When was the last time you flew a kite? What’s more, have you ever flown a kite indoors? All rudeness aside, kite flying as a traditional cultural sport may be a lost art for today’s generation. Growing up in Singapore, with open land space getting scarce by the year, it is really difficult to find a big open plot to fly your kite.
In fact, when I was a boy, kite flying was something my friends and I did over the weekend. Our kites were simple plastic ones, which were considered several grades above our grandfathers’ kites, which were made of bamboo and paper.
Back then, kite flying meant going to a nearby field to play. Today, some 30 years later, we were shown another way to fly our kites – INDOORS!
On the 9th and 10th of June this year, the Kite Festival Singapore came to Toa Payoh Town for an indoor kite flying demonstration.
To make something that your grandpa would have played with in the last century more exciting, the event saw a line-up of who’s who in the kite flying world. There were performances by Singaporean and Malaysian kite masters.
To bring back a bit of nostalgia, kite making workshops were also held in conjunction with the kite flying performance.
But this was not just a kite flying and making demonstration. Recognizing that this was a family event, the organizers had performers from Holland, Australia, the UK, and Germany entertaining the crowds before the demonstration proper.
However, kite flying is not as mundane as you think it would be. Sure, it’s not as fast as the F1 BUT it’s no less dangerous as one elderly gent found out. During one of the performances, a sudden lack of wind caused a kite to tumble down, hitting an elderly gent square on his head, knocking the wind out of him. But luckily, he was back on his feet and smiling sheepishly at the crowd.
This stopover at Toa Payoh is part of the Kite Weekend Extravaganza. According to the organizer, the finale of Grand Flying Days will take place at The Promontory @ Marina Bay on the 1st and 2nd of September 2012.
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