By Rosli Mansor
The Ipoh City Council is currently working hard to get the UNESCO Creative City Network (UCCN) recognition by the end of next year.
Datuk Bandar Ipoh, Dato’ Rumaizin Baharin @ Md Daud said UCCN recognition is one of the targets in the Greater Ipoh Regional Tourism Branding Action Plan 2025.
“We have received permission from the Federal Government through the Ministry of Tourism and all activity reports must be completed and to be sent to the United Nations Cultural and Scientific Organization (UNESCO) before 30 June 2023.
“In order to realise that wish, artistic and creative activities must always grow in the city of Ipoh. If all goes well, it is likely that UCCN recognition will be obtained in November 2023.
“In addition to environmental factors, artistic and creative activities should be seen through the perspective of society and quality infrastructure within the group itself,” he told Ipoh Echo after the Battle Of The Buskers final competition at Lorong Seni @ Lorong Panglima today.
A total of five busker groups competed and the champion was the Gringgo n Friends group who took home RM1,000 in cash; runner-up was Pocket Buskers who won RM700, third was Non-Stop Buskers who won RM300, fifth were The Angelique with RM200 and sixth were Bukhari with RM100. The best performance went to the Non-Stop Buskers group, who received a trophy.
Also present was, Councilor and Chairman of the MBI Tourism Committee, Dato’ Ahmad Hariri Kamarudin.
At the same time, Rumaizi responded to several complaints from Lorong Seni traders who stated that public response to Lorong Seni was less encouraging due to short business hours.
“The council actually does not limit the business hours as set until 1.00 in the afternoon. It is up to the traders themselves to continue the business after the set time. Any request from the traders can be considered,” he said.