The Wings of KKB 2020 has been postponed or cancelled due to the Covid-19 or Coronavirus pandemic that has put Malaysia in a Movement Control Order (MCO) since mid of March till 12th of May.
This also means that all Malaysia bird watching festivals and events have been cancelled for this year as instructed by the Malaysian government and Tourism Malaysia.
Wings of KKB
This event also goes by other names such as the Selangor International Bird Race, Pesta Sayap KKB which is translated from the Malay language, and also the Selangor International Birds Fair.
First of all, I think it is rather confusing to have multiple names for just one event and right now it is still called as all three until the organisers decide on just one name.
This bird watching event and festival has been around for a number of years and has been organized by Tourism Selangor and the district council of Hulu Selangor.
The objective of having it as an international bird race was supposed to attract foreign visitors to particpate. However, over the years, the international marketing for this event did not do well.
A quick strategy was created to keep the number of visitors and particpants up and inviting the local schools to particpate was one of the quick fixes that was done.
Now the Wings of KKB draws roughly around a thousand particpants or less visitors to their yearly event which is held in two locations – One at the Selangor Heritage Park and the other at the town of Kuala Kubu Bharu.
A number of years ago, the event was finished at a third location which was Awana Genting, but due to certain issues, some of the sponsors had stopped and Awana Genting was removed from the venues.
If you take a look at the official poster below, you will also notice some grammar errors, which I believe was done inhouse. I have to say this because if we want to look good in outside of Malaysia, we need to fix these errors.
This means that apart from just having an event to reach the KPI, I would put more focus on re-branding this event into a proper one, starting with the use of correct grammar, especially if you want to attract foreigners.
When is the next Wings of KKB event?
While the main website for this event states that is is postponed to a later date, but in reality, I think that the event would be just cancelled and done again next year for Wings of KKB 2021.
If the organisers decide on having this event at a later time this year, there would definitely be fear of the public or particpants attending this bird festival in Selangor.
Wings of KKB 2020
Date: 10 to 12 April, 2020
Venue: Kuala Kubu Bharu & Selangor Heritage Park
Notice: Event Postponed due to Covid-19 Pandemic
Personally, I hope the organisers do consider the crucial decision to just let 2020 go by and have the Wings of KKB 2021 instead. This way, we can let nature enjoy having some peace and privacy for an entire year.
Till then, we all hope for the best for the following year in this event and hoping that more students will show interest in birds and nature by particpating at the Wings of KKB festival in Selangor.