Kites of various sizes and types from across Indonesia adorned the skies of Parangkusumo Beach in Bantul, Yogyakarta, on Aug. 27 as part of the two-day 2016 National Kite Festival held by the Indonesian Kite Creators Association [Perkalin]. Forty-five kite clubs participated in the event, in which the winner received the King's Cup from Yogyakarta's Sri Sultan Hamengkubuwono X.
Since the event launched in 2013, it has seen growing participation from kite clubs across the country. The festival not only serves as a competition and tourist attraction but it also provides knowledge to the younger generation.
The theme of this year's festival was "Archipelagic Kites Establishing Togetherness in Diversity". The theme was chosen so that the festival would not only be perceived as an art and cultural event but also as an event that promotes togetherness in diversity.
The organizing committee divided participants into five categories: traditional, two dimensional, three dimensional, rokkaku kite and dragon kite. The various categories aimed to encourage participants to be innovative in their kite creations by including special elements from their respective regions. [rin]