kite festival and events
Infinite Arts plays a management role in running kite festivals and events.
Nozstock Festival: Family Kitemaking led by Infinite Arts - July 2013
West Dean Arts Festival: Family Kitemaking led by Infinite Arts - August 2011
Sunderland International Friendship Festival, Washington: July 2010
This was Infinite Arts fourth year leading the kite programme for this event and once again we had a good year, and this time we had no rain. We did have strong and gusty wind though and many of our visiting kitefliers went home with at least a couple of broken kites! Still we had virtually uninterrupted flying all day both days and that was down to the fliers making the most of the conditions, getting as many kites as possible in the air.
Twice each day we asked all the visiting kitefliers to bring a kite to the central arena and we were treated to a wonderful display with a wide variety of styles, shapes and sizes of kite. Apart from that we had inflatables, butterflies, angels, pants, teradactyls, edos, revs, dragons and two-liners. The kite programme focused on art kites unique creations designed and built with flair and an eye for the unusual. I don’t think the public were disappointed.
Hugh Blowers with support from Sara Longbottom, Lynne Blowers and Dazzz and Bob kept our kite programme moving well, amending it as and when required due to lack of wind. Hugh provided informative commentary with additional help from Keith Griffiths for the sport kites.
Part of the tradition of the Sunderland Festival is the launch of the Friendship Kite in the presence of the Mayor or other civic dignitary. This kite is a beast at the best of times and in this wind it was thought prudent not to launch it but Karl Longbottom who had made the replacement Friendship Kite said, no problem, so we went ahead. The kite and immense tail were laid out down at the bottom of the arena and the line reeled out towards to Mayoral party. With Colin providing the ‘anchor’ and Karl and assorted NEKF members on launching duties, up it went in spectacular fashion, making up for last year’s faltering flight. Game that he was, the Mayor hooked his arm through the halo and took the strain. Manfully he held on for a while until he too looked as if he was headed downwind whereupon quick action ensured that there were no unfortunate photos in the next day’s paper.
A marquee on site at the Sunderland International Kite festival was allocated to showing the Smithsonian Institute’s exhibition About Kites along with information about the visiting kite specialists. The exhibition in 2010 set out to show kites with a football theme however, this didn’t attract many contributions so a range of kites were exhibited alongside the few. The exhibition provided an opportunity for people to find out more about kites in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere.
The Kitemaking activity was very well received. This year we decided to have a kite bag pre-printed which could be cut out and made up with support from our staff ( and the city assistant). We have never made so many kites in one event before! We had ordered 2000 of the bags and each bag was designed to make one kite however we ended up getting two kites from one bag in some instances and must have made well over the 2000 figure over the weekend. Although frantic and a bit chaotic at times it was very rewarding to see people of all ages getting busy and making their kites using ordinary everyday materials and equipment. There were families even working on the grass if there was no room at a table.
Sunderland International Friendship Festival July 2009
This was Infinite Arts third year to lead the kite programme for this event including a wide range of international and UK guest kitefliers, an exhibition of kites from around the world and artists installations on site. The kite programme featured guest kitefliers including Mike Mosman from Washington DC in the USA, Robert Brasington from Tasmania, Robert Trépanier from Canada, Alessia and Fausto Marrocu from Sardinia, Robert Valkenburg, Janneke Groen, Stephen Versteeg and Albert Trinks from Holland, Ben Howard and Caroline Biron from Ireland, Roland Kraft, Cosmo Urban, Michael Wengenmayr, Heinrich Hoemann and Karin Gurezka from Germany, Daniela Zitzmann, Gerhard Weidra, Rolf and Max Stohanzl from Austria, Stella Diana, Antonio and Angelo Ferraiuolo from Italy, Eric Aouara, Elisenda and Eric Junior from Spain, and Claudie Ragon, Francvis Pariset, Gerard Clément, Dominique Weill, Frederique Riquier, Betrand Rosier, Melodie Viola, Claude and Jose Comallonga, Martine Chatel and Joel Thézé from France.
Hundreds of kite specialists from the UK made their way to Washington to take part in the event, many of them bringing unique kites which are famous around the world including Martin Lester’s spirits, Kelvin Wood’s butterflies, Nick James’s angels, Karl Longbottom’s pants, Peter Taylor’s dragons, along with many, many more. UK based and world renowned quad-line flyers ‘The Decorators’ have been ‘decorating’ the sky with their Revolution kites since 1988 and eight of them were in Washington to show us their amazing flying skills along with some of The Flying Squad and the French Quad team Flic.
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Sunderland International Friendship Festival July 2008
In 2008, Infinite Arts once again led a programme including a wide range of international and UK guest kitefliers, an exhibition of kites from around the world and artists wind based installations on site. The festival featured Kelvin Wood’s butterflies, Nick James’s angels, Karl Longbottom’s pants, Peter Taylor’s dragons, Robert Trepanier, Kisa and Anke Sauer’s painted quads, Vulandra’s UFO, Giacomino Reverberi’s double hexagons, Holland Kite Team’s birds, Martin Lester’s spirits, Zoone’s Raymond kites, Robert Brasington’s collection, Mike Mosman’s amazing split edos along with many, many more.
Photos here show Giacomino’s hexagono doppio, Vulandra’s UFO, Ulla Bebko’s red banners and Friendship bunting made by local children.
Sunderland International Friendship Festival July 2007
In 2007, Infinite Arts was commissioned by Sunderland City Council to run the kite programme for the Sunderland International Friendship Festival, incorporating the Kite Festival. Pauline and the team developed a programme including a wide range of international and UK guest kitefliers, an exhibition of kites from around the world and artists wind based installations on site. Unfortunately, the festival was cancelled on the Sunday due to unprecedented heavy rainfall on site.