High hopes for new-look Kirra kite festival in November
THE Kirra Kite Festival will again grace our skies on November 14-17, with an expanded program thanks to talented director Emily Holler.
This year, they will introduce the Sunset Film Jam on Friday, November 15; a short film festival celebrating point of view camera work.
There will also be fire shows and night kite flying as part of the Flavours of Kirra event, as well as the ever popular big Family Fun Day on Sunday, November 17.
"A very exciting addition to that program are two kite flyers who are coming all the way from Malaysia to fly their unique multicultural kites," Ms Holler said.
Before becoming involved in community events and festivals, Ms Holler came from a music industry background.
First working in the UK as a touring agent, an event promoter and a DJ, Ms Holler returned to Australia and started booking touring DJs from the UK and organising gigs for local musicians.
"When I first returned to Australia I met two amazing creative people: Kylie Mitchell-Smith and Freddy Holler," Ms Holler said.
"Both of these people were trailblazing the creative community and we joined forces to create numerous events, of which the Kirra Kite Festival was one."
In her mid-20s, Ms Holler lost her mum unexpectedly.
"When you suddenly lose someone that close to you it shakes you up.
"I realised that life can be short and if you want something you need to go and get it; it won't just come to you."
After such a shock, Ms Holler decided to carve out a new direction - she decided to chase her dream.
"I still haven't achieved everything I want to in life; far from it," she said. "I am still striving to be the best I can be."
Nowadays her biggest motivation is her four-year-old son, Phoenix.
"Although there are many things in my career that I am proud of and that I worked hard to attain, my greatest achievement would have to be my role as a parent.
"I love my son Phoenix so much and I am so proud to witness the amazing person he is becoming."
The Kite Festival was first held in 2010 and was a very successful first event, which featured a fabulous kite display and a multitude of multicultural arts, rides, markets and gourmet food in Roughton Park.
The festival ran again in 2011 with 10,000 visitors enjoying the festivities.
In 2012 Kirra Kite Festival did not run in November as usual, and instead was incorporated into the Bleach* Festival program as Flying High in early 2013.
This November it returns as a standalone event and looks to be bigger and better again.