On the 50th anniversary of the Independence of Mauritius, a National Kite Festival was held for the very first time! And FLY360 was there to support them throughout this journey. FLY360 was more than willing to help revive the lost tradition of flying kites in Mauritius, spreading the joy of kite making, and flying with international countries.
With a long-term experience in the field and dedicated kits, FLY360 was bound to make this event spectacular! A seven day trip in Mauritius was more than enough to showcase why kite festivals should become an annual program for the people in Mauritius.
Behind The Scenes
Since this was ever the first kite festival in Mauritius, the trip stretched to seven days to set up the one-day event, with plenty of time to spare for fine-tuning. It had to be perfect! The vision was to revive the unfortunately forgotten kite making and flying tradition amongst people of all ages. And for this to happen efficiently, there was much to do.
Firstly, the team members of FLY360 had to set the stage. There were numerous kite flying trial runs before 5th of August, the day of the festival, at La Prairie, the location of the event. This was to see whether the location was adept for kite flying (which it was!). Out on the open beach, the winds of La Prairie allowed the kites soar as high as your eyes could go! With the location set, the other details of the event were left to figure out.
The consulting team kept the event team busy with suggestions and dos and don’ts before the day of the event based on their experience from the previous kite-flying festivals. Yes, there have been many!
This event was funded by the State Bank of Mauritius which shared the vision of FLY360. The event comprised two main segments. The first was a kite competition for locals which had three contest categories, and the latter was a kite flying show by FLY360 members!
Day of the Event: 5th August with The President!
Like any other well-planned event, this festival also began with locals registering to participate in the competition in the morning. Along with their self-made kites, the people were welcomed to bright-coloured tents decorated with designer kites, all made and set up by FLY360. The kites were in various shapes, colours, and sizes, and lit up the entire beach.
The competition was all set to begin after the registration process! Ashok Shah and Nisarg Shah, the founder and Directors of FLY360, attended the event as one of three jury members. He was a senior and experienced consultant to the rest of the jury member. They surely did have a hard time figuring out the eligible prize winners. The locals were all competing for the winning title, and everyone brought their best foot forward. With enthusiasm like this, of course, it was a hard judgement to make!
As the competition began on one side of the beach, the other side was accompanied by members of the team who were flying designer kites! The bright morning sky was open and ready for some kite flying business! For the competition, there were three categories: the basic diamond kite, the “Patang” and “Box Kites”. Each category gave away three prizes to each of these categories.
The President of Mauritius, Barlen Vyapoory, attended the event and flew kites with the team members. In fact, when the members spoke to the press of the friendship amongst India and Mauritius, Vyapoory mentioned Mauritius’ strong ties with Narendra Modi. He graced the event as he stayed until the prize distribution in the afternoon.
FLY360 team with president of Mauritius.
In the End
You’d think that the setting up of the event or perhaps even making and flying the kites would be the most difficult part for the team. But you’re completely wrong! Choosing three winners for each of the categories was immensely challenging! This process was very taxing.
We realised that even though the tradition of kite flying had taken a hit in the past few years, the local’s enthusiasm towards this event was not dull at all!. It was encouraging to watch the locals indulging enthusiastically in the event. But more than that, the talent visible in these people through their stunning kites were a sight for sore eyes!
FLY360, motivated by the success of this event, packed up after the prize distribution event and headed back to Mumbai to reignite the kite flying tradition in yet another city!
Modern Kite Making Workshop
FLY360 aims to spread the concept of not just kite flying, but kite making as well. Their belief is that “why only fly when you can make it as well!”. Their Modern Kite Making Workshop shows just this! If you think that youtube videos are enough to learn how to make a kite, then think again. The team of FLY360 will provide you with the best kite making and flying experts. With experience in the field of over 20 years, their expertise is incomparable and you want to learn from the best of the best!
What did you say? It’s difficult? Not at all! If you can fly a kite then you can definitely make one. And if you can’t do either, even better! Join the workshop and you’ll know how to do both.
The workshop is even part of the “Limca Book of Records” for conducting a Modern Kite Making Workshop hosting 1017 participants in one sitting. And with your talent, we can beat our own record every year! So don’t just fly a kite with us, make one with your own personal touch at our workshop.
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