SIBU: The 12th Borneo Cultural Festival (BCF) from July 30 to Aug 8 has been scheduled to end on a Saturday for the sake of working people so that they do not have to wake up early the following day.
To be held at Sibu Town Square, BCF is a major event of Sibu Municipal Council (SMC).
SMC deputy chairman Dato Andrew Wong told a press conference yesterday that the decision to end the BCF on a Saturday was taken after considering feedback from the people. This year’s BCF, which goes by the same theme as last year’s which is `Beauty in Ethnic Diversity’, will begin with a parade at 6.30pm at Chuang Corridor on July 30.
Wong, who is the event organising chairman, said various activities had been drawn up for the four stages; namely the Chinese stage, Malay/Melanau stage, Youth Pavilion and Dayak stage.
The main stage will only be used on the final three nights with activities to include performances by 15 local troupes.
There will be local ethnic dance, modern children dance, zumba fitness dance, modern dance, mixture of Sarawak ethnic dances, Iban pop music and songs, belly dance, Chinese martial arts, group singing and so forth.
Performers include Bello Quartet Singing Group, Existing Crew, SM Wong Nai Siong, Sibu Martial Arts (Quan Shu) Association, One Dance Studio, Akar Nading, SMK Pakan, Sarikei, Swan Angel, BL Dancing Group, Sri Swangsa, Kusenitari, the Powertive, SJK Su Lai, SJK Rejang Park, Z-Factors and Hornland Dance Theatre.
Invited foreign troupes and Malaysian troupes from outside Sibu include West Malaysia’s Mahadeva, No Noise Percussion, and Elecoldxhot (street dance group); Indonesia’s Bamboo Community (IBC); India’s Rhythms International Folk Art Club; Taiwan’s Lan Yang Youth Catholic Centre; China’s Guang Ning Lion Dance martial arts group; and Korea’s K-pop and traditional performance from Geo-chang county. At the Town Square basement car park, there will be exhibitions of calligraphy works, photographs and paintings.
Meanwhile, Wong called for cooperation from the public when parking their vehicles in the vicinity of Town Square.
He said: “Throughout the event, we hope the public can refrain from indiscriminate parking within Town Square Phase I and that includes the road behind RH Hotel, which is Lane Sanyan 1 because the area will be very congested.”
He pointed out that the Rajang Port Authority (RPA) would open its parking lot for the public, and there would be extra parking bays at Town Square Phase II.
On Aug 1, the feeder road between Sanyan Building and the Town Square will be closed to vehicular traffic from 6am until late night for a car and bike show.
At Town Square Phase II, there will be a trade and funfair featuring 110 booths.