KUWAIT CITY—Over a period of ten years, the independent Nuqat Foundation has sought to support and develop Arab creativity in various fields. The foundation has worked in design, advertising, architecture, fashion and production, holding hundreds of events, lectures and workshops inside and outside Kuwait, along with periodic conferences that discuss a different issue every year.
“We are interested in fostering creativity in the region and developing a creative economy that recognizes and values the importance of culture, art and design, the elements we believe to be necessary in helping to develop societies,” said Wakim Zeidan, one of the founders of Nuqat and its general director.
Nuqat—the name is Arabic for “Points”—began in 2009 as a nonprofit youth initiative focusing on design.
Launched by Zeidan and co-founders Sarah al-Nafisi, Hussa al-Humaidhi and Dana al-Hilal, the initiative has expanded its scope in recent years. It has stepped up its activities and included other types of arts, and has diversified its conferences with the addition of activities in fields like cinema, music and graphic arts. The number of people attending its conferences also increased from 70 in its first edition to 1,800 last year.