Funding helps Windscape add international kite flyers
The 2011 edition of the SaskPower Windscape Kite Festival has been given a financial boost by both the provincial and federal government.
Last Wednesday the province announced a $25,000 contribution to the 2011 festival set for June 25 and 26. A day later Cypress Hills-Grasslands MP David Anderson announced the federal government was contributing $15,900 in funding for the two-day event.
Festival coordinator Shann Gowan confirmed that the seventh annual edition of the kite festival will boast a larger international contingent.
“It’s excellent,” she said of the government funding commitment. “They gave money last years as well so we’re really happy to get the funding again this year.”
“This year we are bringing in kite flyers from Germany as well as France, which is a big step for us. We’ve never had flyers from Europe. Plus we’ve got a big line-up coming from down in the States and from across Canada.”
At current time a trio of overseas participants have been confirmed for the event. Gerard Clement from France is the founding president of the French Kite Flying Federation and participates in kite flying events across the globe. Germany’s Bernhard Dingwerth is a renown designer of inflatable kites, having won the German championship three times with his creations. Andreas Napravnik, also from Germany, will be bringing his specialty flat kites, which are sewn in patchwork. He boasts a passion for photography and does Kite Arial Photography.
A list of flyers already confirmed can be found at the Windscape festival website at www.windscapekitefestival.ca.
Gowan noted that the continually growing festival truly has unlimited potential and opportunity.
“It’s a perfect place to have a festival. We have lots of wind and we’ve got a big open area. People are interested from all over the world.”
“There’s lots for families to do,” she said, noting they will be expanding on their straw bale maze, they have new ideas for the kids events, and Flyin’ Bob will return as the afternoon entertainment.