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Kite festival flies high next Friday

Daniel Bouwmeester    January 17, 2024    2 min read   

The Greater Springfield Indian Association (GSIA) is holding its second annual Kite Festival next Friday, January 26, making it a great way to get out and celebrate Australia Day.

The Greater Springfield Kite Festival 2024 will take place on the college oval at Woodcrest State College, from 12 noon until 6pm.

Entry into the festival is free.

GSIA president Mukesh Dubey said he was excited for the upcoming annual event.

“Mark your calendars and join us for a day filled with laughter, joy, and the sheer thrill of flying kites! Let’s make memories together at the Greater Springfield Kite Festival 2024!” he said.

“Gather your friends and family for a day of fun without breaking the bank. Bring your own kite or purchase one on-site for a soaring good time.”

Image: Charis Mullen.
Division 2 Councillor Nicole Jonic got some air at last year’s kite festival. Image: Nicole Jonic.

Colour and culture

Colourful kites have a cultural significance in India.

In India, it is a traditional solar festival called ‘Makar Sankranti’, and occurs every January 15, marking the transition into the ‘Makara Rashi’ (or Capricorn zodiac sign) – and the onset of spring and the ensuing seasonal harvests.

It also commemorates the triumph over evil of the Hindu Goddess Sankranti, after whom the astrological pattern is named.

During the festival, besides the ample space for kite-flying, there will be food stalls, DJ music, as well as live entertainment including a kids jumping castle.

“Indulge your taste buds with a variety of delicious treats. Groove to the beats as the DJ spins the latest tunes. [And] keep the little ones entertained with bouncing joy,” Mr Dubey added.

“Your support is vital in making this festival a huge success! Let’s make this festival soar high with joy!”

Convenient parking is available at the venue, both on-site and on-street.

Last year’s inaugural kite festival was a big success, taking place at Springfield Central Sports Complex in early February.

Image: Ipswich Mayor Teresa Harding / Ipswich City Council.

Woodcrest State College is located at 38 Nev Smith Drive, Springfield.

For more information, and for food stall and sponsorship inquiries, please contact the GSIA team on 0430 546 255. Visit the GSIA website at gsindianassociation.org.

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Daniel Bouwmeester

Daniel was born in a mining town in New South Wales to Dutch and Welsh immigrants, before relocating to Logan City, where he attended Canterbury College for twelve years. He pursued his passion for music by completing a first-class honours degree at the University of Queensland (UQ), and later signed with a local record label. He has travelled the world from a young age, including a student exchange in rural France, a job working the ski lifts in Colorado, and visits to the islands of the South Pacific. After a six-year career in market research, Daniel returned to UQ to complete a Bachelor of Journalism and Arts dual degree, majoring in political science. His varied experiences at home and abroad have contributed to a passion for spreading good news while defending the truth buried inside complex societal paradigms.