Windscape Kite Festival

June 19 & 20, 2021 · 10am to 5pm · Swift Current, SK

In light of current events and future uncertainty, the Windscape and Long Day's Night teams have decided it is in everyone's best interest to cancel this year's events. We know large events like ours across the province bring so many wonderful things to life in Saskatchewan. They create great opportunities for strengthening the fabric of our communities, provide volunteer opportunities, and bring people together. We are committed to bringing Windscape and Long Day's Night back to life in 2021 and look forward to sharing the prairie skies again with all of you on June 17th to 20th, 2021.

The teams are working to bring all 2020 performers and vendors back for 2021. We are all in this together, and together we will go on and get through these troubled times.

Windscape Kite festival, which was founded in 2005, annually brings more than 11,000 fans to Swift Current on the summer solstice to watch the mastery of over 40 professional kite makers and performers from around the globe. The 2020 edition of the event would have featured artists from Belgium, Washington, Oregon, Montana, Wisconsin, Michigan, Indiana, Ontario, Manitoba, Alberta, British Columbia, and of course, Saskatchewan. We look forward to having all these artists back June 19th and 20th, 2021.

Long Day's Night Music Festival was established in 2003 and showcases upcoming Saskatchewan and Canadian musicians of a variety of genres under our beautiful starry skies. We are working to bring you a fantastic festival on June 17th to 20th, 2021.

In the meantime, we wish you all good health and to remain strong and positive in these very trying times.

Bas Vreeswijk

Bas Vreeswijk lives with his wife Sara in Haaksbergen. It’s a small town in the eastern part of the Netherlands. About 35 years ago Bas began building and flying kites again. Before that time he flew kites as a little boy in Amsterdam. He had to fly his kites in the street or in a park with a lot of trees. They were just ordinary Eddy kites at the time and they were constructed from wrapping paper and wood.

Now Bas builds modern kites using ripstop-nylon. He mainly build kites in the Edo style. He likes the bridles of these kites and he likes to cover the surface with sophisticated graphics. Bas uses applique techniques to make the illustrations. Applique is a multi-layer technique that comes from sewing different colors of ripstop together and cutting away what isn’t needed to build the illustration.

Bas and his wife travel a lot and visit many kite festivals. Recently, Cervia-Italy, Dieppe-France, Dieppe-Canada, Fanó-Danmark, Ahmedebad-India, Balikpapan-Borneo, Bedford, Clethorps, Wirral and Sunderland-Great Britain, Niagara Falls-USA and many more.

In the past few years Bas have combined his two hobbies, kite flying and photography. This is called Kite Aerial Photography or in short KAP. He connects a camera to his flying line and takes pictures from above.


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