The blue skies over Valletta’s Triton Fountain were punctuated with colour on Friday morning as some 200 children descended on the square to fly their kite as part of the second Kite Festival.

Organised by the Malta Foundation for the Wellbeing of Society, in collaboration with the China Cultural Centre in Malta and MUŻA (the Malta National Community Art Museum), the festival forms part of the foundation's goal towards inclusion, peace-building and the celebration of diversity.

Opened by President Emeritus and MFWS chair Marie-Louise Coleiro Preca, the 2nd edition of this colourful event sees the return of master kite builder Guo Hongli, who is in Malta to teach schoolchildren how to build kites, as part of the foundation's goal towards inclusion, peace-building and the celebration of diversity.

Kite-flying was originally used for military purposes, to send signals or messages, test wind, and measure distances. It was not until the Song Dynasty (960–1279) that kite-flying rose to popularity as a means of art and recreation, spreading to neighbouring countries across the sea and along the Silk Road, eventually reaching Western Europe.

Mr Guo is an expert in the research and production of kite handicrafts from China’s Shandong Province prefecture-level city of Weifang, which enjoys an unparalleled reputation as “the cradle of kites” and “kite capital of the world”.
Mr Guo’s demonstrations and workshops have enriched understanding of traditional Chinese kite culture and enhanced bilateral artistic exchanges in many corners of the world.

During his stay in Malta, Mr Guo and his team will visit five schools and also give a Kite-Making DIY Workshop. To reserve a spot at this free workshop contact the China Cultural Centre on 2122 5055 or maltaccc@gmail.com.

Kites will also be on display in the public areas of MUŻA, Merchants Street, Valletta, until Friday, May 24.