Kuwait Book Fair shows state sup­port to cul­ture: Min­is­ter

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KUWAIT: The Kuwait Book Fair is a cul­tural event that re­flects the state’s high in­ter­est in cul­ture, said In­for­ma­tion Min­is­ter and Min­is­ter of State for Youth Af­fairs and Chair­man of the Na­tional Coun­cil for Cul­ture, Arts and Let­ters (NCCAL) Sheikh Sal­man Sabah Al-Salem Al-Hu­moud Al-Sabah. The 40th Kuwait Book Fair is spon­sored by His High­ness the Prime Min­is­ter Sheikh Jaber AlMubarak Al-Ha­mad Al-Sabah, im­ply­ing the Premier’s staunch be­lief in the role of cul­ture in Kuwait, Sheikh Sal­man added in a press state­ment af­ter open­ing the event.

The Fair in­cludes many pav­il­ions where more than 500 pub­lish­ers are offering about 10,000 book ti­tles, the min­is­ter said. Sheikh Sal­man lauded youth ef­fec­tive par­tic­i­pa­tion in the fair with their writ­ings, as well as their or­ga­niz­ing ef­forts, ex­press­ing plea­sure to see many stu­dents at the fair.

The min­is­ter hoped that the fair would ful­fill its role for back­ing cul­ture in Kuwait, also through a mul­ti­tude of lec­tures on youth, tol­er­a­tion and mod­er­a­tion. Sheikh Sal­man thanked event of­fi­cials for their hard ef­forts, and wel­comed ex­hibitors from Arab and other friendly coun­tries for their par­tic­i­pa­tion.

Ma­jor event

In a sim­i­lar state­ment, NCCAL Sec­re­tary Gen­eral Ali Al-Yoha un­der­lined the im­por­tance of the event as one of the ma­jor Arab book fairs. He added that they are mark­ing the 40th an­niver­sary of the fair. Yoha noted that a huge sec­tion of the Kuwaiti so­ci­ety is in­ter­ested in read­ing, with a strong in­di­vid­ual pur­chas­ing power.

The fair in­cludes var­i­ous cul­tural ac­tiv­i­ties, cov­er­ing plas­tic art and pho­tog­ra­phy in ad­di­tion to dis­cus­sions on ma­jor is­sues, and po­et­i­cal and lit­er­ary events. Ac­cord­ing to the NCCAL of­fi­cial, the coun­cil’s strat­egy fo­cuses on en­cour­ag­ing chil­dren and the young to read. “We are look­ing for­ward to launch­ing a na­tional pro­gram for read­ing by next year in co­or­di­na­tion with the Min­istry of Ed­u­ca­tion,” he said.

Ara­bic lan­guage

Sheikh Sal­man had stated at the event’s in­au­gu­ra­tion that the Kuwaiti Book Fair is a sig­nif­i­cant cul­tural mark “on the Arab cul­tural map,” and af­firmed that hold­ing of the an­nual ex­hi­bi­tion “bol­sters our ef­forts to pro­mote the Ara­bic lan­guage and the read­ing cul­ture in the so­ci­ety.” “We are in bad need for boost­ing the cul­ture role for en­light­en­ing peo­ples vis-a-vis the ag­gres­sion of dark thoughts that ut­terly con­tra­dict tol­er­ance and the val­ues of re­li­gions and hu­man­ity,” he said.

United States Am­bas­sador Dou­glas Sil­li­man speaks to In­for­ma­tion Min­is­ter Sheikh Sal­man Al-Hu­moud Al-Sabah at the ex­hi­bi­tion.

Visi­tors check books on dis­play at the fair.

KUWAIT: In­for­ma­tion Min­is­ter Sheikh Sal­man Al-Hu­moud Al-Sabah (fourth from left) speaks dur­ing a press con­fer­ence fol­low­ing the in­au­gu­ra­tion of the 40th Kuwait Book Fair yes­ter­day. — Pho­tos by Yasser Al-Zayyat

In­for­ma­tion Min­is­ter Sheikh Sal­man Al-Hu­moud Al-Sabah tours the ex­hi­bi­tion with Saudi Am­bas­sador Ab­du­laziz Al-Fayez (left).

In­for­ma­tion Min­is­ter Sheikh Sal­man Al-Hu­moud Al-Sabah is seen with Am­bas­sador of the United Arab Emi­rates Rahma Al-Zaabi at the event.

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