Tuesday, June 26, 2007

Bintulu to host global kite festival from Aug 18 to 26

Bintulu will be turned into a global arena for international kite-making and kite-flying competitions.

Sarawak tourism authorities have decided to make this northern Sarawak town a base for kites following its success in turning Miri into an international jazz venue and Kuching into a world ethnic music platform.

An International Borneo Kite Festival will be held here from Aug 18 to 26.

Top kite-makers from 20 countries have been invited to participate in the competition, said Dr Razali Abon, the event’s organising chairman.

“The event is going to be very special. We will get to see all sorts of uniquely-designed kites from all over the world being showcased at one venue.

“Imagine the variety of kites that will be on display. China alone has so many provinces with their own special kites, unique shapes, colours and patterns.

“We are going to see kites from at least 10 provinces in China, as well as from New Zealand, Australia, Japan, Taiwan, Indonesia, Singapore, Brunei, Thailand, the Philippines, Myanmar, Cambodia, Vietnam, South Korea, France, Germany, Italy, England, Holland and the United States,” said Dr Razali.

The nine-day kite extravaganza will be held at the old Bintulu Airport in the heart of the town.

The area is as big as three football fields and sited near major hotels and motels.

Razali said the festival would be the grandest ever, and if proven successful, would be featured as the town’s main tourism draw every year.

“There will be kite-making contests for the kids and members of the public, kite-stunt performances, kite colouring contests and the like.

“There will also be cultural and traditional events to make us well-known to the international audience attending the festivities,” he said

Source : STAR
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