Spartanburg Soaring! International Kite Festival
Come Play With Us!
WHAT IS SPARTANBURG SOARING!?
In Spring 2014, Chapman Cultural Center launched a community-wide initiatve called Spartanburg Soaring! to build civic pride. Using kites as a common theme, Spartanburg Soaring! engaged cultural curiosity and promoted active play through activities and events all across the city. Those multicultural activities and events inspired playfulness across generations while encouraging collaboration and building civic pride. Every year, the festival grows and grows, so be sure to attend this year and make Spartanburg Soaring! International Kite Festival the highest-flying event yet!
WHEN IS THE FESTIVAL THIS YEAR?
The festival will fly even higher than last year in 2016 when kites take the sky on Saturday, April 23, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. In case of inclement weather, the rain date is Sunday, April 24, 1-4 p.m.
WHAT CAN I EXPECT WHEN I GET THERE?
- FOOD. At past festivals, patrons have kept their stomachs as happy with their hearts with organic shaved ice, chocolate mousse, vegetarian fares, bbq, and other healthy foods. What will April 2016's festival have? This year's vendors are TBD, so check back soon!
- MUSIC. Amazing (and local!) talents always project their sound throughout the kite-flying fields, so be ready for great music to put you on Cloud 9.
- ART. Another of Spartanburg's great assets is its visual artists. An ArtMarket will be set up in Barnet Park where regional artisans will sell their wares–keeping 100% of their profits–so you can keep a piece of local culture even after you fly away. Everything will be affordable and locally handcrafted. Participating artists are TBD. If you'd like to sign up to sell and exhibit your work, fill out the application here and contact Melissa Earley at mEarley@SpartanArts.org or (864) 278-9685.
- KITES. Professional kitefliers will be in attendance with jaw-dropping aerial displays. Spartanburg Soaring! Kite Club, a group of locals that was formed after our inaugural festival, will be on hand, lead by master kite maker and local enthusiast Chuck Holmes whose extensive collection was the inspiration for Spartanburg Soaring! in the first place! Anyone who flies will be eligible for kite-flying awards like Prettiest Kite, Highest Flyer, Longest Fly, and more! Kites will be for sale, but feel free to bring your own, too. We'll even have a repair station in case things get too blustery. You never know what else you'll find at the Spartanburg Soaring! International Kite Festival this year. Come play with us!
AWESOME! HOW CAN I GET INVOLVED?
Spartanburg Soaring! International Kite Festival is a representation of all people and cultures, looking toward the sky in awe of our community. Anyone can get involved. Those who wish to volunteer, please contact Janice Carpenter at (864) 542-ARTS x243 or jCarpenter@SpartanArts.org. Those who wish to provide a sponsorship or partnership opportunity, please contact Melissa Earley (864) 278-9685.