Kite fliers, spectators to experience visual feast

Victoria International Kite Festival takes to the sky May 29 to 31

If you’re told to go fly a kite next weekend, don’t be offended.

The second annual Victoria International Kite Festival resents fliers from around the world  and across Greater Victoria May 29 to 31 at the Bay Centre and at Clover Point.

The festival features a variety of activities from kid’s kiting making, special demonstrations by professional fliers, a general public fly zone and an international food village.

“It was quite something to see so many in the community come out and enjoy our inaugural event,” said John Vickers, executive director.

“I think kite flying is something many can relate too and to see so many children participate in all the fun was just terrific.”

Among the many participants this year is U.S. kite flier Dale Ray who has one of the continent’s largest collections of giant kites.

There will also be single line, multi-line and quad-line kite demonstrations by both local and visiting fliers and special performances by America’s Got Talent kite flier Connor Doran.

Doran, who has epilepsy, is performing on behalf of HeadWay, Victoria Epilepsy and Parkinson’s Centre, the festival’s charity.

Vickers says he also looking forward to the Kites with Lights (where LED lights are fastened to kites and flown in the dark) which drew rave reviews in 2014. He expects many more kite fliers to participate in the night event this year which opens at Clover Point at 9:30 p.m. on Friday, May 29.

Events switch to Clover Point on May 30 and 31, beginning at 9 a.m.

For more information on the festival, please go online to victoriakitefestival.com.