Gold Coast Explorer since Jan 2010. Always on the lookout for fun, family things to enjoy with my four kids.
Kirra Kite Festival Image courtesy of Kirra Kite Festival website)
The 2nd Kirra Kite Festival takes off again on 20 November, at Kirra Beach. Sunday 20th is the main event, so save the date. There is a launch on the Saturday night, which offers dining and entertainment at select local beachfront venues, with 'Kirra Kite' specials on food and beverages.
This You Tube short film of last year's festival, will give you an idea of what's in store.
Kite flying is for all ages
Kite flying is a different way to spend some free, fun time with your family. Last year, at the inaugural event, kites of all different shapes and sizes filled the sky, creating a colourful spectacle. The event is open to everyone, regardless of your skill with a kite. There's plenty of beach if you need your own space.
If you don't own a kite, borrow one from a friend, buy one or better still, join in one of the free kite making workshops. There are prizes to be won for the best looking handmade kite and for the best young kite flyer. A range of kites, to delight young and old, will be on display throughout the day. A team of kite surfers from Currumbin Rock, led by Moti from Wake N Surf, will arrive on Southern Kirra Beach at 1pm (wind permitting).
Kite Surfers Image courtesy of Kirra Kite Festival website)
The festival offers much more than kite flying too. There will be lots of fun things for families to see and do. My kids can't wait to see the Pyrotechnic Skydiving at 6.00pm when the Gold Coast skydivers jump from a plane with fireworks strapped to their feet. This one I have to see. They also want to stay for the fire dancers, showcasing their fire twirling and dance.
The chalk pictures on the pavements promise to be amazing. Melbourne artist Di Human will be creating an interactive chalk art piece. You may just have to wait while your little Picasso completes their masterpiece. I am impressed with the line up of entertainment – Big Star Circus, Spirit Fire Stilt Walkers and Threeworlds hosting a 'play zone' with hula-hoops, drums, poi's, twirling sticks and more.
Face painting Image courtesy of Kirra KIte Festival website)
The Kite Surfing Queen of the Camel Walk fashion parade will also take place along with Henna Art, Face Painting, Balloon Art, Storytelling and jumping castle (plus a smaller toddler option). There will even be camel rides. My youngest has her birthday that day – what a fun day out she will have.
Catch a camel ride, just for fun
With a rich and varied music program, the atmosphere looks set to be great. There's Colombian dance participation workshops and names such as Mick McHugh with his heart warming Irish way, The Lamplights organic blend of Funk & Folk, Blackbirds from Byron Bay, Bobby Alu with his catchy concoction of island flavor, soul-reggae and a splash of pop, while A French Butler called Smith will make it difficult to keep your feet still. Coolangatta State School will battle out their yearly talent quest too.
Bobby Alu (Image courtesy of Kirra Kite Festival website)
Kirra Kite Festival looks to me, like an event that will be firmly placed on the local calendar and grow over the years to come. So dig out your kite, untangle your strings, check the program and plan to head on down to Kirra Beach.
Note: Wet Weather
The festival website states that the program will proceed in Kirra beachfront venues in the event of bad weather, so click on the website for any updates.
Free parking is available at Coolangatta State School and Kirra Sports Club. The Magic Bus will make regular trips between the parking zone and the event, free of charge.