The Brunei International Flower Show 2019 (BIFS) kicked off with a sea of blossoms on Wednesday graced by Her Majesty Duli Raja Isteri Pengiran Anak Hajah Saleha who officiated the ceremony at Rimba Garden Central (RGC) in Kg Rimba.
The launch of Brunei’s first international flower festival was organised in conjunction with Her Majesty’s 73rd birthday, featuring hundreds of flowers and plants from the sultanate and beyond.
The venue was awash with the aroma of tropical blooms as horticulturists from Malaysia, Thailand, Vietnam, China and Taiwan participated in the flower show, dazzling spectators with their most vibrant and breathtaking blooms.
“Among the objectives of establishing the BIFS 2019 is to increase the number of tourists coming to Brunei through the development of better and more attractive tourism products,” said the Minister of Primary Resources and Tourism Yang Berhormat Dato Seri Setia Hj Ali Apong.
He added that the flower show is also meant to encourage increased productivity within the nation’s floriculture industry, to better contribute towards the sultanate’s GDP through exposing the stakeholders to technology and innovations that have been adopted by our regional counterparts.
“We hope that the BIFS will become an annual event that will be included in Brunei’s calendar of events and grow to become a prestigious occasion that will gather more local and international horticultural players,” the minister said.
The ceremony then proceeded with Her Majesty’s consent in officially launching the event which was followed Her Majesty touring the venue which included the greenhouse and floral exhibitions held in the main building as well as the deck area.
Accompanying Her Majesty was Her Royal Highness Paduka Seri Pengiran Anak Isteri Pengiran Anak Sarah along with other members of the Royal family.
Her Majesty and the Royal entourage then continued their tour towards the waterfall and waterwheel area of RGC witnessing live art and musical performances along with gardening activities by students.
Holding the theme ‘Brunei in Bloom’, the flower show will be a five-day event filled with a variety of activities such as horticultural talks and workshops, floral installations and exhibitions, a farmer’s market as well as a slew of fun games and crafts aimed at kids.
The Brunei International Flower Show 2019 is open to the public until Sunday, October 27 from 8 am to 9 pm.
Members of the public can check out their Instagram @bruneiflowershow for the full schedule of talks and activities happening throughout the week.
The Bruneian | BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN