Lets go fly a kite, don't miss Festival of the Winds

Mayor Sally Betts flying a kite Festival of the Winds

Mayor Sally Betts flying a kite Festival of the Winds

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by StreetCorner

This article has been written by Waverley Council.

Don’t miss Waverley’s colourful kite flying celebration Festival of the Winds on Sunday 11 September, 11am to 4pm at the Bondi Pavilion, beach and park.

Waverley Mayor Sally Betts said the perennial event is a fun day out for the whole family.

“Bondi Beach’s sky will be infused with colour with hundreds of kites swaying in the ocean breeze. There are some amazing kites - in the past we have seen a lobster, shark, dragon, cartoon characters and flowers floating above the beach and park.”

“Now in its 33rd year, Festival of the Winds is a definite crowd pleaser attracting professional kite-makers and flyers as well as novices as it’s the only time in the year you can fly a kite at Australia’s most famous beach.”

“Anyone can join in the fun! If you don’t own a kite there are kite making workshops or you can buy one on the day.”

This year international guests include Peter Lynn from New Zealand and Janneke Groen from the Netherlands. There will be fabulous delta, free form and fighter kites from the Australian Kite Flyer Society who will be showcasing their designs, huge hand-made character kites as well as ones from India, Malaysia, China and Japan.

As well as kite flying, there’s an all-day program of multicultural entertainment and kid’s shows MCed by comic juggling percussionist Joel Salom! There will be children’s rides, wandering performers, shows, face painting, food stalls and dance and craft workshops.

Acts include:

Lindsay Gardner, the master of magic, astounding all with his mystical, magical illusions.

Greg Sheehan, rhythm and beat artist entertaining adults and kids alike.

Kerfuffle, a dynamic, colourful group specialising in family favourites.

Bolivia Unida Folkloric Dance Group - lively traditional dancers with dazzling costumes.

Freeman Dancers (Wiradjuri) Australian Indigenous traditional dance and music from the Wiradjuri Nation.

Declan Kelly and the Rising Sun, a beautiful showcase of delicate songs woven with Polynesian melodies, Irish Folk, Reggae and the bitter sweet strains of African American soul.

Sibo Bangoura and Keyim Ba, an explosive African drumming and high-energy dance show capturing the alluring sounds of West Africa with the Kora (West African harp) and the Balafon (xylophone).

Also, at the Bondi Pavilion Gallery there’s a spectacular aerial art exhibition from 5 to 18 September. Curated by Michael Richards from Kite Magic, this year’s exhibition will showcase a cross-section of kites from around the world, a display on the history, and a video screening to inspire the kite flyer within!

This annual event is presented by Waverley Council in association with the Australian Kite Flyers Society.

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