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World Poetry Day: March 21




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Beginning with a UNESCO proclamation in 1999, March 21 has been designated as a day for cultural organizations, schools, libraries, and publishers worldwide to celebrate the art of poetry. The day is meant to “support poetry, return to the oral tradition of poetry recitals, promote teaching poetry, and restore a dialogue between poetry and the other arts."

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. 

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