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Ministry of Information to regulate theatrical performances ‘licensing’

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KUWAIT CITY, June 21, (KUNA): The Minister of Information and Culture, Minister of State for Youth Affairs and Chairman of the National Council for Culture, Arts and Letters Abdulrahman Al-Mutairi issued a decision to organize theatrical performances licensing in support of the theater’s civilizing, cultural, enlightening and societal message and the artistic value it presents to the community while confirming the status and history of the Kuwaiti theater movement. The Spokesman for the National Council, Assistant Secretary- General for the Culture Sector, Dr Issa Al-Ansari, said in a statement to Kuwait News Agency (KUNA) Monday, that the ministerial decision stipulated the formation of a committee to approve theatrical performances presented by private and private theater groups for adult theater and another to approve children’s theater performances.

Al-Ansari added that the decision obligated the teams to deposit the theatrical text that will be presented in the performance required to be approved in the Kuwait National Library to protect the intellectual property rights of the playwright in accordance with Law No. 75 of 2019. The resolution also stipulated to authorize theatrical performance of the Children’s Theater to abide by the Child Rights Law No. 21 of 2015 in the matter of the child and its executive regulations. He explained that according to the new decision, the theatrical performance will be approved after watching the final “rehearsal” for all elements of the show by the competent committee, provided that it decides on approval or rejection within three days, provided that the theatrical performance is free of the prohibitions contained in the Law of Publications and Publishing No. 3 of 2006 and its amendments.

Al-Ansari indicated that in the event of a reasoned rejection of the show, the ministerial decision grants theatrical groups the opportunity to request theatrical performance license again within 60 days, provided that the reasons for rejection are taken into account, explaining that the validity of the theatrical performance license lasts for a whole year, provided that it is renewed for other periods according to the procedures followed. Al-Ansari stressed that this decision embodies the State’s interest in theatrical art, which is a purposeful message to the community and a creative value to advance the arts. He pointed out that the decision also confirms giving the theatrical artist full space to assume his responsibilities by presenting the enlightening theatrical message with meaningful content and to preserve the values of the authentic Kuwaiti society.

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