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KITE AND AIRSHIP NEWSLETTER
Dieppe - September 6th to the 14th, 2008
Theme: « On air to a kite string »
Guest of Honour : Latin America
This year, 300 people represente the 38 delegations
Those taking part
First important appointment: briefing
at 9h30. The team of the festival will be introduced. A daily
briefing is envisaged every day per same hour. Inscription can be
done near the reception of the festival with presentation of the
certificate of insurance. No parking pass
will be delivered after the beginning of the festival New
a convivial space, place of meeting all participants. The hut of
the department (wooden chalet) : possibility to have a
Evening party : inscription until Tuesday 9 included
For the public
: A free parkin for the motor homes
and possibility to park all the week.
2 carparks has each end of the ground free and also possibility to
park free at Boulevard de Verdun.
The first Wind Corridor
was born in 1998 in
Dieppe. So, 10 years later, Dieppe launches the first Creative
Contest of Wind Gardens
“ Aeolian Concerto
From the 11 to September 14, an interactive multi-media
, created for the occasion of
the 15th international festival of the kites of Dieppe. The
installation is composed of synthesized
projected on large screen and electonic music
diffused in quadraphony. This video installation is about images
of the sky coming from the collecting of webcams on the ground or
embarked on kites.
Blow~ is entirely conceived via data-processing programmings
developed by the artistic team of
« La Grande Fabrique
» : Thomas Hake,
Mathieu Constans, Guillaume Évrard, Francis Faber.
More info :
Airship come back into favour
As the cost of fuel soars and the pressure mounts to reduce carbon
dioxide emissions, several schemes for a new generation of airship
are being considered by governments and private companies.
Airships have slowly drifted back into favour over the past two
decades. The giant, bulbous aircraft, which stay aloft by carrying
lighter-than-air gasses, were considered to be leading-edge
aviation technology a century ago.
French political leaders are among those who believe the ships can
do more than ferry tourists. For two years, Jean Marc
, a Green Party leader and mayor of Cesson, near
Paris, has shepherded through budget amendments to finance
dirigible research. “With global warming and the oil crisis,” he
said, “it's good sense to realize this dream.”
“The planes of 2020th will be the same ones as currently. There
are only few technological developments. We reach an impasse. All
the ways are possible, including for the airships”, analyzes
, director of the museum of the Air
and the Space (Le Bourget - France).
Lastly, even limited to a little market, the new boom of the
airship will generate employment. “Nearly 20.000 employment for
Ile-de-France ”, Jean-Marc Brûlé hopes.
A French technology start-up is working with the French post
office to study the feasibility of transporting parcels to
Corsican by dirigible and company as Sanofi (massive transport of
drugs) who would be interested for the delivery the drugs
Kites changing lives in Bali
News Herald – August 7
On the beautiful Indonesian island of
Bali lies the small village of Ubud where all but
the strong men are forgotten. The women are not considered
important enough to educate, the orphans must often fend for
Yet in the midst of this village lives a man who has dedicated his
life to a higher vision for the people of Ubud. He has found a way
to educate the females and give some self-sufficiency to those who
would otherwise be unable to help themselves. And his help all
centers on the building of a kite. I Ma-de Budiasa,
or simply Ma-de as he is known, manufactures and
sells kites that have been handcrafted by those he helps.
He has created a school for girls at his home, and to help keep
the school running, the girls paint the kites after their studies.
Orphans and the handicapped are also given the chance to support
themselves by doing the same work at one of his shops elsewhere in
the village. "Your legs don't work, but you can sit up here at the
table and paint."
So Ma-de is helping about 500 people.
The kites are handmade, and all but the paint and nylon are
recycled. The houses over there are made of
bamboo. They use the leftover bamboo to make the frames. And they
search for flip-flops on the beach and recycle the rubber." The
kites are made by a simple process. Some of them paint the body;
some of them paint the wings. But while the work itself may be
unextraordinary, the end result is not. What these children and
adults are creating are beautiful works of art.
Seventy-five percent of these kites don't get flown, but just for
art. But that doesn't mean they can't be flown. They are not only
lovely, but functional as well. The peacock is easiest to fly and
the most popular because of the colors”.
Organ of the Fairies
After its installation last year in Sancy, the wind organ
from now on joined its new residence.
It was installed with the Parpaillon pass, in the South
Alps. You can discover this interactive musical
sculpture at the end of a splendid excursion to
2600 m, to play with the wind your partition sound at the
top of a pass which joins together two valleys.
See more about :
L'orgue des Fées
Canada's first kite museum opened on Pelee
Island on June 28th, 2008.
Pelee Island, Ontario, Canada, is an
island in the western half of Lake Erie.
It is a small island of 267 permanent residents, which increases
to 1,100 in summer. To visit Pelle Island, a car will be
unnecessary as a bicycle is all that is needed.
George Paisiovich owned a kite shop in the 1970's
and organized kite festivals in south Kent. So it was a logical
extension to think about introducing kites to an island with such
great wind and flat land surface. Logical it was until the idea
emerged of a small kite museum.
So the museum open on June 28th, 2008, along with a 10 acre
dedicated kite field directly behind it.
The mission of the museum is:
* Preserve kites and related knowledge
* Help teach the making of kite and related items * To preserve
North American paper kites
* To use kites to bridge cultural understanding, environmental
awareness and family
Discorver this museum, with over 4,300 kites and
related items, and visit Pelee Island (to enjoy nature, to walk on
beaches, to swim, to explore the Island and to visit
Kite festival preps to take off in October
Hanoi - Vietnam
The Hanoi Open Kite Festival taking place this
October will just be a taste of what’s to come, as the
International Kite Festival in 2010 hopes to draw 30 countries to
the capital city’s skyline.
This festival will be a good experiment for the International Kite
Festival, according to organiser Ngo Hong Tien.
Festivities will take place in three of Hanoi ’s localities: : My
Dinh Square , Hong (Red) River’s floating land and Hoan Kiem Lake
“We will also hold a day of kite fighting in the
square. This is a traditional game in the Indian subcontinent and
west Asia . I think the event is going to draw lots of people,”
said Tien. Traditional kites from Thailand , Malaysia , India ,
China. For the finale, organisers hope to create a record
by flying a dragon kite at a height of 1,000m, said Tien.
For this year’s event, Hanoi is hoping to attract up to 300 kites
and their flyers from kite clubs in the neighbouring provinces.
August 07 – hindustantimes
Lovers there are using kites instead to exchange love messages.
The evening sky in Old Delhi is at present speckled with kites of
all sizes and colours. Climb any rooftop just before dusk and see
the guys flying kites and the girls lapping up the messages on
Khalid Anjum, a 21-year-old resident of Ahata Kaley Sahab has lost
his heart to Farida who lives some streets away. Every day around
seven in the evening, Khalid goes to his rooftop and takes out his
paraphernalia — charkhi
(plain string) and manjha
(sharpened string) spun around it. But Khalid’s eyes are not
really on his patang. As soon as Farida appears, he brings the
kite down to her terrace and prays that she finally gets his
Using kites to deliver love messages is as old as Old Delhi. The
girls also find excuses to “get some fresh air” on their rooftops
in the evenings. These Juliets accept the messages as their
respective Romeos manoeuvre the kites close to their roofs. But
this game can have its dangers.
When she’s with a family member, a sane guy concentrates on the
patang alone. If the girl’s father catches the boy’s kite, and
sees what is written on it, there could follow a series of
reprimands. This might either put an end to the budding romance or
make the lover still more determined in his quest. After all,
there will be another evening, another kite and a new message. .
Air Liquide has just acquired Pure Helium
Regulatory News - juillet 2008
In this context of strong demand, Air Liquide has just acquired
Pure Helium, a leading international supplier of liquid and
gaseous helium, helium based mixtures, and argon.
Helium is used in a large number of applications including MRI,
medical and surgical treatments, electronics, off-shore oil
activities, deep-sea diving, welding… and airship !