Kite Festival 2011

Although there is no organized CCS kite festival for 2012, we encourage you to fly a kite and take advantage of blustery Fall winds in the outdoor spots of your choice--the Arb, parks, back yards and open school fields.

Look to the skies!


Past Event:

A kite jubilee with community competition, master kite fly-offs, lion dancing, and wind-borne activities

  • International star quality with kite masters from China and Michigan
  • Cross campus and community competition: PRIZES!
  • Workshops to help build kites—no experience necessary

You can fly in NO WIND depending on how light your kite is!
Prizes for self-made or team-made kites; off the shelf is fine for flying, too.
Engineers, artists, designers, cultural specialists,
DESIGN! FLY! FACE-OFF in the wind…

September, Sunday 25th 1:00-5:00pm
Kite FESTIVAL
U-M Nichols Arboretum, Main Valley
1610 Washington Heights, Ann Arbor

Master kite demonstrations, competitions & challenges, and community art table— with a garnishing of entertainment (Chinese ribbon dancing, yo-yo demos, lion dances, taiko drumming, and zithers) Kite aficionados are invited to participate and bring their own self-crafted kites.

Rain Day Info: Events will be redirected to the International Institute, 1080 South Univ., corner of East Univ and North Univ. from 1-5 pm. Demos, visual display of kites, entertainment, and dumplings as long as they last!

September, Friday 23rd 5:00-7:00pm
Kite FLY-A-THON
U-M Ferry Field (outdoor track)
1150 S. State St., Ann Arbor

Master kite flying demos; enjoy kite fliers showcasing their skills.


Want to learn how to make a kite of your own? Watch this video!


Visit the CCS Blog to see how two professors learned traditional kite making in China and view media coverage of the Kits Festival!


Check out the photos below from the 2011 Kite Festival!

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See the video production of the 2011 annual Kite Festival below!

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Further Information:

Co-sponsored by the Center for Chinese Studies and Confucius Institute with support from the Office of the President, Alumni Association, College of Engineering, Stearns Collection, Office of University Development, College of LSA, Ross School of Business, University Musical Society, School of Art & Design, Arts at Michigan, and International Institute