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Festival of the Winds 2016

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by Irenke Forsyth (subscribe)
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Flying high, the sky comes alive
Kite Festival Bondi Beach
Source: Facebook; Photographer: Paul Goulding

Kites, kites and more kites are what you'll find flying high at this annual spring festival on iconic Bondi Beach. There will be large kites, small kites, box kites, fighter kites, delta kites, cultural kites, animal kites and wondrous colourful cartoon character kites.

Festival of the Winds
Source: Waverley Council

From 11am, champion kite flyers from Germany, England, New Zealand and Australia will show off their hand-made creations and skills in the air with aerial acrobatics shows every 15 minutes. Add to this visual, in adjacent Bondi Park, with wind-powered sustainability demonstrations, kite making and flying workshops and you'll be on the way to being a pro in no time. Join in and fly your own kite or partake in a fun paper plane making and flying competition.

Kite stalls
Lots of kite stalls to get you up and flying

But wait there's more. The park will also see a food alley to alleviate your hunger and a festival stage with song and dance from various countries around the globe including Cook Islands, Thailand, Indonesia, England and Africa that will entertain you with their unique cultural styles.

In Bondi Pavilion, children will be able to enjoy free face painting, craft making, a puppet show, an animal farm and a jumping castle at the Kids Zone on the North Courtyard. For adults, inside the Pavilion, a themed 1950's style Easts Festival Bar awaits. Commemorating the Easts Leagues first club location in Waverley, you never know you may even spot your favourite Roosters player.

If you're into art, there is plenty abounding in Bondi. An art show will feature in Bondi Gallery within the Pavilion and colourful street art can be found along the beach sea wall. The latter is ever changing but two pieces remain everlasting and endorsed by the Council for long term preservation one is an Anzac memorial and the other a memorial to the victims of the Bali bombing in 2002.

Bali 2002 memorial Bondi Beach sea wall
Part of the Bali Memorial

Festival of the Winds is a great day out for the whole family and extra buses have been organised for the day to make the journey easy. From Central Station, catch a train to Bondi Junction stop and then buses 333, 380 or 381 will take you to the beach. These buses also run direct from Circular Quay.

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Why? For sunshine and a sky full of colour
When: 11am-4pm
Phone: 02 9083 8400
Where: Bondi Beach
Cost: Free
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Congratulations winning first place.
by Bryony Harrison (score: 4|11560) 487 days ago
This makes me wish I was in Sydney to see it; colourful kites aflight are such a wonderful spectacle. When I was a kid Dad used to make us kites from wood offcuts, butchers paper and saved string.
by Gayle Beveridge (score: 3|5681) 502 days ago
Thank you, Irenke, for this excellent write-up! I appreciate the transportation details, especially.
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