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08 April 2024, 16:52

China to be guest of honor for Intl Kite Festival in Berck-sur-Mer in April


BEIJING, 8 April (BelTA - China Daily) - China will become the guest country of honor for the 37th International Kite Festival in Berck-sur-Mer from April 20 to 28. It's the first time that the festival has introduced the concept of guest countries since its establishment in 1987.

During the nine-day event, the China Cultural Center in Paris will join hands with Weifang city in Shandong province - known as the "kite capital of the world", to showcase the most authentic Chinese kite art and cultural experience to the audience. Various cultural activities will take center stage, including kite competitions, cultural performances and workshops on intangible cultural heritage.

The International Kite Festival in Berck-sur-Mer is the largest and most influential kite-themed event in France. Visitors can not only observe a wide variety of kites, traditional and modern, small and giant, but also engage in kite-making workshops, art performances and experiential activities.

In addition to regular kite displays, this year's festival will debut the international kite stunt competition, called "The World Kite Cup Berck-sur-Mer". Kite-flying masters from ten countries and regions will compete for the world champion title in a showdown of skills and creativity.

The 37th International Kite Festival in Berck-sur-Mer will be highlighted by displays of Weifang kite-making skills, a 100-meter-long kite flying demonstration and the inaugural World Kite Cup Berck-sur-Mer.

To kick off the festival on April 20, a 100-meter-long dragon kite will take flight, followed by a series of activities including dragon and lion dance performances, martial arts demonstrations, a tea ceremony, calligraphy exhibitions and traditional Chinese folk music performances.

For thrill-seekers, the festival will offer competitive kite-flying events, such as two-line and four-line kite-flying competitions, as well as team competitions.
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