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Belle Isle kite festival: Creating community connections through wind and string

Festival organizer Matt Tait said every culture in the world has its own kite design.
Courtesy of Detroit Kite Festival
Festival organizer Matt Tait said every culture in the world has its own kite design.

Stateside producer Mike Blank recently went to a kite event along the Detroit River to hear from kite festival organizers Margo Dalal and Matt Tait about the modern allure of soaring a wind craft hundreds of feet in the air with a simple string.

Bringing people together through the age-old practice of kite flying: That is the goal of the Detroit Kite Festival, happening this Sunday on Belle Isle.

Festival organizers said it’ll be easy to find. Just look for all the kites in the sky.

The festival will include how-to-make-a-kite workshops, performers, a professional kite flying team, and more.

Listen to the audio postcard with festival organizers Margo Dalal and Matt Tait above to hear just how ubiquitous kite flying seems to be, and how it’s used as a tool for communities.

You’ll also hear about the “sense of freedom” that comes from holding onto something that’s a hundred feet in the air.

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Mike Blank is a producer and editor for Stateside. Inspired by a story on a bag of Uncle Ray’s potato chips, Blank created the satire segment “A Minute with Mike” which can be heard on Stateside. A proud U-M drop-out and Summa Cum Laude graduate of Wayne State, Blank first started working in radio in 1998 and has worked at WKHM, WDET, WXYT and WWJ. Blank won the 2012 Michigan Association of Broadcasters “Best Morning Show” award as the lone producer of the Charlie Langton Show. A Michigander since age 2, Blank has resided in Detroit since 2004 where he enjoys walks to Tiger’s games and watching wild pheasants in the vacant lots across the street.