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Jane Austen Festival Australia 2012

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by Michaelie Clark (subscribe)
Pun-loving freelance writer based in Victoria.
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Dedicated Jane Austen lovers from far and wide will be flocking to Canberra from the 12th to the 15th of April for the annual Jane Austen Festival Australia (JAFA). Now in its seventh year, JAFA is a four day event organised by Earthly Delights Dance Academy. It revolves around the works of Jane Austen and the culture of her era, and incorporates seventeen different classes, workshops and lectures, fashion, theatre, eighteenth century pastimes and a whole lot of dancing.

Jane Austen Festival Australia
Immerse yourself in a bygone era.

Highlights of the festival are as follows:

Jane Austen's Novels in Contemporary Society
This lecture will discuss the rise of the adaptation and the surfeit of books, television programmes and films that have been inspired by Austen's novels. Considering the many recent publications and serials superficially based on Austen's much-loved characters and narratives, writer and publisher Sophia Whitfield will address the question of whether these modern-day translations help to immortalise Austen and make her more accessible, or whether they detract from and desecrate the spirit of her stories.

Jane Austen Festival 2012 Picnic
Partake in a pleasant picnic.

Make a Regency 'Saque' Hat
It was apparently the beanie of Regency times, and you could well be sporting a saque hat of your own creation after attending this workshop. Group size is limited and there are a few bits and pieces you need to bring along, so check out the website before signing up.

Punches, Cordials and Refreshers
Find out all about the favoured beverages of Jane Austen's era and learn to prepare a range of delicious drinks using authentic and traditional recipes by taking this interesting class.

Jane Austen Festival Canberra Ball
You'll have a ball at the festival.

Regency Variety Night and Dinner Dance
Be entertained by a program of Regency-inspired dramatics with a range of theatrical performances, then dance the night away with a series of country dances, plus French, German and Scottish reels and formation dances popular from the times from Shakespeare to Austen. Those wanting to participate can sign up for the daytime dance classes, which will teach the steps to those wanting to cut a Regency rug.

Festival Country Fayre
Browse the stalls, partake in a Devonshire Tea and try your hand at the archery competition at this Saturday afternoon interlude on the lawns of St John's Church.

Jane Austen Festival Dance 2012
Learn a bit of fancy footwork.

Grand Evening Ball
The pinnacle of the JAFA event, the Grand Ball brings together festival-goers bedecked in their period costume finery for a night of traditional music and dance. The dancing will include folk dance, Austrian and German imports and a few Austen family favourites. Morning dance classes are essential for those wanting to dance at the ball so ensure you get in early.

Costumed Promenade and House Party
After a few fun activities at the Commonwealth Park Chess Board, the final day of the festival will conclude with an hour long promenade featuring over one hundred Regency-costumed amblers, a picnic and one last afternoon of dance.

Jane Austen Festival Promenade 2012
Walk a mile in Jane Austen's shoes.

See the website for various session times and full program details. Tickets can be purchased online and vary by activity. Full general JAFA season tickets are $265 plus booking fee for adults, with sales for these passes closing on the 9th of April.
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Why? Step back in time and celebrate the romance and wit of Jane Austen.
When: 12th - 15th April, 2012
Where: Various locations - see website for more information.
Cost: Varies by selected activities - see website for more information.
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