Kite festival woos children - but please, no flying

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 05 April, 2005, 12:00am
UPDATED : Tuesday, 05 April, 2005, 12:00am

As reminiscences about the good old days go, there's hardly a more idyllic picture than youngsters going out to the countryside in groups to fly kites. CitySeen's not sure if it's really true that the young generation back then would actually put on picnic clothes, spend hours driving to the countryside and just fly a kite to spend the weekend. But we do know that you're more likely to find children playing a kite-flying video game these days than going outside to do the real thing.

In order to raise public awareness of what is one of China's oldest traditions, Plaza Hollywood in Diamond Hill will hold a kite festival - which will be the largest indoor one ever - starting on Thursday. Twenty-seven kites will be on display, including a 60-metre kite dragon and one made with national flags from different countries. A kite-making workshop will be held by the Hong Kong Sky Kite Association on Sunday, with 130 children each making a kite. The kites will then be glued together into a single kite 30 metres high, which will be one of the exhibits at the festival.

The event, at the Stars Atrium of the shopping centre, will run from Thursday until April 14. Admission is free, but there'll be no kite-flying indoors.