Center to promote the development of performing arts

Kuching: The upcoming Performing Arts Center is set to become an internationally recognized arena for performing arts activities in Sarawak.

Minister of Tourism, Creative Industries and Performing Arts Datuk Seri Abdul Karim Rahman Hamza said the establishment of Sarawak’s own performing arts center will foster the growth and development of the performing arts industry in the state.

“Therefore, the need to renovate and upgrade the old DUN building is very important to meet the needs of art lovers in Sarawak, as there is currently no dedicated space for this purpose.”

“The center will also provide facilities for artists and young people to develop their interests and talents in the creative and performing arts.

“The scope of the project includes converting the old Sarawak National Assembly (DUN) building into a theater hall, studio theatre, multi-purpose hall, black box room and other related facilities,” he said.

He said this at the performing arts center project site launch and handover ceremony held at the Old DUN Building here on Thursday (May 2).

Abdul Karim further added that the project, which has a total cost of approximately RM250 million, will involve experts in components such as audio, video, sound, lighting and state-of-the-art stage systems.

“The center will be equipped with world-class technology aimed at attracting international arts enthusiasts to organize performing arts activities in Sarawak, thereby indirectly putting Sarawak on the world stage. will be equipped.

“This project also involves the very specialized field of acoustics and acoustics. And not many people are familiar with this field. This is why we are bringing in experts from the United States.” he said.

Abdul Karim added that after its completion in 2027, the performing arts center will be handed over to the Sarawak Arts Council (MSS) to enhance development programs and arts activities in Sarawak.

These programs include a variety of art forms such as music, dance, vocals, and theatrical performance; visual arts such as painting, sculpture, and murals; literary works such as poetry, language, and prose; and animation, videography, and social art. Contains virtual art. media.

Additionally, he said the ministry is actively promoting the development of creative industries by organizing town hall sessions across all sectors in Sarawak.

“So far, the ministry has held town hall sessions in Kuching, Samarahan, Sibu, Bintulu and Miri districts, and sessions for other sectors will be held soon.

“These sessions are aimed at sharing information and stakeholder aspirations regarding the direction of the creative industries in Sarawak, as well as promoting initiatives and programs related to the creative industries implemented by my ministry. ” he said.

Sarawak State Assembly Speaker Tan Sri Datuk Amar Mohamad Asfia Awang Nassar, Deputy Minister of Tourism, Creative Industries and Performing Arts Datuk Sebastian Tin and Datuk Snowdan Lawang were also present.

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