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.

March 30, 2015


As JAFA 15 draws closer, workshop places are rapidly filling. There is always plenty of room in the dance workshops because they are held in the large hall. Limited vacancies still exist in

  • Beginner regency Hand Sewing
  • English Paper Piecing
  • Making a Reticule
  • Making a Pelerine
  • Finishing Touches
  • Leatherwork
  • How to Tie a Cravat  

Beginner handsewing workshops - learn how to hand sew the regency way! Lots of room and a must if you want to do some of the more advanced workshops later on. See programs now on the website at http://www.janeaustenfestival.com.au/program and scroll to the bottom of the page to enrol in classes and sessions.

A range of saris, shawls, feathered bonnets, feathers and hat pins will be available from the Dragon's Blood stall. Come and have a look in the great hall in traders row. 

Dymocks will be bringing some beautiful editions of Jane Austen's novels; books on fashion, historic costumes and needlecraft. There are titles on historic society and homes, the Battle of Waterloo and a selection of naval historical novels. We also have Jane Austen gift books, children's books and merchandise.  EFTPOS will be available at their stall.

Parasols will be available from the JAFA stand in traders row. This elegant embroidered cotton parasol comes with a wooden handle and silky tassel. Length 88 cm / 35". 
The JAFA stall will also be selling silk fans, dance slippers, sewing patterns and regency period games.

Don’t forget BRING and BUY, operating out of the Festival stand. Great way to move on excess items - bring your items to sell! Download the Bring and Buy form at  http://janeaustenfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/09/BringAndBuyJAFA.pdf 

Cameo Creations will be offering silhouette cuttings at the festival this year. 

Ron Quarmby Spit Roast will be selling lunches on Friday and Saturday at JAFA - sausage sandwiches, beef/lamb/chicken rolls with salad and gravy. Prices range from $2.50 to $7.00, Special offer two meat & salad rolls for $12. Roast meat will be cooked on site. Vegetarian and gluten free options also available. Ron has catered for past Jane Austen Festivals - it is wonderful to have his return.

Marilyn Steven has come on board after our English Piecing class teacher was unable to attend. Thankyou Marilyn!

In May 1811, Jane asked her sister Cassandra, “have you remembered to collect pieces for the Patchwork? — we are now at a standstill.” Jane and her sister Cassandra were accomplished needle women, they stitched fine fichus and retrimmed their bonnets and for a long while worked on piecing a quilt together. This quilt is on display in Chawton Cottage in Hampshire and its in the English Medallion style which is a “a quilt with a central motif, surrounded by multiple Borders. The center is often a large square on point.” The colours and design of the quilt shows as much creativity as one of Miss Austen’s novels.
Marilyn came to a knowledge of the quilt as a member of JASA ACT for eleven years . She will explain her passionate appreciation of the Austen family quilt that is displayed at the Jane Austen Museum at Chawton and will take the risk of showing her near completed attempt to replicate it using machine and paper piecing techniques and the resources that she used on the journey .
English paper piecing can be used in many contexts and is very satisfying , accurate and eminently transportable . Marilyn will have some examples of work completed during classes taught by Susan Cody using her designs and techniques. Some may enjoy focussing on fussy cutting techniques. There will be time to practice the technique .
Participants should bring sewing thread, scissors, fabrics perhaps scraps or a fat quarter. Hexagon and other shapes are available at quilting shops, she will have some to share.
Jane Austen's quilt at Chawton

Where can I park?
There is ample parking within walking distance of the Albert Hall. 
Please note that it is an offence under the National Land (Road Transport) Ordinance 2014 to park a vehicle on open space that is not designed for the movement or parking of motor vehicles, such as grassed areas, footpaths and landscaped areas. The National Capital Authority are enforcing parking regulations with the recent introduction of paid parking in the Parliamentary Triangle - attendees should ensure they park legally to avoid the risk of an infringement being issued to their vehicle.
Public Parking is available at the following locations:

  • lakeshore
  • Hyatt car park
  • National Library
  • Hyatt car park
  • P2 - John Gorton Building - Access from Dorthy Tangney Place 
  • P3 - National Archives car park - Access from Kings Avenue
  • P4 - Questacon Car park - Access via Queen Elizabeth Drive 
  • P5 - National Gallery - Access from King Edward Terrace via Kings Avenue only
  • lakeshore
  • Hyatt car park
  • National Library
  • P2 - John Gorton Building - Access from Dorothy Tangney Place 
  • P3 - National Archives car park - Access from Kings Avenue

Due to the early start time of the event and road closures during the Running Festival nearby please visit www.action.act.gov.au for up-to-date information.

Taxis will be able to drop participants at the front door of the Albert Hall.

If you are considering walking to the Albert Hall, it will only take approximately 30minutes from the city via Commonwealth Avenue over the bridge.

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