On March, 21 at the invitation of the city of Granada and the UNESCO Creative Cities Network, Ulyanovsk joined the World Poetry Day 2023 celebration.
At the international level, the event is aimed at strengthening global partnerships for sustainable development. Citizens actively participated in the event. The celebration took place in Aquamall shopping center, in Chitai Gorod, a popular bookstore. The participants recited poems in Turkish, Russian, French, English, Kazakh, Belarusian, Uzbek and Tamil.
Turkey, Canada, France, Kazakhstan and Belarus contributed to the celebration by sending us video greetings in their native languages. The
representatives shared the beauty of their countries' poetry with the participants.Kahramanmarash is a city applying to join the UNESCO Creative Network. In a poem by the Turkish poet Benjamin, the topic of sustainability is highlighted: overcoming the crisis caused by the recent earthquakes.
Indian students attending a university in Ulyanovsk took part in the event and told the participants about their culture. During the WPD'23 celebration they had an opportunity to see and understand the life in our city through poetry. This is how we achieve sustainability at the local level and unite representatives of different peoples.
Students of the Institute of International Relations and representatives of the Alliance Française-Ulyanovsk school recited English, French and German poetry with translations into Russian.
Russian poetry was represented by the best works of Alexander Pushkin, Anna Akhmatova, Sergei Yesenin, Yevgeny Yevtushenko and others. The participants recited poems by Nikolai Blagov, a poet born in Ulyanovsk. He was considered to be one of the five most influential Russian poets at the end of the 20th century.
This international project united UNESCO Creative Cities. The World Poetry Day was also celebrated in 11 UNESCO Cities of Literature: Dunedin, Durban, Granada, Heidelberg,Melbourne, Milan, Nanjing, Nottingham, Seattle, Tartu and Wonju. The goal of this international project is to encourage linguistic diversity through poetic self-expression and to
support endangered languages through poetry.