Jane Austen Festival Australia was the idea of Aylwen Gardiner-Garden and first took place in 2008. Aylwen's aim was to hold an annual celebration where Austen and Napoleonic fans from all over Australia could come and indulge themselves in everything Regency - including dancing, music, food, games, costumes and books. This festival is now a regular part of the ACT Heritage Festival.
Each year the Festival, which is held in April, grows with more people dressing in Regency costume celebrating the life and works of Jane Austen. Events are organised by the Festival team under the guidance of the festival director Aylwen Gardiner-Garden and most meals are provided as part of the festival tickets.
Small soirees, concerts, a costumed promenade, theatre, archery, fashion, food, talks and of course LOTS of dancing feature over three days and four nights, plus there is an opportunity to attend a grand Jane Austen Ball! The latest draft program can be viewed online.
Festival attendees are invited to purchase a Season Ticket which will give them entry into all aspects of the festival - from lectures, workshops, dances, evening functions, balls and the popular promenade. Day tickets (for one day and night) are made available closer to the event and discount volunteer season tickets are available for those able to assist for at least one hour during the festival. Tickets include morning tea, lunch, afternoon tea and light evening refreshments and coffee.
Most attend the festival in regency attire, this is optional though, and if your wardrobe is limited we do ask that you make an attempt at regency costume for the evening events and the promenade. The festival does have a small selection of costumes available for hire. Men are welcome to wear a white shirt, neat trousers and waistcoat.
For the upcoming event's poster, program and presenters, go to http://janeaustenfestival.com and to join us go to Tickets .
For past festivals posters, programs and photos go to JAFA 2012, JAFA 2011, JAFA 2010 and Early JAFAs
For posters, programs and photos of all the non-JAFA Earthly Delights events go to our general Past Events page.
The festival uses St. John's Church buildings and grounds, Constitution Avenue, Reid.
On Sunday morning we have booked a coach to take you to historic Lanyon Homestead for the "Picnic at Pemberley".
The map below shows the main venue and some of the frequently used accommodation options.
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