Fly With Me

Presented by Good Chance Theatre with the Citizens Theatre

Fly With Me is a multi-city kite flying festival remembering one year since the fall of Afghanistan to the Taliban. Bringing people together to celebrate and preserve Afghan culture through the simple joy of kite-flying, it calls for equal and fair treatment of all people seeking safety, including those from Afghanistan.

Over the coming weeks, local groups including Standing Tall Arts, YCSA (Youth Community Support Agency) and The Barn Youth and Community Centre will work with the Citizens Theatre and the Fly With Me team, Feroz Khan and Elena Mary Harris, to learn about and make Afghan kites which will then take to the skies at a kite-flying event.

In kite-making workshops taking place across the UK and Europe, Afghan storytellers will bring to life the story of Zaki, a 12-year-old boy in Kabul who, in keeping with 800-year-old traditions, loves to fly kites each autumn. His brother Bahram was forced to flee by the Taliban, so Zaki is learning how to make kites alone with his younger sister, Marwa. Thousands of people across the UK and Europe are invited to hear Zaki’s story and learn how to make and fly kites together with him.

The project will culminate in a kite-flying festival in over 20 cities and towns across 6 countries on Saturday 20 August 2022.

Our event in Glasgow will take place at Glasgow Green in collaboration with members of Glasgow’s Afghan community, following a programme of community workshops with local groups and individuals. On the day of the festival, there will be a kite-making and storytelling workshop, after which participants and members of the public will come together for a kite-flying event. Join the Glasgow event.

We’ll be sharing updates on the project here.