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Portsmouth International Kite Festival 2017 takes place on August 12th and August 13th on Southsea Common in Portsmouth, and it’s free to enter.

The Portsmouth City Council and Kite Society of Great Britain event promises to be more spectacular than ever, with over 100 kite fliers from across four continents travelling to the event, which is regarded as one of the best kite festivals in the world.

The theme for 2017 — the 26th Portsmouth International Kite Festival — is ‘The Seven Continents’.

Countries already confirmed for the festival include China, Malaysia, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, North and South America, and some European countries. Plus, of course, kite fliers from Great Britain.

All guests will put on colourful demonstrations of kites including swarms of snakes, frogs, lizards, whales, jesters, fish, salamanders, and much more.

There’ll be single-line kites (intricately appliquéd or painted with magnificent designs), amazing cellular kites (flying miracles of structural engineering), awe-inspiring 3D soft kites in a magical range of shapes and sizes, and skilfully-flown kites performing excellent tricks and routines to music.

At the 2016 Portsmouth International Kite Festival, a new world record for the number of Trilobite kites flown together was set — 21 in total. Since then, the record has passed to the USA with 30 being flown, but the kite fliers intend to take it back again this year.

Alongside the kite displays will be a craft tent, the Love Southsea Market, free children’s kite workshop, and children’s rides. There’ll also be dedicated kite traders who will be able to provide you with a wide range of kites, from colourful branded kites for children or the young at heart to immense power kites.

Portsmouth International Kite Festival 2017 runs from 10:00am to 5:00pm on Saturday 12th and Sunday 13th August 2017.

Local traders looking to book a pitch in the Love Southsea Market can do so online »

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