The 25th Cape Town International Kite Festival takes flight in Muizenberg on 26 & 27 October 2019. Proudly hosted non-profit organisation Cape Mental Health (CMH) since 1994, the annual kiting extravaganza brings together kiters from around the world and thousands of local families come who come to fly, make and watch incredible kites in support of South Africa's oldest mental health charity.
It is Africa’s biggest kite festival and grand finale to the annual October Mental Health Awareness Month campaign, the focus of which for 2019 is suicide awareness and prevention.
“Let Hope Fly” is the 2019 theme and kiters from Bulgaria, Germany, Italy, Turkey, the UK and South Africa will be flying their incredible kite creations, in support of Cape Mental Health, to promote mental wellness and help prevent depression and suicide.
“With self-harm and suicide rates on the rise, particularly amongst children and young adults, we want to share a message of hope and encouragement,” said Dr Ingrid Daniels, director of Cape Mental Health and president-elect of the World Federation for Mental Health.
“Just as kiters use a line to keep hold of their kites, hope can be the line to life. Sometimes you may find hope inside yourself; at other times it may need to come from a friend, a loved one or a professional. The important thing is to hold on and not let go.”
Cape Mental Health provides free mental health services to children and adults, reaching more than 21 000 people each year through 22 programmes and projects. To show your support, go fly a kite at the 25th Cape Town International Kite Festival, make a donation or volunteer to help the organisation or simply share how you will #LetHopeFly on social media, tagging @CapeMentalHealth.
We hope you’ll come and fly with us!