International Kite Festival

March 22, 2016

When celebrity kite-flyer and founder of the International Kite Festival Gerard Clement was asked about his inspiration for kite-flying, he said simply:

“wind is free, let’s enjoy it!”

If anything helps sum up the spirit behind the International Kite Festival at Berck-sur-Mer, it’s this quote, highlighting the joyous simplicity behind what has become a huge event, having taken place at Berck-sur-Mer for over 25 years.

When we say it’s a huge event, we’re not exaggerating. Every 2 years over 700,000 spectators pack out the vast, sweeping Berck-sur-Mer beach to take advantage of the spring weather for the 10 day event, running 9 April to 17 April. With over 16 teams taking part from all over the world, this festival truly is an international event, giving real prestige to the title of world champions.

The current world champions are the Scratch Bunnies, a British team who took home the title in 2010, 2012 and 2014, and they will be looking to defend their title in spring 2016, but there’s more to the event than just the competition, with performances and synchronised choreographies to enjoy as you wander the beach. Sometimes you’ll see teams get together to form collaborative mega-displays, or to take part in Rokkakus battles with Japanese-inspired hexagonal kites.

Meanwhile, on the floor, you’ll find workshops where you can learn how to construct your own kites as well as how to fly a kite like a professional, ideal for kids who are yet to experience the simple joys of flying a kite! You can also find aerial photography workshops as well as plenty of exhibitions, stalls, bands plus entertainment such as puppet shows and face painting for the little ones.

The events take place between 10am and 6pm every day throughout the event, but there are also night flights and a firework show, so be sure to keep your eyes on the skies!

Outside of the International Kite Festival, the Côte d’Opale is a gorgeous region that is perfect for families to explore and discover together, so if you’re looking for a family getaway this spring, with a fun activity to base it around, look no further than the International Kite Festival in Berck-sur-Mer.

João Dias via Flickr

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