The Minister of Information and Culture, Chairman of the National Council for Culture, Arts and Letters, Dr. Hamad Rouh Al-Din, said that activating the role of cultural institutions derives from the directives of the wise political leadership and the unlimited support given by the government in order to develop the cultural movement in the State of Kuwait.

He was speaking during the opening of the activities of the 27th edition of the Al-Qurain Cultural Festival, which is held under the patronage of HH the Prime Minister Sheikh Sabah Al-Khaled  at Abdul-Hussein Abdul-Ridha Theater in Salmiya and will continue until March 30, reports a local Arabic daily quoting KUNA.

The Minister of Information and Culture added that the Al-Qurain Cultural Festival, which returns after a long interruption imposed by the novel corona virus (Covid 19) pandemic, is a well-established celebration in the minds of Kuwaitis to celebrate Kuwait’s intellectuals, artists and writers.

He explained that this year’s celebration is proud of the selection of the poet Dr. Suad Al-Sabah (personality of the Arab Poetry Day) for her illustrious role in extending Arabic literature with its poetic, cultural and human output until it became a “national symbol”, as her poetry, papers and historical writings contributed to placing the State of Kuwait on the world map.

Abdullah Bishara won the State Prize in the field of (cultural services), while the artist Khazal Al-Qaffas won it in the field of (plastic arts), and in the field of (social sciences) Dr. Yaqoub Al-Hajji.

The “Encouragement” State Prize was awarded to sculptor Fahd Al-Hajri in the field of (plastic and applied arts), film director Sadeq Behbehani in (film directing), Abdulaziz Al-Murshed in (TV directing), Dr. Abdullah Al-Shayji in (political science), and Dr. Noura Al-Habashi in ( Historical and archaeological studies and folk traditions), Youssef Al-Bannai in (literary translation), Abdullah Al-Otaibi in (the short story), Dr. Abdullah Al-Hajri in (history and archeology), Hessa Al-Nabhan in (theatrical acting) and Ahmed Al-Mutawa in (children’s literature).

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