Closing ceremony affirmed Kuwait’s cultural message: Info Minister
Kuwait depicts ‘bright image’ as Islamic Cultural Capital: ISESCO
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.
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.
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