By now, many will have known about Bintulu’s pride and joy that is the Borneo International Kite Festival (BIKF), Bintulu. It is an award-winning annual festival organised by Bintulu Development Authority (BDA) that celebrates kites of all shapes, sizes and colours. It’s also the biggest festival of its kind in the world!
BIKF, which has taken up residence at the old Bintulu airport that provides ample space for the event, returns this year from Sept 26 to 30. Activities include kite-flying competition, kite making competition and side events such as cooking competition, flower arrangements and nightly performances.
Whether you’re a first-timer or a returning festival-goer, these tips will help you make the most of your time at the Borneo International Kite Festival, Bintulu:
1. Fly a kite
You’re not required to fly a kite to be able to enter the festival ground. But why just watch when you can join in the fun? Bring your own kite or you can buy a kite at the venue so you too can have more fun than just watching people fly their kites. After all, that’s what it’s all about, is it not?
2. Get hands-on
With kite-making workshop being held as part of the festival, it’s a great opportunity for you to learn how to make your own kite. You can also personalise your creation while you’re at it. The best thing about this is that you’ll be able to fly a kite with a design no one else has. We reckon that’s something to be proud of.
3. Spend more time having fun
BIKF is a huge event, that sees thousands of people pouring into the venue. With such a big turnout, you know parking is going to be a nightmare. Spend more time enjoying yourself at the festival rather than looking for a spot to park your car by taking the public transportation to the fairground. A GrabCar is your best bet.
4. Discover Bintulu
If you’re not from Bintulu, you might want to stay an extra day or two to explore Bintulu while you’re here for the festival. Eat local foods, visit Similajau National Park, visit Taman Tumbina, go to the local market… whatever it is you wish to do in Bintulu, this is the perfect time for it.
We hope these will help make your BIKF experience truly worthwhile. For more information on BIKF 2018, check out www.borneokite.com.
interesting to note:
The Borneo International Kite Festival, Bintulu is the only kite festival outside of the United States and Canada to be featured in everfest.com’s Kite Festivals 2018-2019 Calendar that lists 26 other kite festivals, all held in various locations within the US as well as British Columbia in Canada.
For more information, contact the Bintulu Development Authority, Muammar Quaddafi bin Abdul Razak / Masli Eswandy Ramlee at +6086 332 011 (ext 104) or +6086 330 099 or [email protected]. com, [email protected] or log on to www.borneokite.com.