The Kitefliers and Programme for Eden Kite Festival 2017!

SEPTEMBER 29, 2017

“The most important Kitefliers coming to the 3rd Eden Kite Festival are…you!”, says Keith Mould, kitemaker, kiteflier, truffle farmer and founder of this well-loved event. “It’s a family festival, a chance for families to get out into the fresh air, be entertained and join in the fun, and look up at the kite spectacle rather than down at screens”

Apart from you, there will be kiters from Port Elizabeth, Pretoria, Poland, England and the Netherlands, as well as Knysna kitemaker Greg Mountjoy and Barbara Mould of Sedgefield.

“We’ve put together a varied programme to appeal to everybody and to make it as interactive as possible. A major highlight this year is an attempt to set a record for the number of kites in the air simultaneously”, Keith told us.

“The sponsors of the event, Lew Geffen Sotheby’s International realty have made it possible for the public to buy festival kites at very reduced prices in order to join in this record attempt. There are 2000 kites available although more than 5000 people are expected to attend, so we encourage people to buy their kites before the festival. They’re available at Tourism and all Sotheby’s offices in Knysna and Sedgefield. While you are there, buy your entry tickets for the festival too – there’ll be an express entry lane for ticket holders so you can avoid the queues at the entrance.”

During the day there are other exciting events such dog agility displays, boeresport for the children and different kite-making workshops catering for young children, older children and adults. One workshop will be held by international kitemaker Maarten van Hienen of Holland.

You can participate in a number of events, including the ‘Running with the Bols” – a race where you have a bol (a kite shaped like a parachute) tied to you and you have to run with it. Being 2017 you’ll also have to type a message on your phone while running!

There is also a photographic competition open to all and with fabulous prizes, and that firm favourite the Team Kite Challenge where you fight in the sky with kites is back.

Executive Mayor of Knysna, Councillor Eleanore Bouw-Spies will officially open the festival by launching a special kite to show that Knysna Rises after the devastating fires.

There will be up to 40 food and craft stalls and new this year is a picnic area with chairs, table and shade from where you can enjoy the show. Also new is a dedicated space for the public to fly their kites.

The festival takes place at Eden Lawns along the N2 in Sedgfield from 9.30 to 16.30 on Sunday 22 October. On Saturday 21st October from 16.30 there is an opening concert at Masithandane’s Octopus Garden under the Sea at the Scarab Market in Sedgefield. Wendy Oldfield and LeRoy Botha will be performing, so bring your own chairs, blankets and picnic and enjoy the music and meet the mayor and the Kitefliers under the stars! Tickets are limited and are available at Tourism and at Sotheby’s offices.

The concert and the festival are in aid of Masithandane’s Bursary Fund which supports learners attending school by providing basic necessities as well as transport to learners living in Sedgefield. There is no public transport or a high school in Sedgefield. Jacky Weaver of Masithandane says the festival is a major event on their calendar and a significant fund-raiser. 

Contact Franchisee Liandé Barnard
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