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We were supposed to visit the 9th Borneo International Kite Festival in the morning but the rain spoilt our plans. Luckily, the sky cleared up sufficiently for the kites to fly in the afternoon.
Although the wind was not strong enough for larger kites during the two hours that we were there at the Old Bintulu Airport, at least, we still managed to get some decent photos from the event, and our trip was not in vain.
Organised by Bintulu Development Authority (BDA) since 2005, Borneo International Kite Festival has gained international recognition and support from kite enthusiasts from around the world. It was formerly known as Bintulu Kite Festival.
This kite festival, said to be bigger and better than previous years, managed to attract kite lovers from other neighbouring towns and countries, and also international kite fliers, from as far as Ireland, Spain, Italy and Canada.
Besides merely flying kites, this kite festival was a good platform for Sarawak to showcase Malaysia’s multi-cultural diversity through cultural performances and food. Other sub-events included kite workshops.
Today, I bring you some photos of the more interesting kites that I managed to capture, including the stunt kite performances. The colourful kites are like art in the sky. It was quite shocking to learn that the large kites could cost tens of thousands of Ringgit!
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