World Poetry Day: March 21




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The result of a decision made at the UNESCO session in Paris in 1999, March 21 is designated World Poetry Day, a day for cultural organizations, schools, libraries, and publishers worldwide to celebrate the art of poetry. The day is meant to “support linguistic diversity through poetic expression and to offer endangered languages the opportunity to be heard within their communities.”

As Director-General of UNESCO Irina Bokova has said, “Poetry is one of the purest expressions of linguistic freedom. It is a component of the identity of peoples and it embodies the creative energy of culture, for it can be continuously renewed.”

In celebration of poetry around the world, please take a moment to learn more about the sampling of other poetry organizations and festivals listed below. 

We also invite you to keep the celebration going by joining us in celebrating National Poetry Month every April.

International Poetry Organizations and Festivals


Australian Poetry




Festival de Perfopoesía en Sevilla


Festival Internacional de Poesía de Quetzaltenango Guatemala


Forward Art Foundation and National Poetry Day in the U.K.


German Centre for Poetry and the Poesiefestival Berlin


International Poetry Nights in Hong Kong


Poetry Africa Festival


Poetry International Rotterdam and the Poetry International Festival


Poetry Ireland


The Poetry Society


The Poetry Trust and The Aldeburgh Poetry Festival


Scotland's International Poetry Festival


Scottish Poetry Library


Tasmanian Poetry Festival


ZEBRA Poetry Film Festival