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October 21, 2009

Spirits fly high at the Cape Town International Kite Festival

Fly a kite! It’s liberating, it’s exhilarating and it allows the child in you to come out and play!

This was clearly evident at the Cape Town International Kite Festival on October 10 and 11. Hundreds of kites, large and small, homemade and state of the art, took to the skies in an array of vibrant colours and amazing shapes!

I was lucky enough to be asked to judge the Schools’ Edu-Kite Competition on behalf of Cape Town Tourism. About 35 schools presented their interpretations of the theme “World on a String/Ilizwe Entanjeni/Wêreld aan ’n Toutjie”.

The competition at the Coke Gig Rig was preceded by live entertainment, hosted by livewire emcee Marguerite Freeks from Heart 104.9fm. Groups of young hip-hop artists wowed the crowd with their high-energy performances, confirming that Cape Town really is the dance capital of South Africa!

Then it was time for the “show and tell”, where the schools presented their kites on the stage, telling the audience how they had interpreted the theme. Two categories of schools – primary schools and schools for learners with special needs – took to the stage and made jaw-dropping presentations of their kites.

The judges were hard pressed to find overall winners among all these winners – themes covered everything from the birth of man to polluting the planet; from the global village and our interconnectedness to the environment and man’s impact on it; from HIV/AIDS to the issues that children face today, such as child abuse and poverty.

The creativity and artwork in the designs was fantastic – and this was carried through in many of the presentations, where children used drums and poetry to introduce their kites.

And the kites flew! The children took to the field and the sky was filled with their amazing creations – beribboned, glittered, collaged, crayoned and painted.

For the rest of the time that I spent at Zandvlei, I saw the Live it. Love it. LOUDER! Cape Town Tourism team everywhere! Armed with soccer balls and vuvuzelas, our team gave away some great prizes at a number of competitions.

When the diski dancers took to the stage to teach the crowd the 2010 dance, Blow Your Vuvuzela reverberated around the grounds. Once again, we proved we are the dance capital of South Africa and, more importantly, we know how to have a good time.

We are ready to share this with the world!

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