BINTULU: The 7th Borneo International Kite Festival (BIKF), which will be held from Sept 22-25, will see 84 kite enthusiasts from 22 countries converging at the Bintulu Old Airport site.
BIKF, which was first held in 2005, is jointly organised by Bintulu Kite Flyers and Bintulu Development Authority (BDA) in collaboration with the Tourism and Heritage Ministry and Tourism Ministry with support from Sarawak Economic Development Corporation.
BDA, in its effort to cement its relationship with members of the public and the participants, has created a mascot aptly named ‘Sanai Vaie’.
Sanai is a Bintulu boy who loves kite flying.
He wears a green overall and a stripped green cap, representing the freshness of nature.
He sometimes carries his Sarawak flag-inspired kite to show off to his friends and family.
This year he will be the ambassador for BIKF.
Sanai Vaie will be making a few appearances in and around town and will be looking for friends to come join him at the festival this week.
The introduction of this mascot is just another step in making the BIKF well received and fresh every year.
The idea of organising BIKF was first mooted by Chief Minister Pehin Sri Abdul Taib Mahmud.
Bintulu was chosen as a venue after considering its great potential after the old airport was closed down, making the basic infrastructure left behind an ideal and perfect site for such an event.
Its location that is not far from the seaside gives rise to a constant flow of wind which keeps the kites in the air.
The highlights of the festival includes World Kite Fighting Championship, national-level contemporary and traditional kite flying display, international kite flying display, kite-making workshop for the public and Rokakku (Japanese-origin kite) challenge.
The public will also be treated to a showcase of Stunt Kite and Revolution Kite.
Other side activities include children colouring contests, cultural show, trade and food fair, and a week-long trade and expo.