DENPASAR, Bali (BPN) – The Indonesian Kite Association of Bali (Pelangi Bali) as one of the kite organizations in Bali held the 41st Bali Kite Festival 2019 at Padanggalak Beach, East Denpasar, on Sunday. It was the closing event of a series of kite competitions under Pelangi Bali since June 2019.
The 41st Closing Bali Kite Festival competed for three types of traditional kites, namely the Bebean, Pecukan, and Janggan Buntut, with youth and adult categories. The event was followed by 910 registered kites, which started at 10 AM until 6 PM.
As many as 5000 people including spectators packed at the event which was opened by I Gusti Putu Rai Andayana, the Chairperson of Pelangi Bali.
Since first started in June, around 25 kite organizers in every regency and city in Bali have carried out kite competitions throughout the island under the supervision of Pelangi Bali as the parent organization.
Some of the kite organizations in Bali are Pelangi Badung, Pelangi Denpasar, Pelangi Tabanan, Pelangi Gianyar, Pelangi Klungkung, Pelangi Jembrana and many other similar organizations in Bali. All are with the same goal, to preserve the cultural heritage of Bali, namely traditional Balinese kites.
Certain kites at the festival were created in large sizes. Such as the Bebean, which has a wingspan that reaches 8 to 9 meters and it was aired well.
Kite creators expected that the field or place to fly the kite remains available and should not be used for irresponsible parties. For example Padanggalak Beach, which for years has been a favorite place for kite festivals in Bali. The government is also expected to continue to provide space to fly kite as a form to preserve the cultural heritage of Bali.