PUBLIC PERFORMANCES ORDINANCE

Arrangement of Sections

1. Short title.

2. Interpretation.

3. Power of Minister to make rules for the regulation of public performances.

3A. Prohibition of holding of carnival without licence.

3B. Prohibition of gambling in premises where carnivals are held, and of lotteries in connection with such carnivals.

3C. Power of focal authority to make by-laws for the regulation of carnivals.

4. Penalty for offences against ordinance.

5. Sections 3 and 4 not to apply in Municipal areas.

6. Certification of performances as suitable for public exhibition.

7. Reference to the order of a certifying authority in advertisements relating to a film.

7 of 1912,

7 of 1919,

23 of 1951,

40 of 1961,

26 of 1964,

11 of 1969.

AN ORDINANCE to make provision for the better regulation of public performances and carnivals, and for matters connected therewith or incidental thereto.

[Am by s 2 of Act 11 of 1969.]

[Date of Commencement: 24th May, 1912]

1. Short title.

This Ordinance may be cited as the Public Performances Ordinance.

2. Interpretation.

In this Ordinance, unless the context otherwise requires—

"carnival” includes any fete, fancy fair, and any other similar entertainment to which the public are admitted, whether on payment or otherwise, but does not include any public performance;

[Subs by s 3 of Act 40 of 1961.]

"cinema” means any place ordinarily used for the exhibition of pictures or optical effects by means of a cinematograph, magic lantern, or other similar apparatus;

[Ins by s 3 of Act 11 of 1969.]

"club” means anybody of persons, whether corporate or unincorporate, associated together for a common purpose;

[Ins by s 3 of Act 11 of 1969.]

"local authority” includes any Urban Council, Town Council, or Village Council; and

[Subs by s 3 of Act 40 of 1961.]

"public performance” includes—

(a) every public dramatic representation;

(b) every exhibition of pictures or optical effects by means of a cinematograph, magic lantern, or other similar apparatus;

(c) every exhibition of dancing, conjuring, juggling, or acrobatic performances, every boxing contest, circus, concert, or other stage entertainment,

but does not include any carnival or any performance on private premises to which the public are not admitted whether on payment or otherwise.

[Subs by s 3 of Act 40 of 1961.]

3. Power of Minister to make rules for the regulation of public performances.

(1) The Minister may make rules for the regulation of public performances, and in particular, without prejudice to the generality of the power so granted, for the following purposes—

(a) for the issue of licences for buildings or erections to be used for public performances, or for any particular public performance, and for the withdrawal, suspension, or modification of the conditions of such licences;

(b) for the payment of fees for such licences;

(c) for the regulation of the character of public performances;

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