kiteflyingFollowing on from last year’s highly successful ‘Up and Down the Kite Festival’; The New Carnival Company is delighted to announce that this year’s event will be held at Fort Victoria County Park on Saturday 21st September from 11.00-4.00pm, utilising funding from the West Wight Landscape Partnership and Spectrum Housing Association. 

Last year the event attracted over 200 handmade kites produced in workshops across the Island all depicting local endangered wildlife. This year the event will link to the Festival of the Sea with all designs produced highlighting the impact the sea has on all our lives.  As well as kite flying opportunities the day will include stalls, workshops, information stands and local guided walks.

Gina Dyer, Carnival Arts Outreach Worker for The New Carnival Company said: “A key element to the success of the Island Kite Festival is that people can make exciting and colourful kites in their school or local group and then bring them along on the day” she continued: “This year, to maximise the number of people able to make kites as part of the workshop programme we will be working in isolated communities where there are no local facilities from our outreach vehicle – the Carnival Truck”

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 As well as offering workshop directly The New Carnival Company wants to develop a team of local ‘kite leaders’ who will be able to run workshops for their own groups. Frankie Goldspink, Creative and Cultural Director continued: “we will be running a two-session certificated Kite Leaders course which will give participants the skills, knowledge and confidence to make these fantastic and colourful kites in their own community setting.”

International kite artists, Skybums, based in Shropshire, will hosting a two day kite-making masterclass at the Community Learning Centre, Westridge later in the summer and will also be bringing many of their acclaimed stunt kites and areal inflatables to the festival on the 21st September.

Anyone interested in taking part in the Festival, hosting a workshop or becoming a Kite Leader is invited to a meeting at in the Seminar Room, Quay Arts Centre, Newport on Tuesday 11th June from 5.00 – 6.00. Alternatively contact [email protected] or 01983 717868

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