Wild and carefree, free of the constraints of the earth, kites evoke a feeling of joy and playfulness in all of us. Building on the enormous success of last year, the village of Karatara will be hosting the second annual Eden Kite Festival on Sunday the 23rd of October.
The festival was founded by Sedgefield based Masithandane, a non-profit and public benefit organisation.
The aim of the festival is to raise funds, celebrate family and the outdoors and to introduce more people to the village of Karatara and its intrinsic history with the area. They enlisted the help of Knysna based Kites by Design to bring this spectacular event to the Garden Route.
Like many of their generation the owners of Kites by Design, Keith Mould and Greg Mountjoy, built many a diamond shaped kite from bamboo, string and paper in their youth and, unlike the rest of us, they turned this childhood passion into a lifelong pursuit of the winds and the currents.
Both these gentlemen are veteran kite festival participants who have encountered each other at many locations around the world, including festivals in India, Indonesia, Korea, the United Kingdom, France, Malaysia and Thailand. When Greg relocated to Knysna, it was inevitable that they would get their strings entangled.
Keith counts upwards of 300 Rokakku kites in his personal collection and enjoys stunt kite ‘ballet’ and power-kiting. For Greg flying a kite is equal to meditation, leaving the world behind in the unity between the kiter, connected to his or her kite dancing in the wind.
The Eden Kite Festival takes place the weekend before the Cape Town International Kite Festival in Muizenberg, making it possible for many of these kite enthusiasts to come fly and show off their skills and kites here in the Garden Route. Kites from at least six countries will be on display at the festival and, while the art of flying a kite is most apparent in kite battles, it is the line laundry of spinners and inflatables that has become the biggest spectator attraction.
Kites by Design is known for their old school approach to the art of kite making and it is their flawless craftsmanship that makes them so popular for designing bespoke kites for avid collectors. They only use top quality materials, fabrics and the latest construction techniques in their kite making while superb after sales service, installation and repair is provided for their clients. They also make a range of kites suitable for children and those looking merely to enjoy this relaxing pastime.
The festival will include sweetie drops by kite, kite making workshops, kite ballet, Japanese kite battles, kite buggies, live music, food & craft stores and many more.
The Eden Kite Festival promises to be a delightful outing for the entire family.
The festival will take place on the Karatara grounds from 10:00 – 16:00. To get there take the Karatara / Ruigtevlei turnoff just outside of Sedgefield, look out for the left turn that will take you over the Karatara river and turn right at the T junction.
For more information about the Festival you can contact Tertia from Masithandane on 082 046 0463.
You can contact Kites by Design on 082 059 0070 (Greg) or 083 679 4039 (Keith)
Find them on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/KitesByDesign/
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