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dieppe kite festival


Taking place every two years, the Dieppe Kite Festival is
one of the biggest in the world, returning from September 10-18. The major
event takes place on the beach of the popular port town of Dieppe in Normandy,
where more than eight hectares of space is dedicated to kite flyers as well as
the spectating public.

Not only will visitors have the chance to see some of the
world’s best kite flyers and acrobatic kite pilots, but also a wide range of
traditional kites from around the world. Visitors can also learn more about
kites with kite building workshops and kite flying sessions led by
professionals. Activities just for children are also on the agenda.

Every edition of the festival has a specific theme, with
this year’s being “Les Arts Premiers”. Translating roughly as “the first arts”
in English, the term covers the diversity of non-Western art, including
indigenous, native, folk and Aboriginal arts, with the theme being central to
the creative contest as well as the entertainment. The kites made by two groups
of indigenous people, the Maya of Guatemala and the Maori of New Zealand, have
already been exhibited at previous festivals, however, this edition looks set
to feature more kinds of indigenous kites on this prestigious world stage. A
specific country and its kites will also be honoured throughout the nine-day
event; this year it is the turn of Canada.


More than half a million visitors flock to this visual
spectacular each time this event is held, attracting people of all ages from
around the globe. Make sure you don’t miss out on this truly incredible sight
by booking a stay at one of our Normandy villas today.


Image: Frederic
Bisson
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