Save the Date:International Kite Festival

Save the Date – the kites are coming to town! Africa’s biggest kite festival is back in Muizenberg on the 22 and 23 October 2011. It is visual spectacle with giant fantastic creations filling the skies above the Cape Point Route. It ‘s a great family event and all for a good cause too! Put this in your diaries now!

Giant Kites (Eric Miller)

Cape Town International Kite Festival – 22 & 23 October 2011

‘One Sky One World – Mental Health for All’ is the theme for the seventeenth Cape Town International Kite Festival, which is happening on 22 and 23 October 2011 in Muizenberg and is proudly hosted by Cape Mental Health in association with Heart 104.9FM.

The skies will be filled with magnificent kiting creations at Africa’s biggest kite festival which attracts over 24,000 visitors, including kiters from around the world. Local enthusiasts are encouraged to bring along their own kites or just enjoy watching the colourful aerial extravaganza. With kite-making, kite-flying, various kite competitions, food stalls, kiddies’ rides, and a full line-up of entertainment, this is family entertainment at its best.

Kids and Kites (Eric Miller)

The Boomerang Edu-Kite Schools’ Competition brings together children from 50 primary schools and schools for learners with special educational needs from around the Western Cape to decorate kites and take part in a mass fly. Organisers will also be looking for the best example of the Western Cape’s own traditional kite – the Swaeltjie or Swallow Kite – for the Heritage Kite Award.

Boomerang hosts a variety of activities for kids and for the young at heart, including:  face painting, puppet and magic shows, balloon sculpting, interactive games, a dance competition, and big-screen TVs to view favourite Boomerang shows. It will also host some of your favourite Boomerang characters, including Scooby and Fred Flintstone.

Giant Zebra Kite (Eric Miller)

“We invite people to share One Sky and One World in unity and friendship with people from all walks of life. We fill the sky with kites as a reminder that mental health is important for all people and that there is not a community, a country or a culture where people are not vulnerable to mental illness or mental disability,” says Ingrid Daniels, Director of Cape Mental Health.

“Heart 104.9FM has had a strong association with the Kite Festival for the past three years and we enjoy the fact that the event encourages families to spend time together while helping to raise much-needed funds for Cape Mental Health,” said Gavin Meiring, Heart 104.9FM’s Managing Director.

The Cape Town International Kite Festival will be open from 10:00 to 18:00 each day and takes place on the lawns surrounding Zandvlei, Muizenberg. There is lots of parking and easy access by train (False Bay or Muizenberg stations). Entry is just R15 for adults and R5 for children.

All profits go directly to Cape Mental Health to support its free mental health services for people in resource-poor communities. For more information on the Cape Town International Kite Festival and Cape Mental Health visit www.capementalhealth.co.za or contact them on (021) 447 9040 / info@cmhs.co.za.

Kite Festival (Jacques Marais)

If you are attending the International Kite Festival and coming from further afield, why not book your accommodation now and stay for the weekend to explore the Cape Point Route and some fun activities as well as attending the International Kite Festival.  Call Cape Point Route for assistance with accommodation in Muizenberg and surrounds on 021 782 9356 or email: info@capepointroute.co.za. Cape Point Route recommends booking your accommodation in Muizenberg early to avoid disappointment.

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