‘Festival an international platform for the arts’


(From front fifth left) Hii, Lau, Chen and Rogayah jointly cut a ribbon to launch the festival.

SIBU: The annual Sibu International Dance Festival (SIDF) has become an international platform for the arts.

Temenggong Dato Vincent Lau said dancers and organisations can connect on local, regional and international levels to share concepts, experiment, and explore different styles and genres of dance.

“The dance performances featured by 17 teams from 13 countries and regions that will unfold both indoors and outdoors in the next few days are undoubtedly a grand cultural event and are truly looked forward to by the residents and guests of Sibu.

“Besides showcasing the essence of our unique arts and culture while promoting tourism through this festival, this is also the perfect occasion for Sibu people from all walks of life to come together and simply enjoy a feast for the eyes,” he said when opening of the sixth SIDF on Tuesday.

He added that the language of the dance is easily understood and clear to everyone.

“It demonstrates traditions and customs, helps to convey emotions and experiences, it is also an expression of freedom and inspiration,” he said.

Among those present were Sibu Resident Hii Chang Kee, Sibu Municipal Council (SMC) deputy chairwoman Rogayah Jamain, and SIDF 2017 director Chen Ing Kuan.

The festival, which runs until Saturday (Sept 2), is jointly organised by Sibu Hornland Dance Theatre, Sarawak Tourism Board, and SMC.