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Go fly a kite: East Coast Kite Festival kicks off in Halifax despite rainy start to Saturday


Keep your eyes on the skies this weekend as the East Coast Kite Festival has officially kicked off in Halifax.

Despite the rainy weather on Saturday, the festival still opened with kites of all sizes hitting the skies.

“Everyone is welcome, I think the best thing about kites is all the ages disappear, you’re all just enjoying doing the same thing,” said Neha Bhojwani with Atlantic Kite Festival in an interview with CTV’s Ana Almeida on Thursday.

Taking place at Halifax’s Garrison Grounds and Citadel Hill, the festival offers more than just flying a kite.

“There’s going to be lots to do over the two days, we have some vendors so you can have some snacks and treats, but we’re also going to have a kids zone where they will have bouncy castles, face paintings, but also the most important piece for me is we’re going to have a kite-making workshop,” said Bhojwani.

“We’re partnering with Every One Every Day Halifax, and they’re going to be leading free workshops so you can learn how to make your own kite as well,” said Dolly Mirpuri with the Atlantic Kite Festival.

While the East Coast Kite Festival happens annually, they still like to keep things fresh each year, and offer new kite workshops for people wanting to build a kite.

“This year we want to keep things exciting, so we have the Japanese knotweed coming in and they are going to show you how to make a kite, and we can get some kite repair kits on site as well,” added Mirpuri.

The festival takes place until 7 p.m. on Saturday, and returns Sunday from 10 a.m. until 7 p.m. 

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