Narooma Oyster Festival flies high with kites

KITES painted by community groups and school children will form the major art installation at this year’s Narooma Oyster Festival held April 5-6.

“I’ve wanted to do kites at the festival’s Saturday Fair for ages, but until recently I could not find a kite maker,” said the festival’s arts coordinator Judy Glover.

“I found a brilliant kite maker through Canberra’s Belconnen Kite Festival, and thanks to a NSW Regional Arts Grant through the Country Arts Support Program (CASP), we will buy 12 large kites ready to decorate.

“These are not ordinary kites; these are big ‘make a statement kites’, some many metres long, which we want various groups and organisations to paint and decorate as they wish.’

Mrs Glover asks people to contact her 4476 3030, if they would like a kite to decorate, or if they intend to make their own.

She will also be assisting local schools in decorating other kites.

The oyster festival, at the heart of Australia’s Oyster Coast, celebrates the region’s oysters and their growers, the region’s natural clean quality produce, its chefs, and its rich artistic and cultural talents.

Its status as a regional festival is growing with the region home to the world’s most environmentally sustainable oyster industry.

There will be kite-making workshops at Saturday’s Naturally Gourmet Fair, as well as the flying of some kites on the sand flats at low tide on Saturday morning.

The CASP grant was obtained through the support of South East Arts.

Check the website www.naroomaoysterfestival.com for updates to the festival program, for potential stallholders at Saturday’s Naturally Gourmet Fair, as well as for anyone who would like to volunteer their services.

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