Kite fest to fly by local field

2017-10-17 06:01
Some of the kites which were on display during last year’s festival.PHOTO: Earl Haupt

Some of the kites which were on display during last year’s festival.PHOTO: Earl Haupt

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Heideveld residents can enjoy a special preview of some of the incredible kites that will be flying at this year’s Cape Town International Kite Festival at the end of the month.

Before the main festival on Saturday 28 and Sunday 29 October locals get the chance to see a preview that will take place at the Heide­veld sports field in Zuurberg Road next Wednesday from 11:00 to noon. Entry is free.

Visiting local and international kiters will be there to fly with children of Cape Mental Health’s Heideveld Special Education and Care Centre, a community-based day care and education programme for 60 children with severe and profound intellectual ­disabilities.

The 23rd kite festival will take place in Muizenberg.

Kiters from China, the United Kingdom, Germany, Malaysia, the Netherlands, Poland and South Africa will show that almost anything can fly – with fish, dragons, dinosaurs and even a little pig adorning the sky.

The family festival has become South Africa’s biggest mental health awareness event and all of the profits go to help Cape Mental Health provide vital mental health services to children and adults in Cape Town and ­beyond.

“We all have the basic right to fly – to explore our abilities, develop our skills and soar freely at home, work, school and in our community,” says Ingrid Daniels, director of Cape Mental Health.

She adds that children and adults with mental health needs have the same human rights as everyone else.

“At our festival we will be celebrating everyone’s ‘right to fly’, to be accepted, respected and included.”

There will be free kite-making workshops for children and adults as well as live entertainment, rides, a free, supervised play area for toddlers and a food market.

Visitors are welcome to bring along a ­picnic.

The festival happens at Zandvlei Nature Reserve from 10:00 to 18:00 daily.

The event offers lots of parking and easy access by train (False Bay or Muizenberg stations).

Entry to the main festival in Muizenberg costs R40 per person and R15 for children 12 years and under. Tickets are available at the gate or via For more information visit or contact Cape Mental Health on 021 447 9040 or


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