“This year is the 30th International Kite Festival at Portsmouth” explained festival organiser Gill Bloom. “We hope to pull together a special event to mark the occasion and with the help of Portsmouth City Council, this year’s festival will be even better than ever.”
This free event is jointly organised by Portsmouth City Council and The Kite Society of Great Britain.
A truly spectacular event with hundreds of kite fliers from around the world. Why are the kite fliers so keen to come? They travel to Portsmouth because the International Kite Festival is recognised as one of the best and most popular Kite Festivals in the world. It is listed as one of the biggest kite festivals in the world.
The event has a spectacular setting on Southsea common overlooking the Solent and the location offers wide open spaces and good winds which allows kites fliers to show off their creations at their best.
The festival has stunning and colourful demonstrations of the art of kite flying and kite making, with many kites in the sky and on the ground for visitors to enjoy and admire. These include beautiful 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. Teams and individuals skilfully flying kites, performing tricks and ballet routines to music
2022 marked the 30th festival and an exciting event occurred based around the festival theme of "Art on the Line".
This theme provided a rare opportunity to showcase kites from the Hague Air Gallery and the European Air Gallery. Spectacular works of art painted by renowned artist from Holland and the U.K.
See the Art Gallery page for more. There was also a number of art kites made by Jørgen Møller Hansen now in the hands of Felix Mottram and Jacob Twyford (The Decorators). Jørgen was a well known graphic designer who used kites as a medium for his artistic expression. The full collection can be seen here.
There were a host of other activities to meet every person's needs. These include craft stalls, refreshments, free children’s kite making workshop and local amusements. Dedicated kite traders are also on site and they are able to provide you with a wide range of kites.
The Portsmouth International Kite festival is always a great day out for all the family and is free for everyone.