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Windy day at Phare de Chassiron

“Windy day” at the Chassiron lighthouse in Saint-Denis-d’Oléron
Windy day at Saint Denis d'Oléron

Every 2 years takes place around its famous lighthouse, the “Wind Festival” of Chassiron.
Organized by the municipality of Saint-Denis-d’Oléron and co-organized by the association Kosmodul’air, this festival brings together pilots and artists of the wind.
Upon arrival, the Giants of Heaven and the Wind Gardens of Kosmodul’air greet the public with warm color schemes, suggesting a colorful festive atmosphere.
In the background, the flying field is framed by banner installations opening up a perspective on spectacular and spectacular aerial installations.
The flight scene is animated by the demonstrations of the acrobatic flight teams as well as the visual and luminous performances of the artist Jean-Paul Richon. Finally, at the back of the stage, in a sky magnified by suites of Arches d’O, the Dancers of Heaven come alive in a field of giant poppies.

Some pictures of this wonderful day:

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The website of Kosmodul’air association: https://www.kosmodulair.fr/

All articles on the Chassiron Wind Festival : https://www.alain-micquiaux.fr/tag/chassiron/

 

Kite festival in Port des Barques

The wind arrives with the sun at Port des Barques

Port des Barques

Again, on the seafront of Port des Barques, at the mouth of the Charente, the wind rose in the early afternoon.
The 4-line Kosmodul’air team performed demonstrations of stunt kites. The Association Volant Train was present with the flight of legendary kites. The dragon of Ludovic Petit darted in all its splendor. The installations of Jean-Paul Richon brought an artistic note with the banners “Demoiselles”, and its giant arch. The children decorated their kites in the workshop and then made them fly, thus gagging the sky of Port des Barques. Finally, two of my Dancers of Heaven came alive and offered a fantastic and original painting.

Link to the Rochefort Océan website : https://www.rochefort-ocean.com/blog/vent-des-barques

All articles of our participation in Vent des Barques : https://www.alain-micquiaux.fr/tag/port-des-barques/

Port des Barques 2018

Windy day at Collignon

In Tourlaville, “Wind of Feast” on CollignonWind Workshop Tourlaville

Once again in Collignon was held the day “Wind of Feast” in the town of Tourlaville.
Many events were planned on this day of celebration of the first days of summer.
We were partying with Kisa, Tom and Ramlal in the activities of making and flying kites.
There was also on the program:
– Nautical animations with the school Sailing and Wind
– Activities on the theme of the environment
– The feast of the game with the childhood service
– Beach soccer and beach volleyball, water aerobics and water walking
On this sunny day, but with a very weak wind, Ramlal flew his light and poetic Birds. For my part, I installed my O Arches able to hold in flight in extreme conditions. Using all of my kites “petals” I improvised a drawing evocation “point by point”.
The kite workshop led by Kisa and Tom was a huge success judging by the waiting girl filled with impatient children (see photo).
This day was punctuated with concerts, then in the evening took place the fire of St Jean followed by the big fireworks.

Party wind at Collignon

Link to the press article “Ouest France” : https://cherbourg.maville.com/actu/actudet_-tourlaville.-vent-de-fete-aujourd-hui-a-collignon-_dep-3474767_actu.Htm

All of my articles in Tourlaville: https://www.alain-micquiaux.fr/tag/collignon/

 

Buffa Venta kite festival

A weekend at “Buffa Venta”Festival Buffa Venta

3 days at the festival of wind and free flight Occitan : “Buffa Venta”.
It is on the site of Cap Découverte, base of leisure created on the old site of a coal mine, that took place the festival “Buffa Venta”. In the day of Friday, it is not less than 1500 children who were expected for a day of flight. A little rain did not stop the toddlers with their kites made during the year. It is thus a real swarm of small kites which invaded the whole site. A true moment of magic!
On Saturday and Sunday, the R’Sky team filled the sky with its giants, its banner wall “Wind-Wall” and, in the evening, with the majesty of lines stretched in the sky, the “Vlags”. Participating kite flyers deployed their wind gardens and flying creations of all shapes and colors.
Bringing a poetic and bucolic atmosphere to this festive weekend, several bouquets of poppies were distributed on the site. In the background, the Arches d’O dressed the impressive panoramic view of the old mine, accompanying the reverie of the many visitors.

Festival du vent et du Vol Libre en Occitanie

The website of the Buffa Venta festival: http://waggaclubparapente.fr/buffaventa/

Discover the installation of Poppies : https://www.alain-micquiaux.fr/les-installations/le-bouquet-de-coquelicots-suspendus/
Discover the installation of the Arches d’O : https://www.alain-micquiaux.fr/les-installations/arches-d-o/

Euroflora Floralies Festival

Floralies Euroflora GênesAt the Euroflora Festival, the Floralies of Genoa

“The labyrinth can not be seen at one glance and the red poppies sway in the light breeze. The natural element that this installation is dedicated to is the air. The labyrinth develops a path of 200 meters; 500 plants of Photinia x fraserii with an average height of 180 cm accompany the visitor to discover the Bouquet of Poppies Hanging created by Alain Micquiaux.”

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Link to the Euroflora website : https://www.euroflora2018.it/fuoco-acqua-terra-e-aria-i-quadri-di-euroflora-dettagli-e-ispirazioni/#labirinto

Discover the installation of Hanging Poppies : https://www.alain-micquiaux.fr/en/the-installations/the-poppies-bouquet-suspended/

Nature Day in Talmont Saint Hilaire

Nature Day in Talmont Saint HilaireNature Day in Talmont Saint Hilaire

On June 3rd, 2018 took place the third Nature Day organized by the Aliénor Médiathèque of Talmont Saint Hilaire in Vendée.
At this celebration celebrating nature in a family atmosphere, we realized the decoration of the site with some Bouquets de Poppies.

Back on this beautiful day in photos:

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Visit the website of the Alienor Media Library : http://mediatheque.talmont-saint-hilaire.fr/

Discover the Bouquet of Poppies : https://www.alain-micquiaux.fr/les-installations/le-bouquet-de-coquelicots-suspendus/

Artevento Kite Festival

Festival international Artevento CerviaIn the Sky, Artevento.

From April 20 to May 1, 2018, the Artevento festival bringing together 200 of the most famous wind artists welcomed us under a radiant sun. We raised the O Arches, Poppies and the new installation of the project “Profile” in the blue sky of Cervia.

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The site of the Artevento Festival: https://www.festivalinternazionaleaquilone.com/

Morpho butterflies in the wind garden

Papillons Morpho au Jardin du vent de Notre Dame de MontsMorpho butterfly dance

At the wind garden of Notre Dame de Monts are installed for six months the Morpho Butterflies.
Butterflies are linked in pairs suspended as mobiles in a subtle balance to a blade of giant grass. Animated by the currents of the wind, they rock towards each other in an incessant parade.

The site of the Jardin du vent : http://www.jardinduvent.fr/

Discover the Butterfly Mobiles : https://www.alain-micquiaux.fr/les-installations/danse-des-papillons/

Portrait of a creator

A meeting for a portrait

Rencontre avec Paul May

In August 2017, Paul May, who is a reporter for the famous German magazine “Kite and Friends” invited me to his favorite place of vacation to make an article making my portrait of kite designer.
So it was during a very pleasant sunny Breton day that I met Paul and Angie.

Read the excerpt of this article on the kite and Friends website: https://www.kite-and-friends.de/news/der-bretonische-zauber-von-alain-micquiaux/
Get the magazine : https://www.alles-rund-ums-hobby.de/de/zeitschriften/kite-friends/kite-friends-ausgabe-02-2018

extrait Kite and Friends

Spotorno – Festival del Vento

Traveling to Spotornofestival di aquiloni Spotorno

It was on a warm invitation from the 30 Kite Club that we went to the 19th Festival del Vento de Spotorno. Nestled between sea and mountains, Spotorno is a very charming Italian town on the north coast of the Mediterranean, about 60 kilometers from Genoa.

The festival puts the dishes in the big and welcomes its participants in an exceptional way. We were staying at Hotel Tirreno, with our feet in the sand … where we also enjoyed fantastic meals, representative of the generous Italian culinary culture.

On our arrival, the day before the festival, it was under a radiant sun that we prepared the Bouquet of Poppies and the Arches d’O so that the public can make the most of this Mediterranean weekend, under the sign of wind.

No chance

The long-awaited Italian sun was out of the game and the weather was not in our favor. It is by a total and remarkable absence of the wind as well as under a rain recalling the winter Brittany that the week-end was unrolled.
This did not stop us from growing the Bouquet of Hanging Poppies and preparing the O Arches for take-off. The rare courageous public could benefit from a perfectly unusual vision of the Spotorno beach.

After a Saturday already wet, while the evening in full swing in a warm atmosphere, we learn that the festival is canceled for the day Sunday because of a weather alert announcing very heavy rain.
A bit disappointed by this cancellation, so we will spend this Sunday day watching the rain fall. Then, equipped like the sailors under the waterspouts, we will finish this day by the complete disassembly of the wet poppies.

Despite these exceptional conditions during this festival, we will keep a memory of a fabulous weekend in a Mediterranean atmosphere and full of friends.
Thanks to 30 Kite Club, thank you Giancarlo!

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The website of the association 30Kite Club : http://30kiteclub.it