Putrajaya to host hot air balloon fiesta for 10th time

British hot air balloon festivals may still seem a long way off, but events continue to be held across the globe. At the end of March, the Malaysian city Putrajaya will host its 10th international hot air balloon fiesta.

In addition to featuring 20 hot air balloons from 14 countries, other aviation sports will also be represented at the event.

A new attraction this year will be a balloon ‘igloo’ that has been made from recycled hot air balloons by Jordi Enrique, a Spanish artist. This will host a three-hour light and motion show on the weekend evenings, starting at 7pm.

During the event, each morning will begin with balloonists participating in a competition named ‘Rudy’s Trophy’ after the fiesta’s late co-founder and chairman Captain Khairudin Abd Rani. As part of the competition, a nominated ‘hare’ balloon will take off first before the ‘hound’ balloons take off in pursuit. The objective for the hounds is to drop a marker as close as possible to a large piece of fabric laid down by the hare.

Other entertainment includes the opportunity to take a tethered hot air balloon ride, as well as a free-flying hot air balloon ride for the first time ever at the event. This year’s event will also see the return of the night glow event, where hot air balloons illuminate the night sky in time with music.

The event will be free to attend and will take place from March 28 to March 31 at Precinct 2 in Putrajaya, Malaysia.

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