International Kite Festival opens with ‘flying colours’
April 25 2017 08:50 PM
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Kites of varying colours and sizes fly high at Aspire Park. PICTURES: Jayan Orma

Aspire Zone Foundation’s (AZF) first International Kite Festival kicked off on Tuesday with a stunning display of unique and colourful kites soaring through the skies above Aspire Park.
The first batch of young students from various schools in Doha, who took part in workshops, were the first to witness the sport and synchronised kite performances in the morning.
“This event is unlike anything else in Qatar. From professional competition to fun and engaging activities for families, we have it covered,” Aspire Katara Hospitality CEO Kholoud al-Hail said in a statement. 
“We are very pleased with the response so far, and expect even more interest in the coming days as residents and visitors in Qatar join us to colour the skies,” she noted.
The festival, organised by AZF, is set to become an annual event, aimed at further demonstrating Qatar’s capabilities and expertise in hosting major international sports and cultural events.



A wind garden serves as an attraction at the International Kite Festival.

Some of the best kite flyers from 13 countries are competing and flying kites of various sizes, colours and designs for five days at a dedicated area at the venue.
According to AZF, more than 5,000 kites will be given free to visitors at the festival, which also allows amateur enthusiasts and young children to design and decorate their own kites. 
Organisers noted that the specially-designed workshops are expected to inspire and give students ideas in building and decorating their kites, apart from providing tips and tricks for flying them. Kite aerodynamics are also explained.
Singapore Kite Association president Wing Lee, who runs the workshops daily, told reporters that they received a good response from school students.
“They are learning a lot and most of them are first timers. What I’m doing is to help people to enjoy flying kites and for them to enjoy the sport as well,” he said, recounting the time when he became interested in kite flying.
“The most memorable thing was when somebody gave me a line, then I felt the pull on the line was very strong. That spurred curiosity in me and I wanted to find out why, since there is no engine up there,” Lee added.
The event’s unique programme features a professional competition and a community festival, including entertainment shows and activities, workshops, attractions, and a food court. Some of Qatar’s most popular food trucks also offer a variety of snacks and meals.
Organisers have set up a photo booth wind machine, F1 simulators, and a wind garden where visitors can relax with their families and friends.
With the support Katara – the Cultural Village, Qatar Airways, Ooredoo, Nikon and Kiddy Zone, members of the public can participate in several competitions to win an array of prizes, including photography and poster-making.
All winners will be announced during the festival’s closing ceremony at 7pm on April 29 at Aspire Park.



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