This year will see the Eden Kite Festival reach new heights in all sorts of ways! The family-fun, community-oriented event is now in its third year. From an informal start in 2015, to unexpected growth last year, 2017 is the year the festival really ‘comes to town’. As founder of the event Keith Mould puts it. “We are moving the festival to the Eden Lawns fields in Sedgefield. It’s a perfect venue – safe, easy access for everyone and lots of space for us to grow even more in the future”.
The festival is, as always, in aid of Masithandane, the regional Non-Profit Organisation well-loved for their work in the Eden District. Funds raised by the festival this year will support their Bursary Fund. A real need in Sedgefield is to assist families with, transport costs to school, school fees, uniforms and toiletries for teens. There is no public transport system or high school in the Sedgefield area.
Executive Mayor of Knysna, Eleanore Bouw-Spies is a fan of both the festival and Masithandane. “The festival is a real asset in our calendar, and Masithandane has a significant impact in the community”. Bouw-Spies has tentatively agreed to formally open the event again this year.
More big news is that Lew Geffen Sotheby’s International Realty is sponsoring the festival. Peter and Sheena Mare are principals and owners of the Knysna, Sedgefield, Stilbaai and Mossel Bay franchises. They believe that the combination of the family-oriented event and Masithandane’s visible service to the community is a natural fit for Sotheby’s. “We support a lot of local events”, Peter Mare told us: “With the kite festival we are promoting healthy, outdoor activity for the whole family and helping Masithandane to make a real difference in the lives of the local community.”
The 3rd Eden Kite Festival takes place on Sunday 22 October 2017 from 9:30 to 16:00 at Eden Lawns, N2, Sedgefield.
The 5th Eden Kite Festival takes place in Knysna on 15 - 16 December. Building on the amazing success of the previous events, the event will continue to aid Masithandane's Bursary Fund, ensuring disadvantaged children can attend by providing accommodation, transports, stationery, clothing and toiletries
The third Eden Kite Festival takes place at the huge Eden Lawns fields in Sedgefield on 22 October 2017. Building on the amazing success of the first two events, this year should see at least another doubling in terms of attendance thanks to the new location along the N2.
The list of kiters that will entertain this year with their mind-boggling kites isn’t complete yet, but confirmed already are 8 from around South Africa as well 7 international flyers from Poland, England, Germany and Tasmania. Eden is attracting increasing international interest, being seen as an exciting and enjoyable stop for kiters en route to the longstanding Cape Town International Kite Festival. And let’s not forget our Garden Route kiters who regularly decorate the local skies during the year.
There will be some unique creative designs this year, with 2 of the international participants – Karl Longbottom from England (who was at Eden in 2015) and Robert Brasington from Tasmania – being regarded as 2 of the finest artistic kitemakers in the world.
Once again there will be a full programme of entertainment catering for all ages, and an expanded craft and food market. There are two new features being planned:
- A trail run starting and ending at the kite field
- An attempt to set a South African record of 2 000 kites in the air simultaneously, flown by the public
Watch for more details on those as plans progress.
The popular Team Kite Battle has become a firm favourite of the event. Teams of 3 fly 6-sided traditional Japanese fighting kites (called Rokkakku’s) and attempt to knock each other out of the sky – last one up wins! Kites and instruction are provided and after a chance to practice and plan strategy, the battle begins. Teams are invited to dress up, bring along family and friends and join the fun.
The event is, as always, in aid of Masithandane and all proceeds go directly to them for their many projects that support and uplift the disadvantaged of Sedgefield and the region.
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Masithandane’s second Eden Kite Festival was as big a success as was hoped.
Gasps of appreciation and awe could be heard as local, national and international kiters joined the Knysna tourism entity, Knysna & Partners in hoisting their kites into the Karatara sky on Sunday, October 23.
Knysna tourism entity, Knysna & Partners CEO, Greg Vogt was seen admiring the kites and thoroughly enjoying the fringe events. “It is events like these that showcase the diverse destination that Greater Knysna has to offer. Just looking at all the kiters, locals, national and international brings home just how much this festival does towards advertising our area as a sought after destination.”
This colourful festival, organised by locals for locals was lauded by Knysna Executive Mayor, Eleanore Bouw-Spies while declaring the festival Bouw-Spies as open: “I applaud Sedgefield’s Masithandane for recognising such a wonderful way to raise funds for their NGO.”
Masithandane, the much-loved Sedgefield NGO works tireless in assisting those less fortunate. Bouw-Spies thanked them for their commitment to raising the funds necessary. “All proceeds from this festival will be used to complete the newly built Masithandane Care & Respite Centre. This recently opened centre that provides a safe and loving home-from-home for those suffering from severe and chronic diseases. This respite centre is just one of the myriad of programmes run by Masithandane and without the help of all here today, they could not continue with the great work they do,” said the mayor.
Local kiter and festival initiator, Keith Mould who owns more than 300 kites, including 15 Rokakku kites of various sizes and enjoys stunt kite 'ballet' and power-kiting shared the sky with fellow locals Greg Mountjoy and Bryan Freeman in showing the excited festival goers why their kites and skills were respected by their national and international peers.
Joining the local kiters were Capetonians, Ashley and Mari Ware-Lane with their colourful kites including a parrot and a Nemo. Jacques Cronje’s travelled from Pretoria to show off his unique Phoenix kite.
Returning to the festival were international kiters from United Kingdom and Netherlands. Seasoned kiters from Canada, Germany, Singapore and New Zealand joined in the fun on Sunday on-route to the Cape Town International Kite Festival.
Eden Kite Festival spokesperson, Tertia Rothman said that kite festivals like the Eden Festival are not competitions as such, rather a celebration of getting out into the open and merely enjoying the flying of kites. “Kite-flying is something that anyone can do, regardless of age, ability or disability or community," she said.
Knysna & Partners team, CEO Greg Vogt, Belinda and Gavin Hobson, battled their way to victory in the Rokkaku kite challenge. Their kite flying skills managed to bring down all their opponents, resulting in their kite remaining in the sky swooping victoriously. This Rokkaku challenge can be traced by to early feudal Japan.
To assist in the fundraising effort, Southeby’s offered their ever popular Slow-Bike Challenge that was won by community driven Sedgefield Information Office manager, Belinda Hobson.
The final figures raised were not available at time of going to print.
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
The second Eden Kite Festival takes place at the Karatara Grounds on 23 October 2016. After a tremendously successful inaugural event in 2015, this year will see a much bigger line-up of entertainment for the whole family, food and arts & craft stalls, and kitefliers from around South Africa and 5 other countries.
Keith Mould, the well-travelled kiteflier whose brainchild the event is, says “we have kiters from UK and Netherlands returning this year as well as from Canada, Germany and Singapore. E has their own signature style of kite. We also have Craig Hansen from New Zealand joining us – his company makes the world’s largest kites, and Craig has made journeys across the Sahara and Mongolia on a kite-drawn 3-wheeled buggy.”
“Between the international contingent and the South African kiters you can look forward to a truly spectacular display, from intricately designed artistic kites to 3-dimensional kites up 30 metres long and 5 metres high – yes, you could walk around inside some of them!” said Mould.
A range of entertainment and stalls are also on offer. A parachuting Teddy Bear will drop from a kite to choose raffle winners, and sweets will be dropped for kids of all ages. There are activities for the kids and you can make your own kites at several workshops. We repeat of the popular Corporate Kite Battle. Teams of 3 each fly a 6-sided traditional Japanese kite and attempt to knock each other out of the sky – last one up wins! Kites and instruction are provided and after a chance to practice and plan strategy, the battle begins. Teams are invited to dress up, bring along family and friends and join the fun. A special challenge to estate agencies from Sotheby’s in Sedgefield who took part last year and are one of this year’s Gold Sponsors.
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One of the most talked about events on last year's local calendar was the first Eden Kite Festival. In fact, even the organisers were pleasantly surprised that the event managed to garner such incredible support in its first year, when hundreds of people showed up to witness the spectacle of kites dancing across the sky above the rural town of Karatara.
There is a whole lot more on the cards for this year's Eden Kite Festival. It is now an important fund-raising event which is set to take place on Sunday 23 October 2016 at the Karatara Grounds. Festival organisers Masithandane (a passionate local non-profit organisation) and local kite gurus from Kites by Design, are very busy planning this unique family-focused event, which promises to wow spectators even more than it did last year!
Kites by Design is owned and operated by Keith Mould and Greg Mountjoy. They both have decades of kiting experience between them and have taken part in scores of kite festivals both in South Africa and abroad. Keith Mould spent 12 years on the Festival Committee of the Cape Town Kite Festival (a hugely popular event which is now in its 21st year) and thus brings with him both a wealth of knowledge and logistical expertise to the table.
This home-grown kite festival takes place on the weekend before the Mother City event, and many of the international kiters that are attending that well-established event have enthusiastically agreed to also participate in this one. These and many other well-known South African kite fliers will be demonstrating their exceptional kite flying skills. In addition to showcasing a wide range of both traditional and contemporary styles of kites, this year’s festival will also see super-sized 3D 'kites' punctuate the sky.
Kite flying is a pastime which has stood the test of time as an activity which can be enjoyed by everyone and it is the perfect way to enjoy the outdoors. With its pastoral, wide open spaces set against the pretty backdrop of the Outeniqua Mountains, Karatara lends itself perfectly to an event of this nature.
The festival celebrations kick off on the Friday at the Fijnbosch Coffee Shop in Sedgefield with a visual presentation by legendary kite maker and kite-buggy enthusiast, Craig Hansen, made famous by his Mad Way Magnolia series.
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.
The Eden Kite Festival is for a really great cause. All the proceeds from the festival will be used to fund Masithandane's 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.
This is just one of the many programmes run by Masithandane, an organisation which untiringly serves our community.
Entry to this event is free but all donations will be greatly appreciated.
It is with great anticipation that residents of the Greater Knysna and surrounds are awaiting the Eden Kite Festival on Sunday, October 25 at the Karatara Grounds from 10:00 till 16:00.
Well-known Cape Town Kite Festival stalwart, Keith Mould, will be amongst the well-known kiters at this Masithandane kite festival. Besides bringing a vast array of kites, Mould will be sharing his 21 years of kiting experience and his expert festival organisation skills with Masithandane for this inaugural kite festival.
Mould has been involved with the Cape Town International Kite Festival since 2002, volunteering his time and expertise, and has participated in kite festivals in India, Indonesia, Korea, United Kingdom, France, Malaysia and Thailand.
This will not be the first time that Mould travels to the Greater Knysna to offer his expertise. He has organised the Knysna International Kite Festival in 2008 as well the 2012 Sotheby's Slow Kite Festival in Sedgefield.
He owns more than 300 kites, including 15 Rokakku kites of various sizes and enjoys stunt kite 'ballet' and power-kiting. Visitors to the Eden Kite Festival will be astounded by his kite-making skills that focus on minimalist art kites, such as his geisha Edo kite.
According to Tertia Rothman, Masithandane Eden Kite Festival coordinator, this festival promises a range of modern and traditional kites flying high. "We are hoping that once people have witnessed the spectacle of this kite festival, word of mouth will attract larger audiences in the future," she said.
Rothman added that the Eden Kite Festival was not a competition but rather a celebration of getting out into the open and merely enjoying the flying of kites. "Kite-flying is something that anyone can do, regardless of age, ability or disability or community," she added.
According to Rothman, several organisers of the annual kite festival held in Cape Town over the past 21 years will be bringing their expertise and knowledge to assist with this Masithandane event.
"Two international kiters, from the United Kingdom and Netherlands respectively, have already confirmed for this year's festival. Nine South Africans from Pretoria, Durban, Port Elizabeth, Jefferey's Bay, Cape Town and, of course, the Garden Route will also be flying their kites locally."
Festival organisers have planned several exciting events for young and old to augment the main programme, "which is a sky full of kites of all shapes and sizes".
Entry to this event is free and several food and craft stalls will be participating.