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Once again the skies above Southsea Common will be full of kites of all shapes and sizes as the International Kite Festival returns on 10 and 11 August. This free event is jointly organised by Portsmouth City Council and The Kite Society of Great Britain.

It's a truly spectacular event with hundreds of kite fliers in attendance from around the world.

Why are the kite fliers so keen to come? They travel to Portsmouth because the International Kite Festival is recognised as one of the best events of its kind in the world - and in fact it's listed as one of the biggest kite festivals on earth.

The event has a spectacular setting on Southsea common overlooking the Solent - a location that offers wide-open spaces and good winds, which allows kites fliers to show off their creations at their best.

This year celebrates the 28th Portsmouth International Kite Festival. The theme for 2019 is 'New Friends' - introducing kite fliers and their kites not seen at the festival before.

The festival has stunning and colourful demonstrations of the art of kite flying and kite making, with many kites in the sky and on the ground for visitors to enjoy and admire. These include beautiful single line kites (intricately appliquéd or painted with magnificent designs), amazing cellular kites (flying miracles of structural engineering), and awe inspiring 3D soft kites in a magical range of shapes and sizes. Teams and individuals will be skilfully flying kites - performing tricks and ballet routines to music.

There are a host of other activities to meet every person's needs. These include craft stalls, refreshments, free children's kite making workshops and local amusements. Dedicated kite traders are also on site and are able to provide you with a wide range of kites.

The Portsmouth International Kite festival is always a great day out for all the family and is free for everyone.