Redcliffe KiteFest a sky-high success

Published 10:00am 18 September 2023

Redcliffe KiteFest a sky-high success
Words by Kylie Knight

Redcliffe KiteFest has soared to new heights, with last weekend’s event delighting crowds with a vibrant display of kites and an action-packed program of entertainment.

The event at Clontarf’s Pelican Park on September 16 and 17 attracted more than 30,000 people.

Check out the photo gallery at the end of this story.

The main attraction of this year’s festival was the gigantic kites, expertly manoeuvred by international kite flyers from Belgium, Indonesia, Malaysia, and New Zealand.

One of the festival's most anticipated moments was the appearance of JJ from the popular children’s program Cocomelon, who took the Sesame Lane Main stage by storm. JJ's live performances had families singing and dancing along, creating cherished memories for all.

Attendees were also treated to a dynamic aerobatics display, roving entertainment, the UniSC Kids Zone, thrilling amusement rides, and a bustling marketplace featuring a variety of stalls and food trucks.

Moreton Bay Region Industry and Tourism CEO Natassia Wheeler said while the event was loads of fun, it also had a significant economic impact.

“Redcliffe KiteFest continues to be a major contributor to the local economy, generating over $4 million. This event is an integral part of Tourism and Events Queensland It's Live! in Queensland calendar, showcasing the tremendous appeal it holds for both locals and visitors alike,” she said.

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Mayor Peter Flannery said the event continued to have broad appeal.

“This year’s Kitefest was incredible. Over 30,000 people visited the Redcliffe Peninsula to celebrate the 24th year of the event, including the largest contingent of international kite flyers we’ve ever had,” Mayor Flannery said.

“We had participants from New Zealand, Belgium, Malaysia and Indonesia and it’s fantastic to have international eyes on our city. It was our opportunity to show local travellers and overseas visitors the natural beauty City of Moreton Bay is known for.”

Councillor Karl Winchester (Div 6) said the event had grown to become a key attractor for visitors and locals.

“KiteFest has continued to grow every year with residents turning out to support one of City of Moreton Bay’s signature tourism events,” Cr Winchester said.

“Council has been working hard to provide our residents with top tier, affordable events for families and this was a massive hit with Redcliffe locals. It was the perfect way to celebrate the start of spring and I’m already counting down to next year’s.”

Redcliffe Peninsula Chamber of Commerce President Victor Nicholls said events such as KiteFest were important for the community.

“Well done to the MBRIT team, delivering another fantastic KiteFest event to the Redcliffe Peninsula,” Mr Nicholls said.

“Each of those 30,000 visitors experience the beauty of Redcliffe’s magnificent coastline and nearly 3000 choose to stay overnight, with the Peninsula selling out of accommodation, adding to the economic impact for our region. And let’s not forget that its these types of events that bring us all together as a community to enjoy everything that the peninsula has to offer.”

For more information about Redcliffe KiteFest and to secure tickets for next year's event, visit the website.

See the photo gallery below (click through)

Photos by Dominika Lis

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