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Fifth Nuqat Creative Conference kicks off

Some participants pictured during the opening ceremony

Some participants pictured during the opening ceremony

KUWAIT: The fifth Nuqat Creative Conference was launched yesterday at the Amricani Cultural Center. The conference - themed ‘The Missing Link; Practicing the Collective Approach’ is scheduled to hold on November 13 - to 19. It is sponsored by IKEA-Al-Homaizi ltd, Gatehouse Bank and Elevation Burger in cooperation with Al- Amricani Cultural Center and Bait Al Sadu. This year’s conference tackles Arab cultural exchange.

In the hopes of achieving the ultimate goal of being a cultural crossroad that connects Arab thinkers and creators, Nuqat is using this opportunity to facilitate communication and creative exchange.

The Conference features various workshops and activities focusing on group work and creative collaboration. It includes activities such as lectures, workshops and cultural entertainment.

Cultural pioneers and innovative leaders will gather from around the Gulf region and the Middle East to exchange ideas. “Our aim is to rebuild collaboration and creative exchange in the Middle East. We hope that this project will help to develop the documentation of Gulf and Arab cultural identity, as well as reflect our determination to enact change in the region,”, Hussa Al Humaidhi, a founding member of Nuqat said during the inaugural event.

The conference presents the experiences and experiments of pioneers in variety of cultural arenas, in addition to providing a range of fun and educational activities including: creative teaching methods, script writing, art management, filmmaking, product design, psychology, music composition and improvisation. Participants at the “Missing Link” conference were invited to join Nuqat in spreading the importance of “Practicing the Collective Approach” and sharing the cultural visions, which are: to invest in learning new skills; develop new ideas and concepts; and most importantly, to work with others.

Nuqat hopes to implement this vision by identifying, addressing and solving creative issues in order to educate the public and gather a diverse cast of qualified actors to play an active role in bringing change in Middle East. “Collaboration is something the Middle East has been known for historically, making it a prominent arena for cultural exchange and shared knowledge. Nuqat has selected the forerunners in a number of cultural fields to share their work and collaborative experiences. Participants in ‘The missing link: practicing the collective approach’ were invited to embrace the opportunity to learn new skills,” Al Humaidhi further added. Nuqat aims to establish Nuqat institutes in different cities across the Middle East and to develop a specialized educational curriculum, in addition to organizing the ongoing annual Nuqat conferences for tackling a variety of pressing topics in the creative realm. Since 2009, Nuqat has been hosting conferences and a wide range of activities including workshops, exhibitions and design competitions. Those who are interested in joining the workshops and activities can register on line http://nuqat.me for a symbolic onetime fee valid for the whole conference.

By Nawara Fattahova

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This article was published on 13/11/2014