Kuwait is keen on taking part in the 17th Carthage Theatre Days (JTC) despite difficult circumstances surrounding the region, especially when Arab cultural heritage has become a target for threats and systematic vandalism, a Kuwaiti cultural official confirmed Saturday.
The National Council for Culture, Arts and Letters (NCCAL) stressed the importance of participating in this year's edition with a high-level delegation, reflecting Kuwaiti authorities' keen interest in arts, particularly theatre which is an important factor in raising awareness among societies, as well as changing and developing people, Dr. Bader Al-Duwaish, NCCAL's Assistant Secretary-General for Cultural Affairs, stated to KUNA.
The Kuwaiti delegation will use the festival to bolster bilateral cooperation and cultural exchange, Al-Duwaish said, pointing out JTC importance as an opportunity to meet other cultures and get acquainted with Tunisia's theatre movement, which is a pioneering and had a significant influence on theatres in the Arab World.
He also pointed out to a number of Tunisian theatre figures who contributed to the development of the Kuwaiti theatre, including Al-Moncef Al-Sanousi who directed the Kuwaiti play "Bye Bye London," which was written by Nabil Badran of Egypt and starring Abdulhussein Abdulredha, the famed Kuwaiti actor.
On the festival's announcement of the "Carthage Declaration," a draft bill on providing protection for the creative artists in areas of conflict, the Kuwaiti official expressed his support of the initiative, stressing the importance to move quickly and submit it to the UN in order to adopt it.
The 17th edition of Carthage Theatre Days kicked off on Friday and it is to last until 24 October, with participation of Kuwait, Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Syria, UAE, Qatar, Sudan, Palestine, Lebanon, Libya, Algeria, Morocco, Benin, Congo, Cote d'Ivoire, Belgium, France, Russia, and Japan.
This year's event includes 30 Tunisian plays, 29 Arab shows, including Kuwait's drama "Autocracy Street", and seven plays from each of Africa and Europe.