We went kite crazy at the Roundhouse, during the kite making activities facilitated by the BC Kitefliers Association (BCKA) as part of the Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival. Kite master Egan Davis was on hand as well as Cathy Jung (BCKA President), Dianne O’Brien (BCKA Workshop Coordinator), and many cheerful volunteers.
Participants assembled sled kites made from white polyethylene (the same material that garbage bags are made from), wooden dowels, and prefabricated reels. Dianne promised this design was “guaranteed to fly” and it did, as kite enthusiasts discovered when they tested their creations at David Lam Park.
We were also treated to an energizing concert by Vancouver Okinawa Taiko. This Okinawan-style drumming and dancing troupe performs at events throughout the lower mainland and describe themselves as “ambassadors of Okinawan folk performing art”.
Many of the workshop participants brought their creations to the mass kite fly at Vanier Park the next day as well. As I experienced, kite flying really is a lot of fun. Roundhouse kite makers will be happy to learn that the BCKA sponsors activities throughout the year. The next big event will be the 40th Annual Pacific Rim Kite Festival held at Vanier Park on June 13th and 14th. This family-friendly festival will feature kite making workshops, face painting, candy and teddy bear drops, kite displays, music, and food trucks.
Tell us what you think. Did you come down and assemble a kite during the Cherry Blossom Festival? Are you now officially “addicted” to kite flying?
By Karen Clare, Roundhouse Blog Team. Karen has a passion for reaching out to others in the creative community, learning their stories, and sharing these tales with Roundhouse readers.