The 10th edition of the Spring of Arabic Poetry Festival kicked off yesterday evening under the auspices of His Highness the Prime Minister Sheikh Jaber Mubarak Al-Hamad Al-Sabah and the presence of His Excellency the Minister of State for Cabinet Affairs and Acting Minister of Information Sheikh Mohammed Abdullah Al-Mubarak Al-Sabah, the Chairman and Director General of Kuwait News Agency (KUNA) Sheikh Mubarak Al-Duaij Al-Ibrahim Al-Sabah, MPs from the National Assembly, academics, and cultural and media personalities from across the Arab world.
Following a tour in the book fair held by the Foundation in Al-Babtain Central Library for Arabic Poetry, the opening ceremony was held. Poet Abdulaziz Saud Al-Babtain, the Chairman of the Foundation delivered a speech where he thanked HH the Prime Minister for his patronage of the festival.
“The happiest moment for the Foundation, are those which bring us together with this good elite of Arab intellectuals to celebrate Arabic Poetry and to work for its advancement as much as we can. Arabic poetry is our language safeguard and our spiritual and emotional unity, through its fine poetic images and words, lofty meaning, preserved by poets as knights of this beautiful art. So poets should use their words to encourage the young generation and the leaders of the Arabic nation to work hard for a better present and more prosperous future,” Al-Babtain said in his speech.
The Chairman of the Foundation added that poets are the mirror of the nation who reflects its various spectrums and express its great national concerns in their poetry. “Today we celebrate with you the issuance of the “Arab Epic”, a long poem dedicated to peace, in which hundreds off Arab poets have participated. This epic calls for peace, non-violence, coexistence and dialogue.” he noted.
He also mentioned that this year, the festival is celebrating the two poets: Yaqoub Abdulazeez Al-Rasheed from Kuwait and Mustafa Wahbi Al-Tal, better known as Arar from Jordan. In this occasion, the Foundation has published Arar’s collection of poems, entitled “Evenings in Al-Yabas Valley”, verified by Dr Ziad Saleh Al-Zuabi. The book includes new unpublished poems that were handwritten by the poet himself. In addition to this collection of poems, the Foundation published other books including a selection of Al-Rasheed poems that presents different stages of his life.
Al-Babtain inaugural speech was followed by the first poetry reading evening with poets: Abdulaziz Saud Al-babtain, Mosaab Al-rowayshed, Wadha Al-hassawi, Jaber Al-Neama from Kuwait with Mohamed Turki Hijazy and Moayad Al-shayeb from Jordan; and Aya Osama Wahbi from Sudan. Dr Salem Abbas Khodada ran the evening.