Let's go fly a kite

17 August 2018

Newground are flying a kite to celebrate our vibrant communities and beautiful landscapes at a series of community engagement workshops in the build up to The South Pennines' International Kite Festival, FLY!.

Together Housing residents, and other local residents, are invited to take part in the kite festival that hopes to encourage people to get out into the landscape through kite-making workshops. The workshops aim to bring together 10,000 local people, celebrating the regions diversity and creativity, whilst fostering a greater sense of community pride.

Pennine Prospects, one of the founding partners, secured a grant of £5,000 from Newground Together to fund free kite making workshops in North Halifax at local charities, community centres, schools and festivals.

Newground Together is also supporting the kite festival finale which will be held at Hunter Hill between Wainstalls and Mixenden in Halifax on the 29th September 2018, 11am-4pm.

In August, Newground's own Halifax youth project, Reachout Pellon, will welcome Handmade Parade to thier youth club, where they'll be making kites with the junior group. We look forward to seeing their creations fly high at the festival.

The project has been set up by partners Pennine Prospects, the Handmade Parade artists in Hebden Bridge and Yorkshire Water. They aim to use the arts and kite making to encourage more local people from all backgrounds to explore the stunning South Pennine landscape, heritage and culture.

Newground are proud to support FLY! and provide opportunities for creative engagement in the landscape, using the common joy of flying kites to bring communities together. 

Adele Adams, Business and Events Manager at Pennine Prospects, explained: “We believe that kite-making workshops, as well as being a creative expression, can help improve people’s health and wellbeing by bringing communities closer together, and providing a fun excuse to get out in the countryside for a breath of fresh air to fly our wonderful kites.”

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