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Montreal Families

Look up – it’s a kite festival

Kites will take over the skies above St. Michel for a weekend this summer during the Grain de Ciel festival.

The event, put on by the TOHU circus arts centre, is the biggest kite celebration in the city, and brings together master kite artists from all over Canada and the United States. During the weekend of June 6 and 7, onlookers will be privy to dizzying displays of expert kite flying on the Windy Plain at the Saint-Michel Environmental Complex, where experts will show their ornately crafted, beautifully hand-painted creations.

“It’s a fun show for people to see,” says Karina Thevenin, TOHU spokesperson. “The demonstrations are usually performed with music in the background, they have small and giant kites, and the way they manipulate them, it’s kind of like figure skating in the sky.”

Kids are also invited to work alongside master kite makers to design and build their very own kites, and when their finished product is ready to hit the skies, the pros will be on hand to help with tips and technique. In addition, there will be circus arts, hoola hoops and choreographed flag-dancing workshops, interactive storytelling and guided tours.  And should you have $3 to spare, you can enjoy the climbing wall, bungee activity, or have your face painted.

The festival starts at 10 a.m. both days and is free to attend.

For more information, call 514-374-3522 or visit tohu.ca.

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