‘Rise Up’ and fly at Africa’s biggest kite festival

By MapMyWay
9 July 2018

24th Cape Town International Kite Festival – 27 & 28 Oct 2018

The 24th Cape Town International Kite Festival in Muizenberg is Africa’s biggest kite festival and sees kiters from around the world flying incredible kite creations in support of Cape Mental Health, South Africa’s oldest mental health organisation.

Come and meet an aerial ‘big five’ when Nemo, Squid, Octopus, Red Teddy and Bertie the Worm take to the skies at the 24th Cape Town International Kite Festival on 27 and 28 October, in Muizenberg.

With tickets just R40 pp (or R15 for children 12 years & younger) this is affordable, fresh-air fun that’s good for you, your family and people with mental disabilities.

The annual kiting extravaganza is the grand finale to October’s Mental Health Month campaign and has been flying in support of Cape Mental Health since 1994.

Rise Up theme for 2018

Hannah Parsraman and Miguel McTavish, Kite Festival 2017

Rise Up is our theme for 2018,” says Ingrid Daniels, director of Cape Mental Health and president elect of the World Federation for Mental Health. “We believe everyone is born with potential to rise up beyond life’s circumstances. Our mission and the services we provide help people realise this potential and overcome mental health challenges they may encounter. Kites are one of the tools we use. Almost everyone feels inspired when they simply lift their heads and look up.”

Statistics show that every year one person in four will have a mental health condition. Mental health affects everyone but for people living in a disadvantaged urban or rural community, the impact of disability and poverty can be particularly challenging.

Bring along your own kite to fly in the public flying arena, buy a kite at the festival or make one; there are several free kite-making workshops for children and adults on both days. There is also live entertainment (dance, music and comedy), a tea garden, food trucks and fairground rides. The free, supervised Toddler Zone gives parents a chance to sit down and relax. Visitors are welcome to bring along a picnic but please leave dogs at home.

WHAT & WHERE: 24th Cape Town International Kite Festival is at Zandvlei Nature Reserve, Muizenberg (corner of Axminster and The Row) Cape Town 7945

WHEN: 27 and 28 October, from 10 am to 6 pm.

TICKETS: Entry is R40 (R15 for children 12 years and under). Tickets are available at the gate or via Quicket.

There is lots of parking at Muizenberg High School and access by train (False Bay or Muizenberg stations).

For more information visit Cape Mental Health or follow @CTKiteFest on social media #RiseUpAndFly

PHOTO: Pheiffer Komber of Dance Alive, Kite Festival 2017

See also Cape Town Green Map