The State Prize reflects the “honorable image” of talented youth: the Minister

KUWAIT: Minister of State for Youth Abdulrahman Al-Mutairi speaks at the event. – KUNA

KUWAIT: Minister of State for Youth Abdulrahman Al-Mutairi yesterday greeted the annual “State Award of Admiration and Encouragement”, saying it is an honorable image of talented Kuwaiti youth . In a speech he delivered at a ceremony held at the Abdulhussain Abdulredha Theater, the minister said: “We honor our culture by rewarding these talented young Kuwaitis.” He congratulated the winners of the state awards, wishing them success and further achievement, praising the role of the top committee of the state award.

The Minister expressed the desire of the State to make a comprehensive and qualitative development at the National Council of Culture, Arts and Letters (NCCAL). The development plan includes raising the general quality standards of culture and the arts in all areas provided by the NCCAL, the minister explained. Technical development is also on the agenda to achieve higher levels of creativity and excellence.

NCCAL Secretary General Kamel Al-Abduljalil said that holding this annual event in its 31st edition despite precautions related to the COVID-19 pandemic reflects the prestige and great value of this award which aims to provide a creative, productive, civilized and intellectual society. He highlighted the role played by NCCAL in supporting and guiding society by creating an encouraging environment for more knowledge and learning.

NCCAL aspires to provide promising opportunities and investments to enable young entrepreneurs, small business owners, to activate and develop art and historical installations owned by the Council. The first Incentive Prize was held in 1988. The winners receive a figurine representing the prize and 10,000 KD in cash for each. The other category of the award was launched in 2000, awarding each winner KD 20,000 in cash.

The award winners praised the country’s efforts to encourage the creativity of artists and talented people. The annual tribute to talented Kuwaitis encourages them to put more effort into developing the cultural field, a number of laureates said yesterday in separate statements on the sidelines of the ceremony. Winner of a music award, Yousef Al-Muhanna noted that the award encouraged him to do a better job in the future.

Meanwhile, the winner of the plastic arts award, artist Abdulredha Baqer, expressed his joy at winning the award, adding that he had participated in different exhibitions in Kuwait and abroad. In addition, Muthafar Rashid won a social studies award, while authors Abdullah Al-Busais and Abdulwahab Al-Hamady won literature awards. Since the launch of the honorary award in 1999, 66 Kuwaiti personalities have won it, while 201 others have won the state encouragement award since 1988.

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