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Qatar Kite Flying – OzFeathers Flag Banners Up Front

 

The largest ever assembly of Feather Banners in Doha, Qatar, appeared recently at the Aspire 1st International Kite Festival.

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Great Barrier Reef in Doha, Qatar

The festival kite fliers (co-ordinated by Gadis Widiyati, Singapore Kite Association) presented five solid days of crowd-pleasing entertainment.

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Kevin prepares to launch Linda’s “China Lady” art kite

Linda & Kevin Sanders (OzFeathers’ Directors) were selected to represent Australia with their one-of-a-kind kites, along with a large selection of their artistic feather banners featuring some from the “world Faces” series, a flying whale, a Beijing Opera face, and a stunning view of Uluru.

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“Watching you!” feather banners fluttered to attract the crowds

The kite festival began from one person’s dream to awaken families in Doha to kite flying, and with 45 kite flyers from 13 worldwide countries, every day showcased the beauty of colourful skies to school children, families and corporate sponsors alike.

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Banners needed ONLY sunshine and a warm breeze

 

Daily kite displays, sport kite competitions, challenges for the biggest kite, and the longest kite train, along with the ubiquitous night-fly, proved that this inaugural event was what Aspire Zone needed for family enjoyment.

 

Feather flags were presented in their own unique setting – the wind garden – where the golden sunlight each day presented the images as if they were Cathedral windows.

 

Australia’s Great Barrier Reef featured as a mural series of 7 banners, with local children giving it the thumbs up as they recognised “Nemo” and “Dory”.

 

The event culminated in a kite making challenge among local schools, with the entrants encouraged to launch and fly their own creations as the public watched.

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Official Awards Ceremony, Doha, Qatar with Linda’s banners as the feature wall

Organisers enlisted Linda’s banners as colourful back-scenery for the official Awards Ceremony on the last night. This was considered an honour for our Australian artwork to feature so prominently at a prestigious Qatari event.

 

For this first-time kite festival, the 9am to 9pm daily kite fun definitely touched the lives of thousands of observers, proving that kites and feather banners had certainly put Qatar on the international map.

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With the Great Barrier Reef as a backdrop, Doha locals came along to marvel

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