Arab culture and traditions, anchored by Islam, are the secure
foundations upon which the modern State of Kuwait is built. The
metamorphosis in lifestyle brought about by the discovery of oil
did not efface the identity of the people of Kuwait. The ravages
brought by the Iraqi aggression also did not stifle the spirit
of the Kuwaitis as they rebuilt their country in record time.
The State of Kuwait has always paid special attention to the
preservation of its culture and heritage by maintaining monuments
and preserving artefacts and historical documents. The National
Museum is one of the 50 locations where these are housed.
The destruction caused by the Iraqi troops created a heightened
awareness among the people about the need to preserve and resurrect
the art and craft
of Kuwait. The new architecture
of the city, which combines modern design with traditional art,
reflects this awareness.
Kuwait has a large variety of customs and traditions, and this
gives rise to a colourful and extensive culture, reflected in
the Diwaniya, the Bedouin traditions and Al Sadu weaving. The
people of Kuwait also have special love for the arts, be it literature,
theatre, music, dance, films or contemporary art. The National
Council of Culture, Arts and Literature (NCCAL); The Free
Art Studio and The Kuwaiti Society of Formative Artists are promoting
the visual arts in Kuwait.