Kite Flying guests come from many parts of the world to visit the Portsmouth International Kite Festival. Many are repeat visitors having been to the festival and enjoyed it so much they just want to keep coming back!
At each year’s event there are always first time kite flying visitors to add new, exciting and unusual kites to the skies above Southsea.
We had kitefliers from the following countries for 2017's Kite Festival.
France - Germany - United Kingdom - Australia - Holland - Switzerland - China - Malaysia - Canada - United State of America - South Africa
Dave has moved from four line kite flying to start designing and making his own single line kites with a series of graphics.
Flying Fish consists of Lex and Irma. They fly (mostly dual-line) kite routines to music and are also part of a larger team, called L-katz. They plan to bring some early dual line kites as well.
George and Jackie have been part of the kite flying scene for many years forming one half of the Beccles Bunch - along with Hugh and Lyn Blowers. They are often seen on the beaches of Italy with their coillection of kites.
George is a a recognised kite historian and provides detailed commentary for the kite festival at Portsmouth describing the events as they occur.
Guy makes an amazing range of inflatable kites including Batman, Bat Woman and Superman - all of which willl be seen over the skies of Southsea.
The BKF bring to the festival a number of club kites which have been procured to provide entertainment to the public. Kites include The Cat in the Hat, the BKF Teddy and many more.
Hugh and Lyn have an extensive range of kites that they have collected over the years - including some rarities from Steve Brockett that were hidden away for many years.
In their 21st year of demonstration kite flying Team Spectrum (Bryan and Carl) Is a father and son sports kite display team from Ipswich. They fly choreographed routines using up to three 2 line sports kites flown totally independently
Tony has been flying kites for many years and was one of the first to introduce modern multi-line flying to the U.K. He is the field director for the event co-ordinating all the kite fliers..
This kite flying couple from Germany have an externsive collection of kites including a Rolf ZImmeman Dragon and a giant Cody.
From Holland Quintin specialises in inflatable kites and is participating in the World record attempt for flying the greatest number of Trilobites.
Also from Holland Evert not only flies the inflatables with QUintin but they also have a collection of painted Edo and Rokkaku kites from the 1980s.
The team formed in 1988 and started flying dual and four line kites over the years. They are one of the most recognised four line display teams in the world.
Andrew and Kathleen are amongst Scotland's premier kite fliers. Known best for flying a wide range of large inflatable kites.
From Australia Linda is the Fabric Leadlight Artist at Oz Feathers. Specialising in banners she will bringing themed banners of the continents.
Keith is a well travelled kite flier now living in South Africa but originally from Zambia. His extensive range of kites bring a mixture of kites from his travels as well as African scenes.
From Kassel, Germany Bernhard is a regular visitor to the kite festival. He brings a selection of inflatable kites including the Maple Leaf, Robby the Seal, Nemo the Fish, Parrots and Froggy the Frog
Meik, from Germany has been flying and building kites since 1993 and has a collection of inflatable kites including Wallace and Gromit plus some more traditional single line kites.
Specialing in Crow kites Karl-Ulrich comes from Hessen, Germany. He has many variations of these kites which fly in all sorts of wind conditions.
Kiters on Tour are coming to Portsmouth with their large collection of inflatable kites.
Coming Panderborn, Germany Markus has a number of banners and kites including - Baby Dragons, Light Houses and Green Monsters
Known for building a large selection of different kites - if it can fly he will make it. A leading member of the Dusseldorf Kite Friends.
Rolf comes from Germany and is well known for his kites. Amongst them is his collection of soft Airplane ktes, which include Snoopy flying against the Red Barron.
Nick has been designing and making kites since 1985 and is particularly well known for his Angel (and Devil) kites. These can often be seen flyng in trains over the skies of kite festivals around the world.
Martin is well known in the kite world and has created a wide range of kites from the famous Legs kite through to the Spirit kites.
Nasri is one of the leading soft kite fliers in Malaysia and the President and Founder of the Layanking Show Kite group. He comes to Portsmouth with Bohari Kipli, a leading member of the Bintulu Kite Festival organisation.
Zhang Xiuli is the Secretary-general of China Kite Association and has been involved in organising many kite festivals in China including the World known Weifang kite festival.
As Director of Weifang International Kite Festival, Zhang Chonggao has organised the Weifang event for many years.
Lui Zhiping is the Section Chief of Weifang International Kite Festival. HE has organised many events in China using his extensive knowledge of kites and kite flying.
Jeannine, Marcel and Manuel Burri from the Longvalley Kitefliers based in Switzerland will be bringing their extensive range of kites to the festival - including a Miss Piggy and other well known characters.