Kite flying gets cuddly

Pictures by: 
Benjamin Seetor
Report by: 
ANDRE JOSEPH THENG

If you noticed a giant blue teddy bear in the skies last weekend, you were not seeing things.

The 12m-tall giant teddy bear was just one of 50 kites which took to the skies as part of the Kite Giants – Big and Wondrous event at a field in Tampines.

Helping to launch the kite was Mr Patrick Tan,53. The experienced kite enthusiast said: “I fell in love with kite flying over 20 years ago and relish every opportunity to get out into the sun and meet other kite enthusiasts to exchange tips and just simply, to fly kites.”

The event marked the launch of the NTUC Income Kite Festival Singapore 2013, organised by ACT3 International, which is being held for the fifth year running.

This was also the first year that there was a display of giant kites, some spanning up to 35m. Many of the kites were brought in from countries such as Japan, Indonesia and the US. Over 3,000 people came to see the kites.

The next event is the Children’s Kite Carnivale, to be held at West Coast Park on June 29 and 30.The festival will culminate with Kite Flying Days, to be held in late August at The Promontory @ Marina Bay

The article related to these pictures was first published in The New Paper on June 4, 2013