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St Ann Kite festival comes of age

Published:Saturday | March 27, 2010 | 12:00 AM
Kiddies kite festival at Mona Heights community centre, St. Andrew on Saturday, April 1, 2006. - File

The annual St Ann Kite Festival, now in its ninth year, has come of age, being rebranded Jamaica International Kite Festival, moving to a new, more spacious venue at Richmond Estate, and securing additional sponsors, including The Gleaner, for the day and night event.

Beenie Man, who has been a staple on the event over the years when the event was held at the Seville Heritage Park, returns along with Shaggy, Chino, I-Octane, Junior Reid, Lust, Christopher Martin and Bescenta for the event.

Also scheduled to perform are Macka Diamond, D'Angel, Freddie McGregor, Laden, George Nooks, Kiprich, Richie Stephens, Anthony Cruz, Charley Black, Khago, QQ, Anthony B, Wasp, Tyrical, Copper Kid, Sophia Squire, Neville Lindo, Brown Sugar, Jimmy Riley, Stacious, Dada, Guinea Peppa, Stream, Steele, Live Wire, Suzanne Perkins, Kurt Warmington, and IY John. Music will be provided by Solid Rock and MCs will be Digital Chris, Ron Muschette and GT Taylor.

Gates open at 10 a.m. for kite flying, with the show segment set to start at 5 p.m.

There will be several kite competitions: best school kite, funniest kite, smallest kite, longest tail, most innovative, among others.

There will also be marching bands, jonkonnu, mento bands, horseback riding and a kiddies village which will feature train ride, face-painting, slides and rock climbing.

Sponsors for the event include The Gleaner, Supreme Ventures, Taste the Tropics, Irie FM, Zip FM, Purple Dragon Promotions, GFL Entertainment and Tads International Records.

- Carl Gilchrist