34th Bali Kites Festival

Date: July 13 – 15 2012
Place: Padang Galak field on Sanur Beach
Category: Festival

The Bali Kite Festival will return to Padang Galak field on Sanur Beach July 13-15, 2012.

The 34th “flying” of the kites is expected to attract thousands of local and foreign visitors as well as participants at the festival which runs each day of the festival from 9 am until 5 pm.

Kites can enter in a variety of categories, but all kite-flying teams required to wear traditional Balinese draft.

Bebean (fish-shaped), Janggan (bird-shaped) and Pecukan (leaf-shaped) are three traditional kites flown during this kite festival. The kites are flown by teams of 10 or more adult kitefliers. The Bebean is the largest kite, and looks like a broad-mouthed, split-tailed fish. The Janggan form has a broad flowing cloth tail that can reach more than 100 meters in length. The Pecukan requires the most skill to fly, as its unstable form often tumbles towards the ground. Red, white and black are traditional colours used in the kite’s designs. Each type of traditional kite has its own competition, with heats of 10 teams vying for the best launch and longest flight. Sometimes the kites come down over the adjacent rice paddies, and the team members have to dash through the paddy to rescue the kite before it lands in the water.

In the dry season of June through August, the winds blow continually from east to west in most of Indonesia. Balinese children and adults fly kites in the vacant rice paddies during this period.

A traditional gamelan orchestra plays music throughout the festival. The festival attracts many tourists and international kitefliers, along with many local spectator

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