Cape Town International Kite Festival

New Horizons’ is the theme for the nineteenth Cape Town International Kite Festival, Africa’s biggest kite festival, which is proudly hosted by Cape Mental Health and will take place in Muizenberg on 2 & 3 November 2013.

The annual Cape Town International Kite Festival attracts talented kite-makers and kite fliers from around the world, including: David and Susan Gomberg (USA), two of the most well-travelled kiters on the planet; Sheri Muraya and Nadia Kimani, organisers of the Kenya Kite Festival; Karl and Sara Longbottom (UK), famous for their ‘flying underpants’ and Maarten and Tjitske van Hienen (Netherlands) who specialise in patchwork kites.

Festival-goers will see giant animals and other amazing kite creations take to the skies, as well as exciting stunt kiting, Rokakkau kite battles and a Revolution team display. Primary school children can participate in the EduKite Competition (Saturday 2 Nov) and local kite-makers are invited to enter the Heritage Kite Award (Sunday 3 Nov).

Cape Town International Kite Festival

With various Swaeltjie and sled kite-making workshops (for adults and children), craft and food stalls as well as kiddies’ rides and live entertainment, the festival offers fantastic family fun in aid of a very good cause. All profits go directly to Cape Mental Health, South Africa’s oldest mental health organisation, which this year celebrates 100 years of providing vital mental health services to adults and children in poorly-resourced communities in the Western Cape.

The Cape Town International Kite Festival happens on (and above) the lawns of Zandvlei Nature Reserve, Muizenberg (corner Axminster and The Row). Open from 10:00 to 18:00 daily, the event offers lots of parking and easy access by train (False Bay or Muizenberg stations). Entry is R20 and just R10 for children 12 years and under.

For the first time, in celebration of the CMH Centenary, there will be an exclusive night fly on Saturday 2 November (from 18:30 to 21:00). Tickets for the night fly are R100 per person including a finger supper.

For more information visit www.capementalhealth.co.za/kite

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