Witness a skyward spectacle at the Dieppe Kite Festival

24th August, 2016
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, available under Creative Commons