As academic and research studies define it, strategy is the procedure achieved to reach one or more objectives, based on its general definition to achieve the integration of activities, invest resources, especially rare ones, and apply them according to a regulatory environment, contributing to the achievement of the objectives concerned. Strategic objectives cannot be used without relying on systematic visions and plans- which are adhered to by all- whether the entity that issues the strategy, its recipients, or the desired objectives with accuracy and transparency; all in accordance with adopted criteria, making such strategy a road map towards long-term ends.
As part of the Ministry’s new solution to enrich the cultural scene in Qatar, a number of creative specialized persons emphasize that the Ministry of Culture is in the process of active cultural movement on the basis of its strategy with objectives to enrich the local scene in various cultural and arts fields, reflecting the role of young people aspiring to express their potential of creativity, while emphasizing the proper cultural work which touches on the interests of the recipients and contributes to the achievement of the active cultural project, as part of a national project based on Qatar Vision 2030.
Certainly, the existence of a strategy dedicated to young people will make plans aiming to cultural output clearly defined plans, which in turn will serve this strategy in order to achieve its goal, in addition to enriching the cultural scene with all its diversity, momentum, and yearning to promote awareness, especially with the rise of creative youth looking to support their creativity and express their literary and artistic capabilities in works that meet them and keep pace with the cultural scene with all its rich aspects.
In a survey targeting a number of creative specialists on examining the creative aspirations of young people, they clearly expressed their desire to be present in the strategy of the Ministry of Culture in order to reflect their creativity and attract promising talent among themselves, amid the keenness to integrate these opinions between a generation that has accumulated cultural experiences over decades and another generation that aspires to embody its creative presence to include different domains of culture.
These views suggest that the Ministry of Culture’s interest in young people and the support of their creativity will inevitably achieve the desired goal of its strategy, with one of its outputs being a cultural outcome that enriches the local scene while identifying promising creative talents with a creative presence in the near future. Moreover, some opinions express the hope of establishing an academy of cultural creativity aimed at preparing creative writers, in addition to activating the role of cultural centers to play their part in the development of the scene with events ranging from seminars to exhibitions, while extending this role throughout the year without limiting it to a specific time.
Dr. Zakia Mal-Allah Considers Young People as Our Fortress and Strong Shield
Writer Dr. Zakia Mal-Allah affirms that youth stand for Qatar’s fortress and strong shield. They, indeed, are the open portal through which Qatar enters all walks of international reputation to reach
the highest levels of civilization among other nations. In her viewpoint, hence, culture comes as one of the important areas that get intensified by the youth through visions, ambitions, events and different domains of literature such as poetry, criticism, theater and photography. All these cultural fields get influenced by the presence of young writers, as they bear the characteristic of modernity and know new methods that earn the cultural outcomes distinct features.
Dr. Zakia also explains that creativity is not limited to a certain time or well-known figures, as the wheel must roll and the strides must go on. So, the role of young people is immanent to develop local creativity and promote new ideas. The Ministry of Culture, therefore, is the first pillar that young people look forward to in order to activate their role in the cultural system to present outstanding creativity that enriches the cultural scene. She adds that when the creative individual strives to present the good work with a commitment to credibility and transparency, introduce what is new and modern, and be objective, his/her role will be influential and able to introduce an addition that seeks to push the progressive movement forward, and then provide the possibilities available with the aim of creativity and excellence to establish the impact and celebrate it. This, as a consequence, will reflect the development and investment of talent. Dr. Zakia, moreover, points out that among the important outcomes of the presence of young people in any cultural field is to obtain distinct creative works and names of brilliant writers, poets and artists, who have a presence at the local and international levels, stressing that such presence of youth in any cultural scene always enhances the continuity of long-term creative abilities, without neglecting the preservation of authentic literary and artistic heritage. “The more outcome of new thought and visions increases, the more ways will appear to have a society that is more aware of the importance of culture and its impact on improving human ideals, well-being, and safety,” says Dr. Zakia Mal-Allah.
Hamad Al- Tamimi Praises the Ministry of Culture’s Efforts in Supporting the Qatari Youth
Writer Hamad Al-Tamimi, Director of Youth Programs at the Qatari Forum for Authors, says that the Ministry of Culture is spending huge efforts to support young people, as part of a national project based on Qatar’s strategic vision 2030. He explains that the Ministry implements its programs both through its various activities and through its channels represented by cultural centers dealing with various aspects of culture, where all these centers focus on the youth category through workshops, trainings, competitions and cooperation with educational institutions. Among these centers is the Qatari Forum for Authors which focuses on young writers who carry the torch of culture and lead the boat of intellectual renaissance to safety, as one of its tasks is to identify and support talent; which the Forum has already worked on since its founding and the same applies to the rest of the centers. Mr. Al-Tamimi adds that among the efforts of the Forum in this regard is the allocation of a section for youth programs, where a series of major plans and projects are developed annually to ensure greater involvement of young people in cultural work, stressing that since he became the director of youth programs a series of events targeting young people have been implemented, which motivated their passion and spirit of leadership and initiative, and encouraged them to continue the progress by discussing their issues and various challenges where many obstacles have been overcome by building bridges of communication and initiative among the writers -in general- and the young writers along with the previous generation of writers in particular, in addition to critics, the public and publishing houses. “We started to notice the results of this coherent strategy through a range of outcomes such as the high number of youth participations, the number of book releases, and the quality of books as per their critics and their guidance and observations. The number of young members of the Forum has increased in recently and their media presence increased as well, whether through television interviews, written dialogues, or hosting them at events by the Ministry or the Forum.”, Al-Tamimi says.
Nasser Suheim Praises the Ministry’s Support to Qatari Songs and Singers
Mr. Nasser Suheim affirms that there is a great interest by the Ministry of Culture in support of the young singers’ creativity and aspirations, including the role of the Ministry in organizing the Qatari Song Festival over three seasons. Mr. Suheim believes that such events contribute to supporting the singers and the advancement of the local song scene in keeping with its heritage and long history. He adds that such events also contribute to highlighting the musical variety of the Qatari song because these events feature the different styles of the Qatari song and shed light on the contributions by its singers; as it happened during the FIFA Arab Cup. Mr. Suheim, hence, finds that the Ministry’s strategy supports singers, highlights Qatari music, and introduces the audience to the local singing scene.
Mona Al-Badr Finds the Ministry’s Strategy Compatible with Future Aspirations
Plastic artist Mona Al-Badr says that young people receive great attention in the strategy of the Ministry of Culture, which seems so in many events and programs offered by the Ministry. This is due to the Ministry’s strong belief that this strategy is on youth and serves their goals and aspirations in the future. She explains that a survey has already been conducted on young people to answer the importance of the role of young people and their expectations from the Ministry to achieve these aspirations. She adds that she was selected to participate in a course titled “Qatari Ambassadors” to qualify her for international participations, stressing that the existence of a strategy dedicated to young people will make the Ministry’s plans clear. This will also serve the strategy itself by making it easier for the Ministry’s decision makers to evaluate the efforts and measure the activities when developing the plans studied.
Siham Jassim Believes That Strategies Should Accept Criticism and Be Flexible
Writer Siham Jassim describes the role of creative youth as important and essential in the strategy of the Ministry of Culture. It is through them, and through the enriching value of their participation, a real advancement in cultural movement in any society happens. This is in addition to the noticeable active change in the cultural scene sometimes to keep it of good impact and in line with modernization by offering related programs and initiatives. Writer Siham also believes that the search for the role of the creative youth particularly means that what is required is not just to play a role in the implementation of the strategy; and not just formalities of participation to confirm their attendance or pretend to play an activate a role. This, indeed, is far from activating the inactive scene and bringing about the desired change. The role that we do not benefit from in achieving the desired goals is also considered a passive role. She also stresses the need to work on these strategies through creative youth who know well the needs in the cultural scene and master the role assigned to them. However, such role has no way of being completed without sharing the lead with the first generation of leaders. This is because cultural roles are integrated and synergistic where things turn difficult to divide and redistribute roles between old and new leaders. Thought is a continuous and connected life between societies, let alone in society itself, which is, of course, inseparable.
Writer Siham Jassim, moreover, explains that these strategies should be flexible, accept criticism and other opinions, and measure the extent to which the creative youth interact with them and even all the target groups. Such strategies, indeed, should look at things objectively. As a matter of fact, it is like a partnership that does not separate between the entity and the creative affiliates. We, therefore, may wonder about the absence of the role of many creative names. Is it because of the strategy of the entity or the inaction of the creative persons themselves? In the space of culture, hence, a link must be established between the language of dialogue accepting the other opinion and criticism aimed for the better; not only in literary and artistic works, but even in strategies where we must look at the support and moral appreciation of the role of creative people. This is the simplest thing to do indeed because unfortunately it is absent in some entities and it is worth consideration.
Khawla Mortathawi Finds Involving the Youth in the Strategy a Noble Goal
Writer Khawla Mortathawi, Head of the Media and Publishing Section at Qatar University, and a researcher in the field of civilization and media, believes that the strategic cultural component comes as one of the most important components that countries care about to achieve their overall national security. This is because cultural transformations play a vital role in building security structures and strategies, as they represent a shield of homelands. Indeed, there is no future, civilization and safety for people without culture. The political-cultural security of any country is one of the most prominent forms of its national security and the most important internal invisible layers behind it. It is, indeed, a fertile environment through which nations can pass their developmental integration process in line with their building and preservation of their cultural identity. She, furthermore, adds that the involvement of creative youth in the strategy of the Ministry of Culture is a noble goal and will achieve an important developmental impact for both parties, the elite youth, and the Ministry that directs its programs and activities to the dominant group of the population. The involvement of young people in the developmental strategies needs to have laws and institutions that enable this group to exercise its freedoms and rights, allow it to participate in decision-making processes, and implement plans and programs and all kinds of participation in the presentation of thought, work and creativity.
Writer Khawla Mortathawi, finally, points out that all this necessitates listening to this group of our society to carefully take it seriously in terms of advice and opinions. Participation processes that do not reflect the priorities and needs of young people are processes that are drawn to other societies and will not achieve their actual visions if they do not pay attention to their own creative youth, i.e., their voices and demands. Comprehensive contemporary development is not only by words and news headlines that do not lead to action. To achieve such development, there must be a vital and serious interaction between the planners of strategies by empowering them and activating the voices, demands and roles of young people in developmental visions, and among young people through action, interaction and empathy to achieve a better future for all.
Mohamed Adel Praises the Rising Local Wave in Arts
Actor Mohamed Adel praises the fact that there is currently a development and progressive movement in the arts scene in Qatar, as there is an interest in theater fields among young people; in addition to some valuable efforts to return life to Qatar’s cultural scene. He also expresses his hope of restoring the role of theater through the Theater Affairs Center, and believes that, due to the strong support of the Ministry of Culture, young people are unlocking their potential of imagination and creativity. He finds that there are young actors seeking to highlight their work in the scene, which qualifies them for a distinctive creative activity that will reflect positively on the artistic scene. Actor Mohamed Adel, furthermore, calls on young creative actors to consult the pioneer generation of actors in order to acquire skills and expertise from them, and take advantage of their potential to preserve the experiences of the leading generation of actors, wishing the Ministry of Culture success in its new activities and initiatives.
Abdul-Rahman Al-Obaidli Praises the Role of Youth in Enriching the Local Cultural Scene
Writer Abdul-Rahman Al-Obaidli appreciates the role of the Ministry of Culture in the development of various youth creative works in order to enrich the cultural scene with new additions, which inevitably will contribute to building the country, achieving its renaissance, and allowing the opportunity to present everything that can achieve Qatar vision 2030. Al-Obaidli also stresses that in this sense he sees that young people are of great importance in the strategy of the Ministry of Culture, which will therefore reflect on young people to present their creativity and powers to serve the community, as they have a vision in which they benefit from the experiences of their previous generation; thereby enhancing their experiences and developing their creative potential.
Ahmed Al-Hammadi Calls for Establishing an Academy for Cultural Creativity
Writer Ahmed Al-Hammadi expresses the hope that there will be an increase and further interaction of young people’s participation in foreign cultural events, whether by participating in Arab and international book fairs, or by participating in seminars held abroad which address the Qatari cultural scene in order to introduce the contributions of young creative writers through them directly to the audience. He also hopes that there will be an academy for cultural creativity in Qatar, similar to the Center for Cultural Creativity (formerly) in which he was director of public relations and media. Such academy can have a vital role in the preparation of creative writers who are competent of their professional priorities. Writer Al-Hammadi also hopes to see a more active role of youth cultural centers by hosting more fine arts seminars and exhibitions throughout the year in order to further enrich the cultural scene and benefit the Qatari youth.