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Streatham Common Kite Day 2017
Kite Day is a wonderful family event. In between marvelling at the displays or kite flying, children can go on the bouncy castle or get their faces painted.
Dance on the Common to live music from GroovEsscence, who will play between the displays. And if dancing is not for you, explore the community stalls to get a taste of the incredible groups and societies which help make Streatham so special. Image of Groovessence
Richard Payne, from the Friends of Streatham Common, which organises Kite Day is excited about the 2017 event.
“Streatham Kite Day is London’s only kite festival and has been drawing crowds for nearly 20 years. But we think this year’s event will be the best ever – we’ve got more kite displays, more food stalls and a bigger bar and kite shop.”
“You’ll have a great time at Kite Day and, most amazing of all, the event is run by volunteers and any profits made are put back into restoring and maintaining the Common and its gardens.”
History of Kite Day
Streatham Kite Day originally started as a festival celebrating all things to do with the wind back in 1998.
The first Wind Day saw not only kites but a wind harp that travelled all the way from Bristol. Wind Day was organised by the Friends of Streatham Common shortly after the group was formed. A day celebrating the wind was the perfect event for the nascent voluntary organisation as the Common lies in the path of winds blowing in from the West and was once home to a working wind mill.
After that successful first Wind Day, kites became the focus and Streatham Kite Day has become a regular event on the Common each year attracting thousands of people.
Find out more about Streatham Common Kite Day at streathamkiteday.org.uk
Friends of Streatham Common
The Friends of Streatham Common is a voluntary organisation run by local residents. The Friends work to ensure that Streatham Common and the Rookery are well kept and have facilities for all sections of the local community, providing community views of the maintenance and development of the area in a way that balances the needs of a diverse groups of users.
As well as running Streatham Kite Day, the Friends also run a number of popular public events each year which include Bird Walks, Open Air Theatre in the Rookery and the Fun Dog Show.
The Friends campaigned to restore the Rookery Gardens and won funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund. They have funded and installed a nature trail, and organised events to mark the Rookery Centenary in 2013.
Friends of Streatham Common has elected officers and currently has about 300 members, who help make all the activities possible. Membership is open to any individual, family or business.
If you would like to help support Kite Day and the continued maintenance of our Common, please text KITE17 £5 to 70070 to donate £5 to the Friends of Streatham Common.
Find out more on the Friends of Streatham Common website: http://www.streathamcommon.org