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‘More international participants at next year’s kite festival’

BINTULU: The ninth edition of Borneo International Kite Festival next year will see more participation from international kite enthusiasts namely from Europe, South and North America.

David Gomberg, the chairman of World Sport Kite Championships (WSKC) who said this explained that this year’s festival generated much excitement and expressed confidence that the festival could attract more international countries to be part of the event next year.

“This is such a wonderful festival and we are hoping to make this better than other larger festivals around the world,” he said when speaking on behalf of international participants during the appreciation dinner which was held at a hotel here on Sunday.

David who is American was also confident that all the 94 participants representing 24 countries have enjoyed the festival.

“This is one of the popular events on Facebook this week,” he joked.

As such, for the 9th edition, he said WSKC would try to get more participation from other international countries.

David thanked the organisers for their hospitality and wished everyone a safe journey back to their respective countries.

“We would spread the good news about the excitement that we had here this week,” he promised.

Meanwhile, Bintulu Development Authority (BDA) public relations manager Mohamed Ansari Mohd Syed Ahmad said this year’s festival was a success.

“We received a very good response from members of the public even from the Head of State himself.

“He was impressed with the numbers of international participants in this year’s festival,” he said.

State Tourism Minister Datuk Amar Abang Abdul Rahman Zohari Tun Abang Openg gave his word to ensure that the event would be on par with if not better than other world class events held in the country, Ansari added.

“We need all the comments, feedbacks and support from everyone. Running a big event is not easy, there are ups and downs doing it, we hope to make this festival better and bigger next year,” said Ansari.

He also thanked the national kite flyers for taking time to participate in the event.

BDA secretary Bohari Kipli presented certificates of appreciation to all participants.





Visual arts body holds first AGM, appoints new exco

BVC SUPREME COUNCIL: (Seated from left, second row) Nor Amilia, Fairuz, Juna, Nur Nafhatun, Rizal, Masdilah and other BVC members pose for a group photo.

BINTULU: Bintulu Visual-Arts Community (BVC), a local photography association, held its first annual general meeting (AGM) recently, where it also appointed members of its supreme council for 2012-2014.

The association was established on December 28, 2010.

Its new president is Juna Medan while his deputy is Wan Mohd Fairuz Wan Maulana. Other new faces are Nor Amilia Affiza Nasir as secretary and Masdilah Jamni as treasurer.

The AGM’s organising chairman and former president Mohammad Rizal Julaihi wished the new line-up of office bearers, comprising talented young people, all the best and hoped they would carry out their tasks successfully.

He also thanked all members, especially the 2010-2011 exco members, for their strong support in enabling BVC to contribute towards the development of photography in Bintulu.

“Just remember, BVC is still a new association and needs guidance and support from all parties, especially the Bintulu Youth and Sports Office and local visual arts enthusiasts in Bintulu.

“Therefore, I hope the new exco will drive BVC forward because most of them are young and high-spirited youth and experienced in the field of visual arts,” he said.

Rizal also reminded members not to make BVC a place to achieve personal gains but to use it to promote Bintulu in terms of visual arts.

“It is also my dream that one day BVC will host a number of visual arts seminars and workshops and raise the standard of visual arts enthusiasts in Bintulu to be respected in the region,” he added when contacted yesterday.

Meanwhile, new president Juna looked forward to the cooperation of all members to further develop and promote the association while thanking them for their trust in him.

Bintulu Youth and Sports officer Nur Nafhatun Ahmad Masut, who is BVC advisor, also attended the meeting.

Bintulu Kite Flyer chairman Azman Drahman and his colleagues were also present to lend their support.

Visual arts generally includes stationary image, mobile image (video) and 3D Art (animation and 3D objects), and the combination of the three elements can produce very creative works if the practitioners are knowledgeable in the art.

Among the objectives of BVC are to bring together fans and visual arts enthusiasts under one roof to showcase their talents and share their works and knowledge of visual arts.

BVC’s vision is to make Bintulu a premier hub for visual arts in Malaysia. It also aimed at making Bintulu a centre of excellence to produce world class visual arts enthusiasts.

Its mission is to provide formal and informal exposure through training and courses by professionals and experienced visual artistes.

BVC will also organise various activities related to visual arts at local, national and international levels.

Most importantly BVC will assist local government agencies in promoting Bintulu as a ‘Friendly Industrial City by 2020’.

BVC operates from Bintulu Youth and Sports Office, Tingkat 3, Wisma Persekutuan Fasa 2, Jalan Tun Razak, Bintulu.

Foreign kite enthusiasts set to wow at festival

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.