Fanø Kite Fliers Meeting 2017
The Fanø Kite Fliers Meeting is an annual event taking place on the island in the middle of June since 1985. Every year thousands of kites embellish the islands sky offering a unique experience to visitors and locals. Even if it is a 3 days event officially, the kites flying and happenings last for about 2 weeks on Fanø, creating a festive summer atmosphere.
But this year it is going to be special- the 2017 Fanø Kite fliers meeting is ‘Japan’ themed. Celebrating the 150- year anniversary of diplomatic relations between Denmark and Japan, a number of 24 famous Japanese Kite makers and kite artwork executives will come to Fanø to show their outstanding technique and contribute into making the event memorable.
You will have the opportunity to admire the following Japanese kite traditional styles that represent also different regions in Japan:
· Shirone-dako, long rectangular kite
· Tahara-dako, fighting kite
· Edo-dako, Tokyo style kite
· Rokkaku-dako, popular hexagonal kite
· Tsugaru-dako, specially decorated kite
· Tori-dako, bird kite
In connection with the event, there will be two workshops where Japanese kite makers will demonstrate the art of Japan kites to students in Fanø. The two usual workshops- the Fanø Kite Makers and Womens Workshop will be also facilitated by Japanese artists and the artworks created will adorn the sky in Fanø Bad.
The official Kite fliers Meeting will be from 15th to 18th June 2017. Nonetheless, various activities will take place around the event. Visitors will be able to see the Wadden Sea National Park exhibition and the ship in the Nordby harbour, taste the special Kite Beer by Fanø Bryghus, get to know pieces of Japanese literature, as well as, be part of other interesting happenings that will occur on the island from 11th-18th June.
For more information and the complete program of this festive week, you can visit the 'Japan Kites on Fanø 2017' website at www.japankites.dk .
Colorful and themed kites that represent different regions of Japanese kite tradition (photos by Malcolm Goodman's collection, 14-24 June at Fanø).