‘Festivals can become international events’


GIVE US YOUR SUPPORT: Wong (seated second right), Tiong (seated second left), Chen (seated left) and others show the poster of SIDF 2013.

SIBU: Sibu International Dance Festival (SIDF) and Borneo Cultural Festival (BCF) may be turned into international events with the public and corporate sector giving their support.

In saying this, Second Finance Minister Dato Sri Wong Soon Koh added there was no reason why SIDF and BCF could not be on par with the Rainforest World Music Festival (RWMF).

RWMF, he said, could draw spectators from 40 countries every year.

“The 3-night event has recorded some 24,000 spectators with 60 per cent of them being foreigners.

“To start off for BCF and SIDF, I hope it can be elevated to the national level and later on to international level.

“We can try to attract not only the locals but also international audiences including dance and music lovers. They can come in to share the joy of the event,” he told a press conference to announce the organising of SIDF 2013 on Wednesday.

Among those present were Sibu Municipal Council chairman Datuk Tiong Thai King, deputy chairman Daniel Ngieng and Sibu Hornland Dance Theatre (SHDT) director Chen Ing Kuan.

SIDF 2013 is scheduled for Aug 15-17 here, with SHDT as the coordinator and the council as supporter.

Chen said seven foreign dance troupes from Taiwan, Singapore, Thailand, China and Lithuania comprising 130 performers had confirmed their participation.

“They will be joined by six dance troupes from Kuala Lumpur, Johor and Sibu,” he said.

He said the troupes were Ku and Dancers and Tsoying High School from Taiwan, Wu Yue Dance Studio Arts and Frontier Danceland from Singapore, Thaksin University Songkla from Thailand, Guangzhou Art School from China, Papartelis from Lithuania, Geethashankaran from Kuala Lumpur, Foon Yew High School Ku Lai Dance Society and FY Dance Ensemble from Johor and from Sibu, SHDT, Sri Swangsa and Sibu Martial Art (Quan Shu) Association.

Tickets to SIDF Dance Concert at Sibu Civic Centre are priced at RM25 each.

“We will give RM10 discount to those who buy the tickets between now and July 14,” he said.

Tickets are available at Rejang Bookstore, Payung Cafe, Wen Hua Bookstore, Mambo, Sugarbun (Pedada Road branch), Blissful, Yu Chiong Foodstuff Distributor and Syarikat Great Wall.

Later at the press conference, Wong and Tiong presented donations of RM50,000 each to Kampung Datu/Kampung Hilir fire victims.

Wong represented Sibu Disaster Relief Committee while Tiong represented his company, Mafrica.

The donations were received by Temenggong Wan Hamid Edruce and Lembaga Amanah Kebajikan Islam Sibu (Lakis) chairman Hamden Merais.