Giant Kite Exhibition Announced in Petén

This exhibition is part of the efforts by the authorities to have this art included as an Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity by Unesco.

by Domenika Reyes

Guatemala City, by Veylin Herrera -AGN- The Ministry of Culture and Sports -MCD- announced the exhibition of giant kites from Sumpango, Sacatepéquez, at various locations in Petén.

According to the ministry, this activity is carried out through the General Directorate of Cultural Development and Strengthening of Cultures, the Executive Coordination Secretariat of the Presidency, and the municipalities of each visited location.

The ministry highlighted that the exhibition’s main objective is the national promotion of the technique of making giant kites from Sumpango and Santiago Sacatepéquez.

Furthermore, it is part of the efforts by the authorities to have this technique inscribed as Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity by the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization -Unesco-.

Likewise, it represents an opportunity for the population to experience these kites personally.

In this way, the MCD reaffirms its commitment to continue promoting the cultural richness of Guatemala, both nationally and internationally.

Exhibition Locations

The Ministry of Culture highlighted that this exhibition will take place from April 17th to 22nd and will be displayed at different locations in Petén.

The locations are:

  • Las Cruces
  • San José
  • La Ermita, in San Benito
  • San José, in El Chal
  • Dolores
  • Cerro Säk Lu’um, in San Luis

The ministry’s social media will share each exhibition’s locations, times, and other information.

The authorities informed that each location will have at least eight giant kites with diameters of two, four, six, and eight meters. Artists from each municipality participating in the activity create these kites.

Other Activities

It was announced that the population will have access to kite-making workshops conducted by the Permanent Committee of Giant Kites of Sumpango.

Children and adolescents in the workshops will receive kits with the necessary materials to make kites.

​​The workshop will benefit 500 to 700 children and adolescents, delivering  125 kits in each municipality.

People are invited to participate and use these recreational spaces to share with the whole family.

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