Kites, our favourite things

2016-11-01 06:00
Ian Islip from Parow. PHOTOS: André Bakkes

Ian Islip from Parow. PHOTOS: André Bakkes

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Perhaps it was just the whistling wind ...

Then again, if one listened very carefully one could hear Mary Poppins singing: “Let’s go fly a kite! Up to the highest height! Let’s go fly a kite and send it soaring ... Up through the atmosphere, up where the air is clear! Oh ... let’s go fly a kite!”

Muizenberg was turned into a fantasy land this weekend when eyes stared at the sky in wonder.

The 22nd Cape Town International Kite Festival, and incidentally Africa’s biggest such festival, drew people from all over the world to marvel at the flying wonders.

The cynics might wonder what all the fuss is about – it’s just a kite after all. But the jolly atmosphere and meditative stares into the otherwise unnoticed sky clearly debunks this apathy.

All one’s worries were whisked away ­while one’s imagination bobbed in the wind and danced on a string from horizon to horizon.

The crowd bought food and gifts from the shops, listened to the cheerful music drifting over the lawns of Zandvlei Nature Reserve and every time they felt like it they soared with Patrick from SpongeBob SquarePants, dragons, airplanes, a giant fish and some kind of squid/octopus.

Ingrid Daniels of Cape Mental Health, organiser of the annual kiting extravaganza, says: “We believe everyone is born with the potential to fly beyond life’s circumstances.”

Somewhere out there, whispering from the hills, Mary Poppins concludes: “With ­your feet on the ground you’re a bird in flight with your fist holding tight to the string of your kite.”

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