Austen Con

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A model dressed in regency wear
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Time Out says

This one day online festival is dedicated to all things Jane Austen

It takes a special sort of writer for their works to still be popular nearly 250 years after they were born. The works of Jane Austen continue to be read, studied and serve as inspiration centuries later, and will be celebrated this November as part of Austen Con.

Austen Con is a one-day festival launching online this November 7. This will be the third time the festival has run, and its first foray into the online world. The interactive virtual festival features events that draw from the 19th-century regency world of Austen's novels, as well as directly discussing the stories themselves. 

Throughout the day, Austen fans (which Google informs me are called "Janeites") can partake in everything from bonnet making and painting workshops, to regency dancing and literary discussions with like-minded folks. There's even an online Jane Austen-themed escape room.

All guests also get access to discounts at the Mansfield Park Market Hub where you can buy all manner of Jane Austen-themed items. The festival comes from Melbourne-based theatre company 24 Carrot Productions, who've been hosting indie shows for nearly a decade. If you want to see more of their work, check out the company's Introduction to Emma online series which is streaming November 5 to 8.


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