The Twelfth Annual Jane Austen Literary Festival

will be held on Saturday, April 6 noon-5pm at the Historic Lang House (605 Carroll St, Mandeville, Louisiana 70448) dancing, poetry, NO PLAIN JANES, ORATORY contest ($20.00 admission fee, cash, checks and credit cards accepted).

sponsored by: The Jane Austen Foundation of Louisiana

Jane Austen in Blue Dress

The Jane Austen Literary Festival is put on by a group of dedicated volunteers who strive to uphold the standards which would make Jane proud. We also have many obligations including families, jobs and careers, and we do the best we can for the festival. Please contact us if you can volunteer. As novelist Jane Austen said, “a person who can write a letter with ease, cannot write ill.”

And that adage of wisdom was never so obvious as in 2008 during the “Perfect Love Letter” writing competition that was a highlight of Old Mandeville’s first ever Jane Austen Festival; no ill thoughts in the many letters submitted but only expressions of love for persons, places or things, real or imagined.

The Perfect Love Letter competition will return this year during our Fall Concert: Jane & Jeans music of the era - date tbd. Write up! All activities in Old Mandeville, sponsored by The Jane Austen Foundation of Louisiana, Inc., a nonprofit corporation.

As the legendary Austen, hailed as one of the greatest novelists in the history of the English language, put it during the English Regency Era in which she lived, “there is no charm equal to the tenderness of the heart.”

That is the core concept behind the “Perfect Love Letter” contest.  Indeed, the mission of the festival in Mandeville is “to foster the fine art of letter writing” which will always be treasured by the recipient and future generations.

Details on the ever-popular Perfect Love Letter Writing Contest to be held Fall 2018 will be forthcoming.

But there is more to this colorful festival than the quiet, solitary, serene art of love letter writing which could be to a person, place or thing.

There is an equally popular time to strut your stuff in the most elegant of Regency-Victorian era English attire or just cocktail evening attire. Regency Ball attendees are encouraged to wear period attire but it is not required. For pieces or full Regency attire we recommend the following Regency era specialist/seamstress, that will help you turn ordinary clothes in period attire with minimal custom pieces:
Nikole Herasymiuk  985-635-1793


As a Patron, you can help The Jane Austen Foundation of Louisiana with their mission to foster the fine art of letter writing. Your support will help with future plans of letter writing workshops, dramatic readings of Austen’s works, demonstrations of arts, crafts, dance and culture of her day!

We are now accepting online donations. You can donate online or mail in your donation. If you are interested in finding out more, please see the “Become a Patron” page on this website for more information.

Thank you for your support!

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