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World Poetry Day seeks to foster a space for linguistic diversity through poetry and provides an opportunity to recognise the abilities of poets in different regions. Signifying the significant role that poetry plays in arts and cultures worldwide, the observance promotes the expression of identity, the sharing and appreciation of artistic endeavour, and the formation of free speech and creativity. It further raises awareness among the public, media, and governments, about how poetry contributes to social and political dialogue.
UNESCO first declared World Poetry Day in 1999 with the aim to support linguistic diversity and to encourage the endangered oral tradition of reciting poems. In Australia, this has a particular resonance in acknowledging and celebrating Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander poets, along with Australian poets who have made exemplary contributions to literature and culture. This day acts as an important platform in recognising Australia's poetic heritage as well as highlighting contemporary work, both of which reflect and shape the country's cultural identity.
In observance of World Poetry Day, Australia holds various engagements like poetry readings, discussions, and performances at schools, libraries, and cultural hubs across the nation. The day presents a great opportunity for Australians to delve deep into their rich literary history, whilst simultaneously diving into new poetic voices. School children are encouraged to write and recite poems, fostering a new generation of poets to continue Australia's strong tradition in the art of verse. World Poetry Day falls on the 21st of March each year in Australia.
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