We are a sky full of kites. The Calgary Kite Festival gathers nearly a thousand people on a rainy day.

The skies above Shaw Millennium Park bustled into a colorful mosaic with hundreds of kites against a dreary grey sky at the first annual Calgary Kite Festival on August 13th.

With over 500 kites taking flight over the course of the day, more than 800 people were drawn to the festival that featured face painting, food trucks and live music: “We are really enjoying it,” said Jordan Roberts while flying kites with his daughter Taylor, “It’s a great chance for us to get out and spend time together.”

Narjis Shahzad, director for global network and operations at Intellizim, said the Festival’s purpose goes beyond flying a simple kite: “It’s our duty to bring communities together as humans. We are very excited to be helping Calgary,” said Shahzad.

The response to the festival was much higher than anticipated and was considered by event co-ordinators to be a resounding success. After the event’s great reception, the Calgary Kite Festival is expected to return next summer to fill the sky with colors and same enthusiasm.

Photos by Stefan Strangman

Published on September 19, 2016

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The Realzim eSociety invited people from all age groups and ethnicities to come together at the Shaw Millenium Park on August 13th.