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World Book Day (April 23rd) - Kuwait participates in worldwide reading event
April 23, 2014, 11:09 am
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Sheikha Nouria Fawaz Al Sabah will be the guest of honour as Kuwait participates in the 18th edition of the reading of Miguel de Cervantes’ Don Quixote, an event that each year celebrates the famous work of the Spanish writer. Cervantes died on 23 April 1616, the same day as William Shakespeare and Inca Garcilaso de la Vega. This coincidence led            UNESCO, the United Nations organization devoted to education, science and culture, to declare April 23rd as World Book Day. The event stands as a symbol and a tribute to the profound ties that literature, and all the arts in general, create between human beings and peoples from different countries and cultures, united by a common desire to elevate the spirit and celebrate peaceful coexistence and mutual understanding.

On this day, Círculo de Bellas Artes, a prominent Spanish non-profit institution, organizes every year a synchronized reading of Don Quixote by selected readers in different locations. Each person in every country designated to participate reads a fragment, and then the connection is passed on to the next location. The reading continues, non stop, for 48 hours, by well known personalities and citizens of countries around the world that have volunteered to participate. The event is broadcast with video and audio feeds.

This year, Kuwait participates for the first time in this worldwide event. Sheikha Nouria’s reading of a fragment of Chapter 10 of Don Quichote will be broadcast at 9.45 pm, April 23rd. Readers from Jordan, Honduras, the US, Morocco, Spain and Ireland, among many other countries, will also take part. The “diwaniyya” hosted by the Embassy of Spain and Bayt Lothan, which gathers every month an enthusiastic crowd of Spanish language and culture followers in Kuwait, will preview Sheikha Nouria’s video at 5.30 PM. The screening, which will be introduced by Ambassador Ángel Losada, will take place in Bayt Lothan.

This event is supported by Bayt Lothan, which is also hosting other activities to mark World Book Day. It is part of the calendar of activities programmed to commemorate the 50th Anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Spain and Kuwait. It is also supported by Instituto Cervantes, the official Spanish institution devoted to teaching Spanish as a foreign language. Instituto Cervantes is beginning its activities in Kuwait in 2014. Viva Telecom Company generously offered to provide the technology to make the event possible.

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