SIBU: The Sibu International Dance Festival (SIDF) has opened up the world in terms of dance for Sibu folk.
Second Minister of Finance Dato Sri Wong Soon Koh said the festival is an extravaganza that allows locals to watch foreign dance troupes perform.
“And it’s SIDF that brings dancers from various corners of the globe to converge on Sibu town,” he said during a welcoming reception for participants on Tuesday.
Describing music and dance as a universal language, he said there are no barriers although the performers are from different parts of the globe.
SIDF is organised by Hornland Dance Theatre with the support of the Sibu Municipal Council.
SIDF director Chen Ing Kuan said Sibu is still a fledgeling in terms of the development of dance.
He said local dancers had a lot to learn from their international counterparts and stressed the importance of SIDF to broaden the horizons of local dancers.
This year’s festival involves some 200 dancers from 18 dance troupes from countries such as the United States, Ghana, South Korea, Indonesia, Cambodia, Japan and India.