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.

January 16, 2015

JAFA News: 15 January 2015

15 JANUARY 2015     


Welcome to the first issue of the Jane Austen Festival Australia 2015 weekly news and updates. The aim is to have an update out to all by the Thursday of every week. If you wish to post some news, please ensure it can get to the Editor by Wednesday morning.
As you may be aware, this year the Festival will centre in Canberra’s historic Albert Hall, home of all the entertainment in early Canberra. As a result, a few changes have had to be made to the program that will be advised in the coming weeks.
Firstly, it has been asked are costumes available for the Festival. Whilst not required for workshops and presentations, they are part of the period-themed functions over the three days. Costume hire is indeed available. In a week or so, details of the contact, and times for fittings will be released. There will be a clothing hire fee - $60 per suit or ball gown, $30 for cotton daygowns and men's waistcoats. Discounts offered to students of the Earthly Delights Historic Dance Academy term 1 classes.
In between eating and joining in on lots of led-dancing from the late 18th century on Friday night as part of our Georgian Pleasures Evening, enjoy a smorgasbord of guest performers—from those offering baroque ballets to Charlotte Kerr who brought the house down with her brilliant Friday evening finale at JAFA 2014. Come in Georgian or Regency attire, imagine you are at Bath and enjoyed the theatre, card rooms, supper and ballrooms all combined!
In the venue the Duchess of Richmond would have loved to have had, enjoy all the dances previewed in the daytime workshops —all dances enjoyed at the time with many linked to the Napoleonic wars and its protagonists. In tribute to the European context and in a first for JAFA, enjoy some brackets dancing to Aeolus wind trio playing Beethoven contredanses. To end we might have Aeolus and the EDHDA players combine to offer you an opportunity to dance a wild Scottish reel before leaving for battle! Individual tickets to the ball are on sale now and include two morning dance classes on the day of the ball to familiarise yourself with some of the evening dance styles. For those wanting even more preparation our Saturday afternoon ANU dance classes open for registration in late February and we'll let you know more in an upcoming newsletter.
If you wish to set up a trade or food stall or know someone whom does, please contact Jo Sandbach.
Want to come on board to assist with running of the event? Volunteers are required to assist in the running of JAFA. Whilst the cost of the new venue has pushed up the operating costs, volunteers will be offered tickets to the Festival at discount prices.  Duties will be announced shortly, but for expressions of interest, your contact is Belinda Paterson.
Whilst the full program is not yet complete, JAFA 2015 will be holding aRegency Dance School on Friday & Saturday, Symposium on Jane Austen's Men on the Friday, a Waterloo 200 YEARS Symposium on Saturday and a Picnic & Promenade again on the Sunday. Speakers yet to be announced. Carriage rides will again be on offer Sunday morning for that ride in the park and a great photo opportunity and details of our Sunday stage show "Mr Bennet's Bride" will be announced in our next newsletter, along with a chance to win a ticket or two.

Catering this year will de done by external vendors trading to festival participants. We're still looking for a few more vendors, but have confirmed that Rhonda's homemade icecream and pancakes, Maria's wonderful organic coffee and Ron's roast beef will be returning, along with delicious delicacies from at least one Indian food stall. 
Alan Moyse has volunteered to be our Town Crier again - he is Canberra's official town crier and has been a favourite feature of our past festivals.


19th Century Retreat at Yarrangobilly Caves 13-17 April 

Join us straight after the Jane Austen Festival for four days and nights in the 19th century. Wearing period dress we dance, eat together, swim in thermal pools, explore caves and dress up for evening balls. Costume and transport assistance is available. Limited places so book now at our Upcoming Events page.

Regency Costume Sewing Classes in Canberra - starting February 2015

If there are enough people interested, Aylwen will run sewing classes in her private studio on weekday evenings. Please email her your evening preference and what you are keen to make - it can be short stays (the regency corset), a regency dress, a regency spencer (jacket) or a simple regency bonnet. It is desirable that you have some sewing experience first.
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