“A bigger and better cultural festival in Sibu next year”

The annual Borneo Cultural Festival in Sarawak next year is expected to be bigger and grander.

Speaking at the opening of the event, Sibu City Council Chairman Clarence Ting said the local council is expected to start preparations in November this year.

“I want to tell our advisers that we should start preparing for it in November because if we do it next year it will be too late.

“We should make it bigger and grander next year,” Ting said.

He said this year’s BCF, July 18-23, was too short – just six days compared to previous durations of 10 days to two weeks.

“In January, we originally planned the BCF for only five days because we weren’t sure if foreign artists could come and participate due to the Covid-19 pandemic restriction,” he said.

Ting also said that a tribute should be paid to former Sibu MP Datuk Robert Lau Hoi Chew for starting the BCF in 2003 when he was then Sibu council chairman.

BCF was originally known as Pesta Sibu before undergoing several name changes, such as Millennium Celebration and Borneo Tribal Extravaganza.

Sarawak Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri, Dr Sim Kui Hian, who launched the festival, said BCF has huge potential to become an international cultural event with the help of the Ministry of Tourism, Industry Creative and Performing Arts and the Ministry of Tourism, Art and Culture.

“BCF’s growth has gone hand in hand with the development of the city of Sibu. It is the most iconic event and the highlight of Sibu’s tourism event calendar,” said Dr Sim.

Darcy J. Skinner