The culture of art
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?