Kuwait be­lieves in theater's role in de­vel­op­ment: Min­is­ter

Kuwait Times - - LOCAL -

Min­is­ter of In­for­ma­tion Sheikh Sal­man Al-Sabah said yes­ter­day that Kuwait "gen­uinely be­lieves" in im­por­tance of theater's role in de­vel­op­ment and cul­tural progress. Sheikh Sal­man, also Min­is­ter of State for Youth Af­fairs and Pres­i­dent of the Na­tional Coun­cil for Cul­ture, Art and Let­ters (NCCAL), said Kuwait gov­ern­ment has pre­pared an am­bi­tious plan to pro­mote role of theater.

Speak­ing at the in­au­gu­ra­tion of Kuwait's 17th Theater Fes­ti­val, Sheikh Sal­man said the gov­ern­ment planned to mod­ern­ize ex­ist­ing the­aters, as well as build­ing new ones in the six gov­er­norates. He said the open­ing of Sheikh Jaber Al-Ah­mad Cul­tural Cen­ter, which he de­scribed as a "cul­tural and artis­tic icon," would con­trib­ute to cul­tural de­vel­op­ment in Kuwait. Sheikh Sal­man said the gov­ern­ment was ea­ger to pro­mote role of theater, thus formed a higher com­mit­tee for the­aters aimed at de­vel­op­ing the mes­sage con­veyed by the theater, cou­pled with other ef­forts to dis­cover new play writ­ers.

He said the Theater Fes­ti­val would con­trib­ute to spread­ing the cul­ture of di­ver­sity, tol­er­ance and ac­cept­ing of the oth­ers. Many play writ­ers, ac­tors, ac­tresses and di­rec­tors were hon­ored dur­ing the open­ing cer­e­mony of the fes­ti­val. The fes­ti­val, to con­clude on De­cem­ber 21, would fea­ture seven plays all vy­ing for the best play award. — KUNA

KUWAIT: Min­is­ter of In­for­ma­tion Sheikh Sal­man Al-Sabah inaugurates Kuwait’s 17th Theater Fes­ti­val. — KUNA

A the­atri­cal dis­play held dur­ing the fes­ti­val.

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