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Eyes To The Sky At Kitefest

Redcliffe Guide | Jul 28, 2018
Eyes To The Sky At Kitefest
KiteFest is back for 2018 and this time it’s more colourful, exciting and fun-packed than ever.

Come along and fly your own kite, be amazed by kites of every shape and size, and experience the fast-paced and family-friendly entertainment at Pelican Park, Clontarf, on August 25 and 26.

This year, for the first time, KiteFest is taking the fun into the evening. When the sun sets, another party begins — KiteFest After Dark.

Illuminated kites, funky stage entertainment and a huge jet ski stunt show, topped off with a fireworks finale is in store for this year’s brand-new night-time component.

Moreton Bay Region Industry and Tourism (MBRIT) chief executive Shane Newcombe is very excited for this year’s event.

“Redcliffe KiteFest brings tens of thousands of people from all around South-East Queensland to the Moreton Bay Region. We’re excited to show them the beauty of the local area,” Mr Newcombe says.

“This year, the festival features a fantastic, all-new fireworks show on Saturday. It’s sure to be a hit for everyone involved.

“Visitors have been asking for this sort of evening program for years and we’ve certainly delivered with KiteFest After Dark.’’

The Saturday night party will get started with a big line up of live entertainment on the main stage. The Fonti Brothers, The Lyrical and Steel Syndicate will warm up the crowds, before Brisbane-based original funk band PocketLove takes to the stage at 7.10pm.

With regular gigs at some of Brisbane’s most popular music spots and performances at popular events including Woodford Folk Festival and Caloundra Music Festival, PocketLove is excited to be part of KiteFest After Dark.

With the fresh sound of lead singer Sharon Brooks, the band has been able to create a special fusion of rock, pop, reggae, soul and funk, sure to get festival-goers up from their seats and dancing.

The fireworks finale will commence at 8pm. During both days of KiteFest, adrenaline junkies can enjoy Jet Ski stunt shows, aerobatic displays, live music and loads of live entertainment.

There are also many options to keep the whole family entertained for the weekend. Roving performers will travel around Pelican Park during the day, entertaining everyone they encounter.

“It’s the ultimate kids’ weekend. Kids can enjoy the range of low-cost activities and entertainment, all full of fun and colour,” Mr Newcombe says.

Be amazed in the Kite Flying Arena, where the best kite-flyers from around the world will be dazzling crowds with their kites and skills from 9am to 4pm both days.

The Public Kite Flying Zone will welcome kite flyers of all ages to come and take to the sky above Pelican Park with homemade or store-bought kites during the weekend.

A kite-making workshop will be operating so if your little one hasn’t brought along a kite, stop by and create one for $5.

Kids will love the live shows by Justice League and PJ Masks on the main stage or visit Flutter the Fairy and the Magician at Fairy Land.

Festivalgoers can also soak up the best views of Bramble Bay when they sit and relax for a drink from the bar or snacks from various food vans.

Moreton Bay Regional Mayor Allan Sutherland says KiteFest is a spectacle that must be seen to be believed.

“Nothing captures a child’s imagination like having their feet on the ground and their dreams in the clouds,” Mr Sutherland says.

“This is an enormously popular event that I hope to see grow even bigger and brighter in the years to come, so come on down and enjoy the wonder.”

Mr Sutherland says a highlight of the new evening program will be the illuminated and neon kite display dotting the night sky.

“What happens when a Jet Ski stunt show combines with a huge fireworks display? Well, you’ll find out at KiteFest After Dark.

“ The incredible crew at the Redcliffe Kite Club have put together a night-time kite display with a neon twist, which will be a sight not to be missed.

“And the evening will end on bang with a huge fireworks finale igniting over Moreton Bay.”

Tickets are now on sale. Adults tickets $10, children tickets $5 and family passes (two adults and two children) $25. Saturday’s ticket is valid for entry into KiteFest and KiteFest After Dark.

Take the stress out of finding a park and head straight to the Redcliffe Showgrounds, where a free regular shuttle bus will be running between the festival all weekend.

For more information or tickets, visit www.redcliffekitefest.com.au

Saturday, August 25, 9am-8pm
(KiteFest After Dark from 4pm);
Sunday, August 26, 9am-4pm
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