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Eyes on the skies for kite festival


Eyes will be fixed on the skies at Swansea’s Caves Beach this Sunday 15 December when the inaugural Festival of Kites soars into action.

The Australian Kite Flying Society (AKS), which is hosting the free event, will display an array of large colourful kites, where an assortment of animals and shapes will come to life in the air.

“Unlock your imagination and see lots of kites flying in the sky,” AKS Public Officer and event organiser, Tony Walker, says.

Walker organised the event because there wasn’t one in Newcastle.

There there will be 10 flyers for the day officially because of restrictions, but Walker says people can expect to see hundreds of different kites taking to the sky at different points throughout the event.

The AKS was founded in 1978 to foster kite flying as a recreational pursuit and to bring together like minded people.

According to Walker, “the imagination is the limit of what we can do”.

The society is best known for its annual Festival of the Winds at Bondi Beach – the only day of the year kites can be flown at the location.

AKS member Robert Moore and his team are the world altitude record holders for the highest-flying single kite.

Walker hopes to have this record-setting kite on display at the event.

Most people are introduced to kites as a child and Walker is no different, having been flying and creating kites from a young age.

He says it’s a hobby that can have many health benefits.

The event at Caves Beach will fly from 10am to 5pm.

Everyone is invited to come along to enjoy the spectacle; people are encouraged to bringing a picnic or buy food and beverages from local shops.

If you can’t make it to the Festival of Kites, the society also hosts kite flying gatherings on the third Sunday of each month at Stockton Beach.

To stay up to date with the society or, for more information, join their public Facebook group Bondi Festival of the Winds and the AKS official page.

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