The Amiri decree to create the National Coucil for Culture, Arts and Letters (NCCAL)

Key objectives of the measure:

The Amiri decree to create the National Council for Culture, Arts and Letters was issued on 17 July 1973, so the Kuwait will be in charge of the process of cultural, artistic and intellectual development based on a clear vision to promote culture and arts in general, as well as seeking communication with Arab and international cultures. It also strengthens relations with Arab and foreign cultural institutions, and creates a cultural plan based on objective studies for country’s needs. Furthermore, it works for progressing and developing intellectual, artistic and literary production, selecting methods to diffuse culture, conserving heritage and fine arts.

Main feature of the measure:

The NCCAL is concerned with implementing Kuwait cultural policies through implementing of different cultural programs and events in cooperation and coordination with artistic, literary,scientific and cultural institutions locally and internationally, as well as publishing and printing periodicals, holding symposia, conferences, cultural festivals, child festivals and exhibitions, book fairs, in addition to organizing cultural days and weeks for Arab and foreign countries. The NCCAL encourages Kuwaiti authors and artists by promoting their literary and art creativities morally and physically through specialized committees.

Challenges identified in the implementation of this measure:
The incompatibility of some foreign cultural events held in Kuwait with the local applied legislations and regulations.

Results expected through the implementation of the measure:

The development of cultural, artistic and literary affairs, dissemination of culture by cultural institutions in Kuwait as well as promoting creative writers and authors.

Goal(s) of UNESCO's 2005 Convention
Cultural Domain(s)