Colourful skies

Kellen, Mika and Maya Hoad, of St James, at last years Cape Town International Kite Festival.

Muizenberg will once again be the place to literally fly your flag in support of Cape Mental health.

The suburb has hosted the Cape Town International Kite Festival for 22 years, and will do so again this weekend: Saturday October 29 and Sunday 30 October 2016.

#BornToFly is the theme of this year’s event, which will see another world-class variety of kites colour the far south skies. This is Africa’s biggest kite festival and will showcase the skills of kiters from Canada, China, Germany, England, New Zealand, Singapore and all over South Africa.

The event is South Africa’s biggest mental health awareness event, with 100% of the profit going to help provide vital mental health services to children and adults in Cape Town and beyond. “We believe everyone is born with potential to fly beyond life’s circumstances,” says Ingrid Daniels, director of Cape Mental Health, the organiser of the annual kiting extravaganza.

“Our mission is to help people realise their potential and overcome mental health challenges they may encounter. Kites are one of the tools we use. Almost everyone feels lighter when they simply lift their heads and look up.”

The festival will offer a range of food and affordable, feel-good, family fun with free kite-making workshops daily, including specialist sessions with master kite-maker Ebrahim Sambo, from Athlone, who be showing how to create a traditional Cape Swaeltjie (Swallow) kite.

With a market, music, food trucks and tea garden, there are plenty of choices – or bring along a picnic.

The Cape Town International Kite Festival happens on and above the lawns of Zandvlei Nature Reserve, corner Axminster and The Row. It is open from 10am to 6pm daily. Entry is R30 and R10 for children under 12. Tickets are available online and at the gate. For more information go to, contact Cape Mental Health on 021 447 9040 / or follow them on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram @CTKiteFest.