Entries open for 24th Cape Town Kite Festival

The 24th Cape Town International Kite Festival will be held on Saturday 27 and Sunday 28 October and learners can “Rise Up” and win at Africa’s biggest kite festival.

The competition is open to primary and high school learners.

Learners from primary schools can participate in two categories, namely “snippet of 83 words” which is also open to learners from schools with special educational needs.

Entries close on Friday 31 August and entry is free.

Send your email to events@cmh.org.za and you will be sent a kite-making kit for your team to decorate and fly at the festival.

The second category, “longer release of about 230 words”, is also open to primary school learners and learners with special educational needs.

Every team that enters is given a set of four blank kite skins to illustrate with their interpretation of the 2018 theme, “Rise Up”.

“We at the Cape Mental Health Organisation believe everyone is born with the potential to ‘Rise Up’ beyond life’s circumstances,” says Ingrid Daniels, director of Cape Metal Health, the mental health organisation that hosts the annual kiting extravaganza­.

“We encourage learners to explore the challenges they face and how they can rise above them,” she says.

Each team brings their kites to the festival on Saturday 27 October for judging and a mass fly with the other children.

The prizes are R3000 (first), R2000 (second) and R1000 (third).

“These prizes are awarded in both the categories (primary schools and schools for learners with special educational needs). In 2017 the top places went to Christel House in Ottery and Dorothea Special School in Stellenbosch­.”

In the third category, entrants have to tweet (169 characters) and enter #RiseUpAndFly. Email to events@cmh.org.za.

If you enter via Facebook (43 words) you can use the same method as for a tweet.

Last year’s EduKite competition winners were:

Primary schools

1st – Christel House, Ottery

2nd – Silverlea Primary, Athlone

3rd – Caravelle Primary, Rocklands, Mitchell’s Plain

Schools for learners with special educational needs

1st – Dorothea Primary, Cloetesville, Stellenbosch (5th year in a row)

2nd – Oasis Special School, Belhar

3rd – not awarded V 

You could also win cash prizes. For more details, visit www.capementalhealth.co.za or follow @CTKiteFest on social media.

To enter, email events@cmh.org.za before Friday 31 August or call Kim Simpson at Cape Mental Health on 021 447 9040

For news and updates, visit www.capementalhealth.co.za or follow @CTKiteFest on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.