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Kite-making community project aims to soar in West Yorkshire

A series of free kite-making workshops have been organised across West Yorkshire by The South Pennines’ International Kite Festival, FLY!

The unique community project has been set up in partnership by the Handmade Parade artists in Hebden Bridge, Yorkshire Water and Pennine Prospects. They aim to use the arts and kite making to encourage more local people from all backgrounds to explore the stunning South Pennine landscape, heritage and culture.

The workshop events will take place at local charities, community centres, schools and festivals throughout June, July, August and September.

Participants in the workshops will learn the art of kite-making from Handmade Parade artists, making quick and easy kites in the drop-in public workshops and more experimental, collaborative creations in the community workshops.

The not-for-profit South Pennines’ International Kite Festival, Fly! was founded last summer.

Adele Adams, Business & Events Manager at Pennine Prospects explained: “We believe that kite-making workshops, as well as being a creative expression, can help improve people’s health and wellbeing by bringing communities closer together, and providing a fun excuse to get out in the countryside for a breath of fresh air to fly our wonderful kites. This Autumn we have a festival planned which we hope 10,000 will come along to and be inspired about the little-known, but colourful history and art of kite flying in different countries and cultures, which we promise will be a fantastic day out!”

Kite-making workshops schedule:

  • Cliffe Castle, Keighley: 11-4pm, Sunday 10 June
    West View Park, Warley Road, Halifax: 12-4pm, Saturday 14 July
    Mirfield Festival: 12-4pm, Saturday 14 July
    Bradford Festival, City Park, Bradford: 12-6pm, Sunday 15 July
    Oakwell Hall, Birstall: 10-3pm, Wednesday 1 & 8 August
    Ash Green School: 11am-2pm, Wednesday 8 August & Thursday 23 August

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