Cape Town Kite Festival #TheSkyIsYourCanvas

When #TheSkyIsYourCanvas, flying kites becomes a colourful expression of freedom, creativity, and joy. With each kite soaring high, dreams take flight, painting the heavens with vibrant hues of hope and imagination. This October 2023, Cape Mental Health is inspiring children, youth, and the young at heart to soar high by flying kites, raising awareness for mental health. So go feel the wind’s embrace, and the tug of the string. And let your kite dance among the clouds, and explore the limitless possibilities that await when you let your spirit soar.

The Cape Town Kite Festival is Cape Mental Health’s annual flagship event, and this is their  29th showcase. It serves to raise funds that fuel the vital mission of providing essential, cost-free mental healthcare services and interventions to those who require it most. By investing in children and youth, the organisation lays the foundation for the prevention of mental health disorders, empowering young people to unleash their full potential. limitations.

“In October, the sky which has no limits, will become a beautiful canvas adorned with messages of hope and encouragement. In times of trouble and adversity hope, support and kindness help us to hold on. Hope is the anchor that supports our mental health and gives us the courage to take one more step. It reassures us of better days to come – hope removes fear.  As kites soar against the adverse winds, it helps us to dream about a future filled with possibilities, holding on and never giving up,” says Dr Ingrid Daniels, Cape Mental Health CEO.

Kite Fest Dolphin Beach 2021. Picture: Milkshake Media
Kite Fest at Dolphin Beach in 2021. Picture: Milkshake Media

Cape Town Kite Festival | Pop-up Fly Event

Age is no barrier to dreaming; everyone from the youngest to the oldest and every age in-between is invited to view and fly kites at Melkbosstrand beach in Cape Town on Sunday, 29 October 2023.

This annual Pop-Up Fly enjoys wonderful support as hundreds of people flock to the beach on this family day to enjoy viewing the ‘show kites’ flown by South African kiters Mari Ware-Lane, Bradley Ware-Lane, Bobby Gathoo, Brian Skinner, Wesley Beales, Frans Marais and others.

Community Fly | Heideveld Sports Field

As part of Cape Mental Health’s aim to uplift less fortunate communities and the most marginalised of people, the Cape Town Kite Festival will also feature its annual Community Fly at Heideveld Sports Field on the Cape Flats, on Tuesday, 3 October. Cape Mental Health invites children with intellectual disability from CMH’s Special Education & Care Centres in Heideveld, Khayelitsha and Mitchells Plain to join in the fun at the community fly, and other Grade R learners and preschools in the Heideveld community flock to join the festivities.

Kite Fest Cape Town. Picture: Barbara Meyer
Kite Fest Cape Town. Picture: Barbara Meyer

Edukite Competition

This kite-decorating and kite-making competition is for learners from mainstream primary school schools and schools for children with special educational needs, with monetary prizes to be won by the winning teams.

Unite with kite enthusiasts worldwide and take part in the 29th Cape Town Kite Festival, wherever you are, throughout October 2023. Soar high with your kite, capture the magic in photos and videos, and spread messages of inspiration. Share your kite-flying journey by tagging #TheSkyIsYourCanvas and @CTKiteFest, and standing a chance to be featured on the official CTKiteFest social media channels.

Explore the content on the CTKiteFest website, which features an array of activities, and embark on a virtual journey to ignite your creativity and foster an appreciation for the art of kite flying.

What: 29th Cape Town Kite Festival 2023
Twitter: @CTKiteFest
Instagram: @CTKiteFest
Hashtags: #TheSkyIsYourCanvas and #CTKiteFest