‘Cap­i­tal of Is­lamic Cul­ture’ cul­mi­nates with grand cer­e­mony

Sup­port­ing cul­tural move­ment in Arab, Muslim worlds

Kuwait Times - - LOCAL -

KUWAIT:

Un­der the aus­pices of His High­ness the Amir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ah­mad Al-Jaber AlSabah, a grand cer­e­mony was held Thurs­day evening to mark the con­clu­sion of 800 events com­mem­o­rat­ing Kuwait as the Cap­i­tal of Is­lamic Cul­ture for 2016.

The cer­e­mony saw the is­suance of Kuwait dec­la­ra­tion in the pres­ence of His High­ness the Amir’s rep­re­sen­ta­tive the Min­is­ter of In­for­ma­tion and Min­is­ter of State for Youth Af­fairs Sheikh Sal­man Sabah Al-Hu­moud AlSabah and a num­ber of Arab min­is­ters of cul­ture and noted cul­tural fig­ures and am­bas­sadors. The cer­e­mony crowns a his­toric Is­lamic oc­ca­sion for Kuwait which con­tin­ues its role as a bea­con for cul­tural en­light­en­ment and hu­man­i­tar­ian ac­tion, Sec­re­tary-Gen­eral of Na­tional Coun­cil for Cul­ture, Arts and Let­ters (NCCAL) Ali Al-Youha said in his ad­dress to the gath­er­ing.

Cul­tural move­ment

He reaf­firmed the com­mit­ment of Kuwait, un­der the wise lead­er­ship of His High­ness the Amir, to sup­port­ing the cul­tural move­ment across the Arab and Muslim worlds, say­ing that Kuwait’s con­tri­bu­tions en­ti­tled the coun­try to its des­ig­na­tion as cap­i­tal of Ara­bic cul­ture in 2001 and once again in 2022. Youha ex­tolled His High­ness the Amir for his kind pa­tron­age of the cer­e­mony and His High­ness the Prime Min­is­ter Sheikh Jaber Al-Mubarak Al-Sabah for the ef­forts he made as chair­man of the higher na­tional com­mis­sion on cel­e­bra­tions.

He also thanked the Is­lamic Ed­u­ca­tional, Sci­en­tific and Cul­tural Or­ga­ni­za­tion (ISESCO) for se­lect­ing Kuwait as Cap­i­tal of Is­lamic Cul­ture 2016. “The 800 cul­tural events held over the last year gath­ered a galaxy of cul­tural celebri­ties from var­i­ous Arab and Muslim coun­tries in­clud­ing ISESCO Di­rec­tor-Gen­eral Dr Ab­du­laziz AlTuwi­jri,” he said.

“These events sig­naled Kuwait’s role as cen­ter of mod­er­ate thought and di­a­logue among peo­ple with dif­fer­ent cul­tures,” Youha added. He noted that ISESCO hon­or­ing of Sheikha Hessa Sabah Al-Salem Al-Sabah - the gen­eral su­per­vi­sor of Kuwait’s Dar Al-Athar AlIs­lamiyyah, rep­re­sents an hon­or­ing of the Kuwaiti Is­lamic cul­ture.

Joint ac­tion

Mean­while, ISESCO rep­re­sen­ta­tive Dr Obaid Al-Ha­jeri lauded Kuwait’s sup­port to the Is­lamic joint ac­tion in the cul­tural field and to the cul­tural pro­grams of the or­ga­ni­za­tion. “ISESCO selects the cap­i­tals of Is­lamic cul­ture based on ac­cu­rate stan­dards and the con­tri­bu­tions of the state par­ties to the or­ga­ni­za­tion,” he said in a speech on be­half of the ISESCO Di­rec­tor­Gen­eral. “Kuwait is a pros­per­ous lively city with flour­ished cul­ture which re­mained un­par­al­leled in the last decades,” Dr Al-Ha­jeri added.

Dur­ing the cer­e­mony, ISESCO awarded a shield to Sheikha Hessa in ap­pre­ci­a­tion of her ef­forts and the role of Dar Al-Athar Al-Is­lamiyya; her daugh­ter Sheikha Dana Nasser Al-Ah­mad Al-Sabah re­ceived the shield on her be­half.

The cer­e­mony fea­tured the screen­ing of a doc­u­men­tary on Kuwait’s cul­tural con­tri­bu­tions, a con­cert given by Kuwait and Arab singers and an op­eretta of­fered by the Syr­ian Anana troupe in col­lab­o­ra­tion with Kuwaiti artists. — KUNA

KUWAIT: A per­for­mance held dur­ing the con­clu­sion of 800 events com­mem­o­rat­ing Kuwait as the Cap­i­tal of Is­lamic Cul­ture for 2016. — KUNA

Min­is­ter of In­for­ma­tion and Min­is­ter of State for Youth Af­fairs Sheikh Sal­man Sabah AlHu­moud Al-Sabah and a num­ber of Arab min­is­ters of cul­ture at­tend the cer­e­mony.

A gen­eral view of the au­di­ence.

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