Now in it's 8th year, the vibrant IGA Coolum Kite Festival continues to grow in size and popularity and with the recent announcement of a $25,000 grant from Festivals Australia, an Australian Government funding program, for their cultural arts project, the event is set to soar to new heights.
The weekend festival which is expected to attract over 40,000 visitors to its pristine beach setting over the 2 days, will include an impressive and electrifying night time spectacular based around this year's theme the 'Future of Ikarus'.
The funding will go towards the production of this cultural arts program which will combine Greek mythology with the re-creation of Benjamin Franklin's kite flying stunt in 1752 showcasing pyrotechnic visuals, movement, comedy, acrobatics, theatre and music.
IGA Coolum Kite Festival Chairman, Noel Mooney, is thrilled to have received the funding and eagerly looks forward to the night time spectacular which he says will add a fiery energy to the festival.
"The skies will be alive with the spectacular array of kites during the day and the evening program will provide a diverse range of entertainment by moonlight, including fantastic live performances featuring thrilling pyrotechnic stunts, electrical displays, skydiving, and much more in a visual and musical display encompassing the ocean, the sky and the creek," said Noel.
To be held on October 11-12 at Stumers Creek, Coolum Beach, the festival will attract some of the best national and even international kite flyers. Kites of all shapes and sizes will be on display including some massive character and theme-based kites.
There will also be plenty of fireworks, roving performers, food and market stalls as well as night-time skydiving.
August 28, 2008 Coolum Festival attracts impressive line up of international talent
The 2008 IGA Coolum Kite Festival is set to draw an impressive line up of high profile international kite flyers, artists and performers to the Sunshine Coast for the 8th annual event to be held from October 11-12.
Fast becoming a world renowned event, the vibrant festival is attracting an array of talent from across the globe to Coolum Beach to showcase their extraordinary skills.
Multiple kite flying world champion, Ray Bethell from Canada has travelled the world flying kites and will be amongst those making the journey. Although Ray is well into his 80's he is still flying kites like a teenager and has a number of international kite flying awards under his belt.
Renowned kite artist, Ron Gibian, will also be in attendance at the festival and will be sure to add a great dimension to the kite displays with his spectacular kite sculptures. Ron will be flying over from the United States where his current collection is on display in a number of art galleries across the country.
Joining the festival for the third year and hailing from New Zealand, Craig Hanson has some of the biggest kites in the world and will be showcasing them again at this year's festival.
IGA Coolum Kite Festival Chairman, Noel Mooney, says that the festival is growing to become a premier event in the region and continues to showcase some of the best kite flyers from around the world.
"It's great to have such a high calibre of international guests participating in this year's event and we are excited to welcome these kite flyers, artists and entertainers to Coolum. The attention that the event has received in the international kite flying arena is a true testament to the quality of the festival and how far it has come in recent years," said Noel.
The 2008 IGA Coolum Kite Festival will also welcome Mr Qian Jian Guo, the kite master in residence at China's premier kite museum in Weifang, and his artist wife Lang Feng Liang. They will both be presenting demonstrations on traditional Chinese kite making and artwork leading up to, and during the festival.
Other international artists include Carlos Van Camp from New Zealand, who is involved in the night time spectacular electrical kite stunt and Rob Bloor from the UK who is an international fire stand up and renegade comedian. The festival will also feature many talented performers and outstanding Australian artists who are involved in the cultural arts component of the festival.
The IGA Coolum Kite Festival promises to be a fun packed weekend filled with kite flying, workshops, music, stalls and entertainment.
September 30, 2008 Public Announcement - Kite festival transport, tides and road closure information
Festival organisers are urging all motorists to take advantage of the free parking and bus services available during the upcoming IGA Coolum Kite Festival from October 11-12, due to a number of road closures in and around the Coolum area.
Over 40,000 visitors are expected to converge upon Coolum Beach for the festival, which will see Stumers Creek Road closed from 1pm on Friday, October 10 to 6pm on Sunday, October 12.
The David Low Way will also be closed through the main street of Coolum, between Hewitt Street and Springfield Avenue on Saturday, October 11 from 1pm to 10pm and on Sunday, October 12 from 9:30am to 5pm.
There will be a number of detours in place through Coolum directing traffic via Hewitt Street and Springfield Avenue.
"I would like to urge all motorists to be patient around road closures and would encourage all visitors to take advantage of the free parking and shuttle busses available for the duration of the festival," said Noel Mooney, IGA Coolum Kite Festival Chairman.
Busses will run between Beach Road and Stumers Creek with pick up points in four locations including the Coolum Sports Complex, Jack Morgan Park, Tickle Park and Elizabeth Street (behind Element on Coolum) every 10 minutes. There will be free parking available at the Coolum Sports Complex, Jack Morgan Park and Elizabeth Street.
In addition, bus services travelling to Coolum will be available every half an hour from central locations around the Sunshine Coast. Sunbus has advised that the route 620 bus between Maroochydore and Tewantin servicing Maroochydore, Bli Bli, Pacific Paradise, Mudjimba Beach, Marcoola, Coolum Beach, Peregian Beach, Marcus Beach, Sunshine Beach, Noosa Heads and Tewantin will be the best bus for festival visitors to catch.
All road closures and detours will be clearly signed for ease and accessibility, traffic within these closure points will be notified to give way to pedestrians at all times.
Weather forecasts predict clear sunny days for the festival weekend with a top of 25 degrees. High tide is expected to reach approximately 1.69m at 5.30pm on Saturday.
Don't miss out on one of the Sunshine Coast's most popular events which is free to members of the public.
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