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The National Kite Festival 2015, ‘Nil Ahase Wasanthaya’ will be held on September 12 and 13 at the Galle Face Green. The event which is organized for the seventh time by Kite Sri Lanka has given the opportunity for 500 kite enthusiasts and also for international competitors to take part in the event.  The Kite Festival consists of a number of kite-related events and competitions for thousands of kite lovers to enjoy kite flying. The Presidential Task Force on Drug Prevention will also join hands with the event.

The first ever National Kite Festival was held in 2009 in Negombo and the next was held in 2010 in Matara. In 2011, the International Kite Festival was held in Negombo for the second time. Kite Sri Lanka has participated in several international kiting events held in India, South Korea, Singapore, Dubai, Malaysia, Turkey, France and in Italy.

Kite Sri Lanka Secretary Thejitha Saubhagya Edirisinghe mentioned that this event is not just another festival where hundreds of thousands of kites take to the skies, “But an iconic festival that brings together Sri Lankan creativity, hospitality and beautiful locations on our paradise isle. Kite Sri Lanka is happy to bring the festival this year to the commercial capital Colombo.”

The competition, The National Kite Festival is open to both children under 14 and also for other groups under categories Most Creative Kite and The Kite of National Heredity. It will also have an open category, The Best Fighting Kite which requires the competitors to make the kites not less than 1 1/2 feet and made into COMBUWA or WAULA style.

The event, while creating a platform for thousands of local and foreign kite lovers from all age groups, ethnicities and economic backgrounds to enjoy kite flying, has also been able to take Sri Lanka to the international arena by actively participating in a number of international kite festivals. ‘Nil Ahase Wasanthaya’ an event organized annually also holds workshops, children’s kite camps, kite fashion shows, local kite festivals, sand castle competitions  and kiting events for Government and corporate sectors, societies and personal needs.

Kite Sri Lanka which was established to popularize kite flying as a sport intends to promote Sri Lankan culture, arts, traditions and national heredity. They also aim to enhance the creativity as well as the skills of the kite lovers and to empower them to achieve beyond the boundaries.

For more details about The National Kite Festival, ‘Nil Ahase Wasanthaya’ visit the Kite Sri Lanka website www.kitesrilanka.com and their Facebook fan page.

Kite enthusiasts at last year’s event
Kite enthusiasts at last year’s event
Popular actress Pooja Umashankar with a local kite artisan and representatives of sponsor  organizations
Popular actress Pooja Umashankar with a local kite artisan and representatives of sponsor
organizations
Left to Right: Manjula Rodrigo (Rainco Sales and Marketing Head), Sanura Gunawardana (Nehemiah Consultants Managing Director), Thejitha Edirisinghe (Kite Sri Lanka Secretary), Prasanna Atulugama (Kite Sri Lanka Chairman) and Bernadine Jayasinghe (Sirius Academy Managing Director)
Left to Right: Manjula Rodrigo (Rainco Sales and Marketing Head), Sanura Gunawardana (Nehemiah Consultants Managing Director), Thejitha Edirisinghe (Kite Sri Lanka Secretary), Prasanna Atulugama (Kite Sri Lanka Chairman) and Bernadine Jayasinghe (Sirius Academy Managing Director)