Kite Festival goes ahead in Fuerteventura despite the pandemic
The Corralejo International Kite Festival turns 33 this year, and does so in 2020 marked by the coronavirus pandemic, having to adapt limitations regarding capacity and security measures to avoid contagion of Covid-19.
The event, that has national and international media coverage this year, will host about 50 competitors, which is about 150 less than usual as a result of mobility restrictions due to the global pandemic.
Among the fifty contestants in the festival this year are kite flyers from France, Italy and Germany, different parts of Spain, and local participants from different parts of the Canary Islands. "The objective of this year's celebration is none other than to give continuity to the festival, since due to the pandemic this edition will not have the spectacular nature of previous years, but it will maintain the essence," confirms Mayor Pilar González, who applauds the efforts of the organizers to maintain it.
For his part, the Councillor for Tourism, Marcelino Umpiérrez, values the festival as "one of the great vehicles for the promotion of tourism in Fuerteventura that we have not wanted to cancel after 33 years of history, so we have taken measures such as reducing events and limiting capacity to ensure it can continue.”
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Jacinto Rodríguez, the festival organizer, regrets that this year “we cannot hold the workshop with children in which we traditionally help them make and fly their kites, but the important thing now is health safety and that the Festival can continue."
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