Deputy Minister advocates for international performing arts centre in Sibu

Tiang (fifth right) and other guests pop the confetti to declare open the Rejang Riverside Festival at Rejang Esplanade on March 30, 2024.

By William Isau

SIBU, March 31: An international performing arts centre has been proposed to enhance the town’s arts industry.

Deputy Minister of Local Government Datuk Michael Tiang has expressed his intention to present the idea to the Sarawak government, with the support of the Sibu Municipal Council (SMC).

He emphasised that enhancing the arts industry would also positively impact other sectors, such as tourism and local businesses.

“In Kuching, plans are underway to repurpose the old State Legislative Assembly into a new performing arts centre which would provide a platform for our local artists.

“Therefore, I believe Sibu similarly requires such a centre, and I am confident that SMC shares this vision. I will propose this concept to the Sarawak government for serious consideration, making it our primary objective,” he said at the Rejang Riverside Festival at Rejang Esplanade here last night (March 30).

Meanwhile, the Pelawan assemblyman commended the efforts of Hornland Dance Theatre (HDT), led by Chen Ing Kuan, for organising the festival to offer a platform for local artists to showcase their talents.

“HDT has actively organised various performing arts events for the past 30 years since its establishment in 1995.

“Your dedication and passion for this industry, your commitment to the performing arts, truly resonate with many,” he acknowledged.

Tiang expressed his trust that under Chen’s leadership, HDT would continue to train and nurture new dancers, elevate performing arts in Sibu, and spotlight local artists nationally and internationally. — DayakDaily