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.

The Decorators Kite Team

The Decorators

The team formed in 1988 and were named The Deptford Decorators on account of the painters overalls that they adopted as a uniform in rokakku battles. Deptford, an area in London near the Blackheath flying site used for team “practice” was dropped from the team name very early on. The team are sometimes affectionately known as The Decs.

In 1989 the team started to fly two line kites and when Revolution introduced their four line kite this quickly became the focus of attention. From 1989 the team formed a close association with Jørgen Møeller Hansen, the Danish Kite Designer and Graphic Artist. (Jørgen collaborated with the team and designed the distinctive graphics which feature on most of the kites that the team fly; Revolution, Rokakku and Parafoil included. On Monday 9th July 2012 we sadly learned that Jørgen died the previous Saturday morning.)

It was in 1990 that the team started to travel extensively, mostly in Europe but also to more distant places including Malaysia, South Africa, Israel as well as Canada and the USA. The team currently consists of eight fliers. This allows some flexibility in travel arrangements as the preferred format for team presentations requires six participants.

The team currently consists of Felix Mottram, Jacob Twyford, Johnny Claffey, Vaughan Livingstone, Romney Johnstone, Ashley Mottram, Martin Linford and Margaret Walker (Maggie). Tom Greenfield came back to the team in 2016 after a long absence and Rowan Mottram has also been flying with the team since 2016. Vince Wilson and Chris Beel of Fusion have occasionally been flying with The Decs since 2015.

Team presentations with the Revolution Kites are both formal and informal. Formal arena presentations usually involve some musical accompaniment and a degree of choreography determined by the caller of the moment. Informal presentations are essential to the team. This is when they fly together during a festival, often inventing new manoeuvres as they go. New ideas are often incorporated into formal presentations on the same day so the audience can really get an understanding of the creative process at work.

Revolution Kites and kite festival organisers have enabled the team to develop its project over the last 20+ years.


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