Colonial Ball 2019

The Monaro Folk Society’s

2019 Colonial Ball

7:30pm – 12:00am

Saturday 28th September

The Albert Hall – Canberra


The 39th annual Colonial Ball will be held on Saturday 28th September 2019 at the Albert Hall in Canberra. Note the change back to the last Saturday in September, which means that the Ball coincides with the time that Floriade is on in Canberra (and it should be that much warmer too – fingers crossed).

Dress for the Ball will be Colonial / early 1900’s evening dress wear, or after five – see also the theme below.
(For ideas on how others dress for the Ball, there are two photos from last year’s Ball here.)

Welcome drinks and hors d’oeuvres from 7:30pm with dancing from 8:00pm to midnight, including a fully catered supper.

Band:  Stringfiddle, led by Bob McInnes

Caller: Don Richmond

Theme: Floral Tribute, feel free to interpret this any way you wish!


TICKET SALES are now open. Click on this link to be taken to the tickets page where you’ll find full details of ticket types and prices, a link to our on-line ticket order form, and details of how to make cash or postal purchases.


The DANCE PROGRAM is now available at this link, and there is a further link to the DANCE INSTRUCTIONS on Don’s web site.




COME AND TRY BUSH DANCING – a FREE introduction to bush dancing for anyone 12 years or older.

The Monaro Folk Society is offering all Canberrans the chance to dance at the iconic Albert Hall, at a free “Come and Try Bush Dancing” class.

The class will be held on Saturday September 28, from 10.30am to midday – doors open 10.15am, and provides an introduction to Bush Dancing for anyone who has never danced, or has done other dance styles.

Our expert teacher will introduce you to Bush Dancing with an easy session of instruction and fun dances. All to live music from our society musicians.

Come alone, or bring your partner, friends or family (suitable for ages 12 upwards – no upper limit!). Wear loose, light, comfortable clothing, preferably layered for easy warmth regulation, and flat soled, smooth or non-grippy shoes (clean soles and no high heels to protect the beautiful wood floor).

For more information contact Antonella on 0413 295 004


CANBERRA MANDOLIN ORCHESTRA CONCERT – enjoy an afternoon concert before the Ball, at Albert Hall, starting 2.30pm. The theme is “After The War” and the concert will bring you music brought to Australia after 1945. Full details, including discounted ticket price for Ball Ticket holders, can be found by clicking this link.

POST BALL PICNIC – come and enjoy the splendor of Canberra’s annual Floriade Festival and catch up with other Ball attendees. From 11am until 2pm (or stay later if you wish) on Sunday 29 September at the Amphitheater in Commonwealth Park – click here for location map. Self catering, but any leftovers from the Ball will be brought along too.



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