World Poetry Day is celebrated every March 21, a decision made by UNESCO at
Paris in the year of 1999.
One of its main goals is to support linguistic diversity through poetic expression and preserve the genre, especially the oral tradition of poetry recital and concurrently promoting poetry teaching.
Besides, World Poetry Day aims to restore convergence between poetry and other forms of creative arts like theatre, dance, music and paintings and also to support publishers for poetry to raise its visibility in mass media so that poetry will not be just another form of old-fashioned art.
The event is to embrace the World Poetry Day philosophy and to capture the creative spirit of the human mind.
The event was organised by the Bahçeşehir University and the Turkish UNESCO National Commission Association.
The organization is under Poet Haydar Ergülen, president, Osman Öztürk, vice
president, Prof. Dr Nilüfer Narli, vice president and Mesut Senol have brought together poets from Cyprus – Androulla Shati – Turkey – Arife Kalender, Arzu Subakan Kabukçu, Betül Dünder, Canan Tan, Emel Irtem, Fato Koçarslan, Haydar Ergülen, Mehmet Haki Suçin, Mesut enol, Nilay ș Ș Özer, Nurduran Duman, Osman Öztürk – Slovenia – Barbara Pogaçnik – Italy – Claudia Piccinno – Greece – Eleftheria Binikou, Nancy Tryposkoufi – The Netherlands – Gerry Van Der Linden – Germany – Gino Leineweber – India – Reshma Ramesh – Mongolia – Jenny Lkhaqvasuren – Malaysia – Mawar Marzuki – Serbia – Maya Herman Sekulic, (also resident in the U.S.A.), Milica Lilic – Romania – Monica Săvulescu Vouduri, Zorin Diaconescu and Mauritius – Vatsala Radhakeesoon to Istanbul.
The organizers of UNESCO World Poetry Day held in Istanbul Edition 2018
shows their seriousness in upholding its philosophy by stressing that: “As we are crossing the threshold of the information age, we can observe that poetry maintains its traditional, encompassing and magical power, and it can also make a sound comeback”
Doğan Hizlan is seen as the most appreciated Turkish literary critic through his writings.
In Daily Harber Turk news he wrote:
“Just as powerful and sometimes enlightening is the poetry from our country and the impressions left in the minds and hearts of visiting poets and literature lovers.”
He claimed that local poets meeting with other international poets has opened an avenue for the cultural and literary exchanges.
2018 Unesco Dunya Siir Gunu– Istanbul Festival or 2018 Unesco World Poetry
Day– Istanbul Festival was launched on 21 st March 2018 at Bahçesehir Ș University (BAU).
It bears the slogan “At The Heart of Istanbul”—truly enough besides having large number of students extending with over a thousand of foreign students from the United States to China, France to South Korea it is situated on the edge of the Bosphorus in Besiktas preserving the fact that Istanbul is a very civilized, international and beautiful haven.
BAU nation fully supported the important day.
“We attach great importance to the worldwide promotion of our poetry which constitutes the cornerstone of Turkish literature.
Our aim is to introduce the world of poetry to literature-lovers and to our youth in particular“ claimed Prof. Dr. Enay Yalçin Ș, the President.
On the next day, the program also included an unforgettable meeting with the students of Halkali Bahçesehir Highschool.
It included another 16 schools from Istanbul.
The performance involved students from kindergarten to high school and the remarkable poetry appreciation message speaks the volume of world and peace and unity.
2018 Unesco Dunya Siir Gunu– Istanbul Festival has definitely embrace the
occasion to honour poets, revive oral traditions of poetry recitals, promote the reading, writing and teaching of poetry, foster the convergence between poetry and other arts such as theatre, dance, music and painting, and raise the visibility of poetry in the media.
It has played its role in continuing to bring people together across continents, for peace, love and humanity. Most important of all, it portrays the true meaning of poetry to the young generation.
Next update will be an introduction to the international poets of 2018 Unesco Dunya Siir Gunu–Istanbul Festival and their poetry.