local1KUWAIT: A three-day festival was held at Shaheed Park during the weekend, showcasing visual arts by the youth. The opening ceremony of ADASA was attended by Minister of Information and Minister of State for Youth Affairs Sheikh Salman Sabah Al-Salem Al-Humoud Al-Sabah, Undersecretary of the Ministry of State for Youth Affairs Sheikha Al-Zain Mohammed Al-Khaled Al-Sabah, as well as the United States' Ambassador to Kuwait Douglas Silliman and a number of public figures.

Sheikha Al-Zain said ADASA is entirely organized by the Ministry of State for Youth Affairs and it is considered as a fundamental incubator of visual art. "Here, at Al-Shaheed Park, our work today is the consolidation of the concept of celebrating work by providing space to show the youth's innovations and creations they can invest for the benefit of the country's future," she said.

Common vision

Ahmed Al-Mudayyan, a photographer, expressed gratitude to the Ministry of Youth for its support. "Our group, 'The Environmental Lens,' is made up of Kuwaiti and expatriate photographers. We have a common vision, which is documenting biodiversity in Kuwait. We are looking for legal cover to work under its umbrella," he said. He said the ministry is facilitating access to licenses to reach some places with their equipment. "We came to this park to showcase pictures of wildlife in Kuwait and explain them to visitors," he added.

The festival included a variety of workshops, music concerts and exhibitions of fine arts, graffiti, calligraphy, photography, short films and some utilitarian projects. It was earlier announced that March 13 every year will be an official day to celebrate Kuwaiti youth, because it is the day on which the document "Kuwait Hears" was delivered from the youth to HH the Amir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah.

By Athoob Al-Shuaibi