What do I mean by Kite Cloud? Kite festivals often have a lot of kites packed into a region of sky. On a recent visit to a local event, this term just popped into my head. We parked some distance from the festival due to traffic. On getting out, there it was - a giant region of air filled with fluttering and floating wind creations of all kinds. It looked cloud-like to me!
As we walked onto the jetty, we were up close to many of the kites and could spot every detail.
Others lazily meandered on the ends of a few hundred feet of line. Too far up to see the seams in the fabric, the flexing of the spars and other details.
This was just one International event of many kite festivals that occur around the world. In most cases, they are held once every year. The organizers round up the cream of the local kiting community to show off their best creations and skills.
At the other end of the scale, the general public are usually invited to participate too. Of course the kites are rather more modest, on the whole!
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One day we might even travel overseas just to cover a big festival! For now, here's a few links to information we've compiled on various international events...
The Niagara International is uniquely situated, straddling the U.S. and Canada in North America, right next to the famous waterfall. There's some interesting kite flying history associated with this location too!
The Long Beach International. This mega-event spans a whole week each year in the U.S., and is probably the most extensive and impressive such festival in North America. Even some of the pro's don't bother attending every single day - it's just too much!
The Bristol International. More formally known as The International Festival of Kites and Air Creations. Trust the British to come up with a long and faintly pompous title. However, this festival would appear to be worthy of an impressive name like that! The Bristol event also has a long history.
The Adelaide International is easily accessible for us, since we live in that Australian city. This event is one of the largest kiting festivals in the Southern Hemisphere, with some stiff competition over on the East coast!
Here's some more kite images plus a video from the Adelaide event, from past years.
Although I didn't take the photo up there, I can actually remember that exact perspective from when we were at the Adelaide festival! We have a very similar shot lurking somewhere among our backup CDs. However, I suspect this guy's camera was a lot better than ours.
Not all the action is actually in the air. These days, at a large event, you might come across one or more giant Sky Dancers giving everyone a chuckle!
For travelers to Asia, a Chinese festival of kites is not to be missed.
A big kites festival can also attract enthusiasts from many other countries. Various areas of expertise in kite design, construction and flying are put on show. Overseas experts are usually there by invitation, with sponsorship paying their way.
A big festival of kites will attract the
local media, which helps to keep the sport popular. A sky full of kites
is a very visual experience, naturally! Hence if you ever go to an event
like this, expect to see plenty of fancy cameras and maybe even some
local TV crews. A few seconds of footage on the local news showing the
sky shimmer and shake with color tends to stick in people's minds.
Some big kites don't have spars. Parafoil kites for example, are soft in construction and can be packed down to a remarkably small space.
Do you enjoy kite flying in the U.S.? In that case, there are numerous great beach kite festivals to choose from. In fact, that link to tips-for-the-beach.com will take you to a goldmine of info if you have ever wondered what to do down at the beach, kites or otherwise!
If you live in the state of Michigan, kites are flown in a number of local festivals, you'll be glad to know! Follow that link for some contact details for these.
Festivals of kites in the U.S. can be very large, as in India and China. Here are some other high-profile events from the U.S. ...
Here's a photo taken at the DC Festival. Don't you like the way those wind art flags totally blend with the airborne kites!
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Many people interested in kite festivals visit this page. So, what would you like them to know about your event? What will be particularly unique or spectacular this year?
Write as much as you like, it costs nothing. Start with the specifics of location and dates of course. A photo of last year's event will help draw people's interest too.
Interested in reading up on kite festivals? Click below to read promotional information written by the event organizers themselves ...
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Idaho Kite Festival
The Idaho Kite Festival's first train took to the sky in 2008. I was so struck by the sight of 100-kite stacks floating over WSIKF that I came home …
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The photo was taken during the First Idaho State Kite Festival 2007. Guest kite instructor Tom Tinney told us 6 feet of line would give us bragging …
Sunrise Kite Fliers
Wowww - first of all, all kites had to be flying BEFORE sunrise. This was all too funny - half of the kite fliers were hung-over or still drunk. Some of …
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