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World Poetry Day: March 21

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March 01, 2016

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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
www.australianpoetry.org

ChilePoesía
http://www.chile-poesia.cl/

Cork International Poetry Festival
http://www.corkpoetryfest.net/

Festival Internacional de Poesía de Bogotá
http://www.poesiabogota.org

Festival Internacional de Poesía de Quetzaltenango Guatemala
http://fipq.org/

Forward Art Foundation and National Poetry Day in the U.K.
http://www.forwardartsfoundation.org/

German Centre for Poetry and the Poesiefestival Berlin
http://www.literaturwerkstatt.org/en/poesiefestival-berlin/home/

International Poetry Festival of Moscow
http://www.vavilon.ru/festival/

International Poetry Nights in Hong Kong
http://www.ipnhk.com/

Livre Paris
http://www.livreparis.com/

Pay with a Poem
https://www.meinlcoffee.com/poetry/campaigns/pay-with-a-poem-2016/

Poetry Africa Festival
http://www.cca.ukzn.ac.za/index.php/poetry-africa-home

Poetry International Rotterdam and the Poetry International Festival
http://www.poetryinternationalweb.net/pi/site/home/index/en

Poetry Ireland
www.poetryireland.ie

The Poetry Society
www.poetrysociety.org.uk

The Poetry Trust and The Aldeburgh Poetry Festival
www.thepoetrytrust.org

Scotland's International Poetry Festival
http://stanzapoetry.org/

Scottish Poetry Library
http://www.scottishpoetrylibrary.org.uk/

Tasmanian Poetry Festival
http://www.taspoetryfest.org/Tasmanian_Poetry_Festival/Welcome.html

ZEBRA Poetry Film Festival
http://www.literaturwerkstatt.org/en/literaturwerkstatt-berlin/home/