THE Sarawak Tourism, Creative Industry and Performing Arts Ministry has given out a total of RM1.284mil of the Facilitation Fund for Heritage, Arts, and Culture to 22 applicants for the first eight months of this year.
“In Sibu, we have received and approved four applications. As for Sarikei, we have received and approved one application thus far,” said its Deputy Minister Datuk Snowdan Lawan.
“There are no applications yet from Song, Kanowit and Kapit. Hence, we encourage industry players to apply for this aid,” he said.
Speaking at a town hall session organised by the ministry, he said the funds were for a range of programmes and activities that contribute to the development of Sarawak’s arts, crafts and heritage.
Touching on the town hall, Snowdan said that it was the fourth in a series organised by the Tourism, Creative Industry and Performing Arts Ministry throughout Sarawak.
He said that the first was held in Kota Samarahan on Feb 25, followed by Miri on March 18 and Bintulu on Aug 12.
“Through these town hall sessions, we hope to get input or comments on how we can further develop and take Sarawak’s creative industry to a higher level,” he said.
He also viewed an exhibition held in conjunction with the town hall session.
Among those present were the ministry’s Permanent Secretary Datuk Sherrina Hussaini, Sarikei resident Michael Ronnie Langgong and Sarawak Arts Council chief executive officer Dayang Mariana Abang Bolhassan.