For ten straight years, the SaskPower Windscape Kite Festival has welcomed an impressive cast of Celebrity Kite Flyers to present an incredible array of kites against the beautiful Saskatchewan sky. On June 20 and 21, 2015, the skies will once again be filled with a multitude of flying creations for the 11th Annual SaskPower Windscape Kite Festival.
Over 40 national and international stars of kite performing and kite-making attend Windscape each year, many of whom have flown at some of the most prestigious and largest festivals in the world. This year’s event will feature flyers Bernhard Dingwerth and Andreas Napravnik from Germany, an amazing kite designer, Malcolm Goodman from England and many more.
Along with the fantastic lineup of kite artists and flyers, the SaskPower Windscape Kite Festival features a wide variety of activities for kids. The Children’s Tent offers many opportunities to keep kids of all ages entertained, including hilarious bol races, a bubble station, balloon sculpting, a straw bale maze, and a treasure-filled sand pile, as well as face-painting and tattoos. The tent also houses the ice cream and candy shop and raffle tables offering beautiful items donated by local businesses, and handmade kites by the visiting celebrity kite artists.
At Windscape’s ongoing kite workshops, everyone can create a custom made kite. With the assistance of skilled volunteers, both children and adults can construct a simple sled or bird-shaped kite guaranteed to fly. Decorating supplies are provided to make the kite as beautiful as desired.
There is also a Windscape Kite Store where many kinds of kites, including inexpensive children’s kites as well as creature and cartoon character kites, are available to purchase. The store carries single line and dual line kites for flyers of all levels and abilities. Knowledgeable staff can help you make an informed decision about the best kite for you and your family.
Admission to the SaskPower Windscape Kite Festival is free, and visitors receive a free festival program and passport upon arrival. The program provides helpful information about the festival, and the passport is a small autograph book to collect the signatures of all of the flyers. Prizes are awarded for the most autographs collected.
At Windscape, everyone can experience the thrill of flying in the vast Saskatchewan air space with some of North America’s best kite artists and performers. On the east side of the open field, the public is invited to fly their own kites. All kinds of kites are encouraged. New owners of dual-line stunt kites are invited to spend some time with our qualified instructor. A free lesson will ensure you a successful afternoon of flying instead of a frustrating day of kite crashing. If your kite takes one too many nose-dives, bring the broken kite to our free-of-charge kite hospital where the repairs will be attempted by our celebrity kite flyers.
International festivals like Windscape can only happen with the committed support of government, sponsors, donors, volunteers, celebrity kite flyers, and great audiences willing to spend part of their weekends supporting the event. In 2014, Windscape hosted just over 9000 people, with guests coming from England, India, Mexico, Korea, Ireland, Australia, Belgium, Italy, Columbia, South Africa and France.
There is plenty to do at the SaskPower Windscape Kite Festival, but take time to sit back and enjoy the kites. Bring chairs and umbrellas to watch the parade of interesting kite performances. To hear about the excitement, tune your portable radio to Windscape FM 103.
The Long Day’s Night Music Festival complements the kite festival. Each evening on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, the main tent transforms into a cabaret featuring a variety of music from across the country, continent, and even the world. Kite flyers and families come, relax, and dance the night away with a tent full of local music lovers.