Photo courtesy of Michael Coghlan
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! We had a few of our own MBK home-built kites with us, of course.
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Some International Kite Festivals
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 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! The page behind the link also covers other smaller kiting events in Adelaide which we have attended.
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 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!
Here's some more kite images plus a video from the Adelaide event, from past years.
Adelaide festival 'kite cloud'
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!
One of the UK kite festivals kicks off when there is still the possibility of snow and ice on the ground!
Night kite flying was a huge feature of a Gujarat Day celebration in India. Check out the videos in there! Also in India, FLY360 used kite shows to promote voting.
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.
Wind Speed Handy Reference
Some U.S. Festivals
Do you enjoy kite flying in the U.S.? In that case, there are numerous kite festivals to choose from...
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. ...
- Zilker Kite Festival
- Berkeley Kite Festival
- Great Lakes Kite Festival
- Newport Kite Festival
- Great Delaware Kite Festival
- DC Kite Festival
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!
Photo courtesy of Edoardo Costa
Calling Kite Festival Organizers!
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.
Kite Festival Information From Around the World
Interested in reading up on kite festivals? Click below to read promotional information written by the event organizers themselves ...
Color The Wind Kite Festival 2019 Not rated yet
Name: Color the Wind Kite Festival
Date: February 16, 2019
Time: 11:00 AM - 4:00 PM CST
Event Description: …
Kites In The Park Not rated yet
Sunday, May 20 at 10 AM - 3 PM
Spring Canyon Park
Fort Collins, CO
Grab your kite and come out to Spring Canyon Community Park for the 9th Annual …
3rd Annual Sonali Seth Kite Festival Not rated yet
Great community gathering.
Great weather in Bismarck with a good breeze.
Lots of kites. …
Click here to write your own.
Thinking Of Contributing?
Festival Organizers/Publicists Please Read...
Firstly, you might be curious about just how visible this site is.
After all, you don't want to waste your time if only 2 people a week get
to see your promotion! I can assure you, this site attracts a lot of 'kite people' - a 4-digit figure, every single day. From week-end fliers to some real experts.
For Best Results With Your Photo...
Yes, a photo of some spectacular aerial scene from a previous event will definitely help get some attention!
Pictures of kites straight from your camera can be uploaded successfully. However, transferring these large raw digital images
can take many minutes over a slow Internet connection. Re-sizing a jpg image down to around 100Kb or so will still result in a
high-quality image on a computer screen.
For maximum impact on my site, a photo that's taller than it is wide works best. This way, when my site re-sizes the photo to fit the page, it will make good use of the available space.
Writing An Effective Advertisement
That's what it is, and a short little note just telling 'when and
where' is unlikely to generate much enthusiasm about the Festival event.
Here's a short list of points to cover, with the most
important listed first. It's just a suggestion, but the more of these
you can work into your submission, the more useful and effective it
should be at pulling in visitors. Many people reading this page might be
completely new to kite festivals.
- What is the location?
- What are the dates of the festival?
- Are there any entrance or parking fees?
- 'How To Get There' and 'Parking Arrangements' for people unfamiliar with the local area.
- Are children catered for? How, when and what?
- Can adults learn to make a kite? When and what?
- Can people bring their own kites on the day, and what are the arrangements for flying them?
- When does the official kite-flying action start each day?
- What is the most popular or anticipated highlight?
- Are any well known kite experts participating? What do they do?
- Who are the invited guests from overseas, and what are they bringing?
- What year was the first event, and does it happen every year?
Copy and paste the list straight into a text editor and type a
paragraph or 3 under each question. Save it, then paste it all back into
the submission form above.