This weekend, Portsmouth’s skies will be filled with colour as a host of giant and artistic kites are set to be flown on Southsea Common.
Portsmouth International Kite Festival will take place on the Saturday and Sunday, welcoming a variety of kites from around the world with a theme of ‘New Friends’.
Displays at this year’s festival will include a Mass Dragon Flight, artistic kites, giant soft kites, Japanese fighting kites, and a synchronised multi line kite ballet featuring UK Championship winners. There will also be an altitude sprint and quad line kite displays set to music.
Each festival day will kick off with the altitude sprint, where fliers will race against one another to get their kites highest in the sky. This will be followed by a kite ballet routine to music, and a display of artistic kites from around the world. Kite teams will then perform synchronised displays to music.
In the afternoon there will be Japanese Wan-Wan kites, a mass launch of kites with long flowing tails, and dragon kites. This will be followed by some new kite fliers to the festival, a menagerie of animal kites and Japanese fighting kites.
As well as the kite displays there will be craft stalls, refreshments, a free children’s kite making workshop and amusements. There will also be dedicated kite traders at the event with a wide range of kites for sale.
When: 10th & 11th August 2019
Where: Southsea Common, Southsea, Hampshire
More info: www.portsmouthkitefestival.org.uk