by Bongani Mtlhavani

Cape Town International Kite Festival

Up, up and away

Cape Town International Kite Festival 2012
Cape Town International Kite Festival 2012

‘All about ability’ was the theme for the eighteenth Cape Town International Kite Festival, proudly hosted by Cape Mental Health in association with Heart 104.9fm. Africa’s biggest kite festival took place in Muizenberg between 3 and 4 November on the lawns surrounding Zandvlei.  

Open from 10:00 to 18:00 daily the event attracted talented kite-makers and kite fliers from all over the world. Kiters representing Germany, India, Malaysia, Singapore, South Africa and Turkey took part this year. A giant flying teddy, an inflatable goldfish resembling Nemo, traditional Indian kites and a dragon were some of the amazing creations that took to the skies. There was also some thrilling stunt kiting on display and Rokkaku kite battles for enthusiasts to watch.

Aspiring kite-makers had a range of workshops to choose from. These included the first ever Swaeltjie kite-making workshop which helped to revive a historic kiting tradition of the Cape by sharing the techniques of local award-winning kite-makers Ebrahim Sambo and Goosain Davids.

The Heritage kite competition on Sunday awarded the best Swaeltjie kites on show. In addition, children from 30 schools, including learners with special educational needs, competed in the Edu-Kite schools’ competition on the Saturday of the show.
With craft and food stalls as well as kiddies’ rides and a full programme of entertainment on the Coke Gig Rig, the Cape Town International Kite Festival offered a fantastic day of outdoor family fun.

"The wind was heavy during last year's event, which made it difficult and this year it has been so gentle that it's actually a struggle for the kiters to fly the kites, but it's always a fun day and my kids just love it,” said Onele Swaatbooi.

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