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Kites Up! - IKF Vrhnika 2021

Vrhnika is a cute and vibrant old town some 20 km southeast from Ljubljana, Slovenia. Every summer the local culture and tourism institution organise months-long festivities called Summer in Vrhnika, ranging from concerts and plays in the open theatre to movie nights, football games, and kids parties. Last year they invited us to show how we colour the sky with kites, and the success prompted them to repeat the invitation.



We called our kite colleagues from Zagreb - Croatian Kite Association Zmajoljupci so we could fill up the sky, and posted an open invitation to kiters online. We got lucky, as the heart of the Polish kite club Kuklok - Barbara, Marczin and the girls - were ending their vacation on the island of Cres and driving back home right through Vrhnika just in time for the festival! :-)



Photo courtesy of Marczyn, Kuklok kite club, Poland





So we had a true International Kite Festival! Kiters from Slovenia, Croatia, Poland and India flew kites at one of the most bizarre places ever to hold a kite festival: a disused, decrepit and soon-to-be-demolished outdoor swimming pool, covered in grafitti :-)


The kite ... pool :-) ... Photo courtesy of Tisa Ravnikar


Maša preparing the Trilobite for launch. Photo courtesy of Marczyn, Kuklok kite club, Poland.



A family from India showing how to fly a kite


Launching the MASAG β Rokkaku from the bottom pf the pool. Photo courtesy of Marczyn, Kuklok kite club, Poland.


This year the wind was more cooperative, and while the sun was scorching, we had many amenities provided by the Summer at Vrhnika crew ... the kites flew, the crowd was having fun, and as the sun was setting we felt we had made a perfect kite festival!




Kites are fun! Photo courtesy of Marczyn, Kuklok kite club, Poland.


Kiting is hard. Žuža & Žare of the Croatian Kite Assiciation, and Janez and Ivor are contemplating the wind.

Photo courtesy of Marczyn, Kuklok kite club, Poland.



Viktor bravely fights the giant wind monster