One of Bristol's favourite summer festivals is under severe threat of being scrapped this year.
The organisers of the International Festival of Kites and Air Creations have said that they need an additional £10,000 to fund essential infrastructure, without which the event will be unable to go ahead.
The festival relies on the financial support of local businesses to take place each year. Exhibitors and traders have been confirmed for the event, and invitations have gone out across the world to star kite performers. The international festival is one of the highlights of the kiting calendar, as the South West has some of the best kiting conditions in the world.
The organisers have said that business support has fallen drastically due to the current economic climate, and are appealing to the public as well as businesses to try to raise the money needed. They have given themselves a month to generate the money. Around 30,000 people usually attend the weekend's festivities, which includes activities for children as well as kite demonstrations.
Anyone interested in donating to the festival fund can do so online, at www.kite-festival.org.uk, or by sending a cheque made payable to Bristol Kite Festival to Festival Office, 5, Lilymead Avenue, Bristol BS4 2BY. For sponsorship enquiries, contact festival organiser Avril Baker on 0117 9772002.