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October 14, 2010

Cape Town International Kite Festival: October 23 and 24

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A previous Cape Town International Kite Festival in Muizenberg. Photo courtesy coda

“Uplifting Mind and Body” is the theme for the sixteenth Cape Town International Kite Festival, which is happening on October 23 and 24 in Muizenberg and is proudly hosted by Cape Mental Health, in association with Heart 104.9FM.

This is Africa’s biggest kite festival and attracts over 23 000 visitors, including some of the world’s best-known kiters – from Europe, Indonesia, Malaysia and the USA – who fly in to show off their magnificent kite creations.

The Boomerang marquee will be hosting a variety of fun children’s activities including face-painting, puppet shows, magic shows and balloon sculpting. And with kite-making, kite-flying, food, health and craft stalls, kiddies’ rides and a full programme of live entertainment (including Idols winner Jody Williams) this is family entertainment at its best.

The Boomerang Edu-Kite Schools’ Competition is a highlight; it brings together children from schools for learners with special educational needs and mainstream primary schools to create kite arches and participate in a mass fly.

For the first time this year, the Heritage Kite Award will go to the best example of a swaeltjie or swallow kite, which is based on a historic design that originated in Southeast Asia. It is believed to have been brought to Africa with slaves and immigrants centuries ago, and continues to be made by some of their descendents today, the skill having been passed down through the generations.

The Cape Town International Kite Festival will be open from 10h00 to 18h00 on both days and takes place on the lawns surrounding Zandvlei, Muizenberg. There is lots of parking available and the event is easily accessed by train (alight at the False Bay or Muizenberg stations). Entry is just R15 for adults and R5 for children. All profits go directly to support Cape Mental Health’s services in resource-poor communities.

“More and more people are suffering from stress and mental ill-health,” said Ingrid Daniels, director of Cape Mental health. “By inviting people to fly their kites, and highlighting the connection between mental and physical well-being, we hope to uplift minds and bodies.” 

Help make a difference by being part of the Cape Town International Kite Festival or by making an SMS donation to Cape Mental Health – simply SMS the word “KITE” and your name to 31243. Each SMS costs R10, and free texts do not apply.

The sixteenth Cape Town International Kite Festival has been made possible thanks to the support of official broadcast partner Heart 104.9FM, the City of Cape Town, Boomerang (as seen on DStv 303), Cape Town Tourism, Peninsula Beverages and People’s Post.

For more details of what is happening, contact +27 (0)21 447 9040 or info@cmhs.co.za, visit Cape Mental Health or find the festival on Facebook.

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