 2000 to book your ticket.

On Friday we have all day dancing, archery and other events in other streams, culminating in a variety evening that starts at 7pm with impromptu music and dance as people enjoy their byo dinner at cabaret tables, then proceeds on between 7:30 and 10:10pm with heaps of fun theatrical stage entertainment  (including actors from Sydney and a complementary supper in a break at 9pm), followed by some more social dancing through to 10:45pm.

On Saturday beside all the dancing described above and events in other streams, there’s all the country fair and market day happening outside on the Church lawns. Canberra's 95th Rifles will be in attendance, Daryl and Diana Powell will lead some Maypole dancing and after lunch the Welsh Dancers will be providing a presentation of what was happening in Wales at the time of Jane Austen. The Schoolhouse Museum will be open, leading graveyard tours and selling devonshire teas. 

On Sunday there is dancing from 11am in Commonwealth park (including the chess dance), a glorious promenade and picnic, then from 1:30 to 5:00pm an afternoon-tea dance in the Regency fashion back at St.John’s Church Hall...  and a no-costume no-ticket dance from 5:30 to 8:30pm to celebrate Aylwen’s 40th birthday. Please stay, return or come—with a pot-luck dinner contribution in hand—for this extra three hours of non-JAFA fun and dance requests (bound also to feature the dance written for Aylwen’s 30th birthday and some of the Playford dances from the 3 days of early English dance that come between Easter and JAFA2012)

Monday... struggle back into the 21 century and ‘normal’ life.

Looking forward to your company,

John and Aylwen Garden 
(h) 6281 1098 (mob.) 0409 817 623.

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