This May, 2005, 10,000 KITES
will say for Palestinians and Jews, the sky is the limit.
We can choose to free ourselves, our imaginations.
See the inspiring streaming video at http://www.10000kites.org/pictures/video.htm .
On Friday, May 20, 2005, tens of
thousands of colored kites will soar up into the
Holding the strings will be Jews, Muslims, Christians, and secular -- feet on the ground, eyes on the heavens.
Around each kite will be even more women and men, boys and girls.
Some anticipate that over 30,000 kites will fly.
This massive demonstration will be dedicated to advancing the cultural and social dialogue.
It is a symbol of bridging the gap and understanding "the other side."
East site -- in Arabic, Hebrew, and English: http://www.talkingkites.org.il
North American site: http://www.10000kites.org
Photos and artists renditions: http://www.drachen.org/special_events_10000kites.html
Learn to make your kite and fly it: http://www.drachen.org/about_kites.html
PLANNED EVENTS (more coming): http://www.10000kites.org/events.html
Here are two exemplary newspaper
stories about preceding kite-flyings:
The idea for the project began with one small boy flying a kite at the Separation Wall.
This innocent scene inspired two artists, Adi Yekutieli and George Nostas, to create an international project based on the innocent act of flying kites as an expression of principles, of hopes and of dreams.
On the day of the happening -- or perhaps an approximate day, for others in the world -- organized groups and private individuals, a wide spectrum of groups, religious and secular, adults and children, Israelis and Palestinians, citizens of the wide world, will come together.
Each person will hold aloft a kite which s/he has decorated, as a symbol of dialogue, brotherhood and understanding of "the other side."
Each participant will be flying a kite with his/her thoughts, fears, dreams and hopes -- the values he/she believes in.
10,000 KITES is the initiative of the artist Adi Yekutieli, the founder of the Association for Art in the Community and Cross-cultural Dialog, described at:
Yekutieli, who sees art as an invaluable means of communication and dialogue, has been implementing his vision for many years in a wide variety of communities in Israel and in the Palestinian Authority.
A large number of Jewish and Palestinian communities have joined and supported this project with the goal of turning meaningful rituals such as this one into a continuing tradition.
In such a long-standing and profound dispute, in a reality so difficult and painful, parallel to the words and deeds of the politicians, can we not "learn" the other side, can we not hear and be heard in a common hope for a better future?
SYMBOLISM of kite flying -- helping people move above and
Symbols can have a power that helps people rise above old thinking and barriers, and beyond stereotypes, fear, and ignorance.
"What do kites and flying them symbolize to you?" was the question posed last week to Palestinian and Jewish participants in sustained Living Room Dialogue on the San Francisco Peninsula.
They responses were almost all about FREEDOM.
Here is what they said about flying kites for the
misuse of power
violence of all kinds
poverty of imagination
prisons of body and spirit
ascending to a better life together
viewing life from above, as one
building an independent state
inventing a vibrant economy
overcoming our hang-ups
becoming loving humans
seeing the sky is the limit
reaching toward heaven
helping others feel safe
listening well to others
respecting each other
universal fun and play
flying above politics
being above it all
rising to our best
Thanks to 10,000 KITES and
increasing citizen creativity and courage, we're
beginning to find ourselves and the "other."
Together, we are becoming always better, always more human in changing times.