Portsmouth City Council and the festival’s partner sponsor, local car dealership Snows MINI and Snows Mazda, are delighted to welcome one of the biggest and most popular kite festivals in the world back to the city.
This year’s theme is ‘East meets West’. There is a rich history of kite flying and making in the Far East and some of these spectacular hand-crafted kites will be taking to the skies. The display will feature kites from India, Vietnam, Indonesia and China, as well as a special display of humming kites from Vietnam. The festival will have demonstrations on the art of kite making and flying, with beautiful kites of all shapes and sizes in the sky and on the ground for visitors to enjoy and admire.
There will be a host of other activities for the whole family to enjoy, including Wightlink’s Green Workshops – free kite making sessions for children aged 5-12. These workshops will be run by two artists from Aspex Gallery, Alice Hume and Charlotte Lowman. The ‘East meets West’ themed sessions will use recycled and sustainable materials to craft unique kites. The workshops are sponsored by the Kite Festival’s green sponsor, Wightlink.
Over the weekend there will be several free sensory sessions for babies and children up to seven-years-old brought to you by Baby Sensory. These sessions will stimulate children’s senses, touch, sight, hearing, smell and taste, which helps them interact and make sense of the world that surrounds them. Classes will need to be booked on the day and will be on a first come first served basis.
Visitors can also enjoy a funfair, craft and charity stalls, local amusements, live music brought to you from Live at the Bandstand as well as refreshments and catering.
For more information, visit https://www.visitportsmouth.co.uk/whats-on/portsmouth-international-kite-festival-p1726331