Kite Festivals Africa
Be adventurous and visit Kite Festivals in Africa!
Kite festivals in Africa are not a prominent part of the cultural calendar mainly due to the absence of materials that are required for kite making on the continent. However in countries like South Africa, there is a culture that still promotes kite festivals in Africa. However, kite festivals in Africa are also quite limited in terms of their influence and the international and national participation in such events.
In South Africa, you can witness one of the biggest kite festivals in Africa called the Cape Town International Kite Festival. Unlike other kite festivals that are usually meant as an arena for the skills of kite flyers from across the world, the Cape Town International Kite Festival is a fund raiser that is organized annually by the Cape Mental Health, which offers community services to mentally challenged adults and children.
Despite its relatively lesser popularity, the premier kite festival of Africa is known to attract thousands of teams from across the world. There is also the small matter of thousands of visitors from across the country and tourists who come specially to witness this grand event. The event is organized on a grand scale with food stalls, clothing and loads of ice cream stands offering a wonderful day out for families, friends and tourists.
International teams are renowned for bringing their traditional kite styles to the kite festival of Africa. That is ably matched by South African teams who bring out their own culture and traditions into the festival.
Other than the Cape Town International Festival held during Spring every year, there is another international kiting festival held earlier in the year, in Knysna. Relatively lesser known, this kite festival in Africa is more popular amongst local kiting enthusiasts and people from the continent. Although with time, even this kite festival of Africa is beginning to gain prominence amongst the international kiting community.
Besides the traditional form of kiting, South Africa is also known for its kitesurfing community and events. Every year, around spring and summer, thousands of kite surfers and enthusiasts gather around various beaches across South Africa where kite festivals of Africa take a new meaning. Training sessions, practical classes, competitions and entertainment - all are a part of these wonderful kitesurfing festivals held across the country.
Although the involvement of the entire continent in kite festivals of Africa is rather limited, a majority of the kiting community is governed and dictated by the South African kiting associations and teams. However, with time, there has been a greater involvement of other communities and countries of the continent and it won't be long before kite festivals of Africa will not be limited to Kite Festivals of South Africa.