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BINTULU: The 9th edition of Borneo International Kite Festival (BIKF) 2013 in Bintulu will be held from Sept 5 to 8. Co-organising chairman who is also general manager of Bintulu Development Authority, Datu Mohidin Ishak said they had been organising it for eight consecutive years. However this year, its venue will be moved to a site nearer the sea. The programmes and activities are almost similar except for some events to be deferred.“This year we will have about 89 national participants from 11 states including MAS Club. “There will be 34 groups from 32 countries to give a total of 121 participants.
“There will be nine new international participants this year,” Mohidin said at a press conference held at Wisma Bintulu yesterday.
The opening ceremony at 10am on Sept 5 will be officiated by the state tourism minister with the Head of State and wife to witness the kite flying event around 3pm on Sept 7. The chief minister and wife are expected to attend the event at 3pm on Sept 8.
Traders interested to open up booths at the trade and expo (Sept 5-8) can get the application forms from the festival secretariat (BDA Office) before Aug 27 at 12.30pm. About 140 booths are available. For details call 086-332011.
The 8th edition festival attracted over 120,000 visitors and he hoped for a similar response this year.
“We provide an avenue for local traders including nearby restaurant operators to generate extra income during the festival,” Mohidin said.
He said the festival introduced in 2005 has promoted Bintulu, its products and culture to the world.
Other activities lined up for celebrating Sarawak’s 50th independence within Malaysia and BDA’s 35th anniversary are ‘Larian Bintulu’ in May; Gudi Festival (June); Sebauh Regatta (August); Lantern Festival co-organised with Federation of Registered Chinese Association (September) and Bintulu Mountain Bike Championship (December).