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Festival of the Winds 2013

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Sydney's most colourful spring festival

Sydney's beloved kite flying festival, the Festival of the Winds, returns on Sunday 8th September 2013.

Throughout the day there will be heaps of activities and entertainment for the whole family to enjoy. Art displays, flying displays, a full day multicultural entertainment program, roving performers, circus clowns, a real butterfly house, children's rides and inflatables, puppet shows, kite making workshops, food stalls and much more.

One of the largest kite flying festivals in Australia, the Festival of the Winds attracts both local and international kite-makers, flyers and enthusiasts. International guests this year include flyers Karl Longbottom from England, Peter Clark, Craig Hansen and Debby Hansen from New Zealand and Liu Zhiping from Weifang, China. There will be fabulous delta, free form and fighter kites from the Australian Kite Flyer Society members who will be showcasing their own designs, huge hand-made character kites as well as kite designs from India, Malaysia, China and Japan.

All festival-goers are invited to fly their own kites alongside the experts; bring along your own kite, purchase one from the kite stalls in park or make your own kite by participating in one of the kite making workshops!

Accompanying the interactive kite activities is an all-day multicultural entertainment program with great music, dance and kid's shows MCed by Sydney's one and only, hilarious comic juggling percussionist; Joel Salom and his sidekick Eric the Dog!

Event highlights include;

  • Yellomundee Family Band: a young Indigenous act performing both traditional and contemporary song and dance.

  • Image appears courtesy of Waverley Council
  • Sankha Ridma Dance Ensemble: a Sri Lankan group, with dazzling costumes, rhythmic dance moves and phenomenal drumming.

  • The Real Mexico: virtuoso Victor Valdes and his Mariachi group perform traditional Mexican music and dance.

  • Strings on Fire: an experience like no other, consisting of tango, violins, circus tricks, music and fire stunts!

  • Bukhu: Mongolian musician Bukhu will delight you with his unique throat singing and horse-head fiddle.

  • Sydney Cook Island Dance Group: expect exuberant and vibrant hip swinging, arm swaying and log drumming.

  • Free dance workshops for all to enjoy, including capoeira, zumba, dance fusion, tango and belly dancing.

  • Kite Making workshops for all ages, as well as kite stalls.

  • Art exhibition: Curated by Michael Richards from Kite Magic, this free aerial art exhibition features a cross-section of kites of all shapes, sizes and colours from many different cultures. There will also be a special display celebrating 35 years of the Festival of the Winds. This exhibition will be hosted at Bondi Pavilion Gallery for two weeks: from 27th August to 8th September, 2013.

  • There will also be multicultural food stalls to explore; sample food and drink from all over the world including Turkey, Germany, Peru, Mexico, China, Nepal, Lebanon and France.

    It is sure to be a great day out for the whole family! For more information on the Festival of the Winds 2013 event, please visit the Waverley Council website and view the complete 2013 festival program (with handy map) here.
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When: Sunday 8th September 2013 from 11am to 4pm
Where: Bondi Pavilion and park
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Looks great - can't wait for this!
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