Many participants were from inside and outside Iraq, in addition to a great number of experts attended the festival. The representative of the Shia Muslim Supreme Religious Authority and costudian of the Imam Hussein Holy Srhine sheikh Abdul-Mehdi El-Kerbela’e delivered a speech in which he said:
Artists should shed light upon the principles everyone seeks to fulfill happiness and uprightness. Artists can imbue peoples with the sense of goodness and solidarity, and can make major changes towards a better life.
During the festival, accolades were given to grand artists such as Mamood Ej-Jundi and Futooh Ahmed, in addition to granting the head of Kerbela’s TV channels Haider Jelokhan an honorary doctorate.