Join us to fill the skies with thousands of kites!
Fly With Me is an epic kite flying festival in solidarity with the people of Afghanistan. It invites people across the UK and Europe to make and fly Afghan kites on 20th August 2022, marking one year since the fall of Kabul.
With over 15 events taking place across 6 countries, Fly With Me is open to all. It invites people from everywhere and of all ages to celebrate Afghan culture through the simple joy of kite flying, and calls for equal and fair treatment of all people seeking asylum. It sends a message to the world to ‘Remember Afghanistan’.
Join us to fill the skies with colour in this massive act of welcome and hope.
On Saturday 20 August, you are invited to drop in on kite decorating workshops at Casa Anacaona on Harbour Beach to decorate and fly a simple kite. There will be artists and makers on hand from 1pm to 2.30pm to help you personalise your very own kite. At 3pm, we will gather in a mass of joyful colours and streamers to fly our kites together.
1pm to 2.30pm kite decorating workshop, 3pm to 4pm kite flying. This is a free event. No tickets are required, just pop down. You are also welcome to bring your own kite to add to the throng!
We will also be running kite-making workshops for all the family in the week running up to the festival – you can book your free spot for the workshop happening on Friday 19th August, at Block 67 (The Glassworks) from 10am, HERE.
Alternatively, you can create your own Fly With Me event or get a free kite-making pack HERE.
Take a picture of your kite and share it with us! #flywithme
Good Chance Theatre previously created The Jungle, exploring the experience of refugees in the Calais Jungle co-produced with the National Theatre and Young Vic, and The Walk with Little Amal, a co-production with The Walk Productions Ltd and Handspring Puppet Company, featuring a 3.5m high puppet of a young Syrian refugee girl highlighting the journey taken by refugee children across Europe. Little Amal came to Folkestone in October 2021 and last year won the Time Out Best Public Artwork Award.
Fly With Me Folkestone is co-produced by Folkestone Fringe and Creative Folkestone.
Reflections from Rhiana Bonterre
"Children and families from around Folkestone came together with members of the Afghan community on a brilliantly windy Saturday afternoon, to celebrate and participate in this beautiful tradition, complete with storytelling, music and dancing. The day’s activities completely immersed us in Afghanistan culture, while allowing us to spread awareness and stand in solidarity with all people who are seeking equal treatment and safety - including those from Afghanistan.
Marking one year since Kabul was captured by the Taliban, Fly With Me presents the culture as a way of remembering through art and celebration. We invite you to sign the pledge that fights anti-refugee laws via the link below."