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.

RZ Kites

Rolf Zimmermann is a master German kite maker. In 1992, Rolf started flying stunt kites in a rainy holiday in Denmark. At home a few days later, he got some plans and sewed his first stunt kites. These kinds of kites were very noisy, so he began sewing single line kites.

Rolf’s first soft kites where just copies, but with these he learned a lot, which he then applied to his own creations. He created the lobster in 1996 and won the German master championship for the first time.

This kite was followed by a starfish, seahorse, teddy bear, tweedy, snail, owl, hedgehog, dragon and some other things… Because of all the interest from other kite flyers, he started kite making as a side business in the late 90s. For nearly three now it has been his main job. He builds and creates kites and gets invited to festivals all over the world. A few of the most impressive places were festivals in the USA, Kuwait, Moscow, South Africa, India, Australia and now … Canada!

Rolf’s son, Achim Zimmermann, has been around kites since he was 5 years old. At first, he flew the kites his dad made, but in the late 90s, Achim began building his own revolution kits. As a trained metal work, he is able to build his own buggies. He is very enthusiastic in crossing the European beaches in his homemade buggy pulled by a Peter Lynn Arc or Phantom. Over the last few years he has realized a lot of design ideas for revolution kites, and flies very well to music, day, night and also indoor. Achim has become a flyer in his own right and has been invited to many kite festivals.

Mareike Schäfer is a quad-line kite flyer, who is currently training with Achim in team-flying.

Rolf’s partner, Ulrike Zara, started flying just a year and a half ago. She helps Rolf with sewing the smaller kites, and can handle many of Rolf’s larger kites.

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