Upcoming: Bermuda Kite Festival

June 2, 2011

colour_in_the_sky2The first annual Bermuda Kite Festival & Family Fun day will be held on June 20 at Fort St. Catherine’s in St. George’s.

St. George’s Town Crier, David Frith will be opening the event, which kicks off at 11 a.m. and providing the bagpipe backup to Scottish Highland Dancers.

The community event includes kite building workshops with Chris Maxwell, sandcastle building competitions, treasure hunts for kids, limbo dancing for young and old, and kite flying demonstrations.

But there are also old fashioned family fun and games planned for the beach and one or two surprises for adults. Organizers would like to invite the public to celebrate National Heroes Day by attending the event which will also include vendors from across the island, food and drink and a special appearance by the Bermuda’s local Capoeira Camara group, Zumba demonstrations and even the PCC drum majorettes, to mention but a few groups lined up for entertainment.

Fort St. Catherine’s is the ideal venue with its beautiful beach against the backdrop of the historic fort, which will also be open to the public on the day, along with Blackbeard’s restaurant and pub featuring a special Colour the Sky menu and cocktails.

“We felt it was important to being the community together,” organizers said. “Through this celebration, we will focus attention on the origin of kites in Bermuda and its importance to our heritage and culture. It will also be a salute to our national heroes.”

The event is being organized by a group of friends who have also been involved in the Olde Towne Market which takes place in St. George’s on Sundays, along with the Corporation of St. George. “We want to breathe life back into the olde towne and this is just the first of many events which will take place over the next year.”

“We also want to increase awareness of the great importance of families playing together and the unity and strength that this will foster in especially children.”

The Bermuda Police will be interacting with families and children at the event, which will also feature mascots from various organizations, including Belco – one of the sponsors.

“Children learn from play. Their natural curiosity leads them to learn. It is what childhood is all about. Adults can add a great deal to their children’s development by allowing reasonable freedom to explore, providing interesting playthings and playing with their children frequently and the kite festival provides this opportunity,” organizers added.

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  1. College Graduate says:

    Great Economic Opportunity…If The Tourists Can Find Their Way There


  3. chelle says:

    The event has been organized with the Bermudian public and residents in mind, particularly those with young families, however, tourists are always welcomed of course. Fort St. Catherine is a few minutes away from Tobacco Bay and tourists don’t seem to have any trouble finding Tobacco Bay Colleg Grad… so hopefully they will be able to make the five minute walk across and find Fort St. Catherine beach… many tourists also seem to be able to find Blackbeards and the actual Fort, as well as Achille Bay… so I have hope they’ll find it! St. George’s Club are running a shuttle for their guests.