SIBU, Sarawak state, Malaysia July 29 (NNN-Bernama) — The central Sarawak’s annual and biggest tourism attraction, the Borneo Cultural Festival or BCF, has all the potentials to grow even bigger.
State Tourism, Art, Culture, Youth and Sports Minister Datuk Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah said it had after all been organised very successfully for the past 15 years here.
A week-long festival dedicated to showcasing the many diverse local and foreign cultures, it has now became a very popular and much anticipated cultural entertainment festival.
“BCF can grow as big as the state’s top tourism do, the Rainforest World Music Festival (RWMF) in Kuching, which is now a recognised international attraction, he said when officiating at the closing of BCF here at the Sibu Town Square.
He said BCF could reach such a stage by continuing to exploit and fine tune its presentations of the many unique local culture besides inviting foreign performers,”
Abdul Karim said the three-day RWMF took many years to become a top notch international festival.
He said its 21st edition early this month had attracted around 22,000 spectators of whom 30 per cent were foreigners.
Although organising the BCF was expensive, he said its organiser, the Sibu Municipal Council, should not be intimidated as his ministry would assist in holding the annual event.
Entertainment aspects aside, the BCF too is capable of giving good returns to the local economy, he added.
Last night invited troupes from China, Indonesia and Thailand were among those performing.
Source: NAM News Network