Friday 26th November – Monday 29th November
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Hobart and New Norfolk, Van Diemen’s Land
What a wonderful weekend we had in 2020. You can see some photos here and here.
Here are the details for 2021.
Session and discounted weekend tickets are available.
Draft programme – subject to minor changes. Download printable version of the weekend’s programme (here) and the Regency House and Garden Party programme (here) .
|Friday 26th November|
|Georgian and Regency Evening at Narryna Heritage Museum||5-7:30pm||Regency costume showings, exhibition, tours of Narryna house (1830s merchant house), refreshments in the garden, maypole dancing and live music, meet and greet other festival goers||Narryna Heritage Museum, 103 Hampden Rd, Battery Point||$20|
|Dinner at Narryna||7:30pm+||Two varieties of soup, bread rolls, pastries (vegetarian pastizzi or sausage rolls) and cake. Mulled wine will also be available. Please let us know if you are interested, via the booking page.||Narryna||Pay the venue|
|Saturday 27th November|
|Regency Dance Workshop||11:15 for 11:30am-1:30pm (time to visit Salamanca Markets beforehand)||With live period music and Dancing Master David Wanless. Learn or refresh the basics of Regency dancing for the evening ball, or just have fun with some easy Regency dances. No partner or dancing experience required. Note that you are welcome to attend the evening ball whether or not you have attended this workshop. BYO water bottle.||St James Church Hall, 462 Elizabeth St (off Rupert Ave, enter behind church)||$12/$10|
|Intermediate Regency and Georgian Dances||2:20 for 2:30-4:30pm||With live period music and Dancing Master David Wanless. Have fun with a variety of lively dances, some for the evening ball and some just because they’re exciting dances. No partner or dancing experience required but if you can make it to the earlier workshop first that would be good. Learn Mundy’s Quadrille for an informal display at the ball. BYO water bottle.||St James Church Hall, 462 Elizabeth St (off Rupert Ave, enter behind church)||$12/$10|
|Grand Regency Ball||7:15 for 7:30-11:30pm||Grand Regency Ball – dance or enjoy the spectacle|
Divine period music including many Tasmanian pieces, by Van Diemen’s Angels (harp, piano, fiddle and flute)
Dancing Master David Wanless will lead you through an evening of fun and lively dances. No partner or dancing experience required, though attending the morning workshop would make it even more fun. Dress in something period or formal if you can.
BYO water bottle, cup and supper.
Entry conditions: folktas.org/coronavirus
|St James Church Hall, 462 Elizabeth St (off Rupert Ave, enter behind church)||$19/$17/$16/$10|
|Sunday 28th November|
|Regency House and Garden Party||10:30am-4pm||A day of Regency activities, fine food and tea at the historic Glen Derwent Heritage Retreat in the lovely Derwent valley. Your ticket includes delicious lunch and afternoon tea of period sweet and savoury food and hot and cold drinks, as well as Regency dancing, live music, a baffling magician, croquet, historic tours, maypole dancing, roses, peacocks and heritage sheep to view in the gorgeous grounds and period games to play. Period attire admired but not required.|
Detailed programme for last year here.
|Glen Derwent Heritage Retreat, 44 Hamilton Rd, New Norfolk||$47/$41/$30/$15|
|After Party||4pm onwards||Informal party at Glen Derwent, includes vegetarian dinner and refreshments. Tickets only available for weekend or Sunday ticket holders.||Glen Derwent as above||$25 (not included in weekend ticket)|
|Monday 29th November|
|Music and History Cruise on the Lady Nelson||1:40 for 2-4pm||An afternoon sail on the Derwent river on the magnificent tall ship, the Lady Nelson, with refreshments, live music, singing and history. Regency, formal or nautical attire admired but not required. See if you can outdress the crew, but be warned – some of them may be pirates. Sinn Araon will provide beautiful Irish music and some sea shanties and other nautical songs for you to join in with if you so desire. You will also have the opportunity to help haul on a line or two if you so wish.||Elizabeth St Pier, Hobart waterfront||$40 (not included in weekend ticket)|
Discounted weekend tickets are available.
See also “But darling, I have nothing to wear” for hints on costumes (admired but not required).
Information about finding the venues, and reducing our environmental impact in transport and at the events, is at folktas.org/venuesenv/
There are many other lovely things to do in Hobart and surrounds. Some places to visit with some Regency relevance are Port Arthur, the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery or simply wandering through Battery Point.
Cathy and David, 03 6273 2127, email@example.com
Folk Federation of Tasmania Inc, folktas.org/regency
Facebook/Meetup: Dance Folk Tasmania
Your tickets support local folk music artists, as well as the venues who support us.