The global convention is a hub for artists to showcase their work made entirely from balloons.
Wichita, Kansas-based company Pioneer Balloon Company has been hosting the World Balloon Convention (WBC) every other year since the inaugural event in 2010. The balloon convention brings together balloon professionals including artists, balloon decorators, twisters or entertainers, and party store retailers from all over the world to help drive passion and profitability in the balloon industry.
The main focus of the convention is education, with the WBC offering classes to the participants, but one of the most awaited events in the convention is the Festival of Balloons, a fun family-friendly event that showcases amazing balloon sculptures by artists from all over the globe.
The purpose of the Festival of Balloons is to show what people can do with balloons, as well as help push balloon art to the next level. At the Festival, visitors were treated to several massive balloon sculptures with some of them featuring animations, light effects, and even music.
At this year’s Festival of Balloons, more than 75 artists displayed their balloon art. Some of the entries included creations like a life-size gumball machine, a balloon replica of Mr. Potato Head, a hot air balloon replica, a large angel sculpture, a large phoenix, and a warrior doll. The list of winners of the balloon art competitions can be found on the WBC website. More than 6,000 people attended the Festival.
The various balloon sculptures show how the medium often associated with balloon animals and birthday accessories can also be used as the core material for a niche community of artists.
This year’s World Balloon Convention was held in Denver, Colorado last March 26 to 30. More than 800 balloon professionals from over 54 countries participated in the convention. Balloon decorators, twisters/entertainers, party retailers, and newcomers to the industry were able to attend more than 55 classes offered by the WBC. The classes were taught by over 31 instructors, including world-renowned magician Jeff McBride of McBride Magic in Las Vegas, Nevada.
The next World Balloon Convention will be in April 2016 and will be held in New Orleans.