UNESCO Current Affairs - 2019

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World Theatre Day

World Theatre Day is observed annually on March 27 with an aim to generate awareness about the importance of theatre arts, how they played an important role in the field of entertainment and the changes that theatre brings in the life.

Origin of World Theatre Day

World Theatre Day was initiated by the International Theatre Institute in 1962. On World Theatre Day, the International Theatre Institute circulates messages issued by global celebrities in more than 50 languages, based on the theme “Theatre and a Culture of Peace”.

International Theatre Institute

International Theatre Institute is the world’s largest performing arts organization founded in 1948 by theatre and dance experts and UNESCO. The International Theatre Institute advances UNESCO’s goals of mutual understanding and peace and advocates for the protection and promotion of cultural expressions, regardless of age, gender, creed or ethnicity.

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World Poetry Day

World Poetry Day is observed every year on March 21st by United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). World Poetry Day aims to promote the reading, writing, publishing and teaching of poetry throughout the world.

The decision to observe March 21st as World Poetry Day was adopted by UNESCO during its 30th session held at Paris in 1999. The session noted that:

  • Poetry fulfils unfulfilled aesthetic needs in society.
  • Over the past 20 years, poetry has made a revival and the number of poets has increased.
  • The social has incited young people to return to their roots.
  • Poets are taking on new roles in society.
  • Poetry is part of the recognition of ancestral values and a return to speech as a means of socializing an individual.
  • Modern media has failed to take the poet serious and therefore action is needed to give poetry its rightful place in society.

Hence UNESCO decided to observe March 21st as World Poetry Day to give fresh recognition and impetus to national, regional and international poetry movements.

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