At the beginning of November, Muizenberg hosted the 19th Cape Town Kite Festival; an annual jamboree which attracted crowds of over 20000. Being good and responsible corporate citizens of Muizenberg, the Uyaphi team witnessed the sublime and the strange over this 2 day festival.
You would never presume that there are so many adult ‘kiters’ but a brief glance around saw many mature enthusiasts as well as a large amount of foreign visitors and participants. The first day of the festival encouraged children to build and fly their own kites under the theme “New horizons”. On the second day the main event was the Heritage Kite Competition in which young kiters had to build a South African swallow or bat-style kite design from scratch and fly in the arena area.
There were also stunt kiting exhibitions and Japanese-inspired Rokakku kite battles with several kites being downed (but not in flames!) You could recognise several cartoon character kites as well as several TV inspired creations. My personal favourite was a whale shark kite; it was impressive in dimension and colour and seemed to dominate all the other kites around it. Infact the whole festival was pretty cool. There is a certain beauty in seeing so much colour gracefully riding the wind currents on a clear, sunlit day.
The festival aids a good cause, the Cape Mental Health charity and we were pleased to be there and witness a very positive vibe in our own backyard of Muizenberg.
Cape Town Kite Festival by Nicolas Edwards