Festival of the Winds is an annual international kite flying event and competition held every September in Waverly, the famous beach suburb of Kingston. A one-day festival, set on scenic Bondi beach, starts at 11 a.m. offering kite-making workshops, demonstrations, and kids activities such as puppet shows. The winners of the international kiteflying competitions are announced at 3 p.m.
The Festival of the Winds was started in 1978 by a group of wind energy enthusiasts. It started with just 50 kites. Nowadays, there are ten times more of them dotting the sky above the surfers riding the waves and the beach-goers standing in awe.
The biggest attraction of the festival is professional kite-flying performances that showcase amazing skills that one might achieve with practice. The kites come in amazing forms and shapes. You will see large sea creatures, abstract objects, and rainbow swirls. A fun-packed entertainment program that includes live music and dance on the main stage makes Festival of the Winds one of the city's most popular events. It is attended annually by about 50,000 people.
Visitors can watch Maori, Indigenous Australian, Sri Lankan, and Cook Islands dance performances. The cultural program is complemented by numerous food stalls, offering a wide range of snacks from Czech to Malaysian cuisine.