Friday, 22 June 2012 11:55

Windscape ready to set sail in Swift Current skies

Written by  Jessi Gowan
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With Windscape Kite Festival set to kick off in Swift Current on Saturday morning, people of all ages  have an exciting weekend ahead.

The festival features a number of talented kite makers and flyers from across North America, including some celebrity flyers from as far away as Holland and Germany. These artists will fill the skies with a huge variety of incredible flying creations, including beautiful handmade art kites, enormous creature kites as big as houses, and screaming stunt kites flying in tandem.

“The group of flyers from Germany are known as Team Chaoskiter, and they create huge, one of a kind kites based on cartoon characters,” explained festival organizer Shann Gowan. “They are very unique and will appeal to kids of all ages.”

Not only will festival patrons have the chance to view performances by these incredible flyers, they will also have the opportunity to fly their own kites alongside the celebrities. Kites will be available for purchase in the Kite Store, with options available for flyers of any skill level.

At 11am and 3pm on both Saturday and Sunday, three time Canadian champion juggler Robin Chestnut's high-wire comedy routine will entertain visitors at the Main Stage. Kids of all ages will also enjoy the many activities available, including balloon sculpting, the bubble station, mystery sandpile, bol racing, face-painting, and ongoing kite workshops.

“Robin has been here before, and we brought him back because he is one of the best childrens' entertainers we've ever hired. He keeps everyone laughing,” noted Gowan. “This year, we've planned for our bale maze to be a circular labyrinth, to make it even more challenging.”

Once a day, viewers will be treated to the prelude performance of Breath of the Universe, the result of a collaboration by Canadian dance legend Margie Gillis, New Dance Horizon’s Robin Poitras, and Vancouver-based Susan McKenzie, with original music by the iconic Canadian composer Gordon Monahan. Through the use of flowing silk dresses which billow and twist at the dancer’s command, this unique performance will conjure the wind and echo the dances of Loie Fuller from the turn of the century.

“Robin has been an important part of our festival for the past three years, and we are very excited to be able to expand and include some of her talented friends,” Gowan added.

Poitras has also teamed up with local father and daughter duo Ray and Alix Gowan to offer another once-a-day special presentation, the Funnel Clouds of 1912. This spectacular kite performance was created to commemorate the tornado of 1912 in Regina, SK.

With interesting exhibits, unique vendors, and a fantastic Kinetic Wind Sculpture Garden created by local artists, the festival offers much more to see than simply kites. And with no admission charge, Windscape Kite Festival is truly open to everyone.

Windscape Kite Festival will begin Swift Current on the Southwest Hill at the corner of Marston St. and 11th Ave. SW on June 23 at 10am. The festival runs on both Saturday and Sunday from 10am to 5pm. For more information, visit the website at

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