Aspire 1st International Kite Festival colours Qatar's skies

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The Aspire 1st International Kite Festival kicked off today as large crowds gathered to participate in the first day of this unique event.

Part professional competition, part community festival, the meticulously planned five-day event comprises a unique programme of entertainment that offers something for everyone.

Professional and amateur kite flyers set to take part

Running until Saturday, April 29, teams of top international kite flyers from 13 countries will compete in a range of individual and team sports kite events. A range of synchronised kite performances and displays will also take place throughout the festival.

Over 5,000 kites will be provided free of charge during the festival. In addition, amateur enthusiasts and young children will be able to design and decorate their own kites. Specially designed workshops will provide inspiration and ideas for how to build and decorate a kite, as well as tips and tricks for flying them and easy to follow explanations of kite aerodynamics.

Competition prizes galore

Thanks to the generous support of Festival sponsors Katara Cultural Village, Qatar Airways, Ooredoo, Nikon and Kiddy Zone, members of the public can enter several creative competitions to win an array of impressive prizes

A photography competition running on Instagram will capture perspectives of the festival through the eyes of the visitors and participants themselves. To take part, entrants should post to Instagram using the hashtag #AspireKitePhoto. A panel of judges including representatives from the Qatar Photographic Society will then select four lucky winners who will be awarded amazing prizes ranging from Qatar Airways flights to Nikkon cameras.

A poster competition to encourage youngsters to express their creative side will seek out the best illustration of a kite in the skies above Aspire Park. Participants can post their entry to @aspirezone on Facebook for a chance to win giveaways from Kiddy Zone.

Fun for all the family