GUST holds Poetry Evening in Celebration of Kuwait’s National Celebrations
Under the patronage and presence of HE the Ambassador of Lebanon to Kuwait, Mr. Maher Al Khair, GUST held a Lebanese-Kuwaiti poetry evening at the College of Arts and Sciences. The poetic evening hosted prominent poets from both countries, including Kuwaiti poet Eqbal Al Naham, and Lebanese poets Dr. Bilal Akl Al Sandeed, and Huda Sadeq.
The evening was also attended by Commercial Attache at the French Embassy, Mr. Rabih Soufangi, the representative of Lebanese actors, Dr. Jean Kassis, the president of the Lebanese union for social media in Kuwait, Haj Abdulkader Adlouni, as well as a number of Lebanese businessmen in Kuwait including Fouad Kanso and Ali Farhat, Lebanese residents and faculty members.
The poetry evening opened with the Kuwaiti and Lebanese national anthems, followed by a speech by Dr. Salah Eddine Arqadan, who then introduced HE the Ambassador of Lebanon and thanked poets and guests for attending the evening, which reflects the good relation between the people of Kuwait and Lebanon, and marks a celebration for the National and Liberation days of Kuwait.
Dr. Salah Eddine Arqadan said: “GUST has adopted its slogan “University of Life” in its scientific and everyday reality and interacts through it in its embracing environment. The university hosts more than fifteen nationalities representing the diversity and openness of the Kuwaiti society while maintaining its unique cultural identity. This equation could be perceived as difficult to some, but we see it as easy in our values and commitment. Today we celebrate Kuwaiti and Lebanese poetry and what brings these two cultures together. We have also other cultural days planned, including an Egyptian cultural day, another for Spain, as well as artistic and cultural activities to address foreign cultures. Our mission at GUST is not to only equip students with knowledge, but also to develop their personality, aptitudes and abilities to become positive contributors in their country and abroad.”
HE the Ambassador of Lebanon to Kuwait, Mr. Maher Al-Khair
In his speech, HE the Ambassador of Lebanon, who is known for his poetic style in presentation and holder of several awards and appreciationsfrom the Arab world and internationally, welcomed attendees, and congratulated Kuwait and its people on the occasion of the National and Liberation days. He then thanked GUST for the unique initiative that highlights the Arab culture through a poetic celebration which gathers poets from the two countries. The Ambassador also encouraged the Lebanese community in Kuwait to take steps further in their positive contributions to the benefits of Kuwait and Lebanon.
He concluded his speech with a poet filled with meanings that promote the values of love and openness to others. He received a stand ovation from the attendance.
Great eloquence in poetry
Poets Eqbal Al Naham, Dr. Bilal Akl Al Sandeed, and Huda Sadeq took turns in reading their poetry.
Huda Sadeq started with a small speech emphasizing the importance of reading. She expressed her happiness in taking part in a poetry evening attended by an Ambassador who also holds great regards to poetry. She then read several poems including one entitled “Why do you love Kuwait”.
The Kuwaiti poet Eqbal Al Naham then thanked the Ambassador of Lebanon for attending the evening, then presented her poems which hold a patriotic and social meaning, which received great response and acclaims from attendees.
Dr. Bilal Akl Al Sandeed then read his poems which ranged from patriotic, social and romantic themes, receiving as well great acclaims from guests.
The poetry evening ended with a thank you to HE the Ambassador of Lebanon to Kuwait, Mr. Maher Al Khair and guests.