Tuesday 9 February 2016

The Jane Austen Festival Australia

Jane Austen returns to Canberra!
Step back in time and enjoy a weekend of delights in regency style.

The Jane Austen Festival Australia is an annual festival celebrating all things Jane Austen and Regency era including dancing, music, food, games, costumes and Jane Austen’s novels. This festival is now a regular part of the ACT Heritage Festival and Australian Heritage Week. Since it began in 2008, it has become regarded as a stand out Regency event Australia-wide. The 2016 Festival (15 – 17 April 2016) will include all of the favourites from 2015, along with exciting new additions to the program. 
The highlight of 2016 will be the now-famous Georgian Pleasures Ball, reliving an evening’s entertainment of the kind enjoyed at a Bath Assembly or Paris Opera bal public. Enjoy a Regency supper over candlelit tables, with dance performances, musical performances, and plenty of opportunity to be included in the dancing. If you’ve never danced before, then not to worry, the day of the ball will be filled with dance workshops for each of the dances in the evening. 
A true Regency weekend would not be complete with only a single ball. Each evening of the weekend (Friday, Saturday, Sunday) will have its own Ball, with the relevant dance workshops during the day. 
If dancing is not for you, there will still be plenty of Regency events to fill your schedule. From Thursday, there will be a series of sewing masterclasses where you can make your own bonnet or gown, along with a number of smaller projects, such as lace making. Not into sewing either? Then come along to the selection of talks, presentations, classes, and game demonstrations that will have every member of the family entertained. For more information, and a detailed program, visit www.janeaustenfestival.com.au

What: The Jane Austen Festival Australia
Where: Albert Hall, Canberra
When: 15 – 17 April 2016
How much: Four days: $225; Single day: $85 - $125

Media contact: Aylwen Gardiner-Garden

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