Chinese participants soar high in Kite Festival

|     Lyna Mohamad     |

THE 1st Brunei Darussalam International Kite Festival concluded with a closing ceremony at the Songket Ballroom of The Rizqun International Hotel in Gadong on Monday.

Guest of honour Minister of Culture, Youth and Sports Major General (Rtd) Dato Paduka Seri Awang Haji Aminuddin Ihsan bin Pehin Orang Kaya Saiful Mulok Dato Seri Paduka Haji Abidin presented the prizes to winners.

The event began with a speech by President of the Brunei Darussalam Kite Association Haji Maidin bin Haji Ahmad followed by a representative from the international participants of the festival.

The minister presented prizes to winners in the five categories namely the Most Creative Kite, Most Colourful/Harmonious Kite, Most Active Kite Flyer, Rokkaku Challenge and Light Kite Flying Competition with participants from China sweeping top spot in three categories.

China’s Lu Su Hung, Wang Jiahua and Tan Xinbo took the top spot for the Light Kite Flying Competition, Rokkaku Challenge and Most Colourful/Harmonious Kite while Marcel Burri from Switzerland won the Most Creative Kite and New Zealander Malcolm Hubbert winning the Most Active Kite Flyer category.

The night’s event also saw the presentation of appreciation and participation certificates as well as souvenirs to all the sponsors, officials and participants of the event.

The seven-day festival attracted 22 international countries and seven local kite clubs with almost 200 participations.

Minister of Culture, Youth and Sports, Major General (R) Dato Paduka Seri Awang Haji Aminuddin Ihsan bin Pehin Orang Kaya Saiful Mulok Dato Seri Paduka Haji Abidin presents a certificate to a top winner from China. – LYNA MOHAMAD