The cul­ture of art

Kuwait Times - - FROM THE ARABIC PRESS - By Ner­min Al-Houti

Ihave writ­ten and com­mented many times that our so­ci­eties do not have the cul­ture of many forms of art, the first of which is opera. I wrote over many years and months about how to build an opera house and re­vive this no­ble art in our so­ci­ety, most of whose mem­bers do not have an opera cul­ture. Many got an­gry with what I wrote, many at­tacked my di­a­logues and some thought that my words are pes­simistic. Calls are get­ting louder and knives are sharp­ened against or­ga­niz­ers of cel­e­bra­tions held at malls and other gath­er­ings. They say art be­longs to other cul­tures, so why do you want an opera house?

To­day I re­peat and re­mind de­ci­sion mak­ers to change con­cepts and smash the rock-hard molds of the con­cept of cul­ture and arts. For ex­am­ple, when Kuwait was cho­sen as the Is­lamic Cul­tural Cap­i­tal this year, it was a must that the mean­ing of Is­lamic cul­ture should have been taught to some of our so­ci­ety mem­bers. What does the choice of Kuwait mean? And what are the arts that will be pre­sented on this oc­ca­sion?

All what I men­tioned should have been done ear­lier through schools and uni­ver­si­ties, news­pa­pers, ra­dio and TV pro­grams in or­der to pave the way for this his­toric event and sow the seeds of art and cul­ture pre­sented through this cul­tural fes­ti­val. Yet some of us in the so­ci­ety do not have the cul­ture of art. I tell all those who hold their swords against opera: What do you know about this art? And what are your mer­its re­gard­ing cul­tural re­la­tions be­tween coun­tries?

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