Don your finest bonnet and celebrate the life and literature of Jane Austen at this in-person festival on Saturday November 5. One of the world’s best novelists (some would say the very best), Jane Austen and her sharp wit, parodic social commentary and page-turning romances have inspired generations and adaptations galore.
From 9am until 5pm, the Melbourne-based theatre production company 24 Carrot Productions will host the fifth annual Austen Con at the heritage-listed Abbotsford Convent in Collingwood. While there is no guarantee that you’ll find your Mr Darcy, Austen Con will be a day of fun and frivolity with a whole range of Regency-inspired activities to participate in.
From crafting and embroidery, dancing to discussion panels and fashion shows, ticket-holders can immerse themselves in the pomp and pageantry of the period. There will even be agony aunts on hand to help homeless romantics regain some sense and sensibility in their dating life. Don’t forget to wear your best Regency-inspired finery for a chance to win a prize for the most creative costume.
The event will also be live streamed, where ticket holders can participate in activities online. You can purchase a ticket and review the offline and online schedule on the 24 Carrot Productions website.