‘Capital of Islamic Culture’ culminates with grand ceremony
Supporting cultural movement in Arab, Muslim worlds
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.
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.
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.