Austenites and Aussies

Every year, the Jane Austen Festival Australia is held for Austenites to learn more about the Regency Period and to feel what it was like to live at that time. This year, the festival commemorates the two hundredth anniversary of The Battle of Waterloo and celebrates the men of Jane Austen with a ball after the battle’s reenactment. The festival goes from April 10–12, 2015.

Susan's Bonnet by Lisa Cruse

Dance lessons are offered each day by the Jane Austen Regency Dance School on all sorts of styles from the Regency Period: metropolitan, country, quadrilles, French square dances, and reels. There is even a workshop on ballroom etiquette. Every night features a large event, such as a dinner and variety Show; balls occur on both Saturday and Sunday. The festival coordinators ask individuals to wear period-appropriate outfits for the whole weekend to help immerse everyone in the world of Jane Austen. (Knit yourself something Janeish from the 2014 issue of Jane Austen Knits, now in digital format!)

If you aren’t interested in dancing, try historic fashion workshops, which may include lessons on everything from bonnets to parasols to fichus. Workshop registration opens at the beginning of February for ticket holders.

Early-bird tickets are already available for the festival online. The festival takes place February 10–12, 2015, at Albert Hall, Canberra. For more information and to buy tickets (and costumes!), check out the festival website at

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