Info. Min. opens Arabic poetry festival

Minister of Information and Minister of State for Youth Affairs Sheikh Salman Al-Sabah during the inaguration ceremony
Minister of Information and Minister of State for Youth Affairs Sheikh Salman Al-Sabah during the inaguration ceremony

KUWAIT, March 27 (KUNA) — Minister of Information and Minister of State for Youth Affairs Sheikh Salman Al-Sabah said Sunday evening the State of Kuwait is now a glittering beacon of cultural enlightenment in the Arab region.
The country has become a main destination for Arab intellectuals and literary people, Sheikh Salman, also president of the National Council for Culture, Arts and Letters (NCCAL), said at the opening ceremony of the ninth session of the Spring of Arabic Poetry Festival.
The three-day event is being organized by Abdulaziz Saud Al-Babtain Cultural Foundation under the auspices of His Highness the Prime Minister Sheikh Jaber Mubarak Al-Hamad Al-Sabah at the theater of Al-Babtain Central Library.
“The festival highlights Kuwait’s contributions to culture, civilization and humanities at the behest of the country’s political leadership at the core of which are His Highness the Amir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah, His Highness the Crown Prince Sheikh Nawaf Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah,” the minister said.
He noted that poetry, in its various forms, had a remarkable impact on the literary, intellectual and political lives, and expressed the concern, hopes and aspirations of the nations during different stages of time.
Sheikh Salman added that the agenda of cultural activities in Kuwait, under NCCAL supervision, includes a host of poetic symposia and seminars with celebrated poets from across the Arab world taking part.
He welcomed the Arab poets to the festival and appreciated the role of the Abdulaziz Saud Al-Babtain Cultural Foundation in promoting cultural enlightenment.
Meanwhile, Abdulaziz Saud Al-Babtain, board chairman of Abdulaziz Saud Al-Babtain Cultural Foundation, said the ninth session of the Spring of Arabic Poetry Festival coincides with the celebration marking Kuwait’s selection as Capital of Islamic Culture for 2016.
“This year’s festival features three poetic seminars with the first being entitled “In love of Kuwait,” he said.
“It’s a tradition for the Foundation to celebrate during this annual event a Kuwaiti poet and a poet from another Arab country; this time we are celebrating the late poets Sulaiman Al-Jarallah, from Kuwait, and Bader Shaker Al-Sayyab, of Iraq,” he pointed out.
The first seminar on Al-Sayyab, to be moderated by Dr. Salem Khoddadh, will be addressed by Dr. Nasimh Al-Ghaith – Kuwait, and Ahmad Al-Harishi – Morocco.
The second seminar, to discuss the poetic experience of Al-Jarallah, will be addressed the son of the late poet Khaled Sulaiman Al-Jarallah – the Deputy Foreign Minister, and Dr. Abdulmajeed Falah – Syria; it will be moderated by Dr. Soad Abdulwahab.
The participants in the festival include Abdullah Ali Al-Enezi, Faleh bin Tafla, Waleed Al-Qallaf, Raja Al-Qahtani, Nada Al-Ahmad Abdulaziz Al-Babtain, Abdullah Al-Failkawi and Ali Alhbashan Al-Mutairi – Kuwait; Dr. Mohammad Al-Omari and Jassem Al-Saheeh – Saudi Arabia, Mohammad Al-Buraiki – the UAE, Hsber Mahmoud – Iraq, Ahmad Al-Harishi – Morocco, Dr. Said Shwareb, Ahmad Hejazi and Nadi Hafedh – Egypt, Qais Taha Qoukzh – Jordan, and Mohammad Al-Hariri – Syria.
On the occasion of the festival, the Foundation organizes a book fair featuring latest publications on the two celebrated poets Al-Jarallah and Al-Sayyab.
The Foundation has also released the following books: “Collection of poems of Suleiman Al-Jarallah” (in five volumes), ” Bader Shaker Al-Sayyab – poet of the twentieth century,” a study with selected poems prepared by Dr. Majed Saleh Al-Samarrai, and “Review of Sulaiman Al-Jarallah poetry” written by Dr. Nouria Saleh Al-Roumi.
The publications also include “Kazma in the Arabic poetry” prepared by Ahmad Zaki Al-Anbari, “Bader Shaker Al-Sayyab – his sense and sensibility” written by Dr. Ali Haddad, “Mirrors of Contemporary Arabic Poetry – criticism views” written by Dr. Abdullah Ahmad Al-Muhanna, “Poems for Aylan Abdullah Kurd” by a group of poets (in two volumes) prepared by the General Secretariat of the Foundation, “Greeting and Commemorating Ahmad Shawki as a the prince of poets” poems selected and analyzed by Dr. Mohammad Mustafa Abushwareb, and finally “the proceedings of the spring poetry festival in eighth season (March 2015)” prepared by Reem Mahmoud Maarouf.
The opening ceremony gathered former chairman of the presidency of Bosnia and Herzegovina Haris Silajdzic, Algerian Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research Tahar Hadjar, and Tunisian minister of state for foreign affair Attohami Abdouli. (end) mdm.gb

Minister of Information and Minister of State for Youth Affairs Sheikh Salman Al-Sabah during the inaguration ceremony
Minister of Information and Minister of State for Youth Affairs Sheikh Salman Al-Sabah during the inaguration ceremony
Abdulaziz Saud Al-Babtain during the inaguration ceremony
Abdulaziz Saud Al-Babtain during the inaguration ceremony