Everyone is excitedly gearing up for this weekend's Eden Kite Festival, which takes place on Sunday 23 October 2016 on the sportfield in Karatara. Hundreds of people are expected to turn up to witness the eclectic and colourful display of kites which are set to punctuate the aerial space above this rural town, which is characterised by pastoral scenes and set against the lofty backdrop of the Outeniqua Mountains, making it the ideal venue for an event of this nature.
This home-grown kite festival, now in its second year, will showcase the exceptional flying skills of 15 local and international pro kite-fliers from South Africa, Canada, England, Holland, Germany, New Zealand and Singapore. In addition to showcasing a wide range of traditional kites, such as elaborately decorated art kites and Japanese kite designs, spectators can also look forward to seeing super-sized 3D 'kites' dominate the sky.
New Zealander, Craig Hansen, will be among the kiting greats in attendance this year. He makes the largest kites in the world and among the ones expected to be flying high include a Flying Fish 30m long and 10m wide; a Red Devil 20m long; Toothless the Dragon and a squadron of 5 fighter planes.
The Rokkaku kite will also be seen again in this year's Kite Challenge, when teams of three battle it out to see who can bring down their opponents, an ancient tradition which goes back several hundred years to feudal Japan.
The festival festivities kick off on Saturday with a masterclass kite-making workshop held by well known kite-flyer and kite-maker Gadis Widiyati from Singapore. There are very limited spaces on her workshops so get there early! 20 places are available at the Scarab Market on Saturday and another 20 on Sunday at the festival field in Karatara. Tickets for Saturday are at the Kite by Design stall at Scarab, and for Sunday at the festival information stand.
Another awesome highlight of the event takes place on the Saturday night from 5:30pm where there will be a visual presentation by legendary kite maker and kite-buggy enthusiast, Craig Hansen, made famous by his Mad Way Magnolia series. He will share with us the some of his adventurous and often hair raising exploits. There will also be a charity auction after Craig’s talk, and thereafter an incredible display of lit-up kites on Myoli Beach.
Festival Organisers have an exciting programme planned for the day of the event, including kite building workshops, sweetie drops from a kite for the kiddies, kite flying displays, kite-buggy demonstrations and much more. There will also be a diverse selection of food and craft stalls. Entrance is by donation and there will be lucky draws for those who donate.
The Eden Kite Festival is in aid of a really great cause. All the proceeds from the festival will be used to fund local NGO Masithandane's various charitable causes, including the funding of their newly built Care & Respite Centre, which will provide a safe and loving home-from-home for those suffering from severe chronic diseases. The centre will serve as a place for those in the final stages of their lives to die with dignity as well as providing relief for families.
10:30: Grand Opening – meet the kiters and the Mayor will open the festival
11:00 – 13:00: Sotheby’s Slow Bike Competition
11:30: Kitemaking Workshop by Gadis Widiyati / Masithandane children’s workshop
12:00: Kite ballet and kite buggy demonstrations
12:00 – 14: 00: Team Kite Battle
13:30: Masithandane children’s workshop
11:30 & 14:00: Kiddies’ Boeresport