The 3rd Putrajaya International Hot Air Balloon Fiesta 2011 is being held from the 17th to the 20th of March 2011 at Monument Alaf Baru at Precinct 2 in Putrajaya, Malaysia. The theme for this year’s event is 1 World, 1 Malaysia and 1 Fiesta which is in line with the Dato' Sri Haji Mohd Najib bin Tun Haji Abdul Razak, Prime Minister of Malaysia 1Malaysia campaign.
This event features 27 balloonists from 13 countries including Vietnam taking part for the first time. Some of the hot air balloons that spectators can expect to see again this year include the famous floating ‘head’ of Darth Vader from Belgium, an upside down hot air balloon from the Netherlands, a tree trunk together with birds perched on it as well as a clown hot air balloon also from the Netherlands. Some of the balloonists that are participating in this event include Alain Claude from France, who has been a Balloon Pilot for 10 years, Frank Wecther from the United States of America, who has experience flying hot air balloons for 35 years. This year’s event will also feature a display of hot air balloons glowing like light bulbs followed by a fireworks display on the night of 19th March.
Photographers, professional and amateurs alike, are given the chance to get close to the hot air balloons during the inflation from 7.45am-815am and in the evening from 5.45pm-615pm.
From Thailand by Mr. Rapee Kornkosiyakart
Rapee Kornkosiyakart (from Thailand) - Star balloon
Daan Elfrin (From Netherlands) - Upside down balloon
Adrian Held (From Switzerland) - Your Jet Balloon