19 February 2011, Pasir Gudang, Malaysia – Held from 16 to 20 February 2011 at Bukit Layang-Layang in Pasir Gudang, Johor, the 16th edition of the annual Pasir Gudang World Kite Fest showcased the skills and creativity of local and international kiters. This year’s theme was “Colouring the Sky” and the sky was truly covered with kites of many different shapes and sizes.
190 participants from 30 countries took part in the Kite Fest this year with 21 from Singapore, 31 from People’s Republic of China and 51 from Indonesia. 500 local participants from the public, government and private sectors registered their participation this year.
The organisers were expecting 200,000 visitors at this year’s fest, doubled that of last year.
His Royal Highness, Sultan Ibrahim Ibni Almarhum Sultan Iskandar, the Sultan of Johor, together with his family and the crown prince Tunku Ismail Ibni Tunku Mahkota Johor, graced the opening ceremony at 2pm today. Other dignitaries present included Dato’ Haji Abdul Ghani Bin Othman, the Chief Minister of Johor, YB Hoo Seong Chang, Chairman of Tourism and Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs State of Johor and Haji A Rahim Bin Haji Nin, President of Pasir Gudang Municipal Council.
The Pasir Gudang World Kite Fest is organised by the Pasir Gudang Municipal Council and the Johor State Government through the Johor State Tourism Department with the support of the Ministry of Tourism, the Ministry of Information Communication and Culture, the Ministry of Education, the Malaysia Kite Council, the Johor Kite Association, Iskandar Malaysia and Tourism Malaysia.
I had a great time, except for the occassional downpour.