The Fuerteventura kite festival has been taking place since 1987, and is usually held on the weekend nearest to 8th of November lasting for 3 days. It takes place on ‘La Playa del Burro’, a beach situated in the dunes of Corralejo. The Festival attracts an ever growing number of participants from all over the world, the majority of European participants being from Britain Germany and the Canaries. A recently formed kite club for the deaf and dumb came to take part in the 2002 festival and integrated perfectly. Many of the people interviewed have been coming since the Festival was first founded and even have their own slogan ‘ The Fuerteventura Kite Family’. The start of the event, usually a Friday, is marked by the distribution of commemorative T- shirts and an all day ‘free fly’ on the beach. The following morning the Stars of the Kite world display their craftsmanship and skill until dusk. After dinner there is a night display on the ‘Playa de Corralejo’
Sunday is a key day with more outstanding activities including:
Over 150 kites which are given out to children who then contribute to coloring the heavens. The flight of little parachuting Teddy bears who drop sweets, keeping kids (and adults) entertained trying to catch them before they hit the ground! Raffle prizes donated by the participants, usually to do with the Kiting world. An exciting kite combat, where two highly maneuverable stunt Kites battle it out until one falls, the one remaining in the air being the winner.
A Group photograph and a dinner followed by a firework display.