21 March-World Poetry Day
World Poetry Day was observed across the world on 21 March 2016. The main objective of the Day is to support linguistic diversity through poetic expression and to offer endangered languages the opportunity to be heard within their communities.
It is the occasion to honour poets, revive oral traditions of poetry recitals, promote the reading, writing and teaching of poetry, foster.
UNESCO first adopted 21 March as World Poetry Day during its 30th General Conference in Paris in 1999 to recognise the unique ability of poetry to capture the creative spirit of the human mind.
How World Poetry Day is celebrated?
Each country is invited to celebrate the day of 21 March in its own way, with the active participation of National Commissions, NGOs and the public and private institutions concerned (schools, municipalities, poetic communities, museums, associations, publishing houses, local authorities and so on).
For its part, UNESCO will endeavour to encourage and support national initiatives designed, inter alia, to:
• further the introduction of poetry as an important feature of arts education in school curricula;
• raise awareness in schools so that World Poetry Day will be celebrated in the most interdisciplinary way possible by and in schools;
• encourage the award of poetry prizes;
• mobilize municipal authorities so that they will contribute actively to the preparation and celebration of World Poetry Day; and
• promote the creation of a network of prizes in each Member State (and Associate Member);
• elaborate an electronic repertoire of poetic institutions and/or associations in different.
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