During a visit from the City of Dieppe, New Brunswick,
Canada, to Dieppe, France, in 2000, the New Brunswick
delegation sought to identify opportunities for partnerships
in education, culture, history and tourism. During the
visit, it was determined that a festival held in Dieppe,
France, for the past 20 years – the International Dieppe
Kite – was an excellent idea for a twinning program.
Following exchanges between the two cities and Festival
representatives, a collaboration protocol was established
and signed between the two festivals. This protocol led
to the founding of Dieppe KITE International in 2001.
The Canadian festival continues to collaborate with
Dieppe, France, on technical aspects, choice of participants,
as well as the exchange of ideas and staff.
Dieppe KITE International (DKI) is now an annual event
bringing together hundreds of kite fliers from all over the
world at Dover Park.