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.

November 06, 2013

Police vow crackdown on Jane Austen culture

Despite the police reports last year of polite behaviour and impeccable dress, of gentlemen firing muskets and duelling with swords, of theatricals on romantic themes, of the practice of a dozen gentile arts, of workshops on the minuet, and of young corseted ladies exiting balls at a late hour with fluttering fans and heaving bosoms, we have special A.C.T. Government clearance to hold the 7th Annual Jane Austen Festival Australia at University House from  11-13 April, 2014.  Please corrupt your friends by passing on to them the link to this British article at http://www.newsbiscuit.com/2013/11/05/police-vow-crackdown-on-%E2%80%98coquette%E2%80%99-culture/ and to our JAFA web-site at http://www.janeaustenfestival.com .  Do help get them all along—there’s strength in numbers if it comes to push and chassé with the authorities!

P.S. If you really want to cause the police more headaches, join us not only the day after our 16 Nov Mad Hatter’s Ball for a Victorian costumed Tea Party from noon at Yarralumla Bay, but after our 14 December Christmas Carol Ball for our costumed Jane Austen birthday picnic in Nara gardens. Warning, ankles may become exposed during some of the more vigorous lawn games. More information about attending all of these at http://www.earthlydelights.com.au/dance-events/upcoming 

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