Minister of Information and Minister of State for Youth Affairs Sheikh Salman Al-Sabah said Sunday Kuwait's theaters are glowing with joy pride as the country hosts the 8th edition of the Arab Theater Festival.
The Kuwaiti theatrical troupes share the joy with their peers from Arab countries that deliver a noble, civilizational and humanitarian message, said Sheikh Salman also President of the National Council for Culture, Arts and Letters (NCCAL).
He made the comments in a statement on behalf of His Highness the Amir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah to the opening ceremony of the festival.
The current session of the annual event, themed "towards new and renewable Arab theater," is co-organized by NCCAL and the Arab Theatre Institute (ATI) until January 16 and gathers more than 400 Arab theatrical figures; its agenda includes several performances by Arab troupes and artistic workshops.
Sheikh Salman spoke highly of Dr. Sultan bin Hamad Al-Qassemi, member of the UAE Federal Supreme Council and Ruler of Al-Sharjah Emirate, for his role in founding the ATI in 2009 and the promotion of the Arab theatrical arts.
He noted that Dr. Al-Qassemi, the co-founder and president of the ATI, made several initiatives to advance the march of Arab theater, including the offering of the ATI award - the most prestigious Arab theatrical prize.
He conveyed to the audience the best wishes of His Highness the Amir, adding that the festival coincides with the celebrations marking the selection of Kuwait as "capital of Islamic culture for 2016," and the preparations for celebrating the country's 55th National Day and the 25th Liberation Day.
Meanwhile, Secretary General of the ATI Ismail Abdullah thanked His Highness the Amir for his kind patronage of the event and appreciated Kuwait's role in promoting cultural enlightenment throughout the Arab world over long decades.
He cited as example the presence at every Arab library of Kuwait publications such as 'Al-Arabi' magazine, 'Alam Al-Maarifa' (world of knowledge) and 'Alam Al-Masrah' (world of theater).
For his part, Zinaty Qodsia - a Palestinian-Syrian artist, said theater provides a unique aesthetic platform for theatrical artists to highlight the significance of "beauty making at a time of rampant distortion. "The journey of the festival started from Sharjah before coming to Kuwait - the oasis of culture, arts sciences, peace and love," Qodsia pointed out.
During the opening ceremony featured the offering of a performance titled "panorama" which includes excerpts from Kuwaiti immortal plays such as 'Bye Bye London,' '30 Days of Love,' 'Bye Bye Arabs,' 'Hami Al-Diyar,' and 'Party on a stake.' The NCCAL has nominated a number of notable figures who influenced the Kuwait theater for honoring during the current session of the festival.