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.

February 18, 2015

JAFA15 Newsletter 6

Welcome to newsletter Number SIX  JAFA 15   19 Feb 2015

Thanks for joining us. It was great to catch up with some potential attendees at the Canberra Multi Cultural Festival.

Stall holders Update
If you wish to set up a vendor for JAFA Products,  Services, or a food seller, send any questions to Jo Sandbach on stalls@janeaustenfestival.com.au. There are limited spaces left, so do go to http://janeaustenfestival.com/about/sutlers/ and fill in the application form. 

Bring and Buy
Want to earn some money at JAFA but not pay any stall rental fees? Have a regency-themed dress, coat, bonnet, hat, reticule, game or book that you don't need any more? Be part of our "Bring & Buy" table! We only charge 10% commission on sales. Fill in the form at http://janeaustenfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/09/BringAndBuyJAFA.pdf and send it back to us asap.

Peter Reynders, ACT
Presenters Update
Peter Reynders will be speaking about the Dutch presence at the Battle of Waterloo. English troops only made up 1/3rd of the Allied Army. Peter will talk about the others. 
Peter Reynders was born in The Netherlands. He served half a dozen state and local authorities in NSW as an urban planner for a total of 37 years, including as Chief Town Planner of the Cities of Maitland and of Lismore. He is now retired but has an interest in Australia's maritime contact history and has been active raising its profile both through writing and events. His knowledge of Dutch history is peripheral to that, but considerable. He is still active as Secretary of the 'Australia on the Map' history division of the Australasian Hydrographical Society. Peter writes a monthly history article, including on art history, for a Melbourne based Dutch migrant newspaper and sometimes for other publications. He has taught himself translating 17th century Dutch texts to English.

Friends of JAFA Update
Thank you to everyone who purchased a special "Friends" Membership this year. Your support is important part of keeping JAFA going. As a thank you for your support we are opening up Limited Attendance Workshop registration early for your benefit - and a week later all ticket holders will have the opportunity to register. The link for your online registration will be emailed out later this evening and the general link will be in next week's newsletter.

Roscommon Carriages, Braidwood
Returning to JAFA: Old fashioned Horse & Carriage Rides
We've been able to bring back the Horse & Carriage that you all enjoyed so much at the Lanyon picnic at JAFA 2013. Even better news - the rides will be FREE to JAFA 15 Season and Sunday Day Ticket Holders.

Are you a keen photographer? Would you like to win a double ticket to JAFA 2016 or a custom made white/cream cotton regency gown or a dashing regency gentleman's waistcoat?
All you need to do is take photos at JAFA 2015 with the theme "a piece of history" and submit them no later than 30 April 2015 to aylwen@janeaustenfestival.com.au. You can submit as many entries as you like and online voting by 2015 JAFA ticket holders & and any 2016 festival friends will open early May with the winner/s announced in late May. There are three categories: Under 18 years, Over 18 years, Experienced/Professional.

Invitation to perform or speak at JAFA 2105: There are still opportunities to be part of JAFA this year

1. Be part of the dance performance troupe performing at the Albert Hall in April. 
Dances practices will be held during class at the ANU on Saturday afternoons and in Yarralumla on Wednesday nights. Costumes will be provided free of charge if enrolled in both classes. See http://www.earthlydelights.com.au/the-dance-academy/classes-workshops for more information.

2. Contribute as a panel member to the Battle of Waterloo Symposium on Saturday 11 April.
We still have a few spots for you to speak on the topic and to share your opinions and research about this important part of history.

3. Are you wearing a gown or military outfit that might have been worn in 1815? 
Be part of a historic costume event on Saturday night as part of the Battle of Waterloo Ball. Contact Aylwen on aylwen@janeaustenfestival.com.au for more information.

Be part of our Volunteer Team
Would you like to be part of the small team of volunteers who will be moving chairs and tables, helping at the registration desk, sweeping the keeping sewing rooms clean and checking the performer refreshment tables are clean and fully stocked? Without your help we cannot run this event. Contact our Volunteer Coordinator, Belinda on volunteers@janeaustenfestival.com.au

Tour of the Australian War Memorial Friday 10 April
Mike Crowther, ACT
One of the great tourist attractions in Canberra is the Australian War Memorial, a ‘must see’ for visitors to the capital. This year, as a bonus for JAFA participants, we have been able to arrange a special guided tour of the museum. Mike Crowther is a familiar face at the memorial where he regularly conducts guided tours. Mike is currently undertaking his Masters in Military History at the Australian Defence Force Academy (University of NSW) having previously studied Australian Colonial History at Sydney’s Macquarie University.

Limited-Attendance Sewing Workshops
Kelly Lock, VIC.
Registrations to these limited-attendance workshops open this evening first for Friends of JAFA and then next week for all other ticket holders. The workshops are part of the JAFA Season or Day ticket and the registration form will indicate if there are any extra costs for materials. Friends $25 annual membership can be purchased at http://www.janeaustenfestival.com.au/tickets
  • Learn Regency hand stitching
  • Make a fichu
  • Learn to tie a regency gentleman's cravat
  • Make a reticule
  • Learn English paper piecing
  • Finishing touches for your Regency outfit
  • Make a regency pelerine
  • Learn whitework embroidery
  • Join the Great Regency Pattern Review
  • Beginners leatherwork 
  • Make a buckram bonnet
  • Make a cotton bonnet

  • Knit a misers purse

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