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Bali Kites Festival 2018

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The Bali Kites Festival is an annual festival held all around the island of Bali between the months of July and August and is a sight to behold! All the banjars and wider communities from various towns and villages in Bali band together to send their best kite fliers and kites to compete in the festival.

The festival originally started as a seasonal festival, giving thanks to the heavens and the gods for abundant crops and harvests. Since then, the festival has turned into a sport and the winning team receives a money prize. The beginning of July marks both the windy season and the tourist season.

Kites:

Image sourced from @balikitefestival on Instagram

The kites are stunning – measuring up to 10 metres in length, with 100-metre-long tails and brightly coloured. Building the kites is a big event in itself, with the villages starting to create them weeks and sometimes even months before the big festival in their halls. Each community decides on a colour scheme together and then pick out the lightweight materials to start creating. A lot of the kites resemble various animals and objects from nature, such as fish, birds and leaves.

There are even kites that have a musical instrument built into them called ‘guwang’. This is a bow that vibrates, making a low hum that travels far and wide.

The building of the kite is supervised by the village elders and the younger members do the hard work. When the work is completed, a truck picks up the kites and drives them the festival flying grounds on Padanggalak Beach, just north of Sanur. The kite flying group is usually a dozen boys and men and there are a few categories to enter into; ‘best launch’, ‘best design’ and ‘longest flight’. The Bali Kites Festival is open to local, national and international teams.

Image sourced from @balikitefestival on Instagram

During the months of the Bali Kites Festival, if you look up into the sky over Pandanggalak, you can see kites floating and flying all over the place. It looks like a Balinese procession you would see happening on the ground, but in the air instead. Besides the main event held on Pandanggalak Beach, there are side events happening all over the island during the festival period.

Image sourced from @balikitefestival on Instagram

Of course, depending on the weather, the dates may change, but for now, below are the various events and dates around the island:

 

Opening Ceremony: 3-5 July, Padanggalak Beach, Sanur

Closing Ceremony: 23-25 October Padanggalak Beach, Sanur

 

Pitik Kite Festival: 1-2 July, Pedungan, Denpasar

Dangin Peken Dhananjaya Cup Kite Festival: 22-23 July, Mertasari Beach, Sanur

Pelangi Gianyar Kite Competition: 31 July – 2 August, Padanggalak Beach, Sanur

Sanur Kite Competition: (Sanur Village Festival) 3-6 August, Mertasari Beach, Sanur

Denpasar Kite Competition: 7-9 August, Padanggalek Beach, Sanur

Biaung Kite Competition: 12-13 August, Padanggalek Beach, Sanur

Banjar Banjaran Kite Competition: 17 August, Abiansemal, Badung

Klungklung Kite Competition: 17 August, Klungklung, Pelangi

Denpasar Kite Competition: 19-20 August, Denpasar

Tanjung Kite Competition: 21-23 August, Sanur

Pelangi Badung Kite Competition: 2-3 September, Padanggalak Beach, Sanur

Penatih Kite Competition: 4-6 September, Penatih, Denpasar

Pelangi Tabanan Kite Competition: 9-10 September, Padanggalak Beach, Sanur

Peliatan Kite Competition: 9-10 September, Peliatan, Ubud

Ungasan Kite Competition: 11-13 September, Ungasan, Bukit Peninsula

Namaste Kite Club Kite Competition: 16-17 September, Padanggalak Beach, Sanur

Belega Kite Competition: 18-20 September, Belega, Gianyar

Ganeca Kite Competition: 23-24 September, Tabanan

Bekul Kite Competition: 30 September – 1 October, Padanggalak Beach, Sanur

Rockiller Kite Festival: 7-8 October, Padanggalak Beach, Sanur

LPM Kuta Kite Competition: 14-15 October, Kuta

Kukuh Kite Competition: 16-18 October, Marga, Tabanan

Batuyang Kite Competition: 21-22 October, Ubud

 

Check online every few weeks to stay up to date with any changing dates.



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