Clos­ing cer­e­mony af­firmed Kuwait’s cul­tural mes­sage: Info Min­is­ter

Kuwait de­picts ‘bright im­age’ as Is­lamic Cul­tural Cap­i­tal: ISESCO

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His High­ness the Amir’s pa­tron­iza­tion of the cer­e­mony mark­ing con­clu­sion of the fes­tiv­i­ties for des­ig­nat­ing the State of Kuwait as the Cap­i­tal of Is­lamic Cul­ture af­firms the higher lead­er­ship’s ar­dent ad­vo­cacy of cul­ture and its role for the com­mu­nity’s progress, the Min­is­ter of In­for­ma­tion said.

Sheikh Sal­man Sabah Al-Salem AlHu­moud Al-Sabah, the Min­is­ter of State for Youth Af­fairs, ex­pressed in a state­ment deep con­grat­u­la­tions to His High­ness the Amir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ah­mad Al-Jaber AlSabah, His High­ness the Crown Prince Sheikh Nawaf Al-Ah­mad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah and His High­ness the Prime Min­is­ter Sheikh Jaber Al-Ha­mad Al-Sabah who dou­bled as chair­man of the steer­ing com­mit­tee, for the cer­e­mony’s suc­cess that af­firmed Kuwait’s high-es­teem cul­tural mes­sage. His High­ness the Amir ear­lier this week pa­tron­ized the cul­mi­nat­ing fes­tiv­ity, cap­ping a string of ac­tiv­i­ties, work­shops, artis­tic and poetic events for cel­e­brat­ing the coun­try’s des­ig­na­tion.

Elab­o­rat­ing, Min­is­ter Sheikh Sal­man Sabah Al-Salem said “se­lect­ing Kuwait as the Cap­i­tal of Is­lamic Cul­ture 2016 was tan­ta­mount to in­ter­na­tional recog­ni­tion of the sig­nif­i­cant Kuwaiti cul­tural mes­sage; such a mes­sage goes deep into his­tory and crosses bor­ders en­light­en­ing na­tions and com­mu­ni­ties.

Golden age

The Kuwaiti cul­ture, nowa­days, is in its golden age due to the un­lim­ited sup­port from the supreme Kuwaiti lead­er­ship, he said, laud­ing year-long cre­ative and se­ri­ous ac­tiv­i­ties un­der chair­man­ship of His High­ness the Premier.

He ex­pressed sat­is­fac­tion for host­ing cul­tural min­is­ters from other coun­tries in the Amir-spon­sored clos­ing event, adding that the ac­tiv­i­ties af­firmed the Kuwaiti Arab and Is­lamic cul­tural iden­tity as well as its in­ter­ac­tion with na­tions of diver­gent civ­i­liza­tions and cul­tures. Such a vi­sion­ary ap­proach at this level had been af­firmed by His High­ness the Amir at the United Na­tions in 2008 dur­ing the civ­i­liza­tions and re­li­gions’ sum­mit.

Par­tic­i­pa­tion of a large num­ber of per­son­al­i­ties and del­e­ga­tions from the other na­tions in the clos­ing fes­ti­val boosted val­ues of com­pas­sion, brother­hood, open­ness and co-ex­is­tence among na­tions, as well as bol­stered the ap­proach to re­nounce ex­trem­ism and ter­ror­ism, he con­tin­ued.

More than 800 ac­tiv­i­ties had been held dur­ing the year-long cel­e­bra­tions, he said, sin­gling out as a dis­tin­guished achieve­ment in­au­gu­ra­tion of Sheikh Jaber Al-Ah­mad Cul­tural Cen­ter. He also in­di­cated at the hon­or­ing of Al-Azhar Sheikh Dr Ah­mad AlTayeb by His High­ness the Amir, and ISESCO’s hon­or­ing of the Gen­eral Su­per­vi­sor Dar Al-Athar Al-Is­lamiyah Sheikha Hessa Sabah Al-Salem Al-Sabah.

Bright im­age

Mean­while, ISESCO’s Chief said that Kuwait has shown a ‘bright im­age’ of the Is­lamic Cul­tural Cap­i­tal con­cept, which strength­ened the or­ga­ni­za­tion’s ob­jec­tives. Kuwait car­ried out a num­ber of cul­tural events “which have given the con­cept of Is­lamic Cul­tural Cap­i­tals a deep mean­ing and a bright im­age of the way a Is­lamic cul­tural cap­i­tal should cel­e­brate cul­tural achieve­ments,” Ab­du­laziz Al-Tuwai­jri, ISESCO Di­rec­tor Gen­eral, said.

Tuwai­jri said ISESCO was fol­low­ing the cul­tural ac­tiv­i­ties held by Kuwait through­out the year, which suprassed a record 800 events. ISESCO, he added, had also im­ple­mented a num­ber of ac­tiv­i­ties and pro­grams, like an in­ter­na­tional sem­i­nar about cul­tural her­itage, the use of tech­nol­ogy in mu­se­ums and a con­fer­ence on an­tiq­ui­ties.

Tuwai­jri said Kuwait City has flour­ished in the past six decades, and has seen tremen­dous cul­tural de­vel­op­ment. Kuwait, he went on to say, con­trib­uted largely to ed­u­ca­tion, cul­ture, sci­ence, lit­er­a­ture, knowl­edge, art, pub­li­ca­tion and hu­man life in gen­eral. —KUNA

The daugh­ter of Sheikha Hessa Sabah Al-Salem Al-Sabah, Gen­eral Su­per­vi­sor Dar Al-Athar Al-Is­lamiyah, re­ceives ISESCO’s hon­or­ing on be­half of her mother.

A per­for­mance held dur­ing the ‘Kuwait Cap­i­tal of Is­lamic Cul­ture’ ac­tiv­i­ties.

A scene from a per­for­mance held as part of the ‘Kuwait Cap­i­tal of Is­lamic Cul­ture’ ac­tiv­i­ties.

Min­is­ter of In­for­ma­tion and Min­is­ter of State for Youth Af­fairs Sheikh Sal­man Sabah Al-Salem Al-Sabah

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