Sibu riverfront bistros may be allowed to host live shows

Ting (centre) with Gan (second from left) and other officials at the conference launch.

Sibu Municipal Council in Sarawak is looking at designating the riverfront and old town as areas where bistros can host live performances.

Speaking at the Borneo Tribal Music Festival Exchange Conference, council chairman Clarence Ting said currently, there was no licence that would allow bistros to host live performances.

There have been live performances around the town and these premises are in trouble with the police, he noted.

“So the council would like to earmark the riverfront and old town for bistros and we will give them licence for live performances,” he added.

Ting said residents had been complaining to the local council about loud music from live performances as a number of bistros were located near residential areas.

“Live performances are not allowed inside a bistro. But we would like to legalise these once all bistros are relocated to a proper place such as the riverfront,” he disclosed.

He also said the council was looking at a few areas where busking could be conducted.

“Presently, there is no proper place for buskers.

“After two years of the Covid-19 pandemic, we are seeing more young people becoming street performers,” he said.

Ting said the council was taking such measures as busking encourages youths to showcase their talents besides enlivening the town.

Meanwhile, La Vie Event & Management managing director Wilfred Gan, who was organising chairman of the two-day music festival, said the event was held to promote local traditional music and boost tourism. — By ANDY CHUA

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