Albany Kite Fiesta to put colour back in the skies above Anzac Peace Park

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Kite Kinetics artist Michael Alvares at Albany’s Peace Park.
Camera IconKite Kinetics artist Michael Alvares at Albany’s Peace Park. Credit: Basil Schur

A spectacle of colour will be released into the skies above Peace Park on Sunday to mark the eighth year of the Albany Kite Fiesta.

World-renowned kite sculptors Michael and Jan Alvares from Kite Kinetics, will set off about 300 colourful kites for a day of free family fun hosted by Green Skills Inc.

Last year’s crowd-favourite, an 8m whale shark kite will return for this year’s festival.

Revellers can bring along their own kites or create a box kite from recycled materials on the day.

Denmark artist Kristi McMullan will also join this year’s festivities to teach crowds how to make woven creations to be sent into the air.

Kite Kinetics' Michael Alvares will bring his colourful kite collection to Albany.
Camera IconKite Kinetics' Michael Alvares will bring his colourful kite collection to Albany. Credit: Supplied

Mr Alvares said he would be unveiling a brand-new creation for this year’s event.

“I have got a train of 10 hexagon kites based on two fruit and five vege which I will be launching at the festival for the first time,” he said.

A pop-up patch of 100 spinning flowers made from recycled plastics and corks will also make its debut at the festival.

“I like to harness the wind, this beautiful resource, and decorate the sky,” he said.

“It will be nice to have everyone come out, join in and enjoy Albany’s beautiful winds.”

All eyes will be to the sky for Mr Alvares’ favourite part of the event — a kite dropping lollies attached to tiny parachutes to the crowd below.

“I have one of my big kites lift a koala about 30m in the sky and then I pull a velcro pouch open and it rains lollies and parachutes and the kids just love it,” he said.

The Sunsmart Albany Kite Fiesta will run from 10am to 4pm this Sunday at the Anzac Peace Park.

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