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Self-classification for arts shows kicks off in July

But some practitioners are sceptical about the term licensing scheme

Published on May 13, 2014 8:27 AM
 
From July onwards, some performing arts companies will no longer have to apply to the Media Development Authority (MDA) for a licence before staging each production. -- FILE PHOTO: LEE WUSHU ARTS THEATRE 

From July onwards, some performing arts companies will no longer have to apply to the Media Development Authority (MDA) for a licence before staging each production.

A pilot run of the Arts Term Licensing Scheme will kick in, through which arts groups can give their own age-appropriate ratings for shows, in accordance with MDA's content guidelines.

However, the announcement was met with scepticism from some theatre practitioners, who felt there was no actual liberalisation but the status quo being upheld in a different form.

Members of the public are invited to give their views on the scheme, which is set to roll out fully early next year. It is part of the proposed amendments to the Public Entertainments and Meetings Act, which regulates all public entertainment, from fashion shows to poetry recitals.

 
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