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A colourful line up of high flyers from around the world will be joining local kite festival enthusiasts for the 11th Bristol International Kite Festival in Ashton Court Estate over the weekend of 7th and 8th September. This annual kite extravaganza is free and provides a showcase for some of the world's best flyers to display their skills.

Visiting individuals will undoubtedly be impressed by the wide range of innovative and colourful designs from some of the world's finest kite makers. Hundreds of kites, from 100ft swirling sea monsters to delicate traditional Indian fighters, will all be on view over the weekend.

The Bristol festival features artists from all parts of the globe including Japan, America and New Zealand. One highlight of the weekend will be Japanese Rokkaku battles with teams of flyers manoeuvering large hexagonal kites. These battles will be unlike anything experienced by the average kite flyer as competitors attempt to cut one another out of the sky until only one triumphant kite remains in the air.

This Festival is essentially a family event. In addition to continuous kite displays special inflatables will also be on display. Children can also make and fly their own kites in free kite work shops around the estate.

The festival programme runs from 11am-5pm on both Saturday and Sunday. Entry via Beggarbush Lane/Longwood Lane. Admission to the festival is free and parking is available from pounds 2 per car. Additional information about the festival can be obtained c/o The Bristol Kitestore on 0117 974 5010.

Details of forthcoming events with information on tickets and venues should be sent to: The Sports Desk, The Independent, 1 Canada Square, Canary Wharf, London E14 5DL. Fax: 0171-293 2894.

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