The third annual East Coast Kite Festival will take over the Garrison Grounds this coming weekend.
Project Coordinator Dolly Mirpuri says this is a momentous occasion, and a can’t-miss summer event in Halifax.
“This is a free, family-friendly event. We are a non-profit organization, and we do this to bring the community together in a fun, inexpensive way,” she said. “Flying kites can bring people together and it’s so much fun.”
“You have to maneuver the winds to fly high, and we want people to know they can get as high as they can in their lives as well. Our mission is to bring joy and show people the happiness they can have.”
The festival was originally the brainchild of the Indian Festivals Club of Nova Scotia and was started to give people a space to enjoy culture and have fun. All the festivals since then have been in support of that main goal.
They’ve grown so much, they split into a new non-profit, the East Coast Kite Festival, and even participated in Canada Day this year in Halifax. The team is volunteer-run and there are 20 core members, and 40-to-50 volunteers.
“Our team has 70 different kites to display, and people can bring their own also. This year we’re also doing this over two days this weekend, when previously it was just one,” she said.
It has come a long way since its first iteration, and will continue to have time to grow as it forges forward.
“There will be a bouncy castle, face painting and a workshop put on by the Confucius Institute at Saint Mary’s University, so people can build their own kites,” she said.
“RedBull will be on site, and we have a number of food vendors. There’s so much happening on event day. It’ll be so fun to fly.”
The event has taken off, and she is so happy for that.
“This has grown organically, and something so simple can bring a whole community together. It’s amazing to see partnerships, collaborations and attendees come to just fly kites,” she said.
She says seeing people embrace this and come together has been fantastic.
“We are reaching our mission, and now the challenge is to always make it better and bigger. Seeing people come in is an achievement,” she said. “This is run on passion and we want to provide the best for people.”
She says the province, municipality, Bank of Montreal, Redbull, Booster Juice, Glow the Events Store, Shadow Security and Spring Garden Business Association have been integral to the event as sponsors early on.
“It’s been pretty incredible. We have so much for people. It’s nice to see everyone, from businesses and sponsors to people, to come together for something like this.”